The 2019-2020 winter sports season will forever be remembered as the “what could have been” season, which came to an abrupt halt in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oregon State men’s basketball team was gaining momentum in the Pac-12 Tournament with freshman Jarod Lucas sinking a game-winning three-point shot with 1.8 left on the clock from the corner to defeat Utah in round one of the conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, it would be difficult to win four games in four days and claim the Pac-12 Tournament title in a challenging conference, but a trip to the NIT Tournament in March was a likely spot for head coach Wayne Tinkle and the Beavs.
BANG! Jarod Lucas’ game-winner sends Oregon State to the Quarterfinals. Beavers won despite Utah’s Alfonso Plummer setting a Pac-12 record for threes made (11).— CollegeBB News (@CollegeBBNCAA) March 11, 2020
The No. 13 ranked women’s team was preparing to host round one of the NCAA March Madness Tournament in front of the Corvallis faithful in Gill Coliseum for what seems like a popular destination for the first round of March Madness with head coach Scott Rueck at the helm.
📽️ We had some unforgettable moments during the 2019-20 season!— Oregon State WBB (@BeaverWBB) March 17, 2020
Thanks again to everyone in #BeaverNation who made this year possible! We Are Family!#GoBeavs #OneShiningMoment #WeAreFamily pic.twitter.com/mx1vPORT9H
That all unfortunately changed very quickly.
Oregon State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes joined hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren on the Beaver Sports Podcast on Wednesday:
Of course our heart goes out to out student-athletes, but the rug got pulled out from under them. Both those programs to your point were on a roll. We were so looking forward to seeing how that would play out for both those programs. And so it was fun to see them end on a high note. — Scott Barnes