The Cal Golden Bears fell into a fifth-place tie in the Pac-12 Conference, losing for the third time in their last four games Saturday as the Arizona State Sun Devils rolled to a 78-60 win at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.
The Golden Bears (18-11, 9-7 Pac-12), who lost by 30 at Arizona on Wednesday, got out to an early lead and were up 22-18 with 5:39 left in the first half. But the Sun Devils (21-8, 10-6) closed the half on an 11-2 spurt to go up 29-24 at intermission and took control of the game with a 10-0 run early in the second half to take a 44-30 edge.
Cal never got closer than 11 points again and trailed by as much as 20. The Golden Bears are now tied with Colorado for fifth in the conference at 9-7, a half-game behind Stanford and a full game in back of Arizona State.
Jermaine Marshall led the Sun Devils with 22 points, Jonathan Gilling had 15 points and four assists and Shaquielle McKissic chipped in with 10 points and four dimes. Jordan Bachynski had seven rebounds and four blocks while Jahii Carson and Bo Barnes had four assists apiece.
Cal was 22-for-53 (41.5 percent) overall, 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) from 3-point land and 10-for-17 (58.8 percent) at the line. Arizona State was 29-for-56 (51.8 percent), 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) and 10-for-14 (71.4 percent).
The Sun Devils had a 34-29 advantage on the glass and committed six turnovers. The Golden Bears gave the ball away eight times.
Cal closes the regular season with two games at home, beginning Wednesday when they host Utah at 8 p.m.