It won’t go down as the prettiest or most convincing of Oregon State victories, but in the world of college basketball, you take a win in any way that you can get it. And that’s exactly the game-plan that the Beavers followed on Saturday night in Corvallis, when they held off a determined Arizona State squad, 79-75, for their 14th win of the 2017-2018 season.
Anchored by the usual set of solid performances from forwards Drew Eubanks (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Tres Tinkle (15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists), Oregon State also got a surprise contribution from freshman Alfred Hollins, who poured in 14 points and snagged a career-high six steals on the night. Overall though, it would be the Beavers’ relative depth and balance, which saw five players find double-figures in the contest, including Stephen Thompson Jr. (13 points) and younger brother Ethan Thompson (12 points), as well.
As a team, Oregon State shot 53% from the field and tallied 44 points in the point.
For Arizona State, the Sun Devils high-octane offense met some roadblocks, as only two players in leading scorer Tra Holder (23 points) and Kodi Justice (12 points) scored in double-digits on the night. As a group, Arizona State fell below their 83.8 points per game average, which ranks them as one of the country’s elite scoring teams, and only assisted on 9 of their 24 made field goals.
Up Next: With a 14-14 record in tow, Oregon State will travel to Washington on Thursday, for the final two games of their regular season slate. They’ll square off with the Huskies on March 1st and then visit Washington State on Saturday for their final tune-up before the Pac-12 Tournament begins.