It’s a script that will be familiar to Beaver fans this season. Oregon State battled hard, against a team with a much better record, and as regulation ticked down, it looked like they’d come away with a win. The Beavers could not put away the # 14 Wildcats however, as Rawle Alkins tied the game at the foul line and sent it to OT, where Arizona took full control of the game. In extra time, the Beavers couldn’t seem to find a shot, and the Wildcats came away with a 75-65 victory.
Poor shooting from the field was the biggest issue for Oregon State. After fighting back form a first half deficit and taking the lead, the Beavers failed to score a field goal for the final nine minutes of regulation; all of their scoring came at the foul line. Their foul line shooting was on point, but when they really needed a shot to put away the Wildcats in the final moment of the game, they could not find it.
That poor shooting continued in Overtime; Ethan Thompson made one 3 pointer, and Drew Eubanks made one free throw, and that was it. Arizona finally found their rhythm, and the game was over.
Ethan Thompson was the standout player for OSU tonight. Thompson was the team’s most reliable shot, finishing with 20 points, including going 4 for 8 on three pointers. Thompson also added 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Tres Tinkle also had a strong game, though not quite up to his usual standards. Arizona tried to swarm him near the rim, limiting his scoring to only 14 points, but he made up for it with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Unfortunately, Tinkle was also the source of the Beavers problems controlling the ball, committing seven turnovers over the course of the game.
The Wildcats were shorthanded for this game, as star Guard Allonzo Trier was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance. Other Wildcats stepped into fill the void, with Forward Deandre Ayton leading the team with 19 points. Ayton also added 12 rebounds and 3 blocks, and was the biggest threat in the post at both ends of the court.
The Beavers have dropped below .500, at 13-14 overall, with a 5-10 PAC-12 record. They’ll face Arizona State on Saturday at 5:00 pm.
Arizona improves to 22-6, with a 12-3 conference record. Arizona will head down to Eugene on Saturday to take on the Ducks, for what will be another test of how this team can perform while they appeal Trier’s suspension.