It was the kind of game Wayne Tinkle and the Oregon State Beavers really needed. Coming off a pre-Christmas loss to Kent State 66-63 the Beavers got well quickly against the Central Connecticut Blue Devils. The Beavers led by 29 points at halftime and cruised to the 80-59 win. Oregon State now 8-4 heading into conference play. They open the Pac-12 next Saturday in Eugene against a Ducks team filled with injuries. Here is the official release on last night's game including the impressive numbers for Kyler Kelly who was on fire early:
Kylor Kelley scored 14 points, all before halftime, grabbed eight boards and had four blocks as Oregon State dominated early and cruised to an 80-59 win over Central Connecticut on Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.
Jamir Coleman had 16 points and seven rebounds and Karrington Wallace added nine points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-7).
The Beavers shot 49 percent, compared to 33 percent for the Blue Devils, and outrebounded Central Connecticut 47-28. Oregon State took control of the game with an early 24-0 surge, capped by a Thompson-to-Kelley alley-oop at the 5:52 mark, to take a 36-10 lead.
Central Connecticut missed 14 straight shots during the run. The Beavers led 50-21 at the break, and led by more than 20 the rest of the game.
The Beavers open Pac-12 play against Oregon at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene in the 351st edition of the Civil War.