It was a gut-wrenching loss to Arizona. Devonaire Doutrive had the game-winning putback as time expired, and the Wildcats have now won three straight games after a seven-game losing skid.
For the Beavers....the last-second 74-72 loss halted the momentum toward a first round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament. But all is not lost....Arizona State lost to Oregon so let's check out the standings with three games to go.
OREGON ST 9-6
AZ, STAN USC 8-8
The Beavers have three games left starting Sunday at 5:pm at Gill against ASU. If they can win that game it should move them into second place and give them a little breathing room with a trip to Seattle and Pullman next week. The Beavers do have the tie-breaker with Utah. They split with UCLA and swept USC. Arizona swept the Beavers and so they have a tiebreaker but right now are two back.The Beavers lost their only game to Stanford.
Pregame coverage on 1190 KEX is set for 4:30pm on Sunday. Here is the game story from the Oregon State Athletic Department:
Tres Tinkle scored a game-high 24 points, his 61st consecutive double figures game, but Oregon State (17-10, 9-6) fell at the buzzer to Arizona (17-12, 8-8) 74-72 Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.
The Wildcats had the game's last possession, the final 24 seconds, and Justin Thompson desperation top of the key jumper was short with one second to play, but guard Devonaire Doutrive tipped the rebound in as the horn sounded to give UA its third consecutive victory.
OSU's Thompson duo of Ethan and Stephen scored 18 and 17, respectively. Beaver center Kylor Kelley added five blocked shots to move into the Pac-12 Conference's all-time single season top 10 list with 45.
Arizona had four players in double figures for scoring led by Brandon Randolph's team-high 15.
Oregon State will honor seniors and Stephen Thompson Jr.when it hosts Arizona State at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Gill Coliseum in the final regular-season home game.