Oregon State’s first win in Boulder since 2013 was just the start of what proved to be a historic weekend for the Beavers.
After outlasting the Buffaloes down the stretch last week, OSU won in Utah for the first time since 2012 and completed its first sweep of the Pac-12 Conference’s Rocky Mountain schools since the league expanded to 12 teams in 2011-12.
It was OSU’s first road sweep in any league format in 10 years.
At 6-3, Oregon State is off to its best start in conference play since basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton led the Beavers to a 7-1 start during the 1989-90 season. OSU begins the week in a three-way tie for second place, with USC and Arizona State, for second-place behind 9-0 Washington.
“I think that it is going to give us great confidence moving forward,” OSU coach Wayne Tinkle told reporters after winning at CU. “They are really good here and I have been coaching against coach Boyle for a long time and he is a hell of a coach. So I think that this is really going to help our confidence but the message in there was that the last two games we haven’t come out with the same fire for whatever reason. We haven’t changed anything but our guys all agree, whether it is at home or on the road, we have to be hungry every time out. I think that this win will make it a lot easier to accept that when we are watching film on this game.”
OSU’s surge gave the Beavers their second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor over the past four weeks, with junior forward Tres Tinkle nabbing the award on Monday. In a two-point win against the Buffs, Tinkle finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, and three assists while going 7-for-17 from the field. Tinkle was even more dominant at Utah, going 10-for-15 on field goals and 8-for-9 on free throws before finishing with 31 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Tinkle’s 31 points at Utah was just one shy of matching his career-high. He is the only player in the Pac-12 ranked among the league’s top 10 in scoring (20.8), rebounds (8.1), and assists (4.1).
Two recent injuries might make a significant impact as the Pac-12 gets set for the second half of its league slate.
Washington leads the standings by three games over Arizona State, USC, and Oregon State, but an ankle injury suffered by Noah Dickerson might pull the Huskies closer to the pack if senior forward is sidelined for any extended duration. Dickerson briefly left Saturday’s win against UCLA because of an apparent shoulder injury before turning his ankle shortly after returning. Dickerson ranks eighth in the league in rebounds per game (6.8).
At Arizona, freshman Brandon Williams missed the Wildcats’ loss against Arizona State due to a knee issue that also caused problems during his prep career. Williams is UA’s third-leading scorer at 12 points per game, and he has averaged 13.8 points during league play.
The 22 rebounds recorded by Arizona State’s Zylan Cheatham in a win against Arizona was the most by a Sun Devils player since Rick Taylor grabbed 22 against San Francisco on Dec. 30, 1977. Cheatham’s effort tied for the fourth-best rebounding game in ASU history…The Pac-12 once again was shut out of the weekly AP top 25 poll, but Washington gained a little traction and now is unofficially ranked at No. 26 as the top team among others receiving votes…Washington also begins the week as the top Pac-12 team among the NCAA NET rankings at No. 28 going into Monday’s action around the country. Arizona State is next at No. 61 followed by Arizona (65) and Oregon State (66).