While the rest of the Pac-12 spent their Saturday attempting to set a new mark for futility throughout the proclaimed “Conference of Champions”, Oregon State managed to handle their business on-the-court and outclassed an over-matched Central Connecticut State squad, 80-59.
The victory pushes the Beavers overall record to 8-4 on the season (5-1 at home) heading into the new year.
Utilizing a dominant first-half which saw Oregon State enter the mid-game break with 50-21 advantage, head coach Wayne Tinkle’s group never allowed the Blue Devils back into the contest, despite being outscored by eight in the final twenty minutes of action. It was an almost effortless night for a handful of Beavers, anchored by star forward Tres Tinkle, who led the team with 20 points (11-13 FT), 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
Four other Oregon State talents also found their way into the double-digit scoring column, including Stephen Thompson Jr. (17 points, 8-15 FG), Kylor Kelley (14 points, 6-6 FG), Ethan Thompson (11 points, 4-5 FT) and Zach Reichle (10 points, 2-4 3PT). The aforementioned Kelley had a huge defensive showing as well, snagging 8 rebounds and blocking 4 shots in the contest, while the combo of the brothers Thompson combined for 10 rebounds and 6 assists of their own.
Center Gligorije Rakocevic, who had missed the team’s last five games due to injury, failed to score in his return to action.
For Central Connecticut State, the long road trip to the West Coast was not so enjoyable, especially for the team’s season leading scorer Tyler Kohl, who was held to just 5 points in the contest on a 2-13 shooting display from the field. Instead, junior forward Jamir Coleman was one of the lone bright spots for the Blue Devils, as he tallied 16 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat.
Up Next: Oregon State will return to action next Saturday (January 5th, 2019) when they kick off Pac-12 play against rival Oregon on the road. The Beavers next home contest will be on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 against USC.