And the road is long, and the road is dark.
For Oregon State, there appears to be no light at the end of the road after falling to USC by a score of 72-59, which extends the Beavers road losing streak to a shocking 21 games.
Tonight's game was a typical Beavers effort as the team hung tight in the first half and then ran out of gas late in the game. Once again, Oregon State got decent production from three of their starters but the rest of the roster pulled a no-show. The strength of this team is that they play sound defense and they scrap with any team they go up against. Their strength is not in winning shootouts or leaning on athleticism—this team can't win with just three players getting it done in terms of scoring.
3-30 - Wins and losses for Oregon State in Pac-12 conference road games under Wayne Tinkle. There are just two more conference road games on the slate for this season, so there's no good way to spin this: the Beavers have been atrocious on the road during Tinkle's stint as head coach. To be fair, the program wasn't much better under the previous coach either, but at some point the Beavers need to figure out how to win at least a couple games a year in the bad guy's arena.
70 - Combined minutes that the Thompson brothers played, and combined minutes that it took them to score a grand total of nine points during the game. Ethan Thompson missed all four of his shots from the field and went 2-4 from the free throw line to get his two points, while Stephen Thompson Jr. managed seven points on 3-9 shooting from the field and one point from the free throw line. I'm not going to beat up the Thompson brothers too bad here—they have had some nice moments for the Beavers this season—but I will say that Oregon State needs at least one of these two to show up each and every game if they want a shot at a win.
56.25% - Combined field goal percentage for Drew Eubanks, Tres Tinkle, and Alfred Hollins in the game. Each of these three made at least half of their shots, as Eubanks scored 16 points on 7-11 shooting, Tinkle scored 16 points on 7-14 shooting, and Hollins scored 10 points on 4-7 shooting.
31.58% - Combined field goal percentage for the rest of the Oregon State team in the game. Ethan Thompson couldn't get a single shot to drop and Stephen Thompson Jr. missed all six of his three-point attempts. It was an off night for the silky shooters, and the Beavers flat out lack the depth to overcome a shooting performance like that.
Oregon State (13-13, 5-9) hosts #17 Arizona (21-6, 11-3) on February 22nd.