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With a Final Four in sight, Oregon State braces for a week rivaling the school's 2001 Fiesta Bowl run
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  Beavers vs Loyola of Chicago most important men’s basketball win of the past 39 years  
INDIANAPOLIS — The scorebook closed on Oregon State's 65-58 win over Loyola of Chicago, and a celebration started on the floor of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Arms were raised, there were hugs. But the Beavers hardly took a victory lap for what can be argued as the school's most important men's basketball win of the past 39 years. They were happy and joyous, then retreated to the locker room knowing there's more work to be done.

Coach Wayne Tinkle, on the other hand, cut loose a little. After briefly gathering with his team on the floor, Tinkle tore off his pullover, leaving only a black T-shirt made his by daughters Joslyn and Elle, one that included meaningful numbers and his father's initials on the sleeve.

Tinkle wildly pumped his fists in several directions, at family, at Oregon State boosters, and continued to uncork emotions as he walked to the other end of the floor for a postgame television interview.

"I don't normally show that much emotion after a game … there's a personal piece to this, but it's really about our guys and what they have been doing day in, day out that has us in this position," Tinkle said.

The Beavers are some 48 hours away from cutting down nets for the second time in just over two weeks. The last time was memorable, after winning the Pac-12 tournament. This one would be historic. Read full story