No. 12 Utah holds off No. 24 Cal 82-78 in OT
LAS VEGAS (AP) Jakob Poeltl scored 29 points and Lorenzo Bonam dribbled the length of the court to score at the buzzer in regulation, helping No. 12 Utah outlast No. 24 California 82-78 in overtime Friday night in the Pac-12 semifinals.
Cal (23-10) and Utah battled through a calculated, slow-paced game before trading baskets in the final minute of regulation.
Jabari Bird put the third-seeded Bears ahead 70-68 on a three-point play with 4.3 seconds left, but Bonam took the inbound pass and raced up the floor for the tying score.
The second-seeded Utes (26-7) took a five-point lead in overtime, but Tyrone Wallace hit a 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left to pull the Bears within 80-78.
Jordan Loveridge hit two free throws after that, sealing Utah's spot in Saturday night's championship game against No. 8 Oregon.
Bonam scored all 18 of his points after halftime and Poeltl had 11 rebounds.