Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jared Cunningham scored the go-ahead layup with just over 30 seconds to play and added two free throws with 6.2 ticks remaining to push Oregon State past top-seeded Washington, 86-84, in the quarterfinals of the Pacific-12 Tournament on Thursday.
"We're a close knit group, and we love each other and want each other to do well," added Cunningham. "You see it out there on the court. We didn't give up at the end. We just kept fighting, sticking through it, and we grinded it out."
Cunningham finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists for the ninth-seeded Beavers (19-13). Devon Collier netted a team-high 19 points and pulled down seven boards, and Ahmad Starks and Joe Burton chipped in 14 points apiece.
Oregon State advances to the semifinals where it will face Arizona on Friday after the Wildcats defeated UCLA 66-58 on Thursday.
Tony Wroten set a UW freshman scoring record with 29 points to go with seven rebounds, while C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross scored 16 and 15, respectively, for Washington (21-10). The Huskies, who won the Pac-12 regular-season crown, may be on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament after the early exit.
Oregon State led by 15 less than a minute into the second half, but Washington outscored the Beavers 26-6 over the next eight-plus minutes as Wilcox tied the game at 54 with a three, and Ross buried a jumper to press the Huskies' advantage to 59-54 with 10:45 remaining.
The lead teetered around five down the stretch, until Starks drilled a triple with just over a minute left to bring the Beavers within one, 83-82.
Ross then turned it over on the Huskies' next possession and Cunningham finished a layup on the other end to give Oregon State an 84-83 lead with 31 seconds to play.
The two teams went a combined 0-for-6 from the line over the next three possessions until Cunningham stepped to the stripe with 6.2 ticks on the clock. He knocked down two foul shots to make it an 86-83 margin.
Oregon State chose to foul and Ross stepped to the line for two. He nailed the first and missed the second intentionally, but was called for a violation for leaving the free throw line early, allowing the Beavers to escape with the victory.
"Our guys fought back hard in the second half, and did a great job of playing good basketball in the second half, but it wasn't enough," said Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. "We dug ourselves in a hole and we weren't able to finish."
The Beavers took a 46-33 edge into the locker room, using a 13-1 run early in the first half, and then closing it out on a 9-2 surge to build their halftime advantage.
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