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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Sun Devils Top Beavers At Gill

With Arizona waiting, where does Oregon State go from here?

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

Thumbs Up: A More Aggressive Zach Reichle

His shooting touch was nothing to write home about (as he missed all four of his three-point attempts), but Zach Reichle did finish with 6 points after getting to the free-throw line seven times. He’s attempted 16 free-throws in his last two games, as a more multi-dimensional talent.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Arizona
Center Kylor Kelley controls the paint for the Beavers like few others can in college basketball.
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Thumbs Up: Kylor Kelley’s Defense

Sometimes we forget how dominant a player is at something they do when it becomes consistent and commonplace. However, with another four-block performance, Kelly now leads the country in blocked shots per game with a 4.27 average, narrowly edging out FIU’s Osasumwen Osaghae.

Thumbs Up: Tinkle & Thompson, Again

The duo of Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson combined for 44 points on 15-21 shooting from the field, as the two clearest play-makers on the squad. Tinkle reached double-figures in his 80th straight game and Thompson pushed his average to 21.5 PPG over his last four contests.

Thumbs Down: Three-Point Defense

Defending the three-point line in college basketball is a tough task, since the game has become more reliant on perimeter-based shooting. But allowing a team to shoot 8-16 is more like a charity handout, especially when Remy Martin and Rob Edwards go 7-12.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Colorado
Forget fighting for the ball, Oregon State could barely get one guy on the offensive glass.
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Thumbs Down: Offensive Rebounding

Five offensive rebounds. Five. Three of them coming from Sean Miller-Moore, who logged just 9 minutes of court-time. If any given game, you usually see a team total five offensive rebounds at worse by half-time. To have five for a whole game, hints at that lack of urgency.

Thumbs Down: Sense Of Urgency

In the second half, the Beavers turned it on offensively, scoring 51 points in the final 20 minutes, including a serious push in the final minutes. Before then, only 25 points in the first half for Oregon State was attributed to an 8-23 shooting performance as a team and 9 turnovers.