Langston Morris-Walker made a go-ahead layup with 26 seconds left, lifting Oregon State over No. 7 Arizona. Wildcat T.J. McConnell missed an off-balance shot with 1 second left, and Oregon State fans in a season-high crowd of 6,191 stormed the Gill Coliseum floor in celebration.
It was an ultra tight contest the entire way, with neither team holding a lead of more than four points despite the Beavs playing in foul trouble much of the night.
There were 20 lead changes and the score was tied 15 times.
Oregon State is now 11-4, (2-1 Pac-12).
And they're 10-0 at home -- OSU’s best home start since 1998-99.
The Beavers won the rebounding battle over Arizona 32-26, shot 51.3 percent (20-39) from the field and held the Wildcats (14-2, 2-1) to 37.1 percent (17-45) shooting, and 23.5 percent (4-17) from beyond the arc.
“I am super proud of our guys, they are the ones who won this game,” Wayne Tinkle said. “They made the plays on both end. This is great but we don’t want this year to be about beating Arizona. We’ve got stuff in front of us.”
It might have to be for at least a night. OSU last defeated a top 10 team in March 2000, when they knocked off No. 3 Arizona, also at Gill.
Morris-Walker had 12 points and eight rebounds on Sunday, and Gary Payton II had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers.
It was a gritty, defensive game -- and the same might be true of this OSU team's identity after the stunning win: gritty and defense-minded.
Arizona led 43-39 with 8:55 left but OSU battled back to draw even at 44-44 on an Olaf Schaftenaar 3-pointer with 7:46 to play. Another 3-pointer, by Morris-Walker, knotted the score 47-47 with 6:08 left.
The Beavers took a 56-52 lead with 1:33 left after Malcolm Duvivier was fouled on a lay-in and made the free throw for a three-point play. Arizona tied it at 56-all on a pair of free throws, setting up Morris-Walker's winning points.
Arizona had won seven games in a row over Oregon State before Sunday.
Oregon State next plays at Washington on Thursday.
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