Stephen Thompson Jr.

Oregon State's Stephen Thompson Jr., center, celebrates with fans after he made free throws with no time left on the clock to give Oregon State a 71-69 win over Utah in an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)
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VIDEO: Oregon State beats Washington on Stephen Thompson Jr. three

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Wednesday’s game between Washington and Oregon State was a critical one, as both still have work to do with regards to earning a big to the NCAA tournament. Predictably their contest went right down to the wire, with Oregon State freshman guard Stephen Thompson Jr. at the center of the “controversy.”

What controversy? Well, Thompson’s three-pointer as time expired gave the Beavers the 82-81 victory, but there were a couple issues with the game-winning sequence. First, there’s the matter that the clock didn’t start immediately when Thompson caught the inbounds pass. Second, and more importantly, Thompson got away with shuffling his feet before raising up to release the shot.

This is the second time this season Thompson’s been involved in a wild finish this season, the first of which being his making three free throws after being fouled while attempting a desperation shot to beat Utah.

While that situation was more clear-cut, and Utah’s going to be in the NCAA tournament, this outcome could be far more damaging. Washington’s one of many teams fighting for its tournament life, as is Oregon State. Both teams still have plenty of work to do, but Wednesday’s outcome could be one that both teams look back to come Selection Sunday.

Oregon State nabs a trio of top 150 commitments in the 2015 class

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Oregon State had a huge day on the recruiting trail on Tuesday afternoon as head coach Wayne Tinkle landed a trio of top 150 commitments in the 2015 class.

Coming to Corvallis is Tinkle’s son, Tres, a 6-foot-7, four-star forward, point guard Derrick Bruce and shooting guard Stephen Thompson Jr, the son of Oregon State assistant coach Stephen Thompson.

Tres Tinkle is a four-star prospect and regarded as the No. 88 player in the country, according to Rivals. 

The younger Thompson is a 6-foot-3 shooter from Gardena, California who is a four-star prospect and the No. 74 prospect in the 2015 class, according to Rivals.

Bruce, a 6-foot-1 point guard, had a strong summer with Inland Empire and is a three-star prospect. Rivals rates Bruce as the No. 123 player in the class.

The commitment from this trio, comes on the heels of an official visit to Corvallis this weekend that all three players were apart of.

Three-star, 6-foot-10 big man Drew Eubanks is already in the fold for the 2015 class and Oregon State has the makings of a top-flight recruiting class in Tinkle’s first year as head coach.