Gill was rockin last night! The much maligned Oregon State Beavers, a team that has underachieved at times during the 2019-20 season turned up the defense to epic proportions and befuddled their rival Oregon 63-53. 9,301 fans were screaming throughout the game.
Tres Tinkle didn't have a good night shooting the ball but his senior leadership on the court was huge. He did wind up with 13 points but was 0-4 from long distance. Junior Zach Reikle was the clutch shooter at crunch time hitting three big three-pointers to fend off the Ducks. The Beavers improve to 14-9 and 4-7 in conference play. The Ducks drop to 18-6 and 7-4 in the Pac-12, a game behind conference leader Colorado.
The Beavers have three-Top 25 wins this season. They have beaten the top three teams in the standings now in Oregon, Colorado and Arizona.
The Ducks had the triple-double machine Sabrina Ionescu sitting right behind the bench. She had her 24th triple double of her career Friday night against Arizona.
After the game Wayne Tinkle and his players met with the local media:
Here is the official news release from Oregon State on the big Civil War win:
Zach Reichle hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch and Oregon State overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat No. 14 Oregon 63-53 on Saturday night.
It was the third consecutive win for Oregon State in the 353rd edition of the Civil War, which is the most contested rivalry in college basketball.
Oregon State (14-9, 4-7 Pac-12) hit six consecutive free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Ethan Thompson, whose dunk with three seconds left punctuated the victory before a sellout crowd at Gill Coliseum, led the Beavers with 15 points.Kylor Kelley added 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, and leading scorer Tres Tinkle had 13 points.
Payton Pritchard led the Ducks (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) with 16 points, but the Pac-12's leading scorer was only 7 of 21 from the field.
Reichle's fast-break dunk put the Beavers on top 50-48 at the 2:52 mark.
Tinkle hit both ends of the bonus to give Oregon State a four-point advantage, and Pritchard's layup over the outstretched hand of 7-footer Kelley cut the lead to 52-50 with 2:06 left.
Reichle's 3-pointer gave the Beavers a 55-50 lead at the 1:17 mark.
An 8-0 Oregon run early in the second half culminated by Pritchard's basket in the lane gave the Ducks their biggest lead at 40-30.
Back came the Beavers.
Reichle's 3-pointer ended the Ducks' run, and Tinkle's six straight points cut the lead to 42-40.
Kelley's alley-oop dunk on an assist from Tinkle tied the game at 42-all with 11:10 remaining.
Thompson's fadeaway jumper in the lane gave the Beavers their first lead since late in the first half at 44-42 and extended a 10-0 run.
Pritchard's layup tied the game at 44-all with 6:06 remaining and was Oregon's first field goal in more than eight minutes.
Oregon closed the first half on a 7-0 run and led 32-28 at the break. The first half was close the entire way with Oregon State holding the largest lead of five points.