Oregon State just took their first loss of the 2017-18 basketball season. Trouble is: it came in only the second game of the season, against a Wyoming team that went 23-15 last season while playing in the Mountain West.
Here are some numbers—most of them bad—from the game:
11 - Total points in the game for the guard trio of Jaquori McLaughlin, Stephen Thompson Jr., and Ethan Thompson. Need some context? In the game against Southern Utah those same three starters combined for 40 points.
20, 14 - The total points and total rebounds for Tres Tinkle, who continued his strong play to open the season. His 20 points led the Beavers: that's great. His 14 rebounds also led the Beavers: that's also great. However, those 14 rebounds equaled the total number of rebounds that every other Oregon State player had in the game: that's not so great.
1 - Number of ankle-breaking crossovers by Tinkle, followed by a strong move to the hoop for a bucket. If Tinkle can do all season what he's done through two games, he's going to make some all-conference teams.
2 - Total rebounds (in 30 minutes of play) for Beaver big man Drew Eubanks. While Tinkle is often the spark plug for Oregon State, a strong interior presence by six-foot-ten Eubanks is critical for the Beavers to have a chance at winning. While Eubanks did pour in 17 points, his two rebounds—every single Wyoming starter had more than two rebounds—were simply not enough.
29 - Speaking of scoring, this is the number of points that the Beavers scored if we don't count the 37 points tallied by Eubanks and Tinkle. Those two will be consistent nearly every night, but the other contributors on the squad are going to need to settle into their roles if this team has any chance of going .500 this season. In the game against Southern Utah we saw the Thompson brothers go for a total of 36 points; against Wyoming they combined for only 11 points.
40.7 - Field goal percentage for the Beavers, which is below their average of 42.8% from last season's team that won 5 games and lost 27. In fact, if we remove the shots taken by Eubanks (6-9) and Tinkle (8-17) this field goal percentage drops to a dismal 30.3%—a rate that is near-impossible to win games at.
Oregon State (1-1) hosts Long Beach State (1-0) on Saturday.