CORVALLIS, Ore. -- When things go wrong, there's two pathways you have the option to take.
You can fight back, learn from your mistakes and get better. Or you can quit and fold.
After a blowout 98-64 loss to Arizona on Thursday night, Oregon State men's basketball bounced back to the win column. The Beavers beat Arizona State 80 to 79.
"Super proud of the guys," head coach Wayne Tinkle said. "It's an unbelievable turnaround for us."
It was a full team effort for 40 minutes. Oregon State outrebounded the Sun Devils 35-27. They also held ASU to just 5 of 21 from three-point shooting.
In the final minute of the game, the Beavers trailed by one. Ethan Thompson found an open Warith Alatishe for a two hand slam. That put Oregon State up 80 to 79 with four seconds to go. Arizona State's Remy Martin last chance shot was no good.
Sophomore Jarod Lucas shot 4 of 6 from behind-the-arc, scoring a team-high 18 points in his first career start. Thompson added 17 points.
A statement victory from Oregon State gives the team some momentum into Tuesday's game against USC. This contest was originally scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 20th, but was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols and contact tracing with the Trojan's program. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.