Oregon State cruises to a 92-67 win over Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Ethan Thompson scored 23 points while dishing out six assists and Oregon State embarrassed Washington State, 92-67 on the last day of the regular season Saturday.
Oregon State (15-15, 7-11 Pac-12) blew things open from the start going on a 20-2 run over the course of 5:17. The Beavers shot 61 percent from the field in the first half and increased the lead to a 25-point margin at halftime, 54-29.
Three Beaver players scored in double digits by halftime with Thompson scoring 15.
After dominating the first half, the Beavers put their game on cruise control the rest of the way.
''WSU had an emotional win the other night against Oregon, coming out on their senior night I just told our guys to go get it,'' said Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle. ''We made shots; it's an easy game when you make shots.''
Steven Shpreyregin was the leading scorer for Washington State (12-18, 4-14 Pac-12) on Senior night with a career-high 10 points.
Coming off a 28-point performance and putting the team on his back against Oregon, Malachi Flynn had just nine points and four assists. Robert Franks, the team's leading scorer, managed just eight points and four rebounds. Franks did not score in the second half.
''I didn't think we did anything right. We didn't compete. I didn't think we punched back when we got hit in the mouth,'' WSU coach Ernie Kent said. ''Sometimes you just don't match up well with certain teams and this is one of those teams for us. I saw it in Corvallis and I was kind of concerned about it and concerned about it tonight.''
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Oregon State outscored WSU 42-24 in the paint and out-rebounded the Cougars 40-25.
Oregon State: After dismantling the Cougars on the road, the Beavers have now won two of their last three games and look to take that momentum into Pac-12 tournament play. The Beavers will have to win the Pac-12 tournament for a chance to make the NCAA tournament.
Washington State: The Cougars seemed to figure things out towards the end of the season with a win against Oregon on Thursday night. However; WSU looked defeated from the start of the game.
Oregon State and Washington State will both travel to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament.