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Roman Silva records career-high 15 points as Oregon State completes season sweep over Cal

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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.

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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...

 

They believed in me and my teammates believed in me.

- Roman Silva

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.