Senior guard Ethan Thompson led the Beavers with 26 points on 5 shots on 11 and 7 rebounds. Oregon State also received a heavy and unexpected push from junior forward Maurice Calloo, who scored 15 points in the first half. Calloo entered the game averaging 5.2 points.
Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham, a first-team All-American and a projected NBA lottery pick, finished with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists, but the Cowboys rushed shots down the straight and sometimes failed to get him the ball.
“It was special,” Cunningham said of his time in Oklahoma State. “I think that’s the best way to describe it. I think the most important thing is that I surround myself with great people, that’s more than anything I’m most proud of. That’s the thing, I feel like I grew up most being surrounded by good people who pushed me to be a good person on and off the court. I will miss it, for sure. ”
The Beavers scored 44 points in the first half, the most allowed by the state of Oklahoma in the first half this season. Their 44-30 halftime lead was also Oklahoma State’s biggest halftime deficit of the season. The Cowboys shot 27.7 percent from the floor for the game, their worst shooting performance since 2014.
After the game, Thompson said, “This team had some big goals this season. One of them was to win a Pac-12 tournament championship, a Pac-12 regular season championship too, of course, but we didn’t. do that. We got the tournament championship. The ultimate goal is to win the NCAA Championship. ”
Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle was holding back his emotions after the game. His father was the dean of Loyola-Chicago, the team the Beavers face in the Sweet 16 on March 27.
“I grew up on their campus,” Tinkle said.
He added: “Coach Moser has done a hell of a job. It’s a great team. It is really going to mean something very special to me and my family. ”
Oregon State was chosen to finish last in the Pac-12 and had to win the conference tournament just to qualify for the NCAA. The Beavers pulled it off, then passed No. 5 seed Tennessee in the first round.
Tinkle took advantage of his media availability to talk about the Pac-12, now 6-0 in the NCAA tournament.
“We have talented and talented teams in our league,” he said. “We obviously let everyone know. I am very happy for our program, but I am extremely happy for the Pac-12 conference.
“Maybe now we’ll have some serious respect. ”
Oregon State has now won five straight games in the elimination settings – three in the Pac-12 tournament and two in the NCAA tournament. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Beavers’ BPI odds of winning were less than 30% in each of these games, and the odds that they would win all five were around 1 in 2,800.
With Oregon State winning, there will be at least four double-digit seeds in the Sweet 16 for the third time, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Oral Roberts (15), Oregon State (12) and Syracuse (11) are already in attendance, and (11) UCLA is playing (14) Abilene Christian on Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.