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.