For the most part, it wasn’t how Oregon State expected the Advocare Invitational to go.
After letting a first round game slip away against St. John’s, the Beavers couldn’t regroup on short notice against Long Beach State and before they knew it, Oregon State was sitting in a seventh place game of the tournament against a win-less Marist squad.
But hey, at least they ended their trip to the Sunshine State on a high note.
On Sunday, the Beavers (3-3) knocked off the Red Foxes (0-6), 65-46, with help from a stellar defense effort, where which Marist managed just 21 points in the second half. The Red Foxes were held to just a 33.3% shooting night overall from the field (17-51), which included an abysmal 5-27 mark from behind the arc. Marist also had only one player, junior guard Brian Parker (17 points), score in double-figures in the contest.
As for Oregon State, the Beavers were led by the usual front-court combination of Tres Tinkle (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Drew Eubanks (12 points, 6 rebounds), who anchored the team’s offense all-game long. With some less than impressive nights from Stephen Thompson Jr. (9 points, 4-11 FG) and Ethan Thompson (7 points, 2-7 FG), the Beavers instead got some surprise contributions from freshman Alfred Hollins, who chipped in 12 points in just 10 minutes of court time. Overall though, it was the controlled team effort that head coach Wayne Tinkle and company needed, as the Beavers will now leave Orlando with a seventh-place finish in the Advocare Inviational.
Oregon State will have to now switch their focus to the rest of their non-conference slate, that’ll continue on December 2nd at Gill Coliseum against Loyola Marymount. From there, the Beavers will move onto a solid string of non-conference home games that will include clashes against Eastern Kentucky, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Jacksonville State and Saint Louis. The team’s last out-of-league game will take place on December 21st on the road at Kent State.
As for Marist, the Red Foxes will travel to the Citadel on the first day of December for their next regular season game, still searching for their first win of the season.