LOS ANGELES - Jared Cunningham spotted Jeremy Green at half-court and came charging at him, intent on knocking away the ball.
Mission accomplished as time ran out.
Cunningham scored 24 points, including 15 of 20 free throws, and Oregon State edged Stanford, 69-67, in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament on Wednesday night, ending a five-year skid.
Devon Collier added 19 points, Ahmad Starks had 15 points and Joe Burton had 14 rebounds for the ninth-seeded Beavers (11-19), who will play No. 16 Arizona, the Pac-10 top seed, in today’s quarterfinals.
Oregon State hadn’t won a tournament game since March 8, 2006, when the Beavers beat Arizona State. They improved to 2-12 in road games with their first road win since Nov. 27 at Howard.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are to have our first Pac-10 tourney win in this era,” Beavers coach Craig Robinson said. “It’s been a while and it sure feels good. That was a toughness win, a gutsy win, making plays when we had to. We were fortunate enough to eke this one out with good foul shots and making plays.”
Green scored 25 points and Dwight Powell and Anthony Brown added 11 each for No. 8 seed Stanford (15-16), playing a first-round tournament game for just the second time. The Cardinal went 2-6 in its last eight games without any seniors for the first time in program history.
Oregon State led by seven points with 3ß minutes remaining before it turned into a back-and-forth contest.
Cunningham made 10 of 14 free throws down the stretch for the Beavers. He and Collier combined to score OSU’s final 19 points.
The Beavers improved to 6-11 in Pac-10 tourney games. They had closed the regular season by losing three in a row and 10 of 12.
Stanford tied the game at 34 early in the second half before the Beavers went up by eight points.
Green tried mightily to bring Stanford back, hitting three 3-pointers in the final 1:05, with his last one closing the deficit to one point with 13 seconds left.
But Jarrett Mann missed two free throws, leaving the Cardinal down by two with 11 seconds left. Stanford had no timeouts remaining with the game on the line. That’s where Cunningham spent the final 17 seconds, making 5 of 8 in that stretch.