For 32 minutes, Oregon State outplayed the #17-ranked team in the country.
Sadly, the game lasted 40 minutes.
While on the road, and facing an always-talented Arizona program, the Beavers found themselves up by one point with 7:59 remaining in the game. The score was 39-38, and Oregon State was looking for their first true road victory over a ranked opponent since 1985.
Hopes were soon dashed, as Arizona finished the final 7:59 on a 24-14 run to pull away with a 62-53 win, dropping the Beavers to 10-6 overall.
Here are the rest of the numbers:
55.1% - Combined field goal percentage for Arizona's three top scorers. It was a relatively poor shooting night for both teams. The Wildcats, as a whole, made just 41.5% of their shots in the game, but their top scorers all performed well. Allonzo Trier had 21 points on 6-12 shooting, Deandre Ayton had 14 points on 6-8 shooting, and Rawle Alkins had 11 points on 4-9 shooting.
41% - Combined field goal percentage for Oregon State's top three scorers. By contrast, the Beavers, as a whole, made just 39.3% of their shots in the game, and their top three scorers took 10 more shots than Arizona's top three scorers while making the same total number of shots (16). Tres Tinkle had 18 points on 7-15 shooting, Stephen Thompson Jr. had 12 points on 5-11 shooting, and Drew Eubanks had 8 points on 4-13 shooting.
9 - The margin of the final score, yes, but also the difference in free throw makes. Arizona got to the charity stripe twice as often as Oregon State and made 12 out of 16 attempts while the Beavers made just three out of eight attempts. In a game where each team made six three-point shots and 22 shots overall from the field, the glaring difference is in those nine extra points that Arizona earned with the clock stopped.
10 - Consecutive road losses for Oregon State against conference opponents. This game was the first road test of the 2017-18 season for the Beavers, but they lost all nine conference road games last season. The last time Oregon State went on the road to win a Pac-12 game was against UCLA on March 5th, 2016.
0 - Total losses by double digits for Oregon State through 16 games. It's not difficult to see that the Beavers are a legitimate threat to anyone this season. While it's true that they aren't always the more talented team on the court, and it's also true that they aren't a very deep squad, Coach Tinkle does have them competing with grit and some kind of defensive tenacity. While this loss dropped their record to 10-6 overall, Oregon State hasn't lost any of those six games by more than nine points. In fact, their six losses have come by an average of just 5.2 points per game. The Beavers have been in range, in competition, in reach of a win, in every single game this season.
Oregon State (10-6, 2-2) plays at #11 Arizona State (13-3, 1-3) on January 13th.