Offensively, Oregon State (7-3) used strong displays from the usual suspects in Tres Tinkle (21 points, 7 assists) and Stephen Thompson Jr. (20 points) to push past Pepperdine (6-6), 82-67, on Monday night at Gill Coliseum.
However, the name of the game on the evening was defense for the Beavers, who found a way to halt the Pepperdine attack in the second-half, limiting the Waves to just 31 points over the final twenty minutes. Overall, the West Coast Conference challenger couldn’t seem to find their rhythm throughout the night, shooting 36.7% from the floor and 30.4% from behind the arc as a team.
In the contest, Oregon State also received solid contributions from sophomores Alfred Hollins (17 points) and Zach Reichle (13 points), who both had efficient, breakthrough outings, which also included a combined 12 rebounds. Forward Kylor Kelley pitched in 10 points and 9 rebounds in a near double-double display, as well.
For Pepperdine, senior guard Eric Cooper Jr. (15 points) and season-leading scorer Colbey Ross (15 points) led the way.
The victory snapped a two-game losing skid for Oregon State, who desperately need to right the ship before the end of the calendar year (and their non-conference slate). The Beavers also extended their home record on the season to a perfect 4-0, despite losing the turnover battle by a 20-13 margin.
Up Next: Oregon State will host Kent State on Friday, December 21st in the second outing of their current three-game home-stand. The Beavers will then welcome Central Connecticut State to Corvallis on Saturday, December 29th, to round out the 2018 calendar year.