Center Kylor Kelley is not well known for his explosive scoring ability, but on Saturday against Grambling State, the towering center posted one of the best games of his collegiate career.
Kelley scored 22 points on 7-8 shooting from the field (including an 8-9 mark from the free throw line), in addition to grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking 7 shots in the Beavers 80-58 victory over their SWAC foes. With the win, Oregon State now sits at 5-1 on the season and is still unbeaten at home in four contests.
Potential Pac-12 Player of the Year Tres Tinkle chipped in 17 points of his own, to go along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes of court time. Swingman Alfred Hollins had his most impressive outing in recent memory, tallying 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while Ethan Thompson was the only other Beaver to finish in double-figures, totaling 13 points, 8 boards and 4 dimes.
Despite coasting to an easy 22-point victory that saw Oregon State build off a strong 44-30 halftime lead, some of the team’s regular issues reared their ugly heads once again.
The team’s bench, which logged a combined 56 minutes in the contest, finished with just 5 points on 1-9 shooting from the field and has struggled to find any regular strands of consistency.
The Beavers as a whole also had another forgetful day from behind the arc, finishing 4-20 on their long-ball attempts.
For Grambling State, the Tigers fall to 3-2 on the campaign with the defeat. They were paced in the game by Ivy Smith Jr. (17 points) and Devante Jackson (13 points).
Game Notes: Oregon State earned 30 trips to the free-throw line compared to just 12 attempts for Grambling State...The Beavers also outrebounded the Tigers by a solid 42-29 margin...Kylor Kelley finished with more blocks (7) than Grambling State did as a team (5).
Up Next: Oregon State will travel to Las Vegas to square off with San Jose State on Wednesday, November 27th at 8 PM PT. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.