In their first meeting in Corvallis, Oregon back on January 12, the Oregon State Beavers took care of business in dominant fashion for the upset win over No. 24 Arizona, 82-65, where all five starters finished in double figures.
It was a different story on Thursday when these two teams met up once again, this time in the desert. Oregon State's slow start on the offensive end, number of turnovers and losing one of their top players Tres Tinkle early in the second half resulted in a hole the Beavers couldn't dig themselves out of.
Oregon State (15-11, 5-9 Pac-12) drops its second game in a row with a loss at the Arizona Wildcats (19-7, 9-4 Pac-12).
FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 63, Arizona 89
Here are three quick takeaways from the game:
1. FIRST HALF JITTERS?
The Beavers commited 13 first half turnovers, few of which were careless: dribbling the ball off the opponents foot, bad outlet passes, etc. Head coach Wayne Tinkle was visibly frustrated and told his team to calm down during a media timeout.
The good news for Oregon State is Arizona capitalized on only 15 points off these turnovers. The Beavers were down by 10 at halftime, but it could have been a bigger deficit.
Oregon State finished with 21 turnovers in the game.
2. TRES TINKLE EJECTED
Tres Tinkle received a second technical foul with 13:17 remaining in the second and was ejected from the game. His first technical was inadvertent and more of a warning on both players. After a tough bucket inside, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally bumped into an Arizona player. It was a double technical “warning” on both players.
The second came on a drive from Tinkle, and catching the Arizona defender in the chin with his elbow.
Tinkle was ejected and finished with 10 points (kept his double-digit scoring trend alive) and three rebounds.
Oregon State was without Tinkle for the final 13+ minutes in this contest.
3. JAROD LUCAS GETS HOT AGAIN
One of the bright spots on Oregon State's offense was Jarod Lucas.
The 6-foot-3 freshman guard from Hacienda Heights, California, found his groove from 3-PT range, as Beaver fans know what he can do, and finished with 18 points hitting 4-for-12 from three-point range. He lead all OSU scores and provided a spark off the bench.
UP NEXT: The Beavs wrap up the road trip at Arizona State on Saturday, Feb, 22, tip-off set for 5 p.m. (PT) in Tempe, Arizona.