It was another Oregon State game decided in the closing minutes with plenty of opportunities.
A made shot here, a defensive stop there and the outcome is different.
The Beavers put themselves in position to get a big win Thursday night and couldn’t close the deal. They put up a fight, but No. 14 Arizona made the plays in overtime to pull away for a 75-65 men’s basketball win at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State (13-14, 5-10 Pac-12) had its best hopes after coming from 12 points back to tie it at 50-all on Stevie Thompson’s floater with 9:07 left.
But from there, the Beavers went more than 10 minutes of game time — including the last nine minutes of regulation — without a field goal. They did make all but one of 10 free-throw attempts that kept within reach of the victory.
“We know we had our chances … and we squandered them,” OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said. “Then they stepped up a little bit in the overtime.”
The Beavers had three shots at extending their lead late in the second half and none fell.
In the closing seconds of regulation, Stevie Thompson’s deep two-pointer was off the mark, and the Beavers couldn’t get off another shot.
Arizona (22-6, 12-3) was led by freshman phenom Deandre Ayton, who had 19 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Oregon State’s Ethan Thompson tied his season high with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The freshman guard had 11 points late in the first half to keep Arizona from building on its double-digit advantage. He made 7 of 14 field goals overall, marking the third time in the last 13 contests that he’s been at 50 or better.
“Shots were just falling, probably because I had a little more confidence in myself and guys did a good job of finding me,” Thompson said.
Thompson made a 3-pointer early in the five-minute overtime to give OSU its only lead in the extra period.
But Arizona scored the next 10 points, including two Rawle Alkins 3-pointers, to create an insurmountable cushion.
Tres Tinkle had 14 points six rebounds and six assists for the Beavers, who host Arizona State on Saturday in their final regular-season home game. Drew Eubanks added 13 points and Stevie Thompson 12.
Tres Tinkle said there wasn’t anything that stood out about his team’s offensive struggles late in regulation. Instead, his mind was on what wasn’t happening on the other end.
“We’ve got to get stops. That’s really what it came down to,” he said. “They’ve got some big guys down inside, so that was our more so our focus, because in the past that’s where we’ve given up games. Maybe just more a defensive mindset to get stops. We had it in the bonus. We should have just kept attacking to get to the free-throw line.”
Dusan Ristic, the Wildcats’ other 7-footer next to Ayton, had 14 points. Alkins had 13 of his 16 points after halftime along with eight rebounds.
The Wildcats got their sixth conference road win without junior guard and second-leading scorer Allonzo Trier, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA earlier in the day after a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. Trier was with the team and sat on the bench in street clothes.
OSU got just five minutes from Alfred Hollins, who sprained his ankle in Tuesday’s practice. The freshman forward averaged 16.3 points in the previous four games.
Trailing by eight, the Beavers found some sort of spark in the halftime locker room.
Eubanks scored inside to start a 7-2 run that Ethan Thompson finished with a transition layin on a Tres Tinkle assist.
Ethan Thompson tipped in his own miss soon after, and a little more than three minutes into the second half OSU was within two.
When Arizona needed an answer, Ayton was often the one providing it.
He scored inside, grabbed an offensive rebound and dunked and later followed a teammate’s miss with a two-handed flush to push the Wildcats’ lead back to six with 12:39 to go.
But the Beavers hung around and eventually gained some momentum.
They answered with their own 7-1 run, as Gligorije Rakocevic’s short fadeaway hook in the key tied the game at 50-all with 9:50 to go. During the stretch, OSU sophomore forward Ben Kone got his first field goal of the season off an offensive board.
Stevie Thompson added a short floater on the next possession and the Beavers had their first lead since the game’s opening minutes.
Arizona regained the lead before Ethan Thompson and Tres Tinkle made two foul shots apiece to put the Beavers up three.
The lead traded sides three times before Tres Tinkle’s two foul shots made it 60-59 with 3:02 left. Eubanks made one of two free throws with 2:08 remaining to put the Beavers up two.
OSU held Arizona scoreless for more than three minutes before Alkins’ pair of free throws with 14.2 seconds left tied the game.