Georgia, which had been sluggish in falling behind early, twice fought back to tie the score. The first came at 56 on a 3-point shot by Steve Newman with 4:30 left. After a pair of foul shots by Stephens, Sundiata Gaines drove the lane and scored with 1:34 left.
"I thought we were very fortunate to have chances to win the game, given the struggles we had on both ends of the floor," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. "The story of this game was that we allowed Oregon State to be the more aggressive, more assertive team, and the outcome usually favors the team that plays that way."
Still, the Bulldogs had one final chance to lead inside the final minute of play. Trailing 60-58, they rebounded a Nick DeWitz miss and set up a last-chance play, but Channing Toney's 3-point shot missed and OSU was awarded possession after the rebound was knocked out of bounds. Stephens then secured the outcome with four more free throws over the final 18 seconds.