Oregon State blows out No. 24 Arizona

Oregon State blows out No. 24 Arizona

The Oregon State Beavers (12-4, 2-2 Pac-12) shocked the No. 24 Arizona Wildcats (11-5, 1-2 Pac-12) by blitzing them in the second half to win 82-65 at Gill Coliseum. 

It's the Beavers' first win over a ranked opponent since 2016 when they defeated No. 21 USC, also in Corvallis. 2016 is also the last time they made the NCAA Tournament.

Here's how it happened.

Tight first half

The Beavers and Wildcats exchanged blows in the first half. Oregon State took an early 15-7 lead off a Sean Miller-Moore dunk, but Arizona came back to lead 28-26. Both teams exchanged buckets until heading into the locker room tied at 31. 

Beavers dominate in the second half

Early in the second half, the Wildcats held a 41-37 lead before Arizona coach Sean Miller argued a foul call resulting in technical free throws for the Beavers. Arizona would never lead by that much again the rest of the night and instead got ran out of the gym. Oregon State shot 65.4 percent from the field in the second half while the Wildcats missed 8-of-9 three-pointers. After being tied at 49, the Beavers scored seven straight points and never looked back, ultimately outscoring the Wildcats 33-16 the rest of the way.

Tinkle and Thompson showed why they're among the Pac-12's best

Tres Tinkle scored 20 points and Ethan Thompson added 18. The two led the Beavers in scoring and shot a collective 11-of-21 from the floor. For the Beavers to compete with the best of the conference, they need their two best players to play up to their talent level, which they did tonight.

Thompson in particular only miss three shots and crossed 1,000 points scored in his college career. 

Next up, the Beavers will travel to Seattle on Thursday to take on the Washington Huskies. 

Beavers suffer their first loss of season at the hands of ASU

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Beavers suffer their first loss of season at the hands of ASU

The Oregon State Beavers experienced something they’ve yet to so far this season: Defeat.

Arizona State claimed victory over the No. 3 team in the nation 55-47 Sunday, spoiling the Beavers, now 15-1, perfect season. Arizona State goes to 13-4 on the year after completing a sweep of the Oregon schools.

"Arizona State never quits, and we knew this was going to be a battle," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck via a team release. "I was proud of the way we fought back to give ourselves a chance. We have two freshman starting for us, and they are only going to continue growing over the next two months of Pac-12 play. You could see it today – they got better as the game went on. We're going to get better and better as we go. There's nothing but growth ahead for this team, and we usually take adversity and handle it pretty well."

For the Beavers, Mikayla Pivec led the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds. During the game, Pivec passed Deven Hunter to move into fourth on Oregon State's career rebounds list. 

Freshman Taylor Jones tallied a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. 

The Beavers will return home next week for a pair of Pac-12 home games, as the Cal Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal visit Gill Coliseum this weekend.

No. 3 Beavers get a scare, but survive in the desert vs. Arizona to remain undefeated

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No. 3 Beavers get a scare, but survive in the desert vs. Arizona to remain undefeated

The Oregon State Beavers went down to the wire with the Wildcats, but ultimately came out on top against No. 18 Arizona 63-61. 

With 11 seconds left and the game tied, Mikayla Pivec  drove into the paint and finished through contact with under two seconds left, scoring what was the game-winning basket with 1.4 seconds on the clock to lift No. 3 Oregon State in Tucson, Arizona Friday night. 

"We knew Arizona was going to come out with a great fight," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck via a team release. "That's why they have been able to do everything they have done this year. I thought we executed well, but they did a good job of making things tough for us. Mikayla has a knack for making big plays in big moments, and that's what she did today. She made a big time shot for us in a big moment. This was a great team win for us."

Oregon State’s 15-straight victories is the longest winning streak in program history. They join UCLA as the only remaining undefeated teams in the nation. Heading into Friday’s contest, Arizona had 13-straight wins on their home court.

The Wildcats' last two home losses have come to Oregon State.

Pivec finished with a double-double 17 points, 10 rebounds for the Beavs. Freshman Taylor Jones tallied one, too, scoring 12 points and adding 11 rebounds, while Destiny Slocum tallied 13 points and six assists. Kat Tudor  was one of four Beavers in double-figures with 10 points.

OSU dominated the boards, holding a 38-27 advantage over Arizona.

The Beavers will finish out their trip in Arizona in Tempe vs. Arizona State, who defeated the No. 2 Oregon Ducks earlier Friday evening. 

Report: Former Washington WR Trey Lowe to join OSU as a preferred walk-on

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Report: Former Washington WR Trey Lowe to join OSU as a preferred walk-on

Former Jesuit standout Trey Lowe appears to have a new home and it has a Corvallis zip code. 

The running back who elected to transfer from the University of Washington back in October, was added to the Oregon State student directory Thursday, according to The Oregonian's Andrew Nemec, indicating he has been admitted to the university:

As Nemec indicates, this step is non-binding; however, "a source close to Lowe’s recruitment confirms he intends to enroll and join the football program as a preferred walk on."

