BERKELEY, Calif. — Timmy Allen scored 18 points, freshman Ian Martinez added a season-high 16 and Utah survived a late turnover and a foul with 0.7 seconds left to hold off California 76-75 on Thursday night.
Leading 76-72, Allen was fouled and missed two free throws with 15 seconds left. Matt Bradley scored on a driving layup at the other end, and Utah turned it over on an inbounds pass. Cal got it to Bradley again and his 3-pointer rattled out, but Andre Kelly grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled.
Kelly, who entered as a 55% shooter at the line, missed the first free throw with 0.7 seconds left and made the second before Utah ran out the clock with a successful pass.
Branden Carlson had 13 points and Pelle Larsson chipped in with 11 for Utah (9-7, 6-6 Pac-!2 Conference).
Martinez scored Utah’s final seven points of the first half to help build a 42-32 lead. He had another personal seven-point run to make it 66-62 lead with 4:05 left, but the Utes didn’t make another field goal the rest of the way. Utah sank 10 free throws in the final four minutes.
Bradley finished with 20 points, Grant Anticevich added 18 and Andre Kelly 17 for California (7-15, 2-13). Makale Foreman had 12 points.
Utah plays at Stanford on Saturday when Cal attempts to end an seven-game losing streak, hosting Colorado.