SALT LAKE CITY — Mark Lyons scored 18 points, freshman Brandon Ashley added 10 in a reserve role and No. 9 Arizona defeated Utah 68-64 on Sunday to snap a two-game skid.
Arizona led by as many as 13 early in the second half only to see Utah respond with a 14-3 run to tie it at 51 with 7:28 remaining on Jason Washburn's tip-in.
A 3-pointer by Dakarai Tucker pulled Utah within two with 4:46 left, but a putback by Kevin Parrom and a layup by Lyons helped seal it for the Wildcats (21-4, 9-4 Pac-12), who were coming off their worst loss of the season.
Jarred DuBois had 16 points, Washburn 15 and Jeremy Olsen 12 for the Utes (11-14, 3-10), who have yet to win back-to-back conference games since joining the Pac-12 two years ago.
Arizona coach Sean Miller shuffled his lineup, starting Parrom, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, over the 6-8 Ashley in hopes of avoiding another sluggish start.
Arizona led 33-25 at halftime, with Ashley contributing six points off the bench.
California 76, USC 68
At Berkeley, Calif., Allen Crabbe had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Cobbs added 22 points and California came back from 15 points down in the second half to beat Southern California.
Crabbe, the Pac-12's leading scorer, got into a heated exchange with Cal coach Mike Montgomery early in the second half but regained his composure and rallied the Golden Bears (16-9, 8-5) to their third straight win. Crabbe scored 10 points over the final 41/2; minutes and helped Cal close the game on a 25-7 run.