Lowe was the nation’s No. 5 all-purpose back in the class of 2018 by 247Sports and was named the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year in high school where he amassed 2,316 all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns. 

The Jesuit stand-out chose Washington over Boise State, Eastern Washington, Oregon and Oregon State. 

Lowe played in two games as a true freshman, thus preserving a redshirt season under the new NCAA rules. He made his 2018 debut in the Pac-12 Championship game vs. Utah and also played in the Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State.

He is the younger brother of former Oregon Ducks receiver and current Parkrose High School head football coach Keanon Lowe.

Beavers late surge not enough vs. ASU

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Beavers late surge not enough vs. ASU

The Beavers hot start to the season sputtered slightly Thursday night after suffering their first conference loss of the season. 

Oregon State (11-4, 1-2 Pac-12) fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils 82-76 at Gill Coliseum in front of 4,828 fans. 

It was ASU's first conference win of the season.

ASU shot 29-60 from field, 8-16 from 3 and outrebounded OSU 38-31. Remy Martin scored 24 points for the Sun Devils, Rob Edwards added 18 points and Romello White contributed 12 pts and 9 rebounds in the winning effort. Ethan Thompson and Tres Tinkle led the Beavs with 22 each. Tinkle was averaging 23.4 points heading into the contest. 

OSU was down 71-58 with 4:25 to go. The Beavers (11-4, 1-2 Pac-12) made things interesting down the stretch and closed to 80-76 on two free throws from Thompson with 16.2 seconds left, but they would not get closer. 

Next up, Oregon State will host No. 24 Arizona at 7pm. The Wildcats lost to Oregon 74-73 in OT Thursday night in Eugene. 

Sean Mannion joins the Talkin' Beavers podcast ahead of his playoff game against the 49ers

Sean Mannion joins the Talkin' Beavers podcast ahead of his playoff game against the 49ers

The all-time leading passer in Oregon State history still has a soft spot for his alma mater.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion joined Nigel Burton on the Talkin' Beavers podcast this week ahead of his pivotal playoff matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. They talk about how Mannion's NFL career is coming along, reminisce about the college days in Corvallis, discuss why he chose Oregon State in the first place, and then finish off with a game of this-or-that including "duck or get punched in the face". 

With the Beavers, Mannion finished his career not only the all-time leader in passing yards in school history, but Pac-12 history. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams where he spent four seasons. This past offseason, he signed with the Vikings to backup Kirk Cousins.

Coming of Age season for the Beavers Zach Reichle!

Coming of Age season for the Beavers Zach Reichle!

Zach Reichle came out of Wilsonville High School with huge credentials. He was named the Gatorade Oregon High School player of the year after his senior year in 2017.  Zach's first two seasons in Corvallis were pretty quiet. He averaged 1.7 points per game in his freshman season. He averaged eight minutes per game. Last year, those numbers improved a little with 3.5 minutes per game in 19 minutes on the court.

This season, Zach Reichle has come alive! He is averaging about ten points per game in 27 minutes and is providing on-court leadership. During the dramatic comeback win over Colorado Sunday in Boulder, Zach was a key factor both offensively and defensively. He scored a career high 19 points and hit nine key free throws in nine attempts. 

Head Coach Wayne Tinkle says Reichle's emergence as a team leader was huge during those critical minutes in Boulder.

[We] got guy like Tres who has always been a  leader but he is the head coach's son, so we said we needed another guy to really rise up and its with calling guys out when they're not bringing the energy to practice or when their not focused. To pat guys on the butt when they do something right because Zach and Tres are very similar where they leave everything on the floor when they play. We another guy to be a voice for us  and he did that with his play at Colorado with the example he set but also in the huddle when you saw him encouraging guys."

To compete for the Pac-12 title the Beavers need a solid effort each game from Reichle. He showed in the first two games that he is more aggressive driving inside because players may expect him to shoot the three. He knows he has struggled from long distance (15-48, 31.3%) so he has to show his versatility. He told men's basketball play-by play voice on "Talkin Beavers" that his increased confidence is paying off.

So Reichle and the Beavers are back home at Gill this week. Two huge games against the Arizona Schools. The Sun Devils and Beavers meet tomorrow night. The Beavers are 11-3 and 1-1 in conference play. The Sun Devils were blown out by rival Arizona last Saturday 75-47 in their lone Pac-12 play. They are 9-5 overall. Then the Beavers host 24th-ranked Arizona  Sunday night at 7:pm

You can see the entire interview with Zach Reichle and Wayne Tinkle tonight at 7:pm on Talkin Beavers on NBC Sports Northwest

Jonathan Smith’s contract extension is a perfect scenario for success

Jonathan Smith’s contract extension is a perfect scenario for success

The Oregon State Beavers made it official on Tuesday afternoon. Jonathan Smith is their guy for the long haul. He signs a three-year extension through the year 2025.

Athletic Director Scott Barnes is pumped about the news. 

Coach Smith has been groomed to lead the Beaver football program. His impact has been significant and there is no one better suited to continue to build the foundation to a level of sustained success. What we saw in Jonathan when we brought him home two years ago continues to be reaffirmed with the progress shown in all aspects of the program.

