Cal wing Jabari Bird breaks down his huge late-game performance against Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament

LAS VEGAS -- Cal junior Jabari Bird explains his late-game surge that kept Cal in front of Oregon State during the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals, and discusses the Bears' semifinal match-up against No. 2 seed Utah.

LAS VEGAS -- Jabari Bird and Ivan Rabb powered No. 3-seed California to a win over No. 6-seed Oregon State to advance to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals against No. 2-seed Utah, with Bird hitting three shots in the second half that either tied the game or gave the Bears the lead.

Bird finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and made five of Cal's nine three-pointers, going 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.

"Jordan [Mathews] and Jabari had really good games," said Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jaylen Brown. "Oregon State stayed in a zone, and Jordan and Jabari did a good job making shots. Me and Ty (Tyrone Wallace), we can both do better. We've just got to finish, keep making the right plays ... [Bird] is a big-time player. That's typical Jabari Bird. Sleeper. You sleep on him, he'll show you what you can do. People have been sleeping on him for the last three years. In my book, he's a pro. In my book, he's one of the best players on the floor. As long as he's playing with confidence, he's going to get anything he wants."


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