It was one of the most exciting games Mike Parker has ever called on the radio. His words after the Beavers staged a dramatic comeback to top the Utes 71-69 in the Pac-12 conference opener. I had a chance to listen to Mike while driving from Portland to Boise to see my youngest daughter Lily. I was just west of Pendleton when Jarod Lucas hit that clutch shot that evaded him earlier in the season when he had a chance to beat Arizona State at the end of that game. The Beavers trailed Utah 69-68 and the senior Tres Tinkle had the ball but with three seconds to go he fed the ball into the left corner to Lucas and he made the biggest shot of the season and kept the Beavers hopes alive with a game against Oregon today. The game will be the 355th Civil War battle, but the first with no fans in attendance. Because of the Coronavirus the Pac-12 is closing the games to essential personnel and limited family members.
The Beavers had quite the celebration after the including the post-game show on the Pac-12 Network:
The Beavers and Ducks will top off at noon and you can hear the broadcast on 1190 KEX with the pregame show at 11:30 am...Here is the official release from Beaver Athletics on the Utah win:
Jarod Lucas hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and Oregon State withstood Alfonso Plummer's conference-record 11 3-pointers to beat Utah 71-69 in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.
No. 9 seed Utah (16-15) led by 14 early in the second half behind Plummer.
Making his second start in place of Rylan Jones (concussion protocol), the junior guard was one shy of Klay Thompson's tournament record of eight 3-pointers in the first half and finished 11 of 16 from the arc overall. He had 35 points.
Eighth-seeded Oregon State (18-13) clawed back to pull within one late three times in the closing minutes. The Beavers had the ball down 69-68 and Lucas knocked down a corner 3 on a pass from Tres Tinkle.
Tinkle had 19 points and Lucas 12 to help the Beavers move on to Thursday's quarterfinals against No. 13 Oregon.
Oregon State closed the regular season strong, sweeping Stanford and California to end a four-game losing streak.
Utah limped to the finish, losing five of its final seven games.
The Utes and Beavers split the season series, each winning at home.
The first half of the rematch was all about Plummer.
Plummer made his first start against Colorado on March 7, scoring 21 points with five 3-pointers.
He was just getting warmed up for the conference tournament.
Plummer, who averaged 7.4 points per game during the regular season, came out firing, confidently stroking in one 3-pointer after another. The junior guard had seven 3-pointers and 23 points to lead the Utes to a 39-31 halftime lead.
Plummer matched the record to push Utah's lead to 13 and hit another to break it three minutes into the second half.
The Utes still couldn't put away the Beavers.
Oregon State went on a 15-3 run to pull within 50-48 and made another run after Utah tried to stretch the lead, pulling within 62-51 on Tinkle's driving layup with 3 1/2 minutes left.