A senior trusting a freshman.
Let’s go back to February, 22 when the Oregon State Beavers were on the road at Arizona State. On Oregon State’s final possession, down 74-73, Tres Tinkle drove baseline to his left and found Jarod Lucas sliding to the opposite corner. Lucas missed the game-winner, but not by much.
That night, Tinkle received a text message from Lucas apologizing and stating he wouldn’t miss that again.
On Wednesday, in a win-or-go-home situation in round one of the Pac-12 Tournament against Utah, the senior trusted the freshman once again. Tinkle drove to his left in the paint, found Lucas sliding to the corner and sunk the uncontested three.
No. 8 Oregon State survived 71-69 over No. 9 Utah to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
I know Jarod. He’s passionate, he knows the game. As he mentioned, the ASU game he felt terrible about it. He texted me and I told him I trust you taking that shot every single time. Game on the line, I’m going to make the right play. Sure enough he was wide open. I’ve shot with him. I know how he can shoot it. I know his confidence and he followed through. — Tres Tinkle on Jarod Lucas
In the first half, I kind of got in my own head. This isn’t the first time Coach Tinkle has been the first guy to go over there and tell me ‘J, you got to stay locked in,’ and it wasn’t just Coach Tinkle, it was a lot of my teammates. He told me I need to be ready for my next opportunity. He gave me another opportunity in the second half and I made the most of it. I couldn’t be more happy or more thankful. — Jarod Lucas
The 6-foot-3 guard from Hacienda Heights, California is averaging .315 from 3-PT land this season.
There was no freshman jitters for this sharp-shooter in his first Pac-12 Tournament experience.
We told him early in the year that he’s the one guy that we have the most confidence in shooting that shot. Now part of that was just to make a freshman feel good about himself during some dog days, but it’s true. We got a couple guys that we got a lot of trust in any time taking those big shots. He’s certainly one. — Wayne Tinkle on Jarod Lucas
Now, it’s a Civil War matchup in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals between No. 8 Oregon State and No. 1 Oregon. Earlier this season, the two teams split this series with each team winning on their home court. In the first meeting in Corvallis on Feb. 7th, four of Oregon State’s starters finished in double figures, led by Ethan Thompson’s 15 points. It was a balanced scoring attack and an efficient defensive effort on Payton Pritchard, who finished the first half with only five points. The Beavs won 63-53.
In chapter two in Eugene, the roles were reversed: Oregon’s guard play was too much to handle for Oregon State. Pritchard, Will Richardson and Anthony Mathis combined for 51 in Oregon’s 69-54 win.
The game will tip-off at noon on Thursday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Just announced on Wednesday, that no fans will be allowed to attend to limit the spread of the virus in interest to the health and safety of the student-athletes.