Pac-10 Tournament: Ninth-seeded Oregon State hangs on to beat eighth-seeded Stanford, 69-67
Ninth-seeded Oregon State held on to upset eighth-seeded Stanford, 69-67, in the first play-in game of the Pacific Life Pac-10 tournament on Wednesday at Staples Center.
The Beavers (11-19, 5-13 in the Pacific 10) advance to Thursday's quarterfinal found against top-seeded Arizona (25-6, 14-4) at 2:30 p.m. Oregon State beat Arizona, 76-76, in Corvallis, Ore., on Jan. 2.
In a game that was fairly close from start to finish because both teams struggled mightily, Oregon State held off a late scoring barrage by Stanford junior guard Jeremy Green, who scored 20 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, to earn the win.
Stanford made three three-point jumpers in the final two minutes, including one with 13 seconds left to draw the Cardinal to within one, 66-65.
After Oregon State made a free throw, Stanford junior guard Jarrett Mann missed two free throws with 11 seconds left that could have tied the game.
Oregon State sophomore guard Jared Cunningham made a free throw, and Green then knocked down two free throws to make it a one-point game.
With the ball on the final possession and 6.3 seconds left, Green dribbled across the half-court line and tried to get a shot off, but Cunningham slapped the ball before Green could enter into his shooting motion and he never got a shot off.
Cunningham, who scored 24 points, made 10 free throws in the final minutes to help hold Oregon State at bay. He hit 15 of 20 free throws in the game.
Stanford shot 20 of 61 (32.8%) from the floor and Oregon State shot 20 for 56 (35.7%).
Oregon State's Devon Collier scored 19 points and Ahmad Brooks added 15.
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-- Baxter Holmes