It is crunch time, now or never for the Oregon State men’s basketball team. Coming off a two-loss weekend at the Arizona schools, the Beavers need to get back on track and have the opportunity to do so with three Pac-12 conference games remaining.
And senior Tres Tinkle knows it.
Our own Ron Callan caught up with Tinkle on Tuesday morning ahead of the Beavers’ Civil War matchup on Thursday in Eugene, Oregon.
Against Arizona, Tinkle didn’t just pick up his first technical ever at Oregon State, but his second, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the contest.
I thought it was fake. Never have even gotten a technical. It just didn’t seem real. I went to go sit on the bench just thinking I didn’t know what was going on. Then they escorted me into the locker room and watched the game on my phone. It was strange. It happens. — Tres Tinkle
.Civil War #354 Thursday night 8:pm. @BeaverMBB at @OregonMBB @tres_tinkle3 talks about getting a 4th straight win vs rival plus his ejection vs @ArizonaMBB and #SeanMiller comments #Pac12MBB pic.twitter.com/niQ8kCjSJY— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 25, 2020
I really appreciate Sean Miller and the words he said just knowing that it shouldn’t have happened. I know he’s done a lot of great things and I think a lot of people believe that as well, that it was a call that shouldn’t have been made, shouldn’t have ever happened. But it did so just got to live with it. — Tres Tinkle
Flush it and move on.
It has been a season of “lasts” for the senior from Missoula, Montana. In his fifth season with the Beavs, Tinkle became Oregon State’s leader in consecutive games scoring in double figures.
He is averaging 18.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists while also leading the Pac-12 conference in steals per game (2.0).
I just want to finish on a high note. We always talk about, we drop some games that we wish we didn’t. Can’t have any more learning experiences. It’s time to really just get the momentum and peak at the right time. — Tres Tinkle
The Beavers (15-12, 5-10 Pac-12) are currently in eleventh in the Pac-12 conference standings with three games remaining on their regular season conference schedule.
- 02/27: at Oregon (21-7, 10-5 Pac-12)
- 03/05: vs. Stanford (18-9, 7-7 Pac-12)
- 03/07: vs. Cal (11-16, 5-9 Pac-12)
Tinkle is spot on. The Beavs have an opportunity to finish on a high note with their remaining schedule. Oregon State has already faced and beaten the Ducks this season (a 63-53 win on Feb. 8 in Corvallis) and then hosting bottom half conference teams Stanford and Cal.
In a fight for seeding for the upcoming Pac-12 tournament, the Beavs need every win they can get to make life a bit easier in that daunting tournament.