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Beavers top Utah, 81-72

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Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley led the way.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Beavers basketball team’s daunting road trip against the Rocky Mountain schools could not have gone better. Less than 48 hours after a hard-fought win in Boulder, Wayne Tinkle and company showed up in Salt Lake City ready to play. A hot-start helped propel the Beavs to an 81-72 win, improving their record to 14-7 (6-3 in conference).

Tres Tinkle was the star of show scoring a hyper-efficent 31 points (10-15 FGs) while adding 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Kylor Kelley had a huge bounce back game, anchoring Oregon State’s defense. Kelley’s six blocks catapulted him into the history books as he surpassed Eric Moreland’s block record of 73 (set back in 2012-13).

The team also got timely contributions from the Thompson brothers (combined 21 points). While Antoine Vernon chipped in seven points (career-high) and Alfred Hollins played some lock-down defense.

Utah was lead by Sedrick Barefield (19 points) and Timmy Allen (24 points). Oregon State utilized a 16-1 run in the first half to take control of the game, but Utah stormed back in the closing minutes. With the Beavers lead at just four points with two minutes remaining, Tres Tinkle nailed a deep three-pointer to effectively put the game away.

The Beavers are starting to get mentioned as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament and with their next three games at home now is the time to start making that postseason push.

Next up:

  • 2/7 - Oregon State vs. Stanford, 7 PM (Corvallis, OR)