Oregon State used a massive 51-point second-half on Sunday night to take down Arizona, 82-65, in yet another wild scoreline in the Pac-12.
The Beavers had five players score in double-figures in a rare balanced offensive showing, as Tres Tinkle scored 20 points, Ethan Thompson finished with 18 points, Kylor Kelley chipped in 13 points, Alfred Hollins dropped 12 points and Zach Reichle tallied 11 points.
The victory moves Oregon State to 12-4 overall with a 2-2 mark in league play. In defeat, Arizona falls to 11-5 with a 1-2 record against Pac-12 foes.
Honestly, what a night it was at Gill for the Beavers. They needed a crucial victory to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive and they decided to go out and hold a Wildcats team that ranks among the country’s best offenses to just 65 points. Head coach Wayne Tinkle’s group shot 27-50 from the field overall, made 20 of 22 free-throw attempts, out-rebounded Arizona 31-28 and as a team had 21 assists on 27 made field goals.
That’s just about as efficient offensively as a team can play. It’s especially notable considering the pressure this Beavers group had weighing on them.
For the Wildcats, Zeke Nnaji led the way with 21 points (8-14 FG) and 9 rebounds. Jemarl Baker Jr. was the only other Arizona player to reach double-digits in scoring as he finished with 10 points, including a trio of made three-pointers. Nico Mannion and Josh Green both chipped in 9 points each, with Mannion also tallying 9 assists in the outing.
Game Notes: Wayne Tinkle is back at .500 overall as a head coach at Oregon State, currently sitting at 87-87...Payton Dastrup added 4 points and 3 rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench...Oregon State’s starters shot 24-43 (55.8%) from the field in the game...Ethan Thompson finished with 8 assists...Tres Tinkle also added 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
Up Next: The Beavers get back at it on Thursday night, when they travel to Washington to take on the Huskies. The game is slated for a 8:00 PM PT tip-off time.