INDIANAPOLIS — Oregon State embraced the function of the Hickory Huskers — outcomes and all.
Hours earlier than their second-round NCAA Event recreation in opposition to Oklahoma State, the Beavers’ basketball Twitter account posted a video of middle Roman Silva carrying guard Gianni Hunt to the basket on his shoulders to measure the rim’s peak.
It recreated a scene from the 1986 film “Hoosiers,” during which small-town Hickory’s coach tried to assist his group chill out about enjoying at huge Butler Fieldhouse. Hickory went on to win that fictional state title. On Sunday, the constructing now referred to as Hinkle Fieldhouse was the location of a real-life underdog story.
Ethan Thompson scored 26 factors and No. 12 seed Oregon State neutralized Oklahoma State and star freshman Cade Cunningham, rolling to an 80-70 upset.
Oregon State (19-12) was picked to complete final within the Pac-12 and needed to win the convention event simply to make the NCAA subject. The Beavers pulled that off, then cruised previous No. 5 seed Tennessee within the first spherical. They grew to become the third double-digit seed to achieve this 12 months’s Candy 16, becoming a member of 15 seed Oral Roberts and Syracuse, an 11.
“We have at all times had that confidence,” Thompson stated. “However it form of took us — we needed to go to take an additional step and form of imagine in ourselves and belief in one another. And as you’ll be able to see, these wins that we have been having have been nice group efforts.”
Maurice Calloo, who transferred from Oklahoma State, scored 15 factors and Jarod Lucas additionally had 15 for the Beavers, who superior to play eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago in a Midwest Area Candy 16 matchup that few might have predicted. Loyola overmatched No. 1 seed Illinois earlier Sunday.
Cunningham, a first-team All-American and doable high NBA draft choose, scored 24 factors for Oklahoma State (21-9), however the fourth-seeded Cowboys rushed photographs down the stretch and at instances didn’t get him the ball.
Cunningham is ready to maneuver on to the NBA.
“It’s been particular,” Cunningham stated. “I believe that’s the easiest way to explain it. I believe the most important factor is I surrounded myself round nice folks, greater than something that’s the factor I’m most pleased with. That’s the factor, I really feel like I’ve grown up essentially the most by being round good individuals who pushed me to be someone good on the court docket and off the court docket. I’m going to overlook it, for certain.”
Avery Anderson scored 16 factors and Keylan Boone added 13 for Oklahoma State in a recreation that was delayed for 20 minutes initially by an influence outage.
Oregon State went forward 26-15 after an early 22-6 run.
A 3-pointer by Lucas rolled out, then in to offer the Beavers a 32-19 edge. Minutes later, Lucas drove and took contact, drew a foul and scored in shut, energizing the Oregon State followers. His free throw pushed Oregon State’s result in 38-22. The Beavers led 44-30 at halftime after main by as many as 18 factors.
Oklahoma State started pressuring late within the first half with some success, and it continued within the second half. Cunningham made two 3-pointers within the opening minutes — the second of which lower Oregon State’s result in 50-42.
The Cowboys received as shut as two factors on a basket by Cunningham earlier than Oregon State responded and went up 11, main the gamers to exhort their followers throughout an Oklahoma State timeout with about 5 minutes to play.
Oklahoma State made one final rally. Boone hit a 3-pointer, then Cunningham stole the ball and made a 3 to trim Oregon State’s result in 70-67 with 3:39 remaining. The Beavers pulled away on the free-throw line.
“Sort of simply the identical factor that’s been getting us via these previous few video games,” Thompson stated. “Simply leaning on one another, believing in ourselves. We imagine that we’re able to nice issues.”
Folks inside Hinkle Fieldhouse heard a pop because the constructing misplaced most of its energy, shutting off enviornment lights and the scoreboard, in addition to the postgame Zoom information convention for the groups after the Texas Tech-Arkansas recreation.
A Butler College spokesman stated a automobile ran right into a pole in an off-campus accident that led to the outage. The facility switched from the primary provide to the backup and again to the primary, inflicting the lights to flicker.
There have been no followers within the enviornment in the course of the outage. The groups warmed up within the follow fitness center whereas the amenities groups checked the programs. The lights and energy got here again up shortly, with event officers gathering on the court docket earlier than group staffers and some gamers returned to the ground for the ultimate recreation of the day. After that, issues went on as regular.
Oregon State outrebounded Oklahoma State 52-32 and blocked 11 photographs. Silva, a 7-foot-1 middle, had 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Dearon Tucker, a 6-10 ahead, had 4 blocks. Warith Alatishe, a 6-7 ahead, additionally had 12 rebounds.
Oregon State made 32 of 35 free throws off of Oklahoma State’s 29 fouls. Two Oklahoma State gamers — Bryce Williams and Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe — fouled out. Oregon State dedicated 24 fouls, and Oklahoma State made 26 of 38 free throws.
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