The Oregon State basketball team played the Nevada Wolf Pack this evening, but the Beavers didn’t exactly show up. They quickly found themselves in a huge hole and every time they tried to cut into Nevada’s lead, the Wolf Pack answered with an even bigger run of their own. The ending sequence of the first half summarized the game quite nicely. After forcing a steal Ronnie Stacy threw up an airball from the opposite end of the court, Stacy must have been confused with how much time was remaining, because the ball fell harmlessly out-bounds with six seconds remaining in the half. Nevada proceeded to drill a long three-pointer to give themselves a 48-25 lead headed into the break.
Things didn’t improve much for Oregon State in the second half. Although, Drew Eubanks threw down a nasty one-handed dunk that made for a great highlight. The Beavers appeared to lack energy all game. On one play, after another Oregon State turnover, Tres Tinkle showed some rare Oregon State hustle, chasing down a Nevada player who was soaring in for an uncontested dunk; but Tres was called for a questionable flagrant foul on the play. After the free throws, Nevada took a 61-32 lead and cruised to an easy win 83-58.
Eubanks fouled out with 4 and half minutes to go, finishing the game with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Gligorije Rakocevic fouled out with just under a minute left, on a very questionable blocking foul. Big G was one of Oregon State’s lone bright spots finishing with a career high in points (12) and rebounds (7). Tres Tinkle was the Beavers leading scorer with 16, he also added 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Check out the full box score here.
The Beavers played without Stephen Thompson Jr. for the third straight game, as he deals with a lingering foot issue. Oregon State clearly missed his shooting and leadership as the offense once again stalled without him. Oregon State was just 1-for-11 from downtown. Turnovers were also an issue as the Beavers committed 20 turnovers, just one game after committing 27 in a loss to Lamar University.
Oregon State will try and bounce back against Tulsa on Tuesday night. As they wrap up their two-game road trip.