Just days after Oregon State narrowly edged Arizona State with a one-point win, the Beavers had another electrifying victory over USC on Tuesday, coming away with a 58-56 thriller in Corvallis, Oregon.
With Oregon State’s second-consecutive win, head coach Wayne Tinkle also reached a milestone on Tuesday-- His 100th career victory since taking helm of the program in 2014.
“Just super, super excited about the last couple of days,” Tinkle said following Tuesday’s win. “How these guys have responded. Dealt with everything they’ve been through and just the resiliency and toughness they’re continuing to show.”
Tinkle has helped vault the program into national relevance in his seven years at Oregon State. Back in 2016, he led the Beavers to the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament, their first tournament appearance in 26 years. The 53-year-old coach also has four wins against Top 25 teams and has posted four winning seasons in Corvallis.
This week, it feels like the Beavers have taken a turn for the better this season. After suffering a 98-64 lopsided loss at home to Arizona and looked out of sorts in their return to the court in in nearly a month, Oregon State tidied up its defensive game on Tuesday, limiting a USC team that averaged 78 points per game to just 56.
With more game experience under their belt, players are starting to gel, find cohesiveness and lead one another.
“There’s been games where it’s just been a layup line for the other team,” Tinkle said. “I know our guys were just disgusted with it, and I think the Arizona game was obviously the last time we were going to let that happen without putting up a fight.”
Tinkle will look to add another notch to his belt on Saturday as Oregon State (7-5, 3-3 Pac-12) heads to Matthew Knight Arena to take on rival, No. 21 Oregon (9-2, 4-1 Pac-12) at 7:30 p.m.