Things looked tough for the Beavers, as Tulsa jumped out to a early 7-0 lead. Oregon State's head coach, Wayne Tinkle, called a time out to try to settle his team as they looked flat-footed, going 0-4 and two turnovers. Forward Olaf Schaftenaar finally got the Beavers on the board with a three pointer from the NBA's three point line.
Oregon State continued to battle back against Tulsa, cutting the lead to three with Tulsa leading 17-14. Tulsa's nine senior deep team proved to be a problem for the Beavers as they went up ten with a 34-24 lead. The Beavers would show a little life with Gary Payton ll hitting a three and Tres Tinkle making a pair of free throws late in the first half. At half-time the score was 34-28.
As the second half started, the Beavers looked to have a little life in them as they traded baskets with Tulsa. Cutting the lead to three several times. A Tres Tinkle layup tied the game at 55-55. A four point run would gave the Beavers a 59-56 lead, as Gary Payton ll and Jarmal Reid each made a pair of free throws. Oregon State went on another mini run to extend their lead to 64-58.
Tulsa fought back cutting the Beavers' lead to four before a Olaf Scaftenaar three pointer put them up by seven and a Tres Tinkle hit one of two free throws to extend it to eight 73-65 with 32 seconds left in the final half. As the final seconds ticked down Oregon State took the win 76-71 after a very flat-footed start for the Beavers. Oregon State, however, seems to following a trend of last year, starting slow and finishing strong.
The Beavers had three starters in double figures. With Oregon State's most explosive player leading the way, Gary Payton ll had 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block. Olaf Schaftenaar and Malcolm Duvivier each had 11. With the win the Beavers move to 8-2 on the season, while Tulsa drops to 7-4. Oregon State hosts their next game tomorrow against Quinnipiac (4-5, 1-1 MAAC) at 6pm on the PAC-12 Network.