Oregon State got offensive Thursday night, taking out some frustrations on an opponent that couldn’t keep up.
The Beavers scored 20 straight points and never got a challenge from cold-shooting Washington State, pulling away for a 94-62 Pac-12 win at Gill Coliseum.
They closed their eyes and ears to outside negativity that came with losing four straight games and six of the last seven and showed some resiliency.
“I think this is the most full game we’ve put together,” said OSU sophomore Tres Tinkle, who had a game-high 20 points, along with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. “So we’ll look back, reflect on it and see what we’ve got to keep up going forward.”
The Beavers (12-11, 4-7) gathered some momentum with the help of freshmen Alfred Hollins and Ethan Thompson.
Alfred Hollins had his most productive game of the season after ending up in the starting lineup to replace teammate Seth Berger, who sat out with concussion-like symptoms suffered in practice three days earlier.
Hollins had a season-high 19 points and four steals in his first career start.
He made the most of his opportunity after playing just five first-half minutes with two fouls. He hit 7 of 9 shots (and 3 of 4 at the foul line) and scored 17 of his 19 after halftime.
Hollins played 21 minutes, his second-highest total of the season, and reached double figures in scoring for the third time.
“His teammates wanted it for him. They were making good plays for him. He was really aggressive defensively and going to the glass,” coach Wayne Tinkle said. “He’s a guy that we knew, when he’s dialed in and when he’s focused, you can tell. You can see when that light’s on and he’s really into it and he can help us. Couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Thompson, a guard, was also saddled with two first-half personals but got an opportunity to return before halftime.
He completed a three-point play and later drove, drew a defender and passed the ball to Tres Tinkle for a wide-open 3-pointer as Oregon State scored the final 13 points of the half.
“Credit to him. He sat in foul trouble but he stayed ready,” coach Tinkle said of Thompson, who had 10 points, five rebounds and six assists. “We went to him for a little bit of a spark and he gave it to us and he stayed aggressive, attacking the rim in the second half. We need him to be that way and he did a great job.”
Drew Eubanks got his third double-double of the season and first in conference play with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
A late-game dunk on a feed from Ethan Thompson helped the junior forward become the 41st player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
Stevie Thompson added 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Robert Franks had 17 points and six rebounds to lead Washington State (9-14, 1-10), which lost its sixth straight and was held to 22 of 58 from the floor, including 8 of 31 on 3-pointers. OSU was 33 of 58 (season-high 56.9) overall and 7 of 16 on 3s.
Oregon State picked up the second half where it left off first.
The Beavers scored the first seven points after halftime to extend a run that started late in the first half to 20-0.
Ethan Thompson fed Eubanks inside, Tres Tinkle hit his third 3-pointer of the game and Stevie Thompson scored in transition.
The rout was on, and the Beavers did their best to maintain their comfortable cushion.
OSU led by 20 at that point and eventually pushed the advantage to 33.
The bench made offensive contributions early in the game, with Gligorije Rakocevic and Zach Reichle scoring a combined seven points.
But it was the starters leading the charge when the Beavers put the game away. They scored all 20 points in the run that had the Cougars on their heels.
Oregon State held Washington State’s 3-point shooters in check for the most part.
The Cougars entered the game fourth in the country with 11 makes per game while shooting 38.6 percent from deep.
Washington State was 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) on 3s in the first half and 6 of 16 in the second.
Tres Tinkle said the Beavers knew the Cougars would likely find their range after halftime.
“But keeping them under their average … we were focused to the game plan and if we can do that, take away their strengths, it’s only going to benefit us,” he said.