Oregon State Beavers defeat Loyola Chicago, advance to first Elite 8 in 39 years


The ride's not over yet!

The 12th-seeded Oregon State Beavers upset No. 8 Loyola-Chicago Saturday afternoon, 65-58, to advance to the program's first Elite 8 in 39 years. The 1982 run was later vacated by the NCAA so discounting that season, the Beavers have not been one of the final eight teams since 1966. 

This is the lowest seed to make the Elite 8 since Missouri in 2002 who was also a 12-seed. No 12-seed has ever made the Final Four. 

Ethan Thompson led Oregon State with 22 points including a breakaway dunk to pause the Ramblers' momentum in the second half. 

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Oregon State didn't allow the Ramblers to score in the final 5:48 of the first half and closed the period on an 11-0 run. Loyola-Chicago was held scoreless for five-minute periods twice in the first half. 

The Ramblers had five turnovers and just four field goals in the first half, shooting just 17% from the field. According to Synergy, Loyola-Chicago had only played against a zone defense for 5% of its offensive possessions this season. The Beavers relied on zone defense to counter the Ramblers screen-and-roll offense to great effect. 

Oregon State led by as much as 13 and never trailed in the second half. 

The Beavers will play the winner of No. 2 Houston and No 11 Syracuse in the Elite Eight.