Every loss hurts. But some, seem to linger in the minds longer than others and sting sharper for some reason. Maybe it’s a crucial turnover at the most inopportune of times. Maybe it’s a missed shot that would be made in almost every other instance. And sometimes, it’s just when the sheer will of a team isn’t enough at the end of forty minutes, despite their most valiant of efforts.
The latter seems to be what occurred on Sunday night in Tempe, as Oregon State fell to Arizona State in gut-wrenching fashion, 75-73.
With 37 seconds left in the contest and the game tied at 68, Sun Devils point guard Remy Martin drilled a clutch three-pointer to put the home team ahead and head coach Bobby Hurley’s squad would never relinquish the lead from there on out.
The shot cemented a productive yet inefficient night from Martin, who despite tallying a game-high 23 points, shot a dismal 5-18 from the field and relied on knocking down twelve of his sixteen free-throw attempts to find his scoring touch. He also added 4 assists and 2 steals.
Alongside Martin, running mate Alonzo Verge Jr. posted 15 points and 4 assists, while fellow guard Holland Woods added 10 points, including some critical late tack-ons from the charity stripe. Big man Jalen Graham also added 14 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double in the last five games.
For the Beavers, Ethan Thompson led the way with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the defeat, Jarod Lucas, who finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds, was the only other Oregon State player to finish in double-figures in scoring, but continuously improving forward Roman Silva had 9 points and Warith Alatishe did add 6 points and 10 boards.
Up Next: Oregon State returns to Corvallis for a Thursday night tilt against Utah. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 PM PT.