OSU’s mentality this week is clear: deliver the first punch

After a poor start against Washington, Oregon State is determined to play more aggressive on the road against Colorado and Utah.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2019 9:04 PM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 11:07 AM

Corvallis, OR. -- Over the past two weeks, the Oregon State men’s basketball team has gone off the rails. The Beavers (12-7, 4-3), who started Pac-12 play undefeated, have lost three of their last four games. Among the losses are the only double-digit setbacks of the season, 82-71 at Arizona, and 79-69 last Saturday against Washington.

This week, OSU has an opportunity to get back on track and return to what led the Beavers to a 3-0 Pac-12 start. Effective 3-point shooting, strong starts and solid defensive play.

"Our guys are tough,” said head coach Wayne Tinkle. “We've been through it. But after this past weekend, we have to make up for a home loss.”

The Beavers will be tested on the road this week against Colorado (11-8, 2-5) on Thursday and then play Utah (11-8, 7-2) on Saturday.

Before Tuesday’s practice, junior forward Tres Tinkle made one thing clear: Oregon State needs to deliver the first punch. After the poor defensive start against the Huskies, the emphasis around the OSU facility was to start fast and start strong.

“We have to be more aggressive,” said Tres Tinkle. “We can’t play timid anymore. We really have to deliver the first punch and keep them coming after that.”

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