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Balanced Attack Leads Oregon State Past Washington State, 90-77

The Beavers took care of business against the Cougars.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Oregon Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Anchored by a balanced offensive display, which saw four Oregon State players finish with double-figures in scoring, the Beavers cruised past Washington State on Thursday night at Gill Coliseum, 90-77, for their eight home victory of the year.

With the win, Oregon State is now 12-6 overall, with a 4-2 mark in Pac-12 play, while Washington State falls to 8-11 on the campaign.

The Beavers, who led 52-36 at the halftime break, shot 52.3% overall as a team from the field in the contest and finished with their second-highest point total of the season, trailing only their 101-point outing back on December 1st, in a 24-point beating of Missouri State.

Stephen Thompson Jr., who ended the night with a team-high 22 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, was one of three Beavers talents to eclipse the twenty-point plateau as star forward Tres Tinkle (21 points) and Stephen’s brother Ethan Thompson (20 points) achieved the feat as well.

Center Kylor Kelley, most known for his defensive exploits, tallied 10 points on a 5-6 shooting display from the field, while also swatting away 3 shots and grabbing 7 boards.

As a team, Oregon State out-rebounded the Cougars by a 39-24 margin.

Overall, while the Beavers didn’t display one of their most solid defensive showings (allowing Washington State to shoot 50% from the field), their offensive explosion worked in favor of Oregon State against an inferior Cougars squad.

C.J. Elleby (21 points) and Robert Franks (20 points) were the leading scorers for Washington State, who will have to regroup quickly for a Saturday road trip to Eugene to play Oregon.

Up Next: Oregon State will host Washington (15-4) on Saturday at 1:00 PM PT. The Huskies are currently on an eight-game winning streak and are coming off a last-second victory over Oregon.