Twenty minutes into Saturday’s clash against California, things looked eerily similar for the Beavers.
Oregon State trailed 36-26 at the half to the Golden Bears and were ready to pack it in, until a massive 47-28 second-half run opened things up for head coach Wayne Tinkle’s crew, as the program director sat mostly alone on the bench, without his coaching staff due to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.
With the victory, Oregon State is now 5-3 on the campaign and 1-1 against Pac-12 foes.
California falls to a 5-6 overall with an 0-4 mark in conference play.
An old familiar friend in Ethan Thompson led the way for the Beavers, as he poured in a game-high 16 points (6-10 FG) and 5 assists in a classic Thompson-esque display.
Jarod Lucas was an absolute firecracker off the bench, knocking down three of his four three-point attempts, en route to tallying 11 points, while forward Maurice Calloo added 14 points in just 18 minutes of action.
Jarred Hyder, Makale Foreman and Andre Kelly all finished with a team-high 12 points for California, who lost star guard Matt Bradley fairly early in the contest to a leg injury. No updates have been given yet on his long-term status.
Up Next: The Beavers quickly return to action on Monday, January 4th against Stanford at 12:00 PM PT. It will be the program’s sixth straight home game and eighth overall contest at Gill Coliseum this season.