Now, here's a quick version of what played out tonight at Staples Center:
Final score: Washington 59, Oregon State 52
Star of the game: Oregon State's Roenald Schaftenaar had the best numbers, scoring 17 points and nine rebounds -- both game highs. However, since the victor gets the spoils, let's give the star to Isaiah Thomas, who led UW with 15 points. They came on 4-of-16 shooting, but he timed a couple of 3-point daggers when they would do the most damage during the Huskies' game-changing run.
Key stats: UW shot 38 percent in the first half, 52 percent in the second. ... UW was outrebounded in the first half, but came back to edge the Beavers on the boards, 29-28. ... The Huskies survives despite only nine points and 3-of-7 shooting from Quincy Pondexter.
Key run: The Huskies did it with defense, limiting the Beavers to 10 points over the first 13 minutes of the second half. By the time the Beavers' got it going again, they were the ones trying to come from behind.
What fans will be talking about: Can UW secure an NCAA tournament berth with another win on Friday? Or will they have to win the whole tournament?
Next: The Huskies (21-9, 11-7) head on to the semifinals, facing Stanford at 8:40 p.m. today. The game will be shown on FSN. During the regular season, Washington defeated the Cardinal 94-61 in Seattle and 78-61 at Stanford. The winner of this one will play for the tournament title at 3 p.m. Saturday against the winner of today’s 6 p.m. semifinal game between No. 5 UCLA and No. 1 California.