Beaver men’s basketball takes care of business, 84-71 over Arizona State

Tyler Bilodeau (34) goes up for a dunk on Arizona State opponent Bryant Selebangue at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis on Jan. 27.
Tyler Bilodeau (34) goes up for a dunk on Arizona State opponent Bryant Selebangue at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis on Jan. 27.
Taya Etzell

Coming off a stunning 83-80 victory over No. 9 Arizona, all eyes were on Jordan Pope and he did not disappoint.

Pope and buzzer-beater shots are becoming normal after he sunk another three as time expired in the first half. 

“Christian [Wright] made a great play to get it out quick and their kid Miller was looking to maybe steal and Pope did a good job of meeting it… He makes them all the time in practice… Just like the other night, no one was surprised it went in,” said head coach Wayne Tinkle. 

With strong offensive performances by sophomore Tyler Bilodeau and Pope, the Beavers maintained a lead against the Arizona State Sun Devils for the entirety of regulation to win 84-71 on Saturday night. 

The Beavers proved once again their offensive efficiency at home in Gill Coliseum, as Bilodeau and Pope led the Beavers with 19 points from Pope and 18 from Bilodeau. 

“Super proud of the guys for their effort and focus,” said Tinkle.

The Beavers showed up and put 40 or more points on the board in both the first and second halves. 

Standout walk-on freshman Josiah Lake II came off the bench and made the most out of being on the floor with six rebounds and a block for a missed dunk attempt for the Sun Devils. 

“We just sat together and especially after the win against Arizona it built a lot of confidence in us,” said sophomore Michael Rataj.

The Beavers continued their winning streak from the Wildcats onto the Sun Devils with a flow of offensive and defensive performances. Their biggest lead was 22 points over the Sun Devils and racked up 47 total rebounds in the game. 

“The resilience and early maturation of a really young group…All the credit goes to them,” said Tinkle on the teams’ bounceback after two previous rough on-the-road matchups. 

Up next, the Beavers go on the road to the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Southern California on Feb. 1 and 3.

Tinkle’s goal for the team is to, “Bring the fight, execute the plan, and play together.” 


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