RECAP: No. 12 Oregon St. strikes again, knocking off No. 4 Oklahoma St.

Mar 21, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Oregon State Beavers forward Ahmad Rand (0) looks to pass while double teamed by Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Rondel Walker (5) and guard Keylan Boone (20) during the first half in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Ethan Thompson scored a game-high 26 points, making 15 of 16 free-throw attempts, as 12th-seeded Oregon State continued its run in the NCAA Tournament, defeating fourth-seeded Oklahoma State 80-70 Sunday night in Indianapolis.

Jarod Lucas and Maurice Calloo each added 15 points for the Beavers (19-12), as the Pac-12 Conference improved to 6-0 in this year’s tournament. Front-court players Roman Silva and Warith Alatishe combined for 13 points and 24 rebounds. The Beavers held a 52-32 edge on the boards.

The Beavers, who hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 1982 before Friday, will play eighth-seeded Loyola-Chicago, which upset No. 1 Illinois earlier Sunday, in the Sweet 16.

Freshman Cade Cunningham, the Big 12 Conference’s player of the year, led Oklahoma State (21-9) with 24 points, despite shooting 6-for-20 from the field. Avery Anderson III added 16 points, and Keylan Boone scored 13 for the Cowboys.

Just like their 70-56 victory against Tennessee in the opening round, the Beavers built a 14-point halftime, and Calloo scored all of his points before intermission on Sunday.

The Cowboys pulled within 54-52 on a Cunningham jumper with 11:21 left, before Oregon State restored a double-digit lead.

The Cowboys rallied again in the final minutes, closing to 70-67 on a Cunningham 3-pointer with 3:39 left.

Thompson made a jumper with 2:42 left and added two free throws with 1:43 to go to make it 74-67. He made four more free throws in the final minute to help clinch the victory.

Oregon State led 44-30 at the half, the largest deficit the Cowboys faced at the intermission this season.

Oklahoma State took an early 9-4 lead on a Cunningham 3-pointer with 15:57 left in the half.

The Beavers responded with an 8-0 run, sparked by a Calloo 3-pointer, to take the lead. They expanded their advantage to as many as 18 points, 40-22, on two free throws by Silva with 3:03 left.

–Field Level Media