TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cal's late-February slide carried into March with a 78-60 loss to Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.
The Bears (18-11, 9-7 Pac-12) can still finish no worse than fifth in the conference by winning their final two games, and a top-four finish -- and first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament -- is possible. So is an NCAA tournament bid. But Cal has suffered lopsided defeats in three of its past four games, falling by 20 to UCLA on Feb. 19 and by 28 to No. 3 Arizona on Wednesday before the 18-point loss to the Sun Devils.
"It is in our hands. It's whoever does the job," said Cal coach Mike Montgomery, adding, "I don't have a take on the NCAA. I'm just trying to win a game right now."
Guard Justin Cobbs, who led the Bears with 15 points, said, "It's not discouraging. They played well. It hurts to lose. We're not done. We're still in the hunt for a top- four spot. We have to get it done at home."
Cal has not had much success defending Arizona State shooting guard Jermaine Marshall this season, and it showed again Saturday.
Marshall had 22 points and made 6-of-8 3-point field goals as the Sun Devils all but secured their spot in the NCAA tournament.
"That's what he's been doing all year, making shots," Cobbs said. "If you are not going to guard shooters, you might as well not even come out and play defense. You don't play defense, you won't beat anybody."
ASU (21-8, 10-6) made 15 of its first 18 field goal attempts in the second half, turning a five-point halftime lead into an 68-48 cushion with six minutes remaining. The Sun Devils shot 52 percent from the floor for the game. Cal made 42 percent.
"When they're open, they find the open man," Montgomery said. "The ball moves bang, bang, bang, and when you try to help they find the open guy. It's discouraging, because we are not playing very well right now."
Jordan Mathews had 14 points and David Kravish added 12 for the Bears, who finish the regular season with home games against Colorado and Utah this week.
Cobbs scored three of the Bears' first four baskets and had nine points in the first 13 minutes, but he was slowed after picking up his third foul in the second half and ended with only nine field goal attempts, making six.
"I really don't think I was that aggressive," he said.
Marshall made four 3-pointers in the second half and made 9-of-13 3-pointers in ASU's two-game season series sweep. His 3 with 17.7 seconds remaining in regulation sent an eventual 89-78 victory Jan. 29 into overtime.
"He's obviously a great shooter, but not only that, he is a really good athlete," Montgomery said. "I don't know that we have anybody who can catch like he does and just jump up and shoot it."
Utah (19-9, 8-8 Pac-12) at Cal (18-11, 9-7), 5 p.m. ESPNU