Oregon State ended their three-game skid in nail-biting fashion, surrendering a 15-point lead to Arizona State in the final minutes before finding a way to escape with a 79-75 victory. The win ends Oregon State's home slate on a positive note, and now the 14-14 Beavers have a couple of road games to conclude Pac-12 play. At this point, the best we can hope for is that Tinkle's bunch gets hot and wreaks havoc in the conference tournament, so tonight's win was at least a move in that direction.
The numbers that matter:
5 - Oregon State starters that scored in double figures. Nearly every game there are three or four starters that play decent but tonight it was the whole crew. Every starter scored between 12 and 16 points, and by sharing the workload the Beavers were able to keep everyone involved and prevent Arizona State from simply keying on Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks like teams have been able to do in the past.
15/8/8 - The line for Tres Tinkle, who played all but two minutes in the game. Much like Gary Payton II before him, and because of Oregon State's lack of a real point guard, Tinkle is expected to carry the team night in and night out. Tonight he was up to the task. To be fair, he's up to the task most every night: Tinkle's per-game averages—18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists—lead the Beavers in each respective category.
1,070 - Career points scored for Drew Eubanks. The 16 points scored by the big man tonight puts him at 1,070 as a Beaver, which is good enough for 31st all-time. With two more regular season games to play, plus at least one game in the conference tournament and possible postseason (whether it's NCAA, NIT, or CBI) play, there's a chance that Eubansk finishes the season just outside of the top 20 in the Oregon State record books. He's currently 151 points behind Freddie Boyd for that spot.
28 - Consecutive games with at least 10 points scored for Tres Tinkle. Much has been made of this stat as Tinkle is the only player in the entire Pac-12 to have achieved such a feat, but digging even deeper we find that his run of 28 straight games is the eighth-most ever by a Beaver. Tinkle could possibly pass Jose Ortiz (who had 33 straight 10+ points games) by the time this season ends, and it would take a little more than half of next season to catch up to Gary Payton (50 straight 10+ points games). Of course, Payton's effort is still the second-most by a Beaver—the legend Mel Counts went 89 straight games with at least 10 points scored.
Oregon State (14-14, 6-10) plays at Washington (19-10, 9-7) on March 1st.