Beavers top UCLA 79-66 to improve to 3-0 in the Pac-12!!



What an electric atmosphere last night at Gill. The Beavers showed the Pac=12 that they are a team with enough talent to be a factor in the conference race this season. Nearly 6,000 fans watched some tremendous basketball by Wayne Tinkle's team. Tres Tinkle wasn't expected to play but told his Dad shortly before tip that he was ready to go. Watch the post-game news conference. Wayne Tinkle talks about that big moment. Tres did contribute 14 points. Here is the official release from Oregon State Athletics:

Kylor Kelley was a perfect six for six from the field and had 14 points and five blocks as Oregon State defeated UCLA 79-66 on Sunday night at Gill Coliseum. 

Ethan Thompson and Stephen Thompson Jr. each added 17 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Beavers (11-4, 3-0 Pac-12). 

It's the first time Oregon State has started 3-0 in conference play since 1992-93.Tres Tinkle had 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals after missing the USC game win an injured left ankle. 

Alfred Hollins added 11 points and four rebounds. Kris Wilkes had 21 points with four 3-pointers and Prince Ali added 13 points for the Bruins (10-7, 3-1), who lost their first game in four tries under interim coach Murry Bartow. 

Oregon State shot 47.5 percent from the floor, and 14 for 18 on free throws, compared to 38 percent on field goals and 10 for 21 from the charity stripe for UCLA. The Beavers went on an early 10-1 run, which included a contested break-away dunk by Ethan Thompson, to take a 26-17 lead with five minutes left in the first half. 

Oregon State went to the break up 32-26. UCLA came back early in the second half with a 12-2 surge, sparked by two Jaylen Hands 3-pointers in less than 30 seconds, to go ahead 43-41 with 15:16 remaining. 

Oregon State took control of the game with an 11-1 run, capped by a Stephen Thompson Jr. 3-pointer, to take a 57-48 lead with 8:33 left. The Beavers pushed the lead to as many as 18 points late. The Beavers will head to the desert beginning with a stop in Tempe to play Arizona State at 7 p.m. PT (8 p.m. MT) on Thursday. The game will be televised nationally on FS1. 


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