In their first road game of the season, the Beavers six game win streak has ended. Stephen Thompson Jr. hit 4 threes in the final 30 seconds of the night, attempting to erase a Kent State lead that at first seem insurmountable. Thompson came up just short, as the Beavers lost by one point, 79-78. Had they won, the Beavers would have stretched the streak to seven, a feat which they have not accomplished since the 1989-90 season. That streak ended after 10 wins. The Beavers are now 8-4 on the season.
Prior to Thompson’s late effort, the Beavers had struggled heavily from behind the arc, with just two three-pointers in the first 39 minutes of the game. As a team, they were 6-23 on three point shots, for a 26.1%. Without Thompson’s late surge, the Beavers would have been just over 10% on shooting from beyond the arc.
Fouls were the other big story of the evening. Each team made it to the foul line over 30 times. The Beavers hit 26 out of 36, and the Golden Flashes kept close with 25 out of 32. Five players in total fouled out of the game. Drew Eubanks and Ethan Thompson for the Beavers; Adonis De La Rosa, Akiean Frederick, and Mitch Peterson for Kent State. One third of Oregon State’s point total this game came from free throws.
Stephen Thompson Jr’s last stand left him with 25 points on the night, and 3 assists. While Thompson brought the team to the brink of victory, for most of the night the Beavers were carried by Tres Tinkle. Tinkle contributed 25 points of his own, and added 9 rebounds. Drew Eubanks was the Beavers other major weapon, adding 10 points and 5 rebounds, despite his time on the floor being limited by foul trouble.
Assists were hard to come by for the Beavers. The team only managed 7 total in the game, which is unusual for a team that regularly reaches twice that number. Turnovers were also a problem, the Beavers had 19 in total. Together, those facts suggest that communication was one of the biggest issues the team faced. The team has been struggling with the flu in the past week, which may have been one of the causes.
The Golden Flashes were carried by two deadly shooters, Jalen Avery and Jaylin Walker. Avery started off the night strong, hitting 4 threes in the first half, and finishing with a total of 17 points and 3 Assists. Despite a quiet first half, Walker exploded in the second, finishing the night with 25 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds. Kent State’s win brings them to 6-6 this year.
Up Next: The Beavers will have a week off before starting their conference schedule with a home against the University of Colorado on December 29th. Colorado is currently 8-3, and will be a true test of how ready the Beavers are to compete in a crowded PAC-12 Conference.