Andrew Andrews scored 21 of his game-high 30 points in the second half, but it was the back end of two free throws with five seconds left that could have eventually sent the game into overtime.
“Andrew played exceptional tonight," Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said. "Would loved to have seen him in his home state get a win here, but we came up a little short.”
But Thompson got the ball heading up the court, and though he was closely guarded by Dejounte Murray he put up a prayer 21-footer that found the bottom of the basket as the students rushed Ralph Miller Court. The referees, who had missed Thompson's travel just prior to the shot going up, looked at the timing, and the shot was judged to have been taken right before the buzzer sounded.
“He traveled," Romar said of Thompson's move before the shot. "But they didn’t call it.
“The main thing is that we did not want them to get a running start. And they got a running start and they caught the ball. We just wanted to keep them in front. Dejounte contested the shot as well as you can contest a shot. He did a tremendous job. (Thompson) hit a leaping leaner, 21 feet out.”
Thompson led four Beavers in double-figures with 18 points. Drew Eubanks added 17, Tres Tinkle 15 and Gary Payton II 15 for Oregon State (16-10, 8-8).
For the Huskies (16-12, 8-8), Murray scored 15 and Marquese Chriss 14 to go with Andrews' 30.
Washington had a devil of a time stopping OSU in the first half, surrendering 49 points. The Huskies stayed in it with some red-hot shooting, especially from deep. They shot 62 percent the first 20 minutes, and 50 percent from three (12-24).
In the second half, the Huskies started to change things up defensively, and it helped limit Oregon State to 29 percent shooting.
“We were mixing it up," said Romar. "We did a number of things; we trapped the ball screener at times, we didn’t switch at times. We just tried to mix it up.”
While Murray was able to get Washington their first lead of the game with just 2:11 remaining in the first half on a three-pointer, the Huskies used their stops defensively to help get themselves over the hump. After just hitting a three, Andrews was assessed his third foul with 12:06 to play and down three.
Andrews responded with a coast-to-coast drive for a layin that seemed to catalyze his play and take it to a different level. He scored 16 of his 21 second-half points after that third foul.
The senior from Portland hit two foul shots with 1:48 to play to give Washington their biggest lead of the game, 79-73. Eubanks hit a layin after an offensive rebound to cut the lead to four with 62 seconds left.
Tinkle hit a wild two-shot attempt from the corner opposite the Oregon State bench that was heavily contested with the shot clock winding down. That gave Washington a two-point lead with 22 seconds to play.
UW's David Crisp was fouled by Thompson immediately, and he hit the front end but missed the second free throw. Crisp fouled Tinkle outside the three-point line but the foul was judged to have been made before Tinkle attempted the shot. Tinkle hit both free throws with six seconds left to set the stage for Thompson's heroics.
“Great job by Oregon State of getting it done," said Romar. "They were really good offensively in the first half. They were shooting at a high percentage. We settled down in the second half and did a better job defensively. We gave ourselves every opportunity to win the game, but we didn’t get it done.”