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‘Magical things happen’: Stephen Thompson Jr. buzzer-beater saves Oregon State’s season

CORVALLIS – On a night that Stephen Thompson Jr. initial saved Oregon State’s deteriorate 3 weeks ago, his father and assistant coach watched stoically from a bench.

Stephen Thompson Sr. had time to soak in any of a 3 giveaway throws the freshman ensure put by a net against Utah, preserving a Beavers’ lofty and ancestral postseason ambitions.

On Wednesday night inside Gill Coliseum, seconds after an extraordinary 82-81 win over Washington, Thompson Sr. had a glow in his eyes present during his personification days during Syracuse – pumping his fists while his son celebrated on a building underneath a raise of orange-clad students.

One some-more time, a spare beginner who honed his fluffy sharpened stroke during after-school examination sessions with his dad, had kept alive a chance to finish a 26 years of story weighing over Oregon State basketball.

There were 3.3 seconds on a time when Thompson, his father and a rest of a Beavers sat a dais and drew adult one final play to deliver what would have been a devastating defeat. Down 81-79 with a round underneath Washington’s basket, conduct manager Wayne Tinkle called for a twist shade to giveaway Thompson up for a length-of-the-floor drive.

Along with a diagram, Tinkle supposing one final message.

“We’re going to strike this game-winning shot and we’re going to celebrate,” he recalled.

Thompson held a inbounds pass 80 feet divided from his basket though with room to move. He reached a left wing of OSU’s three-point line in 4 dribbles. As he scooped adult a round with Washington beginner Dejounte Murray’s left arm extended in front his face, Thompson shuffled his feet before releasing a shot that may change a march of a program.

But roving calls are not reviewable. Instead, after a shot went through, diversion officials usually simplified that a freshman’s feet were behind a three-point line. As Thompson emerged from a throng of fans that stormed a court, a scoreboards behind any basket adjusted to simulate a loyal final: 81-81 became 82-81.

“Stevie J to a rescue,” comparison ensure Gary Payton II said.

Had a shot not dropped, a Beavers would have mislaid an essential diversion for their postseason hopes. Oregon State (16-10, 7-8 Pac-12) forsaken dual home games early in Pac-12 play, definition that another home detriment would decimate the program’s goal to strech a initial NCAA Tournament since 1990.

That probability seemed close reality with any flitting jumper from Washington comparison ensure Andrew Andrews. The Portland local connected on 6-of-9 three-pointers and poured in 21 second half points to finish with a game-high 30.

His burst shot was pristine for many of a night, during times pulling adult several feet behind a arc to regularly expostulate a interest into a heart of Oregon State’s tournament aspirations.

When Andrews connected on a three-pointer from a tip of a pivotal to put Washington (16-12, 8-8) up 77-72 with 2:25 on a clock, it cemented a 17-4 run that erased what had been an eight-point deficit.

With hardly over a notation to play, a Beavers still trailed by 6 – 79-73.

Their convene began with a three-pointer that Thompson missed. Freshman Drew Eubanks, who had exploited mismatches and decimated a Huskies down low via a initial half, gobbled adult a descent miscarry and scored on a put-back.

The bucket was a Beavers’ initial margin idea given a 10-minute mark. They lived during a giveaway chuck line while spending many of a second half in a double bonus, nonetheless done usually 15-of-26 during a stripe.

Eubanks’ late grant gave a Beavers dual of their 21 second possibility points, as OSU outworked Washington 41-25 on a glass.

At a other end, Thompson forced an Andrews turnover. Payton missed a three-pointer though a round went out of finish off Washington. When a possession resumed, beginner Tres Tinkle got pinned in a left dilemma with no room to maneuver. He pivoted behind and onward before banishment a request with a defender in his face.

The shot went in, slicing a Beavers’ necessity to 79-77 with 21.4 to play.

After Washington beginner David Crisp separate a span of giveaway throws, OSU scarcely mislaid a indirect possession at a possess baseline. Payton pacifist to a ground, saved a ball in recklessness and watched as it went out of finish by Murray’s hands. Crisp fouled Tinkle after a next inbounds play and a OSU brazen done both attempts to make it a one-point game, 80-79.

Upon Washington’s inbounds, a Beavers had no choice though to tainted Andrews – an 84 percent giveaway chuck shooter. The comparison done a initial try though missed a second, opening a doorway for a biggest shot of Thompson’s nascent career.

Thompson finished with 18 points, heading 4 Oregon State scorers in double figures. Eubanks finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Payton had 15 points, 10 rebounds, dual assists and 5 steals, while Tinkle total 15 points and 7 rebounds.

Murray total 15 points (7 of 14) to element Andrews, along with associate beginner Marquese Chriss (14 points on 6-of-9 shooting).

In a moments after a game-winner, Stephen Thompson Jr. indispensable to wade by a sea of disharmony to find his father. A high-five awaited him when they connected in a post-game handshake line.

“It was a flattering special moment,” Thompson Jr. said.

Before a father and son quickly reunited, Thompson Sr. had let out a roar nearby midcourt and sealed eyes with Wayne Tinkle. The conduct manager shortly engulfed his partner in a bear hug. Their sons had total for a final 7 points of their many critical win together.

On a other finish of a court, a elder Gary Payton clapped in front of a TV camera and slapped hands with all others in sight. Payton was famously a actor to final lead a Beavers to a “Big Dance.” Like Thompson and Tinkle, he had a closest possible perspective of his son’s bid to change 26 years of history.

Sitting behind in his chair inside Gill Coliseum’s media room, Payton II could usually sum it adult one way: “Magical things occur upstairs in that gym.”

— Danny Moran

dmoran@oregonian.com

@DannyJMoran

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