Even as Jabari Bird was mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, California Coach Cuonzo Martin encouraged him to keep shooting.
Bird followed the advice and came through with a pivotal three-point basket to keep the Golden Bears in the thick of things in the Pac-12 Conference.
Bird made a key three-pointer in the final minute, Charlie Moore made two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining and host California (13-5, 4-2 Pac-12) hung on to beat Washington State, 58-54, on Saturday.
“He has to keep shooting because the shots were there,” Martin said of Bird, who was 0 for 6 from three-point range before his clutch shot. “I...