There is still work to be done, but I'm excited Coach Smith will be leading our football program for the foreseeable future. Simply put, he's our guy! -- Scott Barnes

This is the perfect time to give Smith a vote of confidence after two impressive seasons as the Beavers head coach. Picking up the pieces of the Gary Andersen era was a major task. He did it with a quiet confidence that expanded as his time increased in the Valley Football Center. The progress of this past season was beyond the hopes of most Beaver Nation and beyond.

I mean to be one first down short of a bowl bid? The future looks bright. The contract extension brings what I like to call the four C’s:

Credibility

Having the same group of coaches and staff over a period of years tends to breed success. I was thinking about that when Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State paid a visit to Corvallis this past season. He was starting his 15th season in Stillwater and has given the Cowboys a ton of credibility nationally and with their fan base.

Continuity

This is what great recruiting is all about. To have a talented high school recruit or Junior College player see that the Beavers are solid at the coaching position opens doors. I was impressed with the early-signing group the Beavers brought in last month. That can only get better as time progresses

Consistency

When the coaching staff stays together, good things happen. You may have noticed Brian Lindgren has been sought after by other schools this off-season. The Seattle Times mentioned him as a coach that would help the new Washington Huskies regime on the Montlake Cut. Various reports says he also turned down a coaching job in Tempe, AZ with the Arizona State Sun Devils. Keeping the group together is important. Barnes did make sure the assistant coaches got pay raises recently. That was smart.

Confidence

Smith is not only building a football team, he is building a culture. I am reminded of P.J Fleck at Minnesota. He signed a contract extension through 2026 in November with the Golden Gophers and they wound up in the Outback Bowl beating Auburn. I am not comparing Smith to Fleck. Just pointing out how a successful plan for your program can pay off. Smith's plan is in the embryonic stage but is going in the right direction.

Smith put out his own one paragraph statement about the extension: 

I want to thank Scott Barnes, the OSU administration, and Beaver Nation for having the confidence and commitment in this coaching staff to continue the trajectory of the program. I am excited about the momentum on and off the field, recruiting, academics and the support of Beaver Nation. -- Jonathan Smith

The annual spring game is set for April 18.

Oregon State rewards Jonathan Smith with a new contract through 2025

Oregon State rewards Jonathan Smith with a new contract through 2025

Jonathan Smith is in it for the long haul.

According to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel, Oregon State has given head coach Jonathan Smith a new six-year contract, which includes a three-year extension, that will extend him through the 2025 season. Smith was slated to enter the third year of a five-year contract that would have paid him $1.9 million per season, plus bonuses. 

NBC Sports Northwest has been able to confirm the report.

“I want to thank Scott Barnes, the OSU administration, and Beaver Nation for having the confidence and commitment in this coaching staff to continue the trajectory of this program,” Smith said. “I’m excited about the momentum on and off the field, recruiting, academics and the support we have from Beaver Nation.”

We confirmed a month ago that Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes and Coach Smith have actually been discussing a reworking of his contract since October since Barnes loves the direction of the program. 

"We are being proactive ensuring this staff stays together," Barnes told NBCSNW in December. 

It is not just about the wins, but also about the change in the culture of the football program. That includes the improving GPA's we have seen since Coach Smith and his assistants have taken hold in Corvallis. I am impressed with the tremendous job they are doing in recruiting and Jonathan is ahead of schedule on all of the above. -- Scott Barnes

In addition to Smith's new deal, Oregon State will increase their budget for assistant coaches as numerous contracts are up in February: Trent Bray (linebackers), Jake Cookus (special teams), Jim Michalczik (offensive line), Kefense Hynson (receivers), Michael Pitre (running backs) and Legi Suianoa (defensive line). Another good sign for staff consistency is that according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, offensive coordinator Brian Lingren turned down the Arizona State OC position last month. 

In just his second season, Smith led the Beavers to a 5-7 record, their best record since 2014 and falling just a yard short of qualifying for a bowl game. His 4-5 conference record was good to tie for second in the Pac-12 North, their highest placement ever in the division since the Pac-10 expanded to 12 teams. 

Smith inherited a program that won just one game the year prior, and that win was a nail-bitter over FCS opponent Portland State. Two years later, the Beavs finished tied with Washington for second in the division. 

Darwin Barney named manager of the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A minor league team

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Darwin Barney named manager of the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A minor league team

Darwin Barney isn't done with professional baseball just yet.

The former-Oregon State Beaver has been named manager of the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A minor league team, according to a team release.

Barney played high school baseball at Southridge High School before winning back-to-back national championships in Corvallis in 2006 and 2007.  Then, he played eight seasons in Major League Baseball for Cubs, Dodgers and Blue Jays, In 2012, he won the National League Golden Glove Award after finishing the season with a 0.996 fielding percentage. 

In October 2018, the Portland Diamond Project announced that Barney had joined the project as an investor and advisor. 

The Portland Diamond Project tweeted out their congratulations to their advisor shortly after the news. 

It appears that Barney still plans on helping get Major League Baseball to Portland.

Barney's debut as the manager of the Nashville Sounds is on April 9th, 2020.