Oregon St. (19-13, 7-11) vs. Arizona (22-10, 12-6) at The Staples Center in Los Angeles at 6 PM PST / Fox Sports Net & ROOT Sports Northwest / KEJO 1240 AM / KPAM 860 AM (Streamed)
Oregon St. takes on Arizona tonight with an appearance in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship game at stake.
The Beavers knocked the Pac-12 regular season Champion Washington Huskies out of the tournament with an 86-84 win, and a balanced effort that saw 5 Oregon St. players in double figures. Devon Collier led the Beavers, with 19 points, and both Jared Cunningham and Joe Burton had double doubles. Oregon St. needed every bit of it to overcome a 29 point afternoon by Washington's Tony Wroten.
The Wildcats whipped UCLA 66-58, largely because of the work they got done at the free throw line. Soloman Hill hit 12 of 14 free throws on his way to a game high 25 points, and Jesse Perry put 12 of 13 down, finishing with 16 points. In all, the 'Cats connected on 31 of 36 free throws, 86%, while the Bruins only got to the line 16 times, with 10 made. Arizona also out-shot UCLA from 3 point range, and out rebounded them.
Arizona beat Oregon St. 81-73 in overtime in Tucson in the teams' only meeting this year. Beaver fans will recall the loss as the second consecutive overtime defeat Oregon St. suffered, and also the bench clearing brawl that occurred during the overtime.
Cunningham had 22 points, and Ahmad Starks scored Oregon St.'s last 10 points in regulation, putting the Beavers in position to win the game, but missed a 3 pointer when the opportunity presented itself to win the game in regulation. Oregon St. subsequently scored only 1 point in overtime.
The brawl ensued after Kyle Fogg scored over Cunningham, giving him a game high 23 points, to open a 79-73 lead, and decided to impress the event further on Cunningham.
Once order was restored, both Cunningham and Fogg were finished, after the technical fouls were assessed, Burton was gone for leaving the bench to try to separate combatants, and Arizona's Soloman Hill was still in the game despite having been the one that escalated the event from a talk and shove affair into a full blown melee.
Anyone thing Jared and Joe aren't looking forward to another shot at Fogg and Hill?
Here's the place to hop over to from the baseball thread to talk about the Beavers' postseason run, and their prospects for more action after this week.