After that heartbreaking loss to UCLA Thursday night 68-67 it was hard to figure out how Wayne Tinkle's team would respond. I mean its tough to lose by just one point especially when your opponent shoots 28 foul shots to three. Hello Pac-12 refs??????
This team did respond in a dramatic way building up a ten point lead on the Trojans and then holding on for dear life and succeeding. The Beavers 17-9 on the season and now 9-5 in conference play find themselves in second place in the Pac-12 standings with a potential first round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament on the horizon depending on how they play in the season's final four games. Arizona in Gill on Thursday night. 5:30 the pregame coverage with Mike Parker on 1190 KEX. Here are some of the stat's from the USC win courtesy of the Oregon State Media Relations Department:
The Beavers (17-9, 9-5 Pac-12) led most of the game but trailed 56-55 with 3:54 remaining before scoring 10 straight points. Tres Tinkle, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds, had six points as Oregon State swept the season series.
The Beavers led by as many as 10 in the second half and were up 51-44 with 8:53 remaining when the Trojans went on a 12-4 run. Mathews had seven points, including a 3-pointer that gave the Trojans a short-lived, one-point lead.
Oregon State led most of the first half.Ethan Thompson's layup put the Beavers up 22-16 with 9:34 remaining before USC scored seven straight points to hold a brief advantage. Oregon State would counter with a 6-0 run and went into halftime with a 31-27 lead.
Jonah Mathews led USC (15-13, 8-7) with 15 points and Bennie Boatwright added 13 in his final home game.
Oregon State will next face the Arizona Wildcats at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Gill Coliseum.