After Oregon State's double overtime victory over Washington a few weeks ago, we might have guessed that the rematch would go down to the wire as well. Unfortunately, tonight's game didn't go in favor of the Beavers, who drop to 14-15 on the season after losing to the Huskies by a score of 79-77.
In a season marked by failures to close out games and single-digit losses, this was yet another for the list. Oregon State has just one more conference game before the Pac-12 Tournament, and while most of their games have been close there are a number of fans—myself included—that will look back at this season as a "what might have been" year, especially if the Beavers flame out in the conference tournament.
Numbers to blow your mind:
53 - Points scored by Noah Dickerson in two contests against Oregon State this year. In the first matchup Dickerson went for 28 points but the Beavers were able to escape with a 97-94 win in double overtime. Tonight, Dickerson went for 25 points and the Huskies walked off the court as 79-77 winners. Dickerson only averages 15 points per game, so his ability to exploit what is usually a stingy Beaver defense is concerning. In the two games, Dickerson racked up his 53 points on 18-25 shooting from the field.
22 - Consecutive losses in true road games for Oregon State. This year alone, the Beavers are 0-9 on the road, 1-2 at neutral sites, and 13-4 at home. With only one more road game left, there's a real possibility that Oregon State doesn't break this streak until sometime next season.
7 - Losses this season by five points or fewer for Oregon State. I've already pointed out the frequency of single-digit losses for the Beavers this season—now 13 of their 15 losses—but seven of those 13 losses are by five points or fewer. Not that anyone would rather see Oregon State lose by larger margins, but these nail-biters that seldom go in favor of the Beavers are exactly why people are frustrated by how this season has unfolded.
996 - Career points scored by Tres Tinkle after pouring in 22 tonight. A few times now we've noted how Drew Eubanks is moving up in the Oregon State record books, but few might realize that Tinkle is hot on his tracks. What's more interesting is that Tinkle, by way of being granted an extra year of eligibility after his season-ending injury last year, is still just a sophomore. He still has two more seasons left to play for the Beavers and—unlike Drew Eubanks who may very well test professional waters after this year—there's a very good chance we see him play both of those seasons out as long as Wayne Tinkle remains the coach of Oregon State.
Only two players ever have scored 2,000 points in an Oregon State uniform. Tinkle will be more than halfway there at this season's end, and he'll have a junior and senior year still ahead of him.
Oregon State (14-15, 6-11) plays at Washington State (12-17, 4-13) on March 3rd.