Corvallis, OR – Tres Tinkle scored 26 points to lead Oregon State to an easy 80-46 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff before 3,946 fans at Gill Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The game was never in doubt after the Beavers scored 23 straight points after the visitors scored the first basket of the game.
Ethan Thompson added 21 points for the winners in perhaps his best overall effort of the season. Thompson shot 6-of-8 from the field, making his three 3-point attempts and added five assists. 7-0 center Kylor Kelley tied his season-high with seven blocked shots to go along with 11 points and six rebounds. Kelley is the leading shot-blocker in the nation, getting blocks on 19.01 percent of shots in his area. Tinkle shot an efficient 8-of-12 from the field, connecting on 3-of-5 3s and was 7-of-7 from the foul line. He added six rebounds and four assists.
The Beavers led 45-18 at the half which enabled Head Coach Wayne Tinkle to substitute frequently through much of the second half. Backup freshman guard Jarod Lucas had his most extensive time of the year, playing 12 minutes and scoring 11 points, highlighted by two three-pointers. A solid 6-3, Lucas showed a glimpse of why he is the third leading scorer in California high school history.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8) does not have a win this year against Division 1 competition. They came into the game rated last, or close to last, in a number of offensive categories including turnover percentage. They ended this game with 21 turnovers with 12 of them coming in the first 13 minutes. They were never in the game and it doesn’t look like they will be very competitive this season. Marquell Carter led them in scoring with 13 points, connecting on 3-of-6 from deep. Dequan Morris scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and was effective defensively, coming up with five steals. The Golden Lions have a brutal non-conference schedule, playing 11 of their 12 games on the road, mostly against Big 5 conference schools.
Oregon State, now 8-1, heads to Texas where they will face Texas-San Antonio on Wednesday and Texas A&M next Saturday. Arkansas-Pine Bluff will continue to earn money for their athletic department as they close their non-conference schedule with games at New Mexico State on Wednesday, North Texas on Saturday and Washington State on December 29th.