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Barefield scores 14, Utah routs California 74-44

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Sedrick Barefield scored 14 and Utah defeated California 74-44 in Pac-12 action Thursday night.

The Utes stayed alive in their pursuit of a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The top four teams in the standings earn a bye and Utah (19-10, 10-7) and Cal (19-10, 10-7) are now tied in the fourth slot.

The 30 points win over Cal is the largest Utah has in the series dating back to 1940.

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Utah blew the doors open with a 32-10 run after the teams were tied at six apiece and took a 42-22 lead into halftime. The Cal defense struggled to stay in front of anyone and the Utes' first 14 points all came from inside the paint. Utah then dropped back-to-back 3-pointers from Barefield and Lorenzo Bonam to jumpstart the rout.

David Collette and Kyle Kuzma scored 12 apiece and Bonam finished with 11.

Grant Mullins led the Golden Bears with 11 points.