Huskies stunned in double OT, lose 97-94 to Beavers
The cellar dwelling Oregon State Beavers led by clutch shooting Stephen Thompson Jr. topped the Washington Huskies in a double overtime stunner on Saturday night. UW flipped the offensive switch solving that problem that they had against he Ducks on Thursday; however, He Dawgs struggled on defense again.
Thompson went 4-8 from 3 point land including a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left in double overtime to win the game. Thompson has a habit of doing this to UW, almost 2 years ago, he hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer to defeat UW. Thompson would finish the night with 22 points, 6 assists, and a career-high six steals.
“We just didn’t defend the 3-point line. I mean, it’s what we do. We let Thompson get hot, and when those guys get hot and they start getting confident, you see what happens. They make the big one. Tonight, our defense failed us,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said.
Jaylen Nowell and Noah Dickerson performed well as Nowell would score 23 on 10-20 shooting and Noah Dickerson continued to come into his own as he scored 28 on 8-12 shooting and 12-13 from the free throw line. Dickerson would hit the 1,000 point mark in his career, just the 38th Husky player to do so.
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As powerful as Noah was in the middle, the Beavers were a bit stronger. The Beavers would score 60 points in the paint to UW’s 48.
UW has a tenuous grip on the bubble of the NCAA playoffs. Having been swept by the Oregon schools, the Huskies drop to 17-8 and 7-5 in the Pac-12. They now find themselves in 4th place of the Pac-12 which could potentially hurt their position in the postseason tournament. It is not expected that the NCAA will take too many Pac-12 teams and reasonably, the Huskies will need to go 4-2 in the last 6 games, plus win a couple Pac-12 tournament games to punch their ticket to the big dance.