Dominance in sports just somehow never gets old.
In the case of Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, the story has been read before. Tinkle owns the stat-sheet. The Beavers win. The team moves on to the next game. Yet on Sunday afternoon in Corvallis, a vintage outing from Tinkle was hard to look past as the Beavers needed every bit of his prolific game to knock off a scrappy Portland State team, 81-76.
Tinkle poured in 26 points on an 8-15 shooting effort from the field, which included knocking down five three-pointers along the way. The 6’ 8” star also blocked 2 shots, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists in his all-around dominant display, as one of just three Oregon State talents to reach double-figures in scoring.
Guards Ethan Thompson, who ended the night with his own impressive 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, continued his much-improved play, while Zach Reichle chipped in 16 points. Swingman Alfred Hollins and center Kylor Kelley, the team’s two other starters, finished with just 4 points on a 1-6 shooting display, but the stalwart seven-footer had another huge defensive showing with 6 blocks.
Oregon State was actually outscored by the Vikings, who won the second period by a 42-40 margin, but couldn’t overcome a half-time deficit. Portland State was paced as usual by their most gifted piece in Holland Woods (23 points, 7 rebounds) and senior Matt Hauser (13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists).
Forwards Rashaad Goolsby (10 points, 7 rebounds) and Markus Golder (10 points, 5 rebounds) also found double-figures in a balanced offensive effort for Portland State.
The victory for Oregon State moves to the Beavers to 7-1 on the season and keeps their perfect 5-0 home record at Gill Coliseum in place.
Portland State falls to 3-5 on the year in the defeat.
Game Notes: Once again, Oregon State was outrebounded by an opponent, this time by a 39-31 margin to Portland State...The Beavers dished out 18 assists compared to just 8 for the Vikings...Sean Miller-Moore tallied 7 points (3-3 FG) off the bench...Jarod Lucas and Gianni Hunt added 5 points each...Portland State took 16 more shots in the contest than Oregon State.
Up Next: The Beavers will take nearly a two week break, as they don’t take the court again until December 14th, when they’ll host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 3 PM PT. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.