The Oregon State-Utah game on Thursday night was huge for both teams. Utah seems to be in good shape to grab an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but a few slip ups late in the Pac-12 season could have their position in jeopardy. The Beavers are squarely on the bubble, and couldn't afford to drop a home game against a team that would boost their resume.
The stakes were high, the atmosphere was charged and Pac-12 refs were in the building .... so of course this produced one of the silliest finishes of the season.
The scene: Utah is up 10 with seven minutes left when the Beavers make their run. Oregon State took the lead on a layup by noted ref tripper Jarmal Reid with 13 seconds left. Utah ball, down two, shot clock off.
Just don't foul on a three. Just don't foul on a three. Just don't foul ....
Utah's Jordan Loveridge made all three free throws to put the Utes up one. There's 2.2 seconds left and Oregon State is inbounding under its own basket. Unless this is some Grant Hill-to-Christian Laettner stuff, Utah is going to get the win.
Just don't foul on the halfcourt shot. Just don't foul on the halfcourt shot. Just don't foul ....