Men’s basketball concludes play in AdvoCare Invitational with win

Redshirt sophomore forward Tres Tinkle goes up for a contested layup in an exhibition match against Pacific University.

The Baro Staff

The OSU men’s basketball team concluded their play in the AdvoCare Invitation in Orlando this weekend with a win against Marist.

The team, 2-3 overall on the season so far, lost their two games leading into the Marist matchup against St. John’s and Long Beach State.

In their game against St. John’s, the Beavers led 62-52 with 9:32 to play in the game, but the Red Storm finished the game with a 30-15 point advantage down the stretch to complete the comeback over OSU.

Stephen Thompson Jr. scored a team-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. His brother, Ethan Thompson, also made four threes and finished with 19 points and six rebounds. Tres Tinkle had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

In their second game against Long Beach State this season, Stephen Thompson Jr. scored a game-high 24 points and Tres Tinkle recorded a double-double. Yet, the team still lost 74-69.

Thompson Jr. made 10 field goals, including two three-pointers, and scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half. He added six rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Tinkle posted his sixth career double-double, and second this season, with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also had four assists.

OSU trailed by nine points in the first half but rallied back to take their first lead of the game with 16:26 to play on a Thompson Jr. layup. They went up by seven points but Long Beach State clawed their way back mostly at the free throw line, and took the lead for good with 4:43 left in the game.

Ethan Thompson was the only other Beaver in double figures with 14 points.

Zach Reichle and Gligorije Rakocevic played off the bench for Oregon State, and both scored four points. Rakocevic grabbed a season-high six rebounds and Reichle added a career-best four boards.

Oregon State struggled from the free-point line, going 3-for-24, but were able to stay in the game with a 38-28 advantage on points in the paint.

On Sunday, the team rallied behind 16 points from Tinkle to defeat Marist. OSU will return to Corvallis for their next four games, starting on Dec. 2 vs. Loyola Marymount and Dec. 5 against Eastern Kentucky.