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Oregon State Slips By Saint Louis In Dam City Classic, 63-60

The Beavers won their sixth straight game for the first time ever under head coach Wayne Tinkle.

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On Saturday night, Oregon State “made good” in their return to the Rose City.

After last year’s embarrassing display in the Dam City Classic, the Beavers left the 2017 edition of the event with a win, using a 37-point second half to squeak by a tough Saint Louis squad, 63-60.

The victory pushes the Beavers to 8-3 overall on the season, which already gives them a three-win improvement from last year’s 5-27 campaign.

In the game, Oregon State was led by the ever-reliable Tres Tinkle, who chipped in 16 points on 5-11 shooting from the field, while also grabbing 8 rebounds. The Beavers also got double-digit scoring contributions from forward Drew Eubanks (12 points, 6-8 FG) and freshman Ethan Thompson (11 points, 6-7 FT). The team’s second leading scorer, Stephen Thompson Jr., finished with 7 points and 5 assists.

Throughout the contest, Oregon State was able to the weather a series of runs by the Billikens, whose hopes were all but dashed from a Eubanks’ lay-up with 21 seconds left in the contest. After bringing the game within two points in the final moments, Saint Louis was unable to push the game into their advantage, as the Beavers played a solid final minute of the game. Saint Louis’ high-scorer on the night was freshman Jordan Goodwin, a talent featured in our “Players to Watch”, who finished with a career-high 22 points.

The defeat brings the Billikens under the .500 mark, with a 5-6 mark on the campaign.

Up Next: Oregon State will travel to Ohio to square off with Kent State in their only true non-conference road game. The Beavers and Golden Flashes will meet on Thursday (December 21st) at 4:00 PM PT at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.