STANFORD — Reid Travis scored 13 of his 26 points in the final 8-plus minutes as Stanford pulled away to beat Utah 81-75 in a seesaw Pac-12 Conference game Saturday.
The Cardinal (12-11, 4-7) snapped a three-game losing streak in a contest that featured 16 lead changes and nine ties.
Travis shot 11 for 15 from the field and had his highest-scoring game since posting a career-best 29 against Kansas on Dec. 3. Limited by fouls to eight minutes in the first half, he dominated in the second half, scoring on an assortment of spinning drives and power moves.
Stanford took the lead for good when Robert Cartwright hit a 3-point shot for a 63-60 advantage with 7:15 left. Cartwright finished with 14 points while teammates Dorian Pickens and Marcus Allen scored 14 and 13, respectively.
Stanford shot 64 percent from the field in the second half and won despite missing five free throws in the final 1:18.
Tyler Rawson scored 20 points and Kyle Kuzma had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Utah (15-8, 6-5), but the Utes missed nine free throws and had 17 turnovers.
Utah: The Utes arrived in the Bay Area ready to move into the upper echelon of the Pac-12 standings, but lost to Cal and Stanford to skid back toward the middle of the pack.
Stanford: The Cardinal played their best game in a couple weeks and avoided sliding into 10th place in the conference standings. The Cardinal limited its turnovers to 10, tightened its interior defense in the second half and made 50 percent (7 of 14) from the 3-point arc.
Utah: Return home Thursday to play Washington State, which they beat 88-47 in Pullman, Washington, last month.
Stanford: Travels to face No. 5 Arizona on Wednesday night. The Cardinal have lost 14 straight games to the Wildcats, including 91-52 at Maples Pavilion last month and by 32 points in their meeting last season at Tucson, Arizona.