Tres Tinkle scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Kylor Kelley finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds. The senior duo combined for 5 assists, 4 blocks and and shot 15-27 from the field and led Oregon State to a convincing victory over California on Senior Day in Corvallis, 74-56.
The contest marked Tinkle’s 95th straight game that he’s consecutively scored in double-figures, while Ethan Thompson (10 points, 4 assists) was the only other Beavers to hit the plateau, despite the lopsided victory. The two other starters in swingman Alfred Hollins, who chipped in 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, and Zach Reichle, who added 4 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals, instead found other ways to make their impact.
Reserve guard Gianni Hunt also posted 8 points, 2 boards and 2 steals off the bench.
The name of the game on the day for the Beavers was offensive and defensive efficiency, as Oregon State assisted on 19 of their 24 made field-goal attempts and shot 24-54 (44.4%) as a team from the field. They also forced California into a cold 4 for 17 day from behind the arc, 16 turnovers and frustrated the Golden Bears’ leading scorer Matt Bradley, who who finished with 8 points on a 2-10 shooting day.
California instead got a team-high 18 points and 5 assists from guard Paris Austin and a surprise 11 points from big man Kuany Kuany. Forward Andre Kelly grabbed 10 rebounds to pair with his 8 points, while Grant Anticevich tallied 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
With the win, Oregon State moves to 17-13 overall and 7-11 in Pac-12 play, which puts them in a three-way tie for 8th place along with California and Utah. In defeat, the Golden Bears move to 13-18 overall in Mark Fox’s debut season.
Up Next: The Beavers will await their draw for the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins next week.