I like numbers. I like them more when they can be associated with an Oregon State win.
Here are some good ones from Oregon State's season-opening victory over Southern Utah:
9.5 - Number of minutes that it took for head coach Wayne Tinkle to earn his first-ever technical foul at Oregon State. Admittedly, it was a bit of a ticky-tack call—given when Tinkle stepped across his designated boundary on the floor and onto the court—but we all know that basketball season has only officially begun once the animated coach has ripped his necktie off in first-half frustration.
51 - First-half points for Oregon State, capped by a three-quarters court shot by Tres Tinkle that had him holding three fingers in the air well before the ball splashed cleanly through the net.
24 - Number of points for Tres Tinkle in the game, despite not playing a second in the final ten minutes of the game. Oregon State lost the dynamic athlete to a season-ending injury after only six games last season, and in his return the coach's son put on a show. His 24 points led all scorers, and he did it with style: he threw down a couple of dunks, nailed the deep buzzer beater to end the first half, and converted a number of and-one opportunities.
20 - Number of points for Beaver freshman Ethan Thompson, passing Carson Cunningham in the Oregon State record books for 2nd-most points scored in a debut game by a freshman—only two points short of Steve Johnson's 22 points scored in his 1961 debut.
54.0 - Field goal percentage for Oregon State as a team, a mark well above their 42.8% from last season (which was 256th in the country). In 2016-17, UCLA led the country with a 51.9% team field goal percentage.
7 - Blocks in the game by Oregon State (while Southern Utah had zero in the game). Also of note: it wasn't just Drew Eubanks having a big game either, as he only registered one block. Five different Beavers logged at least one block, while five different Beavers logged at least one steal—an encouraging sign that Wayne Tinkle has imprinted his trademark scrappiness onto his squad to kick off the season.
99 - Are you sitting down? Oregon State scored 99 points in the game. Tinkle's program averaged only 63.2 points per game last season, which ranked 339th in the country (there's a total of 351 teams). The 99 points scored against Southern Utah is the most the Beavers have scored in the Wayne Tinkle era, and most since scoring 101 against SIU-Edwardsville in the 2013-14 season.
Oregon State (1-0) hosts Wyoming (1-0) on Monday.