The grind of a college basketball season can do some odd things to a team and when a player gets himself going, it’s usually best just to hop on board the train and not ask questions why.
So, that’s exactly what Wayne Tinkle and company did on Thursday night, as forward Roman Silva was the deciding factor in Oregon State’s narrow win on the road at California, 59-57.
Silva, who has now started in more than half the Beavers contests this season, tallied a career-high 15 points on a 6-8 shooting display from the field, powering a Beavers comeback that saw them trailing 33-28 at the halftime break.
However, Tinkle’s squad came out in the second frame firing, utilizing a 15-4 run to swing the momentum of the contest in their favor, as the senior big man scored all but two of his points during the final twenty minutes of action.
The breakthrough showing from Silva was much-needed on a slow night from an Oregon State offense that totaled just 59 points and didn’t get much beyond it’s usual suspects in star guard Ethan Thompson, who added 12 points, and Jarod Lucas, who finished with 10 points. Warith Alatishe did a solid job pitching in 7 points and 11 rebounds, but as a unit, the Beavers were disjointed, highlighted by their inability connect on any of their ten attempts from behind the arc.
With the victory, Oregon State now moves to 12-11 overall on the season, with an 8-9 mark in Pac-12 play, while California falls to 8-18 on the year with a 3-16 mark against conference foes.
Up Next: The Beavers make the second stop of their three-game road swing in Stanford, as they take on the Cardinal on Saturday (February 27th) at 3:30 PM PT. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.