Washington State: Ernie Kent - 47-75 in four seasons at Washington State (372-328 overall). His brother, Stevie, is a 6-foot-5 junior at Rainier Beach High, which will play Garfield in the Washington Class 3A boys basketball final at 7 p.m.in Tacoma.
That's Oregon's NCAA Tournament hopes flatlining after a 78-76 loss to Washington State on Thursday night. "That's what I did, and it's my first game-winner ever". Oregon, however, has plenty to play for.
The Ducks were hot off an upset win over No. 19 Arizona, but the Cougars and star point guard Malachi Flynn were not deterred Saturday night in a nationally televised game at Beasley Coliseum.
Arizona State quickly extended the lead to nine points early in the second half, but the Beavers surged back to get within one halfway through the third quarter.
"He gave us a lot", OR coach Dana Altman said. WSU has made 37.8 percent of threes this season, good for fourth in the Pac-12.
"I'm comfortable playing there because I've gone there forever", Smith said. "You get so consumed with it that you lose focus".
If it's the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, it must include Stanford.
Tierney, the veteran sportswriter-turned-SportsLine expert with a strong analytical background, has now examined every matchup, every player and every trend for Oregon State-Washington and locked in a strong against-the-spread pick. If Oregon defeats Washington and the Bruins defeat the Trojans, the Ducks would finish tied for sixth with Washington and earn the No. 6 seed based on a season sweep after beating Washington 65-40 last month.
Previous meetings: Oregon State beat Washington State 94-62 on February 8 at Gill Coliseum.
"We made a couple adjustments and we were able to get the stops that we needed", Hopkins said. "We finally put it all together and got a win". The victor earns the 6 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas next week.
"Sometimes, teams will play to prove something, and then you play to protect something", Hopkins said. "Part of that work was proving to ourselves that we can play with the teams in the upper echelon". "But now that it's March, we are looking to play our best and dig deep".
OR shot 46.8 percent from the field in the loss to the Cougars and made 10 of 32 three-pointers.
"I was proud of the team for the grit and toughness we showed throughout the entire game and just kept playing", Ekmark said. "We were not going to let this happen again".
Oregon caught a flight Friday morning to face the Huskies, who moved into a tie for third in the conference with a 79-77 victory over Oregon State on Thursday.
"Yeah, I think it just brought a lot of energy, everyone was excited. It's a character check", Altman said. "We need to take care of the ball. We have to go and play good".
1 - Stephen Thompson Jr., 6-4, 190, Jr.
43 - Drick Bernstine, 6-8, 235, Sr.
Elijah Brown, 6-4, Sr.
12 - Drew Eubanks, 6-10, 250, Jr.
Sam Timmins, 6-11, So.
The Washington defense managed 10 steals against the Beavers (led by four steals for junior guard Matisse Thybulle), but those were virtually cancelled out by OSU's 10 offensive rebounds.
The Cougars have now won three of their last five games this season.