Jan. 22, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP and staff sources) - A.D. Smith sank a game-winning jumper from inside the key with 36 seconds left in overtime to lead Oregon to an 80-81 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
Smith's basket marked the 22nd lead change in a game that ended with Washington State's Jan-Michael Thomas' driving jumper bouncing off the rim with four seconds left. Both teams were still scrambling for the rebound when time expired.
It was the second overtime victory in three days for the Ducks (13-3, 4-1 Pacific-10 Conference), fresh off a 76-74 win Thursday at Washington. It was also the second straight year the two teams played extra minutes in Pullman, last season, Oregon won an 87-83 triple-overtime marathon.
Washington State (5-10, 0-6) led most of the second half and finished 10-for-17 from 3-point range only to lose its seventh game in a row.
The Cougars trailed 32-29 after the first half, which featured eight lead changes.
Washington State came out strong in the second half and held a 68-60 lead with 2:54 left in regulation play.
But Oregon whittled the lead down before the Ducks' Alex Scales hit back-to-back 3-point shots in the final minute of regulation. His second 3-pointer came with 34 seconds left and closed out scoring in regulation at 72-72. The Ducks were 1-of-15 from three-point range until Scales hit his back-to-back three pointers.
Neither team led by more than two points in overtime.
Scales led all scorers with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting, while Smith finished with 20 on 8-for-13 shooting. Four of Bryan Bracey's 11 points came in overtime.
Chris Crosby led Washington State with 26 points, including 12 from 3-point range. Jan-Michael Thomas added 20 points and Mike Bush had 15 points and seven rebounds.
Eddie Miller just missed yet another double-double for the Cougars, collecting 12 points and nine rebounds. Miller also had a career-high three blocks and three steals. Paul Mencke, a walk-on from the football team, grabbed a career-high five rebounds in 15 minutes.
The Cougars next head to the Bay Area to face California Thursday night at 7:30 and No. 3 Stanford next Saturday at 1 p.m.