LAS VEGAS — In the end, fatigue was not a factor.
Oregon's men's basketball team played its third game in three days and then went five extra minutes to beat Arizona State 79-75 in overtime Friday night during the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena.
“Adrenaline carried us to the finish line,” UO senior Paul White said. “Nobody was worried about themselves, we just wanted to get the win for the team.”
The sixth-seeded Ducks (22-12) became the lowest seed to reach the tournament final since No. 6 Colorado won the championship in 2012. Oregon is one win away from clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament when it faces top-seeded Washington (26-7) in the title game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ehab Amin tied the game 67-67 on a 3-pointer with 1:22 left in regulation and both teams missed a shot before ASU got the final possession. Remy Martin missed a jumper and Rob Edwards was off the mark on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Louis King tossed an alley-oop to Kenny Wooten to open overtime before Zylan Cheatham made a free throw to get Arizona State within 69-68.
Amin and Francis Okoro each made two free throws before Amin got a steal and layup. Amin drove to the basket again and was fouled before making one free throw to put Oregon ahead 76-68.
“We had momentum and coach told us if we had a layup in transition, not to pull it out but run the plays and execute,” Amin said. “I was just doing what I was told.”
Martin made two free throws and added a jumper to get ASU within 76-72. Amin missed a shot and White grabbed the rebound before passing to Payton Pritchard, who drove for a layup with 1:05 to play.
Edwards hit two free throws to get ASU within 78-75 with 58 seconds to play before Oregon missed a 3-pointer. Luguentz Dort was off the mark on a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 12 seconds left before King was fouled. King made one free throw and Pritchard rebounded the second one before running out the clock.
“I credit the guys for staying with it,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “We got some stops and finally hit some baskets. I was pleased with the guys fight.”
King had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Ducks while Pritchard added 18 points and eight assists. White had 14 points while Amin finished with 13 off the bench.
“Our season was on the line, so as a senior this is real emotional for me and I’m just super excited,” Amin said.
Oregon scored the first seven points of the game and led 22-11 before taking a 35-28 lead at halftime. Pritchard opened the second half with a jumper before ASU went on an 18-1 run to take a 46-38 lead with 13:04 left to play as Altman noticed his team was “dragging a bit."
King scored Oregon’s next 10 points before Richardson scored to get the Ducks within 51-50. ASU stretched the margin to 64-57 before the Ducks went on a 10-3 run to end regulation, culminating with back-to-back 3-pointers for White and Amin.
“Down six, our two seniors hit big shots to get us tied up,” Altman said.
Those seniors guaranteed themselves another game with the Ducks against the Huskies.
“I think we are one of the deepest teams in the conference so we should be ready,” Amin said.