In search of a much-needed win, Oregon State’s plan to handle Stanford went by the wayside in an odd Monday matinee, as the Cardinal topped the Beavers, 81-71.
The story of the contest was plain and simply Stanford center Oscar da Silva, who poured in 31 points on a dominant 11-16 display from the field, as well as a strong 9-12 day from the free-throw stripe. The 6’ 10” senior from Germany also chipped in 10 rebounds, to finish with a double-double in the contest, as well as 4 assists for good measure.
Joining da Silva in Stanford’s offensive effort was guard Jaiden Delaire, who added 19 points and 9 rebounds and a surprise showing from Michael O’Connell off the bench, who tallied a stunning 12 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in expanded minutes, while the likes of regular bright spots in Ziaire Williams, Spencer Jones and Bryce Wills all combined for just 12 points.
With the victory, Stanford is now 6-3, including a 2-1 mark in Pac-12 play, and has won five of their last six games overall, dating back to their early December defeat against Indiana.
In defeat, Oregon State falls to 5-4 on the campaign, with a reverse 1-2 record against conference foes.
On the night when the Beavers got out-rebounded by a 43-31 margin on the boards and the Cardinal made 51.9% of their field goal attempts compared to just 34.8% for Oregon State, it’s quite surprising that this one was even a ballgame down the stretch.
However, an absolutely gutsy performance from bench guard Jarod Lucas, who led the squad with 22 points (5-11 FG, 5-10 3PT) and his fellow reserve Gianni Hunt, who finished with 17 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3PT), kept giving the Beavers a puncher’s chance. It was Oregon State who just couldn’t reach out and flip the game in their favor.
Regular leading scorer Ethan Thompson finished with 10 points on a tough 3-12 day from the floor, but added 7 assists in the 100th loss of the Wayne Tinkle era at Oregon State.
Tinkle, who is in his seventh season in Corvallis, boasts 98 wins during that time and overall has compiled a 43-68 record in games against Pac-12 opponents.
Up Next: Another quick turnaround means Oregon State needs to be ready as they’ll travel out to Salt Lake City to battle Utah on Wednesday, January 6th at 8:00 PM PT. The game is set to be televised nationally on ESPNU.