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Brandon Taylor's late-game scoring leads Utah past California 63-59

  • Utah's Dallin Bachynski attempts to strip the ball from California's Tyrone Wallace in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Utah's Dallin Bachynski attempts to strip the ball from California's Tyrone Wallace in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

  • Utah's Princeton Onwas (3) shoots against California's Tyrone Wallace in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Utah's Princeton Onwas (3) shoots against California's Tyrone Wallace in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

  • Utah's Delon Wright (55) lays up a shot against California in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Utah's Delon Wright (55) lays up a shot against California in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

Brandon Taylor converted the go-ahead free throws with 1:46 remaining and hit a 3-pointer with 51.2 seconds left, and Utah held off California 63-59 on Wednesday night to give coach Larry Krystkowiak his first 20-win season in three years at the school.

Taylor also knocked down two timely 3-pointers and a layup midway through the second half on the way to 13 points, while Delon Wright's two free throws with 2:11 left tied the game at 50.

Wright added another free throw with 10.1 seconds remaining and Cal star Justin Cobbs missed a 3-pointer before the final buzzer.

After Taylor's free throws at 1:46, Renan Lenz made a key block on the other end moments later to help seal it. Cal leading scorer Justin Cobbs missed two free throws with 47 seconds left.

Krystkowiak's Utes (20-9, 9-8 Pac-12) won their third straight.