Travis scores 24 to lead Stanford past the Beavers, 80-71
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Reid Travis contributed most of his offense in the first half. He did enough in the second half to keep Stanford in control.
Travis scored 21 of his 24 points in the first half and grabbed six of his nine rebounds in the second, helping Stanford beat Oregon State 80-71 on Thursday night.
“In the first half we were flying around, getting stops,” Travis said. “In the second half we were watching the score too much and waiting for the game to end.”
Dorian Pickens, who finished the game with 999 career points, added 15 for the Cardinal (12-11, 6-4 Pac-12), who ended a three-game losing streak. Daejon Davis added 12 points and seven assists.
“This last week has been tough on us,” Pickens said. “We’re glad to get the win.”
Drew Eubanks scored 19 points to lead the Beavers (11-10, 3-6 Pac-12), who lost their third straight and five of six overall. Tres Tinkle added 18 and both Stephen Thompson Jr. and Ethan Thompson scored 10.
Eubanks converted a 3-point play in the final eight minutes to pull Oregon State within six points at 64-58 but that was as close as the Beavers got.
“I told them that our key in the second half was to defend with a lot more passion and we would cut into this lead,” Beavers’ coach Wayne Tinkle said. “It was almost prophetic.”
Travis scored nine points in the first three minutes and Stanford scored the first 12 points of the game. He made 10 of his first 12 shots.
“We had a lot of good looks,” Stanford coach Jarod Haase said. “We were pretty efficient.”
Isaac White hit a layup with 9:27 remaining in the first half to give the Cardinal their largest lead at 27-7.
“We didn’t guard Travis like we were supposed to,” Tinkle said. “He had a huge first half.”
Thompson, Jr. hit a 3-pointer three minutes later to pull the Beavers within 30-18, though Stanford held a double-digit advantage most of the game.
Davis hit a jumper in the final minute to give the Cardinal, who shot over 62 percent from the floor in the in the first half, a 43-28 halftime lead.
Oregon State: Tres Tinkle, whose older sister Joslyn was a star basketball player at Stanford, is the only player in the Pac-12 Conference to reach double figures in scoring in every game. He entered play Thursday ranked seventh in the Pac-12 with a 17.9 average. He’s also fourth in free throw percentage (.874), ninth in rebounding (7.3) ad eighth in steals (1.4). ... The Beavers lead the conference in scoring defense, allowing an average of 68.6 points. They allowed more than 75 points for the third time and the first since the third game of the season. Interestingly enough, the first two were n wins and within the first three games of the season.
Stanford: The Cardinal avoided matching their longest losing streak of the season and won for the first time since their five-game winning streak. ... Stanford has three home games remaining out of eight. The Cardinal are 10-4 at home and 2-7 away from Maples Pavilion. ... Junior guard Marcus Sheffield, who has not appeared in a regular-season game due to a foot injury, will apply for a medical redshirt. ... Stanford improved to 22-2 against Oregon State since 1993.
TWICE IN A ROW
Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle lamented that his team didn’t stick to the game plan in the first half for the second straight game. “We got into a funk to start the game,” he said. “We got really passive. We dug too big a hole for ourselves. We have to get tougher.”
Oregon State: Plays at California on Saturday.
Stanford: Hosts Oregon on Saturday.