A back and forth affair ended in Oregon State’s favor on Saturday night, as the Beavers one-upped Washington State, 68-66.
Oregon State came out of the gate playing sloppy in the first twenty minutes, turning the ball over 12 times before the break. However, a more concerted effort in the second half, including a late influx of strong play from guard Ethan Thompson turned out to be the difference maker for Wayne Tinkle’s group, who grabbed a second straight victory and moved to 10-7 overall (6-5 in Pac-12 play) and are now in 7th place in the league standings.
In the contest, three Beavers found their way to double-digits in the scoring column, including the aforementioned Thompson, who tied with fellow guard Jarod Lucas, for a team-high 12 points. Sharpshooter Zach Reichle also added 11 points and 5 rebounds, in addition to five other Beavers chipping in at least 6 points a piece.
A truly balanced offensive effort for Oregon State quelled a stretch of strong play from Washington State, which was highlighted by their victory on Thursday over Oregon. Yet, despite a surprise day from Ryan Rapp, who added 15 points on a 5-7 day from the field, and strong outings from DJ Rodman (14 points, 7 rebounds), Efe Abogidi (12 points, 7 rebounds) and Noah Williams (12 points, 4 rebounds), it wasn’t enough for Kyle Smith’s group.
Smith also wasn’t helped by the fact that point guard and star player Isaac Bonton had a rough day from the field, shooting 2-14 and finishing with just 7 points.
Overall, this was a gut check win for the Beavers which ended very much in their favor and will put them with some really good momentum in their sails heading into their next game. It seemed like this team might’ve been turning a corner and there’s no reason not to think that’s the future for this group after Saturday’s key victory.
Up Next: A quick turnaround is in store for the Beavers as they travel to Boulder on Monday night (February 8th) to square off with Colorado. The game is set for a 4:00 PM PT tip-off and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.