Washington St. continues its playoff effort against Oregon St.
If the encore presentation is as good as the original, Oregon State and Washington State will give Pullman, Washington fans one of the most entertaining games of the season on Thursday night.
When the teams met Monday in Corvallis, Oregon, Washington State erased an 11-point halftime deficit, sent the game to overtime on a faulty shot by Tyrell Roberts with 15 seconds left, then edged the Beavers 19-13 in the extra session for a 103-97 win.
It was a well-deserved result for the Cougars (16-13, 9-9 Pac-12), who still hold out hope for an NIT berth with a solid finish.
“Obviously a really brave win for our team tonight,” Washington State coach Kyle Smith said. “They were tough to keep but we scored a goal in the second half. We’re happy we got the win and we can face these guys again in 72 hours.”
The Cougars had a chance to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament, but they suffered a five-game losing streak against some of the conference heavyweights in February. Three of those losses were one-possession losses.
Michael Flowers beats Washington State with 14.4 points per game, while Roberts adds 10.7 and Noah Williams scores 10.3.
With the Cougars considering a playoff bid, Oregon State (3-25, 1-17) is just hoping to end a 15-game losing streak. The Beavers, who last won Dec. 30 against Utah, haven’t given up on the season, just haven’t been able to complete some winnable games.
They got a career-high 21 points from senior Roman Silva against Washington State, leading five players in double figures. Dashawn Davis produced his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 assists.
“It’s really disheartening because our guys fought hard and I think they really deserved this one,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said.
Jarod Lucas leads the Beavers offense with 13.3 points per game, while Davis contributes 10.7 points and 5.5 assists.