INDIANAPOLIS — Oregon State attempts to win its third NCAA Tournament game this season for only the third time in school history when the 12th-seeded Beavers take on No. 8 seed Loyola of Chicago in a Midwest Region Sweet 16 game at 11:40 a.m. Saturday (CBS/KOIN 6) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Beavers won three NCAA tourney games in 1963 and 1982. This is OSU’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 1982, when the Beavers won to reach the West Regional final.
Follow along here for live updates as Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago unfolds.
2ND HALF, 11:46: OREGON STATE 37, LOYOLA CHICAGO 26
— Loyola’s Braden Norris scores on a layup, and he draws a foul on Ethan Thompson. Norris will shoot a free throw after the media timeout. With 11:46 to play in the game, Oregon State leads 37-26.
— Ethan Thompson just beat Loyola down the floor on an inbound play, caught a deep pass and threw down a dunk to give Oregon State a 37-24 lead with 12:42 to play.
— Oregon State has its biggest lead of the game, with the Beavers up 33-22 at the 15:49 mark of the second half. Jarod Lucas knocked down a three-pointer with 16:06 left to extend the lead, for Lucas’ first points of the game. Ethan Thompson is up to 12 points, while Roman Silva, Warith Alatishe and Rodrigue Andela have four points apiece. Oregon State’s shooting percentage is up to 37.5%, while Loyola is still at a paltry 22.2%.
HALFTIME: OREGON STATE 24, LOYOLA CHICAGO 16
— It’s been a defensive battle thus far, with Oregon State leading Loyola Chicago 24-16 at halftime. The Ramblers jumped out to a 9-3 lead, but then the Beavers used a 7-0 run to take the lead.
Oregon State held the Ramblers scoreless for the final 5:48 of the half, turning a 16-13 deficit into an eight-point Beavers lead at the break.
Ethan Thompson leads OSU with 10 points so far.
Loyola shot just 4 of 23 (17.4%) and made 1 of 9 threes in the first half. The Beavers made only 8 of 24 shots (33.3%), but did knock down 3 of 7 threes.
Oregon State (19-12) vs. Loyola of Chicago (26-4)
Time: 11:40 a.m. Saturday
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
On air: KOIN 6
KenPom ranking: Oregon State 48, Loyola 9
Betting line: Ramblers by 7
Projected starters for Oregon State
G – Ethan Thompson (6-5 senior)
G – Zach Reichle (6-5 senior)
G – Jarod Lucas (6-2 sophomore)
F – Warith Alatishe (6-7 junior)
C – Roman Silva (7-1 senior)
Previous meetings: In the only previous meeting between the schools, Loyola won 29-19 during the 1927-28 season.
Notable: Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner call the game on CBS, with Dana Jacobson doing sidelines. … A win gives Oregon State its first 20-win season since 2011-12, when the Beavers went 21-15. However, OSU played six CBI games that season to pad the record. The last time the Beavers won 20 games without a CBI boost was 1989-90, when they were 22-7. … Oregon State has won four games against AP Top 25 teams this season, the most since 1979-80. … The Beavers have won five consecutive games, and eight straight away from Gill Coliseum. … During OSU’s recent five-game streak, Alatishe is averaging 10.4 points and 10.0 rebounds. … In its two NCAA Tournament wins, Oregon State is shooting 44.9% (49 of 107) and holding the opponent to 30.5% shooting (39 of 128). … Maurice Calloo is averaging 10.5 points in two NCAA tourney games, more than double his regular season/Pac-12 tournament scoring average of 5.2. … Oregon State is attempting to become the second 12 seed to reach the Elite 8. The only team to do it is Missouri in 2002. … The OSU-Loyola winner advances to Monday’s regional final against the Houston-Syracuse winner in Lucas Oil Stadium.
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