With help from another 20-point game in the Beavers victory over Arizona, Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle passed Mel Counts for the third spot on the Beavers all-time scoring list.
Tinkle now sits at 1,979 points for his Oregon State career, six points in front of Counts (1,973 points) and just 56 points behind Steve Johnson (2,035 points) who sits in second-place. Oregon State’s all-time scoring leader remains Gary Payton for the moment, who totaled 2,172 points in his career from 1987-1990. Tinkle trails Payton by just 193 points.
On the season, Tinkle is currently averaging 19.9 points per game, meaning that if he stays performing at this rate, he’ll be on pace to break Payton’s streak in ten games time. With 14 games left on Oregon State’s regular season slate, Tinkle would need to average just 13.8 points per game to surpass Payton for the all-time mark.
The Beavers will also be guaranteed as least one additional game in the Pac-12 Tournament and are likely headed to some sort of post-season birth, giving Tinkle at the very least, sixteen more games to break the mark in. Having played in 111 games in his Oregon State career, Tinkle could also potentially pass both Johnson and Payton is less career games than both of that duo completed their totals in.
Currently sitting at 12-4, Tinkle likely is more focus at the moment on making sure his squad picks up another crucial conference win when the Beavers travel to Washington on Thursday to meet a spiraling Huskies group.