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.