OSU defeats Stanford 62-50 in third straight win

Michael Kiever Sports Reporter

The Oregon State men’s basketball team defeated Stanford 62-50 in Palo Alto, California Friday evening. The victory was OSU’s first at Stanford since 2009, and was also their third win in a row as they look to keep their March Madness tournament bid alive. Meanwhile, for Stanford, the loss is their fourth straight.

OSU was lead by a stellar performance from senior guard Gary Payton II, who paced the Beavers with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Freshman forward Tres Tinkle was the leading scorer of the night, registering 19 points and two three-pointers on 7-13 shooting from the field.

The Beavers were able to take advantage of a poor shooting night from the Cardinal. OSU was able to hold Stanford to 37 percent shooting from the field and 66 percent from the free throw line. Only two players were in double figures for Stanford, including a career-high 10 points from senior center Grant Verhoeven. Leading scorer Rosco Allen managed 11 points, six rebounds and five assists on 3-9 shooting from the field.

OSU will now travel to Berkeley, California to take on the Golden Bears. The game will have implications on the standings in the Pac-12, as Cal and OSU are only three games behind from first place. In OSU’s last bout with the Bears on Jan. 9, the Beavers won 77-71.

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