Ducks clinch share of Pac-12 crown

Monday, 26 Feb, 2018

Thompson's two foul shots with 11.2 seconds left provided Oregon State the cushion it needed in a 79-75 Pac-12 men's basketball win against Arizona State at Gill Coliseum. "I was in a good rhythm today and honestly the passes from the guards were really good".

One of those guards, Katie McWilliams, was more than happy to see Gulich take over.

OR push for relevance in the postseason discussion got a boost by beating the Wildcats, though the Ducks' only route to NCAA Tournament may rest with winning the conference tournament in Las Vegas next month. ASU also only led just once the entire game.

Eubanks had a team-high 16 points, leading five total Beavers in double figures. "She hit a lot of tough shots too, so you have to give her a lot of credit for just working down there and getting whatever she could".

With one game left, Oregon State has the best scoring defense and the most rebounds in the Pac-12.

They failed to get out on transition, which resulted in just two fast-break points in the first half and six in the entire game. Arizona (6-22, 2-15) has five straight double-digits losses and was held to fewer than 50 points for the eighth time this season. The Beavers will play the victor of that game on Friday. Tres Tinkle added 15 points, along with eight rebounds and eight assists.

Arizona is appealing the suspension for Trier, who was averaging 19.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Robert Franks scored 19 points to lead the Cougars (11-17, 3-13).

Destiny Graham scored 13 points and had nine rebounds to lead Arizona. ASU only had 5 offensive boards and 9 points on putbacks.

"We lose our focus, we get away from what was working, we get a couple of turnovers, then we're fouling on D, and that's how that whole thing kind of rolls", Tinkle said. But, man, we've got to learn.

The Beavers finished the job against a Sun Devils team looking to solidify its spot in the NCAA tournament.

Gulich said the Sun Devils had to choose between guarding her or staying out on the Beavers' deadly outside shooters. The work at the line helped them over a 58.6 shooting percentage and a 35-30 rebounding edge for the Wildcats. Ionescu was 7 of 12 from the field, and ignited the third-quarter surge with two steals and a block.

Despite being down by 15 in the second half, ASU didn't make it easy for OSU.

The other way ASU can take advantage of Oregon State is by forcing turnovers.

"Rawle made some really big plays", said Arizona coach Sean Miller. Oregon's Payton Pritchard missed a driving layup with 2 seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime. The Wildcats dominated early and built an early 16-6 lead by making their first six shots from the field.

Arizona: Coming into Thursday, the Wildcats had won 11 of their last 12 games against Oregon State, with an average margin of victory of 16.5 points.