Beavers stun Tennessee 70-56

The 12-5 tournament upset is the most well-known tropes of March Madness, and the Oregon State Beavers are the latest 12 seed to pull the feat, upsetting No. 5 Tennessee 70-56.

Oregon State got out to an 18-7 lead, behind swarming interior defense. They never allowed the Volunteers an easy interior pass, and held them scoreless for over 4 minutes in the first half before walking to the locker room with a 33-19 lead.

Though Tennessee made pushes in the second half, the Beavers always had an answer and cruised to the victory. Big man Roman Silva led the way for Oregon State with 16 points. Jerrod Lucas went 4-9 from the 3-point line on the way to 14 points. The Oregon State defense held Tennessee to under 34 percent shooting for the game.

The Beavers, who were picked to finish last in the Pac-12 before their stunning run through the Pac-12 tournament, advance to face the winner of No. 4 Oklahoma State-No. 13 Liberty, after Oregon State’s first NCAA Tournament win since 1982.

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