INDIANAPOLIS – The Oregon State Beavers are on their way to the Elite Eight after beating yet another underdog, the Loyola Chicago Ramblers, 65-58, in Saturday’s Men’s NCAA Sweet 16 tournament.
Senior Ethan Thompson scored 22 points to pave the way for the number 12 state of Oregon, which led by up to 13 points before holding Loyola back on track with the number 8. Warith Alatishe added 10 points and pulled 11 rebounds for the Beavers (20-12).
It’s only the third time in school history that the Beavers have won three NCAA tournament games for men.
The Beavers won three NCAA tournament games in 1963 and 1982. This was OSU’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 1982, when the Beavers reached the West Region finals.
The game was largely a defensive battle. The state of Oregon held Loyola 33.3% on the shooting and 21.7% on the threesome.
Cameron Krutwig had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Loyola (26-5).
Here’s a breakdown of how the game evolved.
CONCLUSION: OREGON STATE 65, LOYOLA CHICAGO 58
– Zach Reichle hits two free throws to bring the State of Oregon 2:43 to 51-44. However, Loyola’s Marquise Kennedy hits a three. Now Alatishe with a putback layup. Jarod Lucas hits a big three for Oregon State 1:12 left. Alatishe hits two free throws, and the Beavers run it 58-51 in the last minute. Loyola misses a three. Ethan Thompson with the rebound and he’s fouled with 35.8 seconds left. He hits both and it’s a nine point lead for the Beavers, at 60-51. Williamson hits a three and reduces the Loyola deficit to 60-54 by 24.5 seconds. Time out. The hikers dirty Reichle with a 23.1 second lead. Reichle meets both. Oregon State leads 62-54. A setback by Cameron Krutwig shortens the Biber’s lead to 62-56, 10 seconds from the end. Time out. Reichle soiled again with a 9 second lead. Reichle makes one. Loyola lies down quickly and dirties Ethan Thompson 2.2 seconds ahead. Thompson does both and the game ends. Oregon State wins 65-58 and is directed to the Elite Eight.
– Tate Hall hits a layup and calls a foul. However, he does not convert the free throw, so the lead in the state of Oregon is between 45 and 39. The teams stand empty on the floor a few times. Then Warith Alatishe hits a bench shot and the beavers are between 47 and 39. Loyolas Braden Norris replies with a three, and the beavers lead with five. An Aher Uguak Alley-oop layup cuts it to three. But then Jarod Lucas swings a sweater. OSU is 49-44 with 2:43 left.
– Suddenly these teams show an insult. Loyola’s Lucas Williamson knocks down a three to cut Oregon state lead to 43-37. But Ethan Thompson responds with a layup and the beavers lead 45-37 with 7:47 to go.
– Oregon state Maurice Calloo flips it over and spots Marquise Kennedy, who takes two free throws to cut Oregon’s lead to 37-30. Ethan Thompson misses a three, but the beavers take the offensive ricochet. It results in Calloo being fouled as he cuts to the basket. He takes both free throws, and the Oregon state lead is nine, at 39-30, with 10:24 to go.
– Loyolas Braden Norris hits a layup and he fouls Ethan Thompson. Norris shoots a free throw after the media timeout. With 11:46 in the game, Oregon State is leading 37-26. Norris missed the free throw but got his own rebound and committed another foul. He hit both free throws to reduce the OSU lead to 37-28.
– Ethan Thompson hit Loyola on the ground in an incoming game, caught a deep pass and threw a dunk to give Oregon State a 37-24 advantage at 12:42.
– Oregon State has its largest lead in the game, with the Beavers rising 33-22 at 15:49 in the second half. Jarod Lucas threw a three-pointer to the left at 16:06 to extend the lead for Lucas’ first points of the game. Ethan Thompson has up to 12 points while Roman Silva, Warith Alatishe and Rodrigue Andela each have four points. The shooting percentage in the US state of Oregon is up to 37.5%, while Loyola is still at 22.2%.
HALF-TERM: OREGON STATE 24, LOYOLA CHICAGO 16
– So far it has been a defensive fight with the State of Oregon leading Loyola Chicago 24:16 at halftime. The Ramblers took the lead 9-3 but then the Beavers used a 7-0 run to take the lead.
The State of Oregon kept the Ramblers goalless for the final 5:48 of half, turning a 16-13 deficit into an eight-point lead for the Beavers at break.
Ethan Thompson leads the OSU with 10 points.
Loyola only shot 4 out of 23 (17.4%) and made 1 out of 9 threes in the first half. The beavers only made 8 out of 24 shots (33.3%) but knocked down 3 out of 7 threes.
Oregon State (19-12) vs. Loyola of Chicago (26-4)
Time: Saturday 11:40 a.m.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
To broadcast: COIN 6
KenPom ranking: Oregon State 48, Loyola 9
Betting line: Hikers at 7
Projected starters for Oregon State
G – Ethan Thompson (6-5 years)
G – Zach Reichle (6-5 years)
G – Jarod Lucas (6-2 in sophomore year)
F – Warith Alatishe (6-7 Junior)
C – Roman Silva (7-1 senior)
Previous meetings: In the only previous match between the schools, Loyola won 29-19 in the 1927-28 season.
Remarkable: Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner name the game on CBS, while Dana Jacobson is sidelined. … One win gives Oregon State its first 20-win season since 2011-12 when the Beavers went 21-15. However, OSU played six CBI games this season to fill the record. The last time the Beavers won 20 games without a CBI boost was in 1989-90 when they were 22-7. Oregon State has won four games against AP Top 25 teams this season, most since 1979/80. … The beavers have won five games in a row and eight straight from the Gill Coliseum. … During the last five OSU games, Alatishe averaged 10.4 points and 10.0 rebounds. … In its two NCAA tournament wins, the State of Oregon shoots 44.9% (49 out of 107) and holds the opponent at 30.5% (39 out of 128). … Maurice Calloo averages 10.5 points in two NCAA tournament games, more than double his regular season / Pac-12 tournament with an average of 5.2. … The state of Oregon is trying to finish second 12 to reach Elite 8. The only team that can do this is Missouri in 2002.… The OSU Loyola winner will advance to the regional final against the Houston Syracuse winner at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday.