With the game and the season on the line, senior Tres Tinkle trusted freshman Jarod Lucas

With the game and the season on the line, senior Tres Tinkle trusted freshman Jarod Lucas

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.

He didn’t.

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. 


Instant Analysis: Jarod Lucas' game-winner sends the Beavs into the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals

Instant Analysis: Jarod Lucas' game-winner sends the Beavs into the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - It was a back-and-forth battle and quite the showing to open up the 2020 Pac-12 men’s tournament. The No. 9 Utah Utes, lead by Alfonso Plummer’s sharp, unconscious shooting, gave the Utes the upper hand in the first half over No. 8 Oregon State. As this game came down to the wire, it was Jarod Lucas time. Lucas hit the game-winning three-pointer with 1.8 seconds of game clock left and sent the Beavs into the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.

FINAL SCORE: Utah 69, Oregon State 71

Here are three takeaways from the game:


Utah’s Alfonso Plummer had the hot hand early. The 6-foot-1 junior guard needed little separation to get his shot going. He hit seven three’s in the first half alone for 23 of Utah’s 39 total points in the first half. 

Plummer is averaging .379 from 3-PT percentage this season.

The Utes lead 39-31 at halftime.


Senior Tres Tinkle and junior Ethan Thompson closed the Utes lead after halftime. 

The duo took advantage of smaller guards on them and found a majority of their shots falling within the paint.

Freshman Jarod Lucas hit back-to-back three-pointers followed by a steal and layup from Tres Tinkle to bring the score within three. (see point #3)


The freshman came up big in the spotlight. Lucas was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range, hitting one of his attempts to bring the score 69-68 Utes with under a minute to play. After a huge defensive stop from Ethan Thompson, the Beavs had one possession for the winning shot.


UP NEXT: A Civil War matchup in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals between No. 8 Oregon State vs. No. 1 Oregon.

Tres Tinkle named First-team All-Pac-12, Kylor Kelley named to Pac-12 All-Defensive team

Tres Tinkle named First-team All-Pac-12, Kylor Kelley named to Pac-12 All-Defensive team

Two days removed from Senior Day, Oregon State men's basketball players Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley have been recognized again. 

This time, by opposing Pac-12 coaches, as the end-of-season awards were announced ahead of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Tres Tinkle was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team for the third time in his career.

The all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history is the first Beavers player to be a three-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection since Gary Payton (1988, 1989, 1990). A.C. Green, Charlie Sitton, and Steve Johnson are the other Beavers to earn All-Pac-12 First Team honors three times.

He averaged 18.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Beavers in his senior season. 

Fellow senior, Kylor Kelley got named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team for the second time. He joins Gary Payton II, Eric Moreland, and Jared Cunningham as Oregon State players to be a two-time selection.

The Oregon native averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. 

Tres Tinkle ready for one last push, finish on a high note ahead of Civil War round two

Tres Tinkle ready for one last push, finish on a high note ahead of Civil War round two

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

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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.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State inches away from upsetting Arizona State in Tempe


Instant Analysis: Oregon State inches away from upsetting Arizona State in Tempe

It was the Tinkle and Thompson show down in the desert. Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson combined for 45 of Oregon State’s 73 points. This one came down to the wire with Oregon State having the ball, down one point and one opportunity to pull off what would be an incredible upset. 

The ball found freshman Jarod Lucas in the corner for a three-point shot, but it was barely off target.

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 73, Arizona State 74

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:


Early in the game, head coach Wayne Tinkle made a change to go more small ball, and it paid off. Down by eight early, the Beavs bounced back the rest of the first half with a smaller lineup on the court to counter the speed of Arizona State. Tinkle gave more minutes to freshman Gianni Hunt and sophomore Antoine Vernon.

Junior Zach Reichle and freshman Jarod Lucas each picked up two quick fouls early in the game.

By going small, that made room for Tres Tinkle at the four spot and taking advantage of a smaller opponent on him. Tinkle finished with 25 points going 8-for-16 from the field, most of his damage coming on the interior or on the free throw line.

Turnovers continue to be an issue for the Beavs on the road, committing 10 in the first 14 minutes and finishing with 15 as a team.


The Beavs finished the first half with back-to-back steals on back-to-back possessions, forced ASU deep in the shot clock for a bad shot, Tres Tinkle hitting four free throws, a 9-0 run over two minutes and a 40-37 lead going into halftime. 

The question was could the Beavs keep this momentum into the second half? (See #3).


Oregon State was down 72-67 with just over two minutes left in the game. How would Wayne Tinkle and his squad respond to the situation and hostile environment?

Jarod Lucas hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to bring this to a one point game, 74-73 ASU lead. Gianni Hunt played excellent defense on ASU’s Alonzo Verge Jr., and the Beavers got the ball back with 21.7 seconds left and down one point. Thompson worked the ball to Tinkle at the top of the key, he drove left drawing in two defenders and found Lucas across court. Lucas barely missed the shot and the clock expired.

A valiant effort that needs to carry over for the remaining three conference games left on the schedule.

UP NEXT: It’s Civil War chapter two, this time in Eugene, Oregon vs. the Ducks (20-7, 9-5) on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. (PT) in Matthew Knight Arena.

Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus


Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

One was earned; one was questionable.

Oregon State senior Tres Tinkle received two technical fouls at Arizona on Thursday night, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the game.

The first technical foul was a warning on both players.

After a tough basket under the hoop, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally made contact with Christian Koloko, who seemed to think that contact was purposeful. Koloko swung back at Tinkle which prompted Tres to get the refs involved, and rightfully so. The call was a double technical on Tinkle and Koloko.

The second was more obvious.

On a drive to the hoop with his left hand, Tinkle raised his right elbow above the shoulders on Arizona’s Jemarl Baker Jr.

Here is the play:

It was called a technical foul, Tinkle’s second of the game, and resulted in an immediate ejection.

Here is what Arizona head coach Sean Miller had to say about the call.

It’s unfortunate that he had to exit the game on that play. I don’t look at that as a cheap shot in any way shape or form. It is what it is. He may have connected above the shoulders. But I know he is a great kid, high-character guy. — Arizona head coach Sean Miller

Miller has great respect for Tinkle and what he has accomplished in his four+ years in Corvallis, Oregon.

Whether or not you agree with Miller, Tinkle was ejected at the 13:15 minute mark of the second half and without him on the court, the Beavers struggled to find their offense. Oregon State fell to Arizona 89-63 in Tucson, Arizona and into ninth place in the Pac-12 conference standings.

Oregon State needs Tinkle on the court. 

The Beavers have now lost two in a row and have a date with the Sun Devils next up in Tempe, where they just beat the No. 14 Oregon Ducks 77-72, before returning home for one last home series hosting the Washington schools.

At this points, it’s all about fighting for seeding in the Pac-12 Tournament (March 11-14) and the Beavers need every win they can get, and it starts with Tinkle.

Instant Analysis: Tres Tinkle ejected in Oregon State’s loss at Arizona

Instant Analysis: Tres Tinkle ejected in Oregon State’s loss at Arizona

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:


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.


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.


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.

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring in double figures and made history

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring in double figures and made history

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring, or rather scoring consistently in double figures.

After recording 10 points on Saturday in Oregon State’s loss to No. 16 Colorado, Tinkle now owns the longest streak in Oregon State history for consecutive games scoring in double figures.

The previous holder of the record was Mel Counts, Oregon State basketball 1962-1964, with 89 consecutive games.

In his senior season, the 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game and shooting .353 percent from three-point range. He is third in the Pac-12 conference in scoring, behind Arizona State’s Remy Martin (19.5 ppg) and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard (19.3 ppg), and leads the conference in steals per game (2.0).

What this means for head coach Wayne Tinkle and the Oregon State Beavers is consistency, and that’s something the team needs now and with only five games remaining in Pac-12 conference play. The Beavers (15-10, 5-8 Pac-12) have fallen in the bottom third in the conference standings and need Tinkle to be that senior leader on both ends of the court. When at their best, the Beavs can take down the conference’s top teams in Colorado, Arizona and Oregon, but will play down against teams like Washington and California who sit at the bottom of the Pac.

Every win counts with Pac-12 Tournament seeding starting to take shape, but the Beavs can still make a move with big wins coming up against the Arizona Schools, Oregon and then hosting the Bay Area schools. 

Tinkle’s performance will be key in each of those game and Oregon State will need more of that double figure scoring.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State falls in a physical game to No. 16 Colorado

Instant Analysis: Oregon State falls in a physical game to No. 16 Colorado

Following a 19-point win over Utah on Thursday, the Oregon State men’s basketball team welcomed a tougher opponent in the visiting No. 16 Colorado Buffaloes. This was a physical game from start to finish that ended with the Buffaloes (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12), led by a double-double from Tyler Bey, defeating Oregon State (15-10, 5-8 Pac-12) in Corvallis, Oregon.

Final score: Colorado 69, Oregon State 47.

Here are three takeaways from the game:


Colorado got out to a quick start, building a 9-point lead by halftime part in due to the efforts of Shane Gatling and Tyler Bey. The two combined for 18 of Colorado’s 31 total points in the first half with Bey finishing with a double-double 21 points and 15 rebounds.

On the other side of the court, Oregon State struggled to find its outside shot, hitting just 1-for-17 from three-point range.

Oregon State outscored Colorado candidly in the paint 26-14, but only five of which came from 7-foot big man Kylor Kelley. The Beavs were getting inside on a night where the outside shots weren’t falling. See point #2.


The Beavers came out cold in the second half after falling behind 31-22 at halftime, hitting just one of their first seven attempts from the field. Their first half strategy of getting the ball into the paint was met in the second half with multiple defenders down low. Colorado sent tough double teams forcing the Beavs into tough shots or bad passes.


Bodies hit the floor, there were bloody noses… this game was physical. A much different style of play than Oregon State was used to after Thursday night’s game vs. Utah. The Beavs were also out-rebounded 45-35 and gave up 10 offensive rebounds.

Ethan Thompson did have one nice dunk though.

The Beavs will have to regroup and refocus with another tough test in front of them with a trip to the desert next weekend. Their remaining schedule includes a trip to the Arizona schools, Civil War part two in Eugene, and then wrapping up the season at home hosting Stanford and California.

UP NEXT: The Beavs face Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 20, tip-off set for 5 p.m. (PT) in Tucson, Arizona.

Instant Analysis: First half dominance leads Oregon State past Utah, 70-51

Instant Analysis: First half dominance leads Oregon State past Utah, 70-51

CORVALLIS, Oregon - Completely dominant from start to finish. The Oregon State Beavers got off to an electric start hitting 13-for-30 from the field in the first half and taking a 35-19 lead at halftime. Junior guard Ethan Thompson was key on both ends of the court, finishing with a double-double 13 points and 11 to lead the Beavs (15-9, 5-7 Pac-12) past the Utah Utes (14-10, 5-7 Pac-12) 70-51 in Gill Coliseum.

It was a critical win with six Pac-12 conference games left.

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:


Oregon State held Utah to a season-low 19 points in the first half. A huge part of that defensive effort was putting pressure on Utah’s Timmy Allen, who leads the conference in free throw attempts, limiting Allen to two points in the first half (1-for-4 from the field).

The Beavs also forced nine first-half turnovers and got 11 points off those turnovers. 


Coming off an 11-point performance against Oregon last weekend, Zach Reichle picked up where he left off. The junior guard from Wilsonville, Oregon finished with 10 points off 2-for-4 from three-point range.


Ethan Thompson continues to impress this season. The junior guard recorded his fourth career double-double with just over six minutes to go in the game. He had the defensive assignment on Oregon guard Payton Pritchard last weekend and continues to be a pest on the perimeter.

UP NEXT: The Beavs host the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, tip-off set for 7 p.m. (PT) at Gill Coliseum.