Stevie Thompson strikes again.
Oregon State’s clutch junior guard uncharacteristically failed on several late-game chances to put Washington away but didn’t miss on his last.
Thompson’s 3-pointer from the left wing with one-tenth of a second left Saturday night gave the Beavers a 97-94 double-overtime win against the Huskies at Gill Coliseum.
The Huskies have seen Thompson’s act at Gill before. Two weeks short of two years ago, Thompson’s last-second 3-pointer from the same side of the floor gave the Beavers an 82-81 win. Some believed it was a big reason OSU ended its 26-year streak of missing the NCAA tournament that season.
“Nothing but confidence in him. He’s done it his whole career,” Tres Tinkle said of his teammate. “Let him do his thing. If he finds a teammate, great. If not, we know he’s got a great chance of making that thing go in.”
Thompson missed a short shot from the baseline in the closing seconds of regulation. He missed again near the basket on a shot that would have given Oregon State (13-11, 5-7) a four-point lead late in the first extra period.
Thompson was then fouled with 3.3 seconds left in a tie ballgame and missed both free throws.
In its final timeout between a split of two foul shots by Washington’s Dominic Green with 10 seconds left in the second overtime, the Beavers set up a screen-and-roll play with Drew Eubanks screening Thompson’s defender
“You just got to keep playing, keep your head up,” Thompson said afterward. “My teammates did a great job of keeping me in the game. After I missed those free throws I was starting to get down on myself and my teammates did a great job of picking me up. Credit to them for that.”
Tinkle, guarding Sam Timmins on the baseline, tipped Timmins’ pass to run the final tick off the clock.
Tinkle had a game high 29 points to go with 11 rebounds and eight assists. Eubanks added 18 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three assists. Alfred Hollins had 12 points.
Thompson had 15 of his 19 points in regulation after halftime as OSU made its comeback. He finished with 22 points, six assists and six steals.
Washington (17-8, 7-5) was led by Noah Dickerson’s 28 points and 12 rebounds and Jaylen Nowell’s 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Washington was on the opposite end of such a shot seven days earlier. Green’s buzzer-beater 3-pointer gave the Huskies a three-point home win against Arizona.
Saturday, the Beavers rallied from 13 points down in the second half against Washington to force overtime.
“We grew up a lot this week and we need to keep it going,” said OSU coach Wayne Tinkle, whose team, combined with a home win against Washington State three days earlier, got its first Pac-12 weekend sweep of the season. “It’s what we’ve been waiting for. We talked about it the other day, one little ember could spark a wildfire. We took a helluva punch from a very, very good Washington team and hopefully we’ll continue to grow from it.”
The Beavers got the crowd back into the game after halftime, first on Stevie Thompson’s three-point play and then on Ethan Thompson’s one-handed transition dunk off a Tres Tinkle steal and assist.
That had OSU within three and holding some momentum for the first time in a long time.
But Washington slowly and steadily took it back as the Beaver offense sputtered and ball control became an issue. In five minutes of game time, the Huskies pushed the lead back to 10, going up 58-48 on Matisse Thybulle’s 3-pointer with 11:35 left.
Oregon State sought hard for some momentum and eventually found it after Washington had gone up 13.
Stevie Thompson hit a 3-pointer, Tres Tinkle added another on the next possession. Soon after, Drew Eubanks grabbed a rebound and baseball-passed to Ronnie Stacy in frontcourt to get the Beavers within seven with 5:49 left.
Oregon State later traded threes for twos on four trips down the court, and Tinkle’s 3-pointer with 4:12 left made it a four-point game.
Stevie Thompson’s 3 after two Dickerson foul shots got the deficit to three.
Tres Tinkle’s contested layup with 40.3 seconds left erased all of what had been a 13-point deficit with 8:22 left.
The Beavers got a defensive stop and had one offensive possession with 15 seconds left.
Stevie Thompson drove to an open spot on the left baseline but missed. After a mad scramble, Tres Tinkle got the ball and put in a layin from the left side. But he didn’t get the shot off before the horn, and the game headed to overtime.
Oregon State led by as many as four in the first overtime but saw Washington come back and tie it on two Dickerson free throws with 24 seconds left. Stevie Thompson drove and was fouled with 3.3 seconds left but missed both.
Washington’s desperation heave was off the mark and the game headed to a second overtime.