No. 5 seed Colorado (20-11, 11-8) vs. No. 4 seed Oregon State (18-12, 10-8)
Pac-12 Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Thursday, 4:30 p.m. EDT
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Oregon State won ugly, beating Washington State 85-77 on Saturday afternoon to clinch a first-round bye in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament.
Oregon State (17-12, 9-8) vs. Washington State (11-19, 4-13)
Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, Pullman, Washington; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
Oregon State (17-11, 9-7) vs. Washington (23-6, 14-2)
Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Oregon State seeks revenge on Washington after dropping the...
Arizona State (19-9, 10-6) vs. Oregon State (17-10, 9-6)
Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon; Sunday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Arizona State goes for the season sweep over Oregon State...
Arizona (16-12, 7-8) vs. Oregon State (17-9, 9-5)
Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Arizona looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oregon State took a big step toward possibly getting a first-round bye for the Pac-12 tournament.
The Beavers took control of Saturday's game against USC in the final...
Oregon State (16-9, 8-5) vs. Southern California (15-12, 8-6)
Galen Center, Los Angeles; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Southern California looks for its fifth straight win over...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA won its first three games under interim coach Murry Bartow with Chris Smith in the starting lineup. Having lost four of its last five, Bartow decided to put Smith back in...
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — For the Beavers, it was more about the league than the rivalry.
Stephen Thompson Jr. had 22 points and Oregon State swept the Civil War series for the first time in nine seasons with a 72-57 victory over Oregon on Saturday night.
Tres Tinkle got off to a slow start but added 13 points and seven assists for the Beavers (16-8, 8-4 Pac-12). With the win Oregon State matched its best overall record through 24 games since coach Wayne Tinkle's first season in 2014-15.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said that sophomore guard Ethan Thompson has taken his game to another level this season.
"He's making really good decisions. We put the ball in his hands primarily this year. We know that he can erupt and score for us when we need it. He's a great playmaker because he's got great vision," Tinkle said.
Thompson scored 20 points with seven rebounds and six assists as Oregon State beat California 79-71 on Saturday afternoon.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Oregon State was dominated down low in the first half. The Beavers turned it around in the second half and came away with a big road win.
Oregon State attacked the basket after a fiery halftime talk, hitting eight layups and a dunk in a 76-74 win over Colorado on Thursday night. The Beavers were outscored in the paint 26-16 in the first 20 minutes but had a 22-12 advantage after halftime.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Nahziah Carter saw the nation's leading shot-blocker moving to protect the rim, but he still drove the lane and elevated.
"I just feel like nobody could block my dunk, so I went up," said the sophomore forward, who acknowledged he was eager to see replays of the slam.
Carter had highlight-reel dunks and 18 points with three steals as Washington used suffocating defense to beat Oregon State 79-69 on Saturday.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State rebounded from a dismal 0-2 road trip by, well, rebounding.
The Beavers have won the battle of the boards almost all season long, but both Arizona schools outrebounded Oregon State last week. So the squad worked on crashing the glass, said forward Tres Tinkle.
"It's nice to get back on top of that. It's something we focused on and we made it count for sure," Tinkle added.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said he wanted his team to penetrate the lane, draw the opponent's big man and drop the ball off to 7-footer Kylor Kelley down low.
"Kylor is, I think, maybe the best finisher in our league at the rim," he added.
Kelley was a perfect 6 for 6 from the field and finished with 14 points and five blocks as Oregon State defeated UCLA 79-66 on Sunday night.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State's leading scorer and rebounder was injured and out for the game, so other players were challenged by the coaching staff to step up.
"We have depth on our team. When one guy goes down, we can make it up in different ways," freshman point guard Antoine Vernon said.
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored a career-high 34 points with five 3-pointers and 10 rebounds as short-handed Oregon State beat Southern California 79-74 in overtime on Thursday night.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State wanted to end its non-league schedule on a positive note and create some momentum heading into Pac-12 Conference play, said forward Tres Tinkle.
Mission accomplished, thanks to some hard-nosed effort on the defensive end.
"We really made it a focal point to go out and pressure the ball," Tinkle said.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State's Kylor Kelley acknowledged he was a little surprised Pepperdine kept attacking the rim, especially given the night he was having.
"But they're just making strong moves, trying to foul me out, so props to them," he added.
Kelley set a school record with nine blocks and added 10 points and nine rebounds as Oregon State beat Pepperdine 82-67 on Monday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long layoff didn't rattle the Aggies.
TJ Starks had 18 points and eight assists and Texas A&M won their third straight game with a 67-64 victory over Oregon State at the Dam City Classic on Saturday night.
Brandon Mahan, Wendell Mitchell and John Walker III each added 10 points for the Aggies (4-4), who hadn't played for nearly two weeks because of a cancelled game.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Javon Bess didn't even look at the numbers.
