Huskies falter at the finish line

Jared Cunningham made a go-ahead layup with 31.8 seconds left, and the ninth-seeded Oregon State Beavers held on and dropped the top-seeded Washington Huskies 86-84 on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles.

The Beavers flew out to a 15-point lead in the second half before Washington erased it with some tough defense and some hot shooting. The Huskies moved out to an 8-point lead before going cold, particularly from the foul stripe, which allowed the Beavers to come back and set up the frenzied finish.

Cunningham scored 18 points and made two free throws with just over 6 seconds to play. Those two were the difference, and came after he had already missed four free throws in the final 17.5 seconds.

Husky freshman Tony Wroten led Washington with 29 points. At one point Wroten had made six straight free throws, but he missed on his final four attempts to open the door for the Beavers to make their upset run.

Devon Collier had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Beavers (19-13) while Wroten's career-high 29 points were the best scoring performance by a Washington freshman in school history. He had the opportunity to put the Huskies ahead but missed on two free throws with 18.3 seconds left and clanked two more with 8.7 seconds to play.

Foul shooting proved to be killer for the Huskies, who were only able to connect on 12 of 26, good for a 44% conversion rate. That number won't win many close games.

The loss puts the Huskies' NCAA tournament wishes at the hands of the selection committee. It would be very strange for a conference champion to be left at home, but after losing their last two games, Washington would have no one but themselves to blame.
Washington Scoring: Wroten 29, Wilcox 16, Ross 15, Gaddy 13, Gant 6, N'Diaye 4, Simmons 1.

Rebounds: Gant 10, N'Diaye 7, Wroten 7, Ross 5, Wilcox 4, Simmons 3, Gaddy 3, Seferian-Jenkins 1.


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