The all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history went out on a high note Saturday afternoon on his senior day.
The all-time leading scorer in Beavers history, Tres Tinkle, led the Beavers with 22 points in his final game at Gill Coliseum to help Oregon State (17-13, 7-11 Pac-12) close out regular-season conference play with a victory, by defeating the California Golden Bears (13-18, 7-11) 74-56.
He didn't do it alone, however, as fellow senior Kyler Kelly had what his coach described as his best game in a beaver uniform with 19 points 8 rebounds and a blocked shot.
He really bought in and locked in and had his best performance as a Beaver. - Wayne Tinkle
In the final minute up nearly 20 points head coach Wayne tinkle elected to give his son Tres and fellow senior Kyler Kelly a standing ovation from the crowd and each player had an emotional embrace with their head coach. After the game, Wayne Tinkle described how emotional that moment was to share with his son, in addition to the last five years in Corvallis.
It was pretty special and you can't ever prepare yourself. I tried to tell myself going into the pregame stuff to enjoy it and not be afraid to share emotion. But also to send the message that this may be potentially our last game in Gill with these guys but it's not our last game with them. - Wayne Tinkle
It was a pregame text that got the waterworks going, though.
The most emotional I got was my ride home from shootaround when my wife had sent me a text... just saying how proud she was of all that we've been through to where we've gotten but she said 'Don't feel sad because the days are coming to an end, be happy for the experience that you've been able to enjoy,'...I think that helped me focus. - Wayne Tinkle
Their head coach wasn't the only one being emotional today as both seniors felt the tears coming, as well.
Coach said there was going to be some emotions and there for sure were. - Kylor Kelley
Now the team will look to make some noise in the Pac-12 tournament, but good news is that OSU is playing their best basketball now.
We're playing our best basketball this time of year which is what you want. - Wayne Tinkle
Tinkle's son echoed that sentiment.
“We’re just really, you know, believing. And now is a great time to play your best basketball.” - Tres Tinkle
Up next: The Beavers will open the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 11th.