After splitting their regular season contests, Oregon State won the rubber match with Washington when it really mattered—in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Their 69-66 overtime victory earned the Beavers a game against 2-seed USC in the second round tomorrow.
Oregon State's tournament hopes are still alive!
Here are the numbers you should know:
243-239 - Combined score between the Beavers and the Huskies through three games this season, in favor of Oregon State. The Beavers won the first match by three points, the Huskies answered by winning the rematch by two points, and then tonight's three-point Beaver win.
3 - Overtime periods in those three games. While Washington won the only game that ended after 40 minutes of play, Oregon State won the double overtime game and tonight's single overtime game. None of the games were decided by more than three points.
19 - Points for Drew Eubanks. The big man (who may test NBA waters once the season is over) entertained in his usual way, catching lobs for ferocious dunks and reaching high for layup-denying blocks. While most Beaver fans are hoping that Eubanks returns for his senior season, his ability to alter shots at the rim while still relatively inexperienced will certainly make pro scouts consider him as a project big man should he decide to leave Oregon State.
31 - Consecutive games in which Tres Tinkle has scored in double digits. This streak began the first game of the season and it's continued through every game of the year, though the streak was in serious jeopardy against Washington tonight. Tinkle had just one point in the first half of play and finished the second half with a total of eight points. If not for the overtime period—in which Tinkle earned his ninth and tenth points by making two free throws with 21.5 seconds to play—the streak would have been over. For now, the streak is at 31 games and lives to see another day.
Oregon State (16-15, 7-11) plays USC (21-10, 12-6) on March 8th i the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament.