It took three games, but Oregon State finally earned themselves a win in the 2017 Advocare Invitational. By defeating Marist (by a score of 65-46) the Beavers went 1-2 in the tournament and officially placed seventh out of the eight teams that participated.
Here are some notable numbers:
43 - Games since Oregon State last allowed fewer than 50 points in a game. Before this game, in which they allowed only 46 points, the last time that the Beavers held an opponent below 50 points was when they beat Washington State 69-49 on February 28th, 2016.
+19 - Rebounding margin for Oregon State in the game. The Beavers pulled down 44 rebounds in the game while the Red Foxes only managed 25. Granted, Marist helped Oregon State's cause by shooting only 17-51 from the field, but the encouraging point of emphasis is that the Beavers had five different players with at least six rebounds each. Attacking the boards was a team effort in this one.
16 - Second-half bench points for the Beavers. After Marist's bench outscored Oregon State's bench 17-1 in the first half, the backups for the Beavers came alive in the second half and scored 16 points off the bench to the Red Fox's two. Oregon State was only up by three points at halftime and won the game by 19, showing just how significant the second-half contribution from the bench was in how this one played out.
7 - Minutes played by Oregon State guard Jaquori McLaughlin. The talented sophomore had played rather poorly through the first five games, and it seems as though head coach Wayne Tinkle finally had seen enough. Through the first five games McLaughlin hadn't played less than 28 minutes in any single contest, but he was only averaging 3.2 points (on 25% shooting), 3.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Him playing only seven minutes in this game freed up time for Alfred Hollins to get more action, a gamble by coach Tinkle that Hollins made sure to take advantage of against Marist.
12/8 - Points and rebounds in the game for Oregon State freshman forward Alfred Hollins, in only 10 minutes of play. Hollins came into the game having scored just 13 points total over the first five games, but he came alive against Marist. His 12 points and eight rebounds provided a spark for the Beavers, and his aggressive play (four of his rebounds were offensive, and he also took six foul shots) set the tone in the second half.
0:00 - Time (in minutes and seconds) that Marist held the lead in the entire game. Despite the Beavers only scoring 28 first-half points, Oregon State held the lead for 38 minutes, 57 seconds and found themselves in a tied game for the remaining 1 minute, 3 seconds. With a collapse against St. John's in the first round of the Advocare Invitational fresh in Beaver memories, it was nice to see the team gain a lead and then control the game down the stretch—even if it was against a winless opponent.
Oregon State (3-3) next hosts Loyola Marymount (3-2) on December 2nd.