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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Huskies Down Beavers In Seattle

Washington outlasted Oregon State as the margin for error begins to close down on the Beavers.

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Thumbs Up: Kylor Kelley...The Pride Of Gervais, Oregon

The Beavers seven-footer went up against one of the top three big men in all of college basketball and held his own on the interior, especially on the offensive end. Kelley is not known for his scoring in general, but 16 points on an efficient 7-12 showing is good enough to get the job done.

Alfred Hollins & Zach Reichle combined for just 2 points on 1-6 shooting from the field.
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Thumbs Down: Alfred Hollins & Zach Reichle’s Scoring Touch

Paging Alfred Hollins. Paging Zach Reichle. The two “other starters” for Oregon State have been enigmatic players for this team, who have both had their fair share of individual ups-and-downs. When they both have rough outings at the same time, it’s not hard to see how poorly the Beavers offense operates. In a minor bright spot, Reichle did add 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Thumbs Up: Rebounding, Especially On The Offensive Glass

Playing against a zone defense always is a positive thing for an opponent’s rebounding abilities and while Washington was able to stunt the Beavers offensive flow, Oregon State had one of their better nights on the offensive glass, grabbing 14 second chances of their 31 missed shots.

Thumbs Down: Wayne Tinkle

I’ve been hesitant to criticize Wayne Tinkle as a coach personally, but I felt like there were points in the Beavers defeat where they just needed more from him and they didn’t get it. No, Washington is not easy by any stretch of the imagination to prepare for, but they had a chance and they let it slip.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Washington
JUCO transfer Sean Miller-Moore is gradually carving out a role in the Beavers rotation.
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Thumbs Up: The Beavers Bench

Six players in Payton Dastrup, Roman Silva, Sean Miller-Moore, Antoine Vernon, Jarod Lucas and Gianni Hunt came off the pine for Oregon State, who as a group gave effective contributions on Thursday night. For a unit that regularly struggles to not play as liabilities, the fact that they finished the contest with a combined 17 points on 7-14 shooting from the field and grabbed 9 rebounds is a bright spot.

Thumbs Down: NCAA Tournament Hopes

NET rankings. BPI. RPI. Strength of schedule. Quad wins. Whatever terminology you want to use, the fact of the matter is getting into the NCAA Tournament is a control your own destiny business. Beat quality opponents. Don’t lose to inferior ones. Take care of business and just win at the end of the day. Sitting at 12-5 and 2-3 in league play, the door is closing slowly for Oregon State.