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Tres Tinkle and the Thompson brothers are back for Oregon State. The question now for the Beavers is how to replace Drew Eubanks.
Eubanks, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per games as a junior, declared early for the NBA draft but went unselected before signing a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs and the G League's Austin Spurs.
Last season: 16-16, 7-11 Pac-12.
Coach: Wayne Tinkle.
Who's gone: Forward Drew Eubanks, who declared early for the NBA draft and eventually landed in the San Antonio Spurs organization.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oregon State had a penchant for finding ways to lose instead of win for most of the regular season. If the opposing team hit a big shot or one of the Beavers missed a key free throw, they would slump their shoulders and watch the other team walk off with a victory.
With a chance to move on in the Pac-12 tournament, Oregon State found a way to make the big plays down the stretch.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Ethan Thompson scored 23 points while dishing out six assists and Oregon State embarrassed Washington State, 92-67 on the last day of the regular season Saturday.
Oregon State (15-15, 7-11 Pac-12) blew things open from the start going on a 20-2 run over the course of 5:17. The Beavers shot 61 percent from the field in the first half and increased the lead to a 25-point margin at halftime, 54-29.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle half-jokingly said that his team always keeps things "interesting" when they get a big lead.
"We lose our focus, we get away from what was working, we get a couple of turnovers, then we're fouling on D, and that's how that whole thing kind of rolls," Tinkle said.
After several close losses on the season, the Beavers were able to make enough plays down the stretch this time.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State was on a four-game losing skid and facing heavy criticism on social media and elsewhere, said coach Wayne Tinkle.
"Our backs were against the wall and this was a must win. Our guys knew it. And the neat thing is they ignored all the negativity that came from all over the place this week," he said.
The web will surely be a bit more positive, at least for a day or so.
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."
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A pair of back-to-back 3-pointers with under three minutes to go boosted the Beavers.
Tres Tinkle had 16 points and Oregon State snapped a two-game losing streak with a 69-63 victory over UCLA on Thursday night.
Stephen Thompson Jr. and Drew Eubanks each added 12 points for the Beavers (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12), who finished with all five starters in double figures.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said he challenged his team during halftime of a Civil War matchup to pick up the intensity and get more aggressive.
"They took it to the court and they were not going to be denied and that's what really makes me proud," he added.
Tinkle's son Tres Tinkle had 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as Oregon State took control of the game in the second half to beat archrival Oregon 76-64 on Friday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State is regaining the confidence they lacked last season.
The Beavers (8-3) won their sixth straight on Saturday night in the Dam City Classic, a 63-60 victory over Saint Louis. Tres Tinkle led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Oregon State held Saint Louis back in the final minute and got a key layup from Drew Eubanks, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds. The last time Oregon State won six in a row was during the 2004-05 season.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said his team showed grit and maturity, especially on defense, and especially when the game was on the line.
During a late timeout, he looked into his players' eyes. "They were engaged and were like, 'We're getting this stop. We're getting this win,' " Tinkle said.
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 18 points with four 3-pointers and had five assists as Oregon State held on to beat Jacksonville State 70-69 on Tuesday night.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State came out flat on Saturday night, but took control of a close game thanks to defensive intensity, according to coach Wayne Tinkle.
"It's funny how things carry over on the offensive end when you play hard on D," Tinkle added.
Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks each scored 19 points as Oregon State pulled away from Arkansas Pine-Bluff in the second half for an 85-58 win on Saturday night.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Last season, Oregon State could hang tight with teams until the final minutes but couldn't close out games, said center Drew Eubanks.
After squandering a double-digit lead in the second half on Saturday, Beaver players stepped up and showed their leadership.
"Last year, we would have lost that game, so it was good to see," Eubanks added.
Eubanks had 22 points, on 10-for-10 shooting, and four blocks as Oregon State held on to beat Loyola Marymount 78-74 on Saturday.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Tres Tinkle had 16 points and seven rebounds while Drew Eubanks and Alfred Hollins chipped in 12 points apiece to lead Oregon State over Marist, 65-46, in the seventh-place game at the AdvoCare Invitational Sunday.
Oregon State (3-3) opened the first half with a 15-2 run but Marist closed the gap to 28-25 by halftime.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Drew Eubanks said he knew there wasn't anyone long enough or strong enough to bang down low with him.
"My teammates put me in a good position and I just finished at the rim," he said.
Eubanks had 26 points and 11 rebounds as Oregon State held on to defeat Long Beach State 89-81 on Saturday night.
Tres Tinkle added 20 points, including three 3-pointers, but also had seven turnovers, and Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 17 for the Beavers (2-1).
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Hayden Dalton summed up his game in one word: versatility.
"Being able to stretch the floor at the four position, handle the ball, bring it up the court, play a bunch of different positions and guard different positions," said the senior forward of his own game.
His all-around skills were on full display Monday night.
Dalton had 22 points, including four-3-pointers, and nine rebounds to help Wyoming beat Oregon State 75-66.
Last season: 5-27, including just one win in conference.
Coach: Wayne Tinkle.
Who's gone: Forward Matt Dahlen and guard Daine Muller both decided to graduate with eligibility left.
Oregon State is hoping to finally realize the promise of its 2015 recruiting class that featured Tres Tinkle, Stephen Thompson Jr., and Drew Eubanks.
All three are healthy going into this season.
Tinkle, a 6-foot-8 forward, was sidelined for much of last season with a wrist injury, one of a series of unfortunate events to befall the Beavers. Oregon State finished 5-27 and at the bottom of the Pac-12 with just one conference win.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Despite dropping their first 14 Pac-12 games, Oregon State players remained confident in their abilities.
