The Oregon State Beavers officially own the Cal Bears in 2021.
In all three meetings with Cal this season, Oregon State has absolutely dominated. The Beavers walked away with a 71-63 win on Nov. 25, followed by a 71-63 victory over the Bears at Gill Coliseum on Jan. 22.
The scene was altered on Thursday night to Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California, but the result remained the same. Behind Roman Silva’s 13 second-half points, Oregon State (now 12-11, 8-9 Pac-12) outlasted Cal 59-57 on Thursday.
Silva had just two points in the first half before a conversation with Coach Wayne Tinkle at halftime changed his perspective on the game. He took over.
“He just told me to keep having confidence in myself, started off on a slow start and it really was kind of frustrated out there,” the Oregon State center told Pac-12 Networks. “They believed in me. That’s all the motivation I needed. My team believed in me...
Silva finished the night with a career-high 15 points while shooting 6-of-8 from the floor, 3-of-4 from the free throw line and added one block in the season sweep.
A win over Cal gives Oregon State the momentum it needs after losing four of its last five games ahead of Thursday’s game. With three games left on the regular-season schedule, the Beavers are focused on what’s in front of them, not what’s in the rear-view mirror.
Next up, the Beavers will head to Maples Pavilion to battle against Stanford (14-10, 10-8 Pac-12), who is coming off a 71-68 loss to Oregon.
The Cardinal was without leading scorer and rebounder, Oscar da Silva, in Thursday’s game vs. the Ducks due to a lower extremity injury suffered in Wednesday’s practice. It’s unclear whether he will return when Oregon State and Stanford take the court on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.