Poeltl powers Utah over California 73-64
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jakob Poeltl had 21 points and nine rebounds to power Utah past California 73-64 on Wednesday night.
Brandon Taylor and Kyle Kuzma added 15 points apiece for the Utes (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12), who have won four straight games.
Jaylen Brown matched his career-high with 27 points and Ivan Rabb had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears (14-7, 4-4), who again struggled on the road - falling to 1-5 away from home.
Poeltl was a focus of the Cal defense but he still went 7 for 10 from the field.
Down five in the second half, the Utes went on a 23-4 run to take control. During the surge, Taylor made back-to-back 3-pointers, Poeltl had a dunk and then a 3-point play, and Kuzma completed the spurt with six consecutive points. Utah led 58-44 with 10:24 to play.