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Bess pours in a career high 24 as St. Louis tops Oregon St.

ST. LOUIS (AP) Javon Bess didn't even look at the numbers.

The Saint Louis University guard knew he was coming off one of the worst performances of his career in a five-point loss to Southern Illinois on Wednesday.

Three days later, Bess more than made up for it.

The 6-foot-6 inch guard poured in a career-high 24 points as Saint Louis narrowly defeated Oregon State 65-61 on Sunday.

Fred Thatch Jr. had 16 points for Saint Louis (7-2). Carte'Are Gordon added 11 points off the bench.

Ethan Thompson led Oregon State (6-2) with 22 points, one short of his career best. He also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Tres Tinkle had 15 points and 10 boards. Stephen Thompson Jr. added 10 points.

Bess hit on 9 of 16 shots from the field and made three key 3-pointers against the Beavers. He missed nine of 10 shots in the Billikens loss earlier in the week.

''I don't worry too much about numbers,'' said Bess, who has been nursing a sore ankle. ''I got to practice and just tried to regroup.''

''He continues to amazing me with what he does,'' Saint Louis coach Travis Ford said. ''He totally changed the game.''

Bess also led a strong defensive charge that limited Oregon State to 9-of-27 shooting in the second half.

''With me and (Bess) going at the same time, it's going to be tough for teams to score,'' Thatch said.

The Billikens closed the game on a 15-8 run over the final 5:46. Bess scored eight of those points including a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 62-56.

Thatch, a freshman, also hit a big shot down the stretch. His fallaway 3-pointer at the 30-second buzzer gave the hosts some breathing room at 60-56.

Thatch was making his first start of the season, replacing Tramaine Isabell Jr. who is out with a leg injury.

''This is a process for me,'' Thatch said. ''Playing a lot more helped. I could play through my mistakes and not be timid.''

Oregon State rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the second half to take a 53-50 lead on a basket by Stephen Thompson with 6:21 remaining.

''The second half we challenged our guys to get together and do something,'' Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. ''It came down to a couple loose balls that they got and we didn't.''

BIG PICTURE

Oregon State: The Beavers are without center Gligorije Rakocevic, who is out with a stress fracture. He is expected to miss at least four more weeks. Oregon State was hoping to equal its best start since 1986-87 when it won seven of its first eight games. The Beavers bench managed just eight points and didn't get its first basket until Warren Washington scored 9:09 into the second half.

Saint Louis: The Billikens were picked to win the Atlantic 10 Conference title by a vote of coaches and media. They garnered 15 of 26 first-place votes and will open conference play Jan. 6 at home against Rhode Island.

Gordon did not start for the first time this season. He came in off the bench after 5:49.

SLOW START, BIG FINISH

Saint Louis missed its first seven shots and fell behind 6-0. It made 21 of its next 43 including a 10-for-22 effort in the second half.

UP NEXT

Oregon State: Will host Texas A&M on Saturday.

St. Louis: Will travel to unbeaten Houston on Sunday.

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Key Players
T. Tinkle
J. Bess
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
8.3 Reb. Per Game 8.3
49.6 Field Goal % 40.8
33.3 Three Point % 36.1
66.7 Free Throw % 79.5
  Defensive rebound by Carte'Are Gordon 1.0
  Tres Tinkle missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Tres Tinkle 4.0
  Javon Bess missed 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
  Javon Bess missed 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Stephen Thompson Jr. 4.0
+ 3 Tres Tinkle made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Thompson Jr. 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Tres Tinkle 17.0
  Carte'Are Gordon missed 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 Carte'Are Gordon made 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Personal foul on Kylor Kelley 17.0
Team Stats
Points 61 65
Field Goals 21-53 (39.6%) 21-50 (42.0%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 8-12 (66.7%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 15-32 (46.9%)
Total Rebounds 37 36
Offensive 10 12
Defensive 25 18
Team 2 6
Assists 15 12
Steals 8 10
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 16 15
Fouls 25 19
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
24 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Oregon State 6-2 293261
home team logo Saint Louis 7-2 333265
Team Stats
away team logo Oregon State 6-2 73.4 PPG 38.1 RPG 15.0 APG
home team logo Saint Louis 7-2 66.6 PPG 42.6 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
5
E. Thompson G 13.7 PPG 5.0 RPG 3.9 APG 44.4 FG%
3
J. Bess G 15.3 PPG 6.8 RPG 1.8 APG 39.4 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Thompson G 22 PTS 11 REB 3 AST
J. Bess G 24 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
39.6 FG% 42.0
27.3 3PT FG% 66.7
76.5 FT% 46.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Thompson 22 11 3 7/11 1/3 7/10 2 38 3 0 4 4 7
T. Tinkle 15 10 4 5/11 2/6 3/4 4 37 1 0 5 1 9
S. Thompson Jr. 10 4 5 4/18 2/7 0/0 2 38 2 0 2 2 2
K. Kelley 6 6 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 5 23 0 2 0 2 4
A. Hollins 0 2 1 0/5 0/3 0/0 4 27 0 0 5 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Thompson 22 11 3 7/11 1/3 7/10 2 38 3 0 4 4 7
T. Tinkle 15 10 4 5/11 2/6 3/4 4 37 1 0 5 1 9
S. Thompson Jr. 10 4 5 4/18 2/7 0/0 2 38 2 0 2 2 2
K. Kelley 6 6 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 5 23 0 2 0 2 4
A. Hollins 0 2 1 0/5 0/3 0/0 4 27 0 0 5 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Washington 5 1 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 4 8 0 0 0 1 0
Z. Reichle 3 1 2 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 20 2 0 0 0 1
J. Wilson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
A. Vernon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
G. Rakocevic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dastrup - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Blaser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 35 15 21/53 6/22 13/17 25 200 8 2 16 10 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bess 24 4 2 9/16 3/5 3/7 2 38 5 1 0 0 4
F. Thatch Jr. 16 5 2 5/7 4/5 2/5 2 37 1 1 2 2 3
D. Foreman 5 6 2 1/6 0/0 3/5 2 20 1 0 2 4 2
J. Goodwin 5 4 2 2/7 1/2 0/0 4 33 2 0 3 1 3
H. French 2 4 3 1/6 0/0 0/0 4 34 1 0 2 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bess 24 4 2 9/16 3/5 3/7 2 38 5 1 0 0 4
F. Thatch Jr. 16 5 2 5/7 4/5 2/5 2 37 1 1 2 2 3
D. Foreman 5 6 2 1/6 0/0 3/5 2 20 1 0 2 4 2
J. Goodwin 5 4 2 2/7 1/2 0/0 4 33 2 0 3 1 3
H. French 2 4 3 1/6 0/0 0/0 4 34 1 0 2 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Gordon 11 5 1 3/7 0/0 5/13 1 24 0 2 3 2 3
D. Jacobs 2 2 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 4 12 0 0 3 1 1
K. Hankton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Isabell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Welmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Raboin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Gudmundsson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Courtney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 30 12 21/50 8/12 15/32 19 200 10 4 15 12 18