1. Tres Tinkle (11/25 v. Fresno State in 63-58 Loss)
In 38 minutes of action playing without leading scorer Stephen Thompson Jr., Tinkle picked up the slack in his last game of the regular season. Pouring in 31 points on a solid 8-15 shooting display is impressive enough, but considering that 13 of his points also came from the free throw stripe, shows how aggressive the 6’ 8” forward was throughout the contest. Tinkle also pitched in 10 rebounds, hit two three-pointers and snagged a mind-boggling six steals against the Bulldogs, in just a completely dominant individual effort. If only, the rest of the team could’ve joined the party that night.
2. Drew Eubanks (11/28 v. Southern Oregon in 84-59 Win)
No, NAIA Southern Oregon isn’t the most formidable of opponents but anytime a player goes 15-21 from the field and misses a double-double by just a rebound, a serious outing was had. Eubanks finished with a career-high 32 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in the contest, in a game where the Beavers outscored the Raiders, 54-10 on points in the paint. What did head coach Wayne Tinkle think of Eubanks’ outing? "He should have got (the ball) on every possession. That was the game plan.” We all agree, coach. We all agree.
T-3. Stephen Thompson Jr. (1/28 and 2/19 v. Utah)
Stephen Thompson Jr. apparently doesn’t like Utah very much. Instead of choosing between the 6’ 4” guard’s two prolific outings against the Utes, we decided to just include them both, since there’s really no rules to this countdown anyway. Thompson Jr. torched Utah for 30 points in their first outing in Corvallis in late January, which was highlited by an 11-13 night from the free throw line. However, it was Thompson Jr.’s second outing against the Utes that really turned some heads, as in the Beavers only Pac-12 victory of the season, Thompson Jr. led the way with a prolific 31 point performance, on an 11-17 shooting night (5-9 3PT).
4. Drew Eubanks (2/4 v. Arizona State in 81-68 Loss)
Oregon State unfortunately couldn’t overcome a 44-25 halftime deficit against the Sun Devils in early-February but sure enough, Drew Eubanks did just about everything in his power to try and will his team to victory on the night. Eubanks chipped in 22 points and 17 rebounds (5 offensive) on a 7-11 shooting display, which also included 10 trips to the free throw line (8 points). One of Eubanks’ eight double-doubles on the year, this showing narrowly one-upped the 6’ 10”, 250-pound forward’s “7-block” game against Prairie View A&M, where Eubanks also added 14 points and 8 boards.
5. Tres Tinkle (11/13 v. UT-San Antonio in 72-64 Win)
Despite suiting up in only six full games for Oregon State, Tinkle had some moments to remember early in the 2016-2017 campaign, especially in the second contest of the season against UT-San Antonio. A hard-fought battle from beginning to end, Tinkle got to the free throw line a stunning 16 times, putting pressure on the Roadrunners defense to alter their game-plan on the forward, down the stretch. And as any good player should, Tinkle capitalized on any and all defenders that UT-San Antonio threw at him, finishing with 26 points in 38 minutes of floor time. In addition to his scoring outburst, Tinkle also contirbuted 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks as he filled the stat-sheet up in the 8-point victory.