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Jordan Pope hits 3-pointer at buzzer, Oregon State beats No. 9 Arizona 83-80

By GARY HOROWITZ, Associated Press
Published: January 25, 2024, 10:44pm
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Oregon State guard Jordan Pope, center, celebrates his game-winning, 3-point basket against Arizona in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State won 83-80.
Oregon State guard Jordan Pope, center, celebrates his game-winning, 3-point basket against Arizona in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State won 83-80. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman) Photo Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Jordan Pope hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Oregon State an 83-80 victory over No. 9 Arizona on Thursday night, with the Beavers’ fans storming the court to celebrate the upset.

Pope scored 31 points and made four 3-pointers in the second half, none bigger than the 22-footer from the left wing as time expired.

Pelle Larson made two free throws for Arizona (14-5, 5-3 Pac-12) to tie it at 80 with 11.2 seconds left. Oregon State (10-9, 2-6) elected not to call a timeout, trusting Pope to deliver on the final shot.

The Beavers snapped a five-game losing streak. Arizona fell to 1-3 in conference road games and is dropped into a tie for second place in the conference, a game behind Oregon.

Tyler Bilodeau added 22 points for Oregon State.

Caleb Love led Arizona with 23 points. Keshad Johnson had 18 and Larsson 17.

Bilodeau’s 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run that gave Oregon State its biggest lead, at 77-68 with 2:27 remaining. Love responded with a four-point play to keep Arizona within range.

The Beavers, who trailed by 12 points in the first half, overcame a 44-36 halftime deficit with clutch shooting. Oregon State had 12 3-pointers to just three for Arizona.

Arizona made eight of its first 11 shots and led 21-9 less than seven minutes into the game. But the Wildcats were unable to extend their lead.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: The Wildcats continue to struggle in Pac-12 road games, dropping to 1-3. Arizona has a huge test Saturday at first-place Oregon. Arizona is the only Pac-12 team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.

Oregon State: Since beating Southern California at home Dec. 30, the Beavers had struggled, especially on the road. But the win over Arizona should be a major confidence boost.

UP NEXT

Arizona is at Oregon on Sunday. Oregon State hosts Arizona State on Sunday.

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OREGON STATE 83, ARIZONA 80

ARIZONA (14-5) — Johnson 7-11 4-5 18, Ballo 2-4 3-8 7, Boswell 0-3 0-0 0, Larsson 7-11 2-3 17, Love 6-12 9-10 23, Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, Bradley 2-3 1-2 5, Krivas 4-7 2-3 10. Totals 28-53 21-31 80.

OREGON ST. (10-9) — Bilodeau 8-10 3-4 22, Rataj 4-8 2-3 12, Ibekwe 2-2 0-0 4, Akanno 2-6 4-6 8, Pope 9-15 8-10 31, Wright 1-4 0-0 3, Lake 0-0 0-0 0, Ndong 1-3 0-1 3, Marial 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-48 17-24 83.

Halftime—Arizona 44-36. 3-Point Goals—Arizona 3-14 (Love 2-7, Larsson 1-3, Bradley 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Boswell 0-2), Oregon St. 12-20 (Pope 5-8, Bilodeau 3-4, Rataj 2-3, Ndong 1-1, Wright 1-3, Akanno 0-1). Rebounds—Arizona 30 (Johnson, Ballo 6), Oregon St. 22 (Bilodeau, Rataj 7). Assists—Arizona 16 (Larsson 4), Oregon St. 15 (Pope 5). Total Fouls—Arizona 20, Oregon St. 22.

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