The Beavers won their biggest game of the season last night. They had an issue earlier in the season of not finishing at the end of games. Not Thursday night against USC. Despite an ankle injury to Tres Tinkle that kept him on the bench Oregon State survived the Trojans 79-74 in Overtime to improve to 2-0 in conference play and 10-4 on the season.
Above the game highlights and the post-game news conference by the Beavers. Stevie Thompson Junior stepped up big time with a career high 34 points and 10 boards. Add five three-pointers. Add five assists. Kylor Kelly was a blocking machine with seven swats against USC.
Here is the official game story from Oregon State Athletics:
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.
Ethan Thompson added 13 points and Gligorije Rakocevic had 10 points for the Beavers (10-4, 2-0 Pac-12). Bennie Boatwright had a career-high 37 points with four 3-pointers and eight rebounds and Jonah Mathews added 13 points off the bench for the Trojans (9-7, 2-1).
In overtime, Boatwright sank a pull-up jumper with 1:30 left to put the Trojans up 74-72. Ethan Thompsonresponded with a 3-pointer on the Beavers' next possession. Boatwright missed a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left, and the Trojans were forced to foul.
Stephen Thompson Jr. gathered the rebound, was fouled, and made both free throws this time.
The Beavers were without top player Tres Tinkle, averaging 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, who was out with an injured ankle. Oregon State went on an 18-0 run in the first half, holding the Trojans scoreless for nearly six minutes, to take a 32-25 lead with 5:33 before the break. The Beavers went to halftime up 36-31. Southern California was up 66-64 and had the ball with a minute left in regulation, but Nick Rakocevic's jumper was blocked by Kelley.
On the Beavers' next possession, Warren Washington's shot was blocked by Nick Rakocevic, but Ethan Thompson grabbed the offensive rebound and made a lay-in. Boatwright missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key on the last possession of regulation. The Beavers will next host UCLA at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Gill Coliseum in a game televised nationally on FS1. Tickets can be purchased at this link.