T-9: Oregon State Beavers
Just over a week ago, Oregon State suffered its first loss of the 2018-19 season, falling to Missouri in the Paradise Jam. That game was defined by too many sloppy mistakes from the Beavers, who recorded six more turnovers than the Tigers.
But the team has responded nicely.
Since then, the Beavers have won games against two solid mid-major opponents – Penn and Long Beach State.
Against the Quakers, the Beavers got off to a slow start and only led by two at the half, but a strong shooting effort helped propel a victory. Tres Tinkle, who leads the team in scoring with 20.2 points per game, scored 32 points in the win while shooting 12-for-20 from the field.
A game later, the scoring efforts were distributed. Tinkle was once again in double figures with 12 points, but so were four other Beavers. This time, the leader was Ethan Thompson, who contributed with 18.
This diffusion of scoring helped Oregon State narrowly defeat Long Beach State 75-72 and improve the Beavers’ record to 5-1 on the new season.
Oregon State is just one of four teams in the Pac-12 with one or fewer losses, along with Arizona State, Colorado and Washington State. Before beginning conference play, the Beavers have six more non-conference games.
Two of those contests are against Kent State and Saint Louis, both of whom have proved their legitimacies as solid mid-majors in the early season. Oregon State also faces a struggling Texas A&M team in the Dam City Classic.