The Saint Louis University guard knew he was coming off one of the worst performances of his career in a five-point loss to Southern Illinois on Wednesday.
Three days later, Bess more than made up for it.
The 6-foot-6 inch guard poured in a career-high 24 points as Saint Louis narrowly defeated Oregon State 65-61 on Sunday.
Fred Thatch Jr. had 16 points for Saint Louis (7-2). Carte'Are Gordon added 11 points off the bench.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Stephen Thompson Jr. was automatic from deep, with mid-range floaters and on lay-ins. After eight makes in a row, a shot bounced away, but with the game well in hand, his teammates took the opportunity to tease him.
"Some people came up and said, 'Finally missed one,'" Thompson said.
Thompson scored 25 points, with five 3-pointers, and set a program record with 187 career 3-pointers as Oregon State defeated Missouri State 101-77 on Saturday.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Ethan Thompson had 18 points and seven rebounds, and brother Stephen Thompson Jr. added 17 points to help Oregon State hold off Long Beach State 75-72 on Sunday.
Tres Tinkle, who entered second in the Pac-12 with a 21.8 scoring average, was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting in the first half and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Oregon State (5-1). Gilgorije Rakocevic added 10 points and six boards.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State made rebounding a point of emphasis, and crashed the glass with abandon against a Wyoming team dealing with frontcourt injuries on Saturday.
"We just want to be all gas, no brakes," forward Alfred Hollins said.
Tres Tinkle had 28 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as Oregon State defeated Wyoming 83-64 on Saturday afternoon.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State fell behind UC Riverside in the second half of their season opener, but a full-court press and a couple of turnovers put the Beavers quickly back in control.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first time UCLA played Oregon State this season left not just the memory of a double-overtime loss for the Bruins, but getting outrebounded and generally outmuscled.
UCLA coach Steve Alford made it clear prior to Thursday's rematch they would need a much different effort, and the Bruins delivered in a 75-68 victory over the Beavers.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Stephen Thompson Jr. was off target on a floater that could have won the game with seconds left in regulation, then missed two free throws that likely would have sealed the contest in overtime. In double overtime, he didn't squander a new opportunity.
"Third time's the charm," said Thompson, who has a well-earned reputation as a clutch shooter.
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.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tra Holder was having a bad day, and the 11th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils were staring at the possibility of a 1-4 record in the Pac-12.
Then his teammates came through.
Shannon Evans scored seven of his 22 points in a late 10-0 run and the No. 11 Sun Devils held on to beat Oregon State 77-75 on Saturday.
Holder, the Pac-12's leading scorer at 20.9 points per game, made one of nine shots and scored four points. His teammates said they won it for him.
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.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Defense leads to offense, and after first half scoring droughts, Oregon State wanted to get out and attack on the fast break, said guard Stephen Thompson Jr.
"The focus was to keep getting stops so we'd have those transition opportunities," he added.
Thompson scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half and Oregon State cruised to a 76-57 win over Colorado on Friday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State took advantage of a rare opportunity for a mid-major basketball program on Thursday night
Jaylin Walker scored 25 points, including 19 in the second half, and the Golden Flashes, hosting a Pac-12 Conference team for the first time, defeated Oregon State 79-78.
Kent State, which won the Mid-American Conference tournament last season, also hosted a regular-season game against a power conference team for the first time since 1978 against Illinois
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) — With Oregon State's star big man saddled with foul trouble early in the second half, Stephen Thompson Jr. said his team felt a sense of urgency.
"Everybody did a good job of stepping up. . I think it was a team effort," Thompson said.
Thompson had 26 points, making four 3-pointers, and six assists to lead Oregon State to a 74-62 win over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Tres Tinkle added 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Beavers (5-3).
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Deishaun Booker had 14 points, 12 assists and five rebounds to lead Long Beach State to a 74-69 win against Oregon State at the Advocare Invitational on Friday.
The two teams played last Saturday with Oregon State winning 89-81 at home.
Booker hit a 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining to give the 49ers a 68-63 lead and they sealed it at the free-throw line.
LAKE BUENA VISA, Fla. (AP) — Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points and Marcus LoVett added 18 as St. John's rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit to beat Oregon State 82-77 Thursday in first round of the Advocare Invitational.
After trailing by 10 midway through the second half, St. John's went up 69-67 with 4 minutes left on Kassoum Yakwe's rebound slam.
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).
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.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jabari Bird scored 20 points and converted a key 3-point play with 54 seconds left, helping California grind out a 67-62 victory over Oregon State Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Cal (20-11) labored for most of the game offensively and had a hard time containing Oregon State's Stephen Thompson Jr. The fifth-seeded Bears pulled it out behind Bird and a strong second half by Ivan Rabb, earning a spot in Thursday's quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Utah.
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.