Salt Lake City -- On a night where Cal's leading scorer Allen Crabbe was held without a field goal, the Bears out-hustled Utah and handed the Utes a 60-46 loss.

"We have to grind," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "We have to defend. We have to match other people's physicality if we can. That's just the way we have to play."

Since Crabbe was effectively neutralized by Utah's defense (he scored three points from the free-throw line), the Bears (23-6, 13-3) had to rely on other offensive avenues to notch their sixth straight win.

Harper Kamp scored 17 points and collected seven rebounds to lead Cal. Freshman forward David Kravish also came up big with 11 points and six boards. Jorge Gutierrez added 12 points and five assists.

Chris Hines scored 15 points to lead the Utes (5-22, 2-13), who suffered their eighth straight loss.

The Bears shot only 23 of 57 (40.4 percent) from the field but made up for it by forcing the Utes to commit 18 turnovers -- including 11 in the first half. There were only a few possessions where Utes guards crossed half-court and did not immediately get swarmed by Cal defenders.

"We prepared well in what we wanted to do," Gutierrez said. "We pressured them a little bit, and they turned the ball over. We played hard defense, and it worked for us."

Utah kept it close in the first half after Cal started out cold on offense. Still, Cal made baskets at times when it counted.


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"They made us be a little more patient," Kamp said. "They did a good job of getting us into awkward positions early and making us do a few things we were uncomfortable with. We were kind of forced to pass the ball, and we were able to get some good assists."

The win kept Cal on target for claiming the Pac-12 regular season title.