STANFORD -- Gabriel Harris' wide smile said it all after Stanford's 84-66 victory over Utah on Sunday.
Harris, the Cardinal's lone senior, had a career game on Senior Day, and Stanford used a big second-half run to take control of the game before a crowd of 5,433 at Maples Pavilion.
Entering the game with an average of 2.0 points this season, Harris was 6 for 7 from the field Sunday and set career highs in points (14) and rebounds (seven). Harris underwent surgery for an injury to his right knee in December 2011 and missed the remainder of last season.
"The young man has gone through so much, with regards to the injuries he sustained in high school, throughout his college career," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "For him to play like he played (today) on his last day at Maples, I'm very proud of him."
Stanford's victory ended a two-game skid and a three-game losing streak at home. Against Colorado on Wednesday, the Cardinal had a 10-point lead with 14 minutes, 43 seconds remaining but lost 65-63.
"Today, we locked down on defense when they started making their run. So when we saw that, we wanted to make sure we did something different than we did (last) week," said Harris, a 6-foot-2 guard who had six points in the second half.
Utah (11-17, 3-13 Pac-12) trailed 51-47 in the second half, but Stanford (17-13, 8-9) received a 3-pointer from John Gage with 14:36 remaining to start a decisive 18-4 run over the next six
"Guys dug in defensively and got stops when we needed to, and then capitalized on the other end of the floor," said Chasson Randle, who scored 12 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. Gage finished with 11 points.
Stanford's bench, led by Harris and Gage, came up big offensively with 29 points.
The Cardinal also had a nice run in the first half. Holding a 9-6 lead with 15:42 remaining, Stanford went on a 24-13 run to take a 33-19 lead. It held a 44-31 halftime advantage.
Dwight Powell scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half for Stanford, and he grabbed eight rebounds in the game.
Stanford also was called for only one foul in the first half -- it finished with 11.
Utah's Jason Washburn hurt Stanford inside in the first half with 10 points but didn't score in the second half. The Utes' scoring was taken over by guard Jarred DuBois, who had 14 of his team-high 22 points in the second half.
When Stanford was fouled, it made the Utes pay at the free-throw line by connecting on 15 of its 16 free throws. The Cardinal also found the open man consistently with 20 assists in the game.
Now Stanford turns its attention to rival Cal, which it faces in its regular-season finale on Wednesday in Berkeley before the Pac-12 tournament starts March 13.
Stanford handed Cal a 69-59 loss Jan. 19 but will be facing a Golden Bears squad that has won seven straight and is near the top of the Pac-12 with a 12-5 record.
A win for Stanford against Cal would be a big momentum boost heading into the Pac-12 tournament, where the Cardinal will need to win four games in four days to earn the league's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.