Despite a long break, the Beavers did not look rusty at all on Saturday afternoon, taking down Arkansas Pine Bluff in dominant fashion 80-46.
The Golden Lions scored the first 2 points of the game, but following that the Beavers went on a 23-0 run to put the game away early. Tres Tinkle once again led the way for Oregon State, with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Tinkle also added 5 steals, powering a defense that made the Golden Lions afternoon absolutely miserable.
Ethan Thompson was the Beavers’ other big scorer today, going a perfect 3 for 3 on three pointers and finishing the game with 21 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds. Kylor Kelley added 11 points and 6 rebounds, but his biggest contribution to the win were probably the 7 blocks he served up. The Beavers had 10 blocks total as a team.
Freshman Guard Jarod Lucas had his best game so far tonight, finishing with 12 points despite only playing 11 minutes. It’d be great to see one of the Beavers’ younger players step up and become a big contributor, and Lucas has looked pretty solid so far this season.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff was led in scoring by Forward Marquell Carter, who had 13 points. Dequan Morris added 11 points, but those were the only Golden Lions to make it into double digits.
Oregon State improves to 8-1 on the season, while APB falls to 1-8.
Game Notes: After going up 45-18 in the first half, the Beavers let off the gas a bit, only winning the second half 35-28. Not that that’s not impressive, but it would be nice to see the team play a more complete game... Oregon State outshot APB 59% to 36%. A lot of that comes down to the Golden Lions constantly having Kylor Kelley’s hands in their faces. It’s hard to look past them... The Beavers outscored Arkansas Pine-Bluff 32-18 in the paint. While he wasn’t the game’s top scorer, you can see how much Kelley contributed to the win in the box score.
Up Next: The Beavers have a road trip to Texas starting next week. First up, they’ll take on UT-San Antonio in Houston on Wednesday, December 18th. That game will be viewable on ESPN3. After that, OSU will face Texas A&M in College Station on Saturday, December 21st. That game will be aired on the SEC Network.