"We had some pretty tough games, pretty close games down the stretch in league play. We knew that we could compete with anybody, but we didn't put it together for 40 minutes," said guard Stephen Thompson Jr.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Colorado guard Derrick White has come up with big-time blocks at critical times this season, said Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle.
"He did that against Xavier. He did that against Oregon," Boyle said.
Add Oregon State to the list.
White had 20 points and a block with about a minute left as Colorado held on to beat Oregon State 60-52 on Thursday night — the official play-by-play listed the block as one of his three steals.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — It's no secret that Arizona State can score buckets in bunches, but when the Sun Devils concentrate on team defense, they're especially dangerous, said junior guard Shannon Evans II.
"We can compete with anybody in the Pac-12. I just feel like we have to keep doing it and being consistent," he added.
Evans scored 21 points, with four 3-pointers, as Arizona State beat Oregon State 81-68 on Saturday.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Shannon Evans II scored 21 points, with four 3-pointers, as Arizona State beat Oregon State 81-68 on Saturday.
Tra Holder had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists and Torian Graham added 21 points with four 3-pointers for the Sun Devils (11-13, 4-7 Pac-12).
Drew Eubanks had 22 points and 17 rebounds and Stephen Thompson Jr. added 15 points, but shot 5 for 17 for the Beavers (4-20, 0-11).
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Allonzo Trier said he's excited to be playing basketball again with his Arizona teammates after missing the first 19 games of the season. He's still a long way from feeling like himself on the court, both on offense and defense.
"It's still a step slow. I'm still out of rhythm. I'm still not shooting the ball great," the sophomore guard said. "I'll be better. I know that."
And that should be a scary thought for Pac-12 opponents.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Ivan Rabb had 18 points and eight rebounds and the California Golden Bears handed Oregon State its seventh straight loss with a 69-58 victory Saturday night.
Charlie Moore added 15 for Cal, (14-6, 5-3 Pac-12), which led by as many as 14 points after a close first half. Jabari Bird and Grant Mullins each added 12 for the Bears, who have won four of their last five games.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Payton Pritchard and No. 13 Oregon made the 40-mile bus ride a wasted trip for Oregon State in the latest leg of college basketball's most-played rivalry.
As it turned out, the 347th Civil War wasn't much more than a neighborhood skirmish.
Pritchard had 17 points and Oregon scored the game's first 21 points in an 85-43 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Southern California had lost seven games in a row at Gill Coliseum, and that streak provided fuel for Trojans players Wednesday night.
"It was one of the main things we talked about coming into this trip," forward Chimezie Metu said.
Metu had 19 points and eight rebounds, and No. 22 USC stayed undefeated with a 70-63 victory over Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Kendal Manuel had 17 points with four 3-pointers on Wednesday night as Oregon State broke open a close game in the second half to beat Kent State 69-50.
The game was back-and-forth for much of the second half, but the Beavers went on an 18-0 run, capped by a vicious Drew Eubanks dunk, to take a 60-42 lead with 4:27 remaining.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Evan Payne scored 19 points and Long Beach State rallied in the final minutes to beat hosts Oregon State 71-67 in the Dam City Classic at the Moda Center on Friday night.
Stephen Thompson Jr. and Drew Eubanks had 17 points apiece for the Beavers, who have lost four straight.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Savannah State suffered a blowout loss in its last game, but came out with a different mindset on Sunday.
"We came out with a lot more energy," said freshman forward Robert Kelly Jr. "We came out with a passion to win."
Kelly had career highs of 24 points and nine rebounds as Savannah State held off Oregon State 93-90 in overtime on Sunday.
Joshua Floyd had 14 points and seven rebounds and Dexter McClanahan added 12 points for the Tigers (3-8).
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said he got mad when the ball wasn't passed to Drew Eubanks in the post.
"He should have got it on every possession. That was the game plan," Tinkle said.
Eubanks scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Oregon State beat Southern Oregon 84-59 on Monday night.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Junior Etou scored 17 points and made two clutch baskets down the stretch that helped Tulsa repel a strong Oregon State rally for a 75-64 win on Tuesday night.
Junior college transfer Jaleel Wheeler added 16 points and Sterling Taplin and Pat Birt nine each in matchup of two of last year's NCAA Tournament participants which were hit hard by graduation. Tulsa (2-2) shot 45 percent and outrebounded OSU 38-23, led by Eton's seven boards.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State trailed at halftime, and coaches told players to be more physical, take care of the ball and get into a rhythm on offense.
"The group we have are competitors and they all want to win. We'll do whatever it takes to try to come back and chip away at the lead, and sure enough, we did," said Tres Tinkle.
Tinkle had a career-high 26 points and 12 rebounds as Oregon State stormed back in the second half to defeat Texas-San Antonio 72-64 on Sunday afternoon.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Tres Tinkle missed the final five games of last season with a foot injury, including Oregon State's loss in the NCAA Tournament.
He was cleared for basketball activities just three weeks ago, and after playing on Friday night, Tinkle said his foot felt fine.
"Regardless of my foot or anything like that, I'm going to be sore no matter what. I'll just get treatment, stretch and I'll be good to go," said Tinkle, the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder from 2015-16.
Last season: Oregon State went 19-13 and finished sixth in the Pac-12 at 8-10.
Coach: Wayne Tinkle.
Who's gone: G Gary Payton II, the team's top scorer and son of the former Beavers and NBA great, and Guard Malcom Duvivier, who was to be a senior this season but left the team for personal reasons and returned to his native Canada. F Olaf Schaftenaar, F Jarmal Reid and G Langston Morris-Walker have also moved on.