The game was overshadowed by forward Tres Tinkle breaking Oregon State’s all-time scoring mark, but the Beavers refused to let Tinkle’s efforts be in vain, as they knocked Stanford in Corvallis on Thursday night, 68-65.
With the win, Oregon State moves to 16-13 on the season with a 6-11 mark in Pac-12 play, while Stanford, a team on the NCAA Tournament bubble, falls to 20-10 with a 9-8 league mark.
For the second-time this season, the Beavers snapped a four-game losing skid against the Cardinal, this time anchored by 23 points from Tres Tinkle. Two other Beavers also found double-figures in scoring, as Ethan Thompson chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Zach Reichle added 10 points and 5 boards. Center Kylor Kelley narrowly missed the mark, tallying 9 points, while grabbing 7 rebounds and swatting away 3 shots. Off the bench, Gianni Hunt was the team’s fourth-leading scorer with 5 points.
For Stanford, four of the Cardinal’s starters reached double-digits in scoring, paced by Bryce Wills (16 points), Oscar da Silva (14 points), Tyrell Terry (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Daejon Davis (10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists). Forward Jaiden Delaire also accounted for 9 points and 5 rebounds in a reserve role.
Overall, there’s not too much to say about this one besides that Oregon State played a solid game offensively and felt comfortable in Stanford’s more methodical tempo. The Beavers shot a strong 21-48 (43.8%) from the field, connected on 8 of their 20 three-point attempts (40.0%) and got to the free-throw line 22 times, where they connected on 18 tries (81.8%). They also out-rebounded Stanford by a 30-28 margin and had four more assists than the Cardinal in the contest.
All that easily equates to Oregon State playing the way they need to in order to win.
Up Next: The Beavers close out their regular season with their final home game against California on Saturday, March 7th. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 PM PT and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.