Oregon State tops Cal with 74-56 win
CORVALLIS, ORE. >> Seniors Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley went out in style in their final home games for Oregon State with a 74-56 win over California on Saturday.
Tinkle and Kelley, who were honored in a pregame ceremony at Gill Coliseum, combined for 43 points and 14 rebounds.
Tinkle scored a game-high 24 points and Kelley finished 8-of-10 shooting and scored a Pac-12 career-high 19 points. Paris Austin led the Golden Bears (13-18, 7-11) with 18 points.
It was a frustrating game for California leading scorer Matt Bradley, who fouled out with 2:30 remaining after taunting Gianni Hunt after blocking his shot and picking up a technical foul.
Bradley, who scored 23 points in the Bears’ 69-67 win over Oregon State on Feb. 1, finished with eight points going 2 of 10 from the field.
Oregon State took its biggest lead at 60-42 on Kelley’s jumper with 5:51 remaining. The Bears responded with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to nine points, but they wouldn’t get closer.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jarod Lucas and Tinkle culminated
a 10-2 run and extended the Beavers’ lead to 20-10 at 8:39 of the first half. Oregon State led 26-21 at the break behind Tinkle’s 11 points.
Bradley didn’t get in the scoring column until he connected on a 3 with less than three minutes remaining in the first half. BIG PICTURE >> California: Bradley is the only player averaging in double figures this season. … The Bears are 1-10 in road games. Oregon State: Tinkle extended his school record for consecutive double-figure scoring games to 95. … The Beavers likely need to win the Pac-12 tournament to advance to March Madness for the first time since 2016.
UP NEXT >> Both teams play Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with opponents to be determined.
California’s Paris Austin (3) shoots over Oregon State’s Zach Reichle (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday.