Oregon State men's basketball takes advantage of COVID-19 pause

A seven day pause gave the Beavers a chance to reflect before the second half of the season.

Posted: Jan 13, 2021 11:54 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2021 12:27 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- No college basketball team wants to press pause on all team-activities in the midst of their season.

A seven day pause seemed like forever for Oregon State men's basketball. Rather than make excuses, the Beavers used it as an opportunity to look back on previous games and see what changes need to be made.

"It's not all great," said Wayne Tinkle. "You look back and after a little bit of film, some of the same things have cost us games."

The Beavers are currently 5-4. In each of their losses, they've held second half leads.

Tinkle, who's currently in his seventh season as head coach, believes this team needs to be tougher.

"What I do think takes away from that is our lack of maturity and lack of experience," he said.

Senior guard Ethan Thompson is the team's primary playmaker following the graduation of Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley. In just nine games, Ethan is averaging 16.3 points in 33 minutes per game.

"I think we need some other guys to step up and be more consistent," Tinkle said.

Oregon State has had trouble finishing shots and lacks a consistent defensive presense. A common theme that Tinkle preaches is the need for better discipline in decision making on the court. The Beavs return to action on Thursday against Arizona at Gill Coliseum. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. on FS1.

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