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Oregon State slips past Jacksonville State 70-69

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said his team showed grit and maturity, especially on defense, and especially when the game was on the line.

During a late timeout, he looked into his players' eyes. ''They were engaged and were like, `We're getting this stop. We're getting this win,' " Tinkle said.

Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 18 points with four 3-pointers and had five assists as Oregon State held on to beat Jacksonville State 70-69 on Tuesday night.

Drew Eubanks added 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks and Tres Tinkle had 10 points and four steals for the Beavers (7-3), who won their fifth in a row.

Malcolm Drumwright had 20 points and five rebounds and Jason Burnell had 14 points before fouling out for the Gamecocks (7-3).

Oregon State led by one point with 17.8 seconds left and the Gamecocks inbounding the ball. But after a kicked ball, a deflection out of bounds, then a blocked shot off the court, Jacksonville State inbounded the ball with 1.5 seconds left on the baseline. Seven-footer Norbertas Giga missed a last-second shot for the Gamecocks.

''When we really dig down and try to get a stop, we can get a stop,'' Thompson said.

Jacksonville State coach Ray Harper said he felt his squad should have won the game.

''We were right there with a chance. We just have to clean a few things up,'' he said.

The first half was competitive and physical, with plenty of contact on drives and in general, including a bone-rattling screen or two. The Gamecocks led by as many as seven and went to the break up 36-33.

The Beavers opened the second half with a four-point play by Ethan Thompson that gave Oregon State its first lead. That was part of an 11-3 run that put the Beavers ahead 44-39.

Oregon State led 70-67 but committed turnovers on consecutive possessions with less than two minutes left. Jacksonville State trailed 70-69 after two Jamall Gregory free throws, but Gregory missed a layup the next time down the floor. Jacksonville State made a defensive stop against the Beavers, though, and had a chance for the win.

The Gamecocks came into the contest averaging 52.2 percent on field goals, which ranked sixth in the NCAA. But the Beavers held them to 42 percent shooting and shot 52 percent themselves.

BIG PICTURE

Jacksonville State: The Gamecocks' 7-2 start was their best through nine games since the 2012-13 season. . Jacksonville State, an NCAA tournament team last year, had seven different players lead them in scoring entering Tuesday's game.

Oregon State: With a win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Oregon State surpassed its win total for last season, when leading player Tinkle missed most of the year due to injury. . The Beavers last won four in a row during the 2014-15 season. The last time Oregon State won six in a row was in 2004-05.

POWER FIVE

The Gamecocks' last two losses have been by a combined four points, and both were against power-five conference teams. ''Mississippi State hits a last second three to beat us (on Nov. 26). Hopefully we can learn from this and get better,'' Harper said.

BREAKOUT GAME

Kendal Manuel scored a season-high 10 points for the Beavers on Tuesday. He averaged 7.8 points as a freshman but had slumped as a sophomore, and was averaging 2.7 points entering the game. He hadn't scored in five of the previous six contests.

UP NEXT

Jacksonville State hosts South Carolina Upstate on Saturday.

Oregon State hosts Saint Louis in Portland for the Dam City Classic on Saturday.

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Key Players
M. Drumwright
T. Tinkle
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
18.6 Pts. Per Game 18.6
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
7.4 Reb. Per Game 7.4
47.7 Field Goal % 49.2
47.3 Three Point % 35.4
90.0 Free Throw % 80.9
  Defensive rebound by Oregon State 0.0
  Norbertas Giga missed jump shot 0.0
  Offensive rebound by Jacksonville State 1.0
  Jamall Gregory missed layup, blocked by Drew Eubanks 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Christian Cunningham 24.0
  Stephen Thompson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
  30-second timeout called 54.0
  Defensive rebound by Oregon State 55.0
  Jamall Gregory missed layup 56.0
  Offensive rebound by Jacksonville State 58.0
  Jamall Gregory missed layup, blocked by Drew Eubanks 1:00
Team Stats
Points 69 70
Field Goals 24-57 (42.1%) 24-46 (52.2%)
3-Pointers 5-11 (45.5%) 8-18 (44.4%)
Free Throws 16-17 (94.1%) 14-22 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 32 27
Offensive 10 7
Defensive 17 15
Team 5 5
Assists 6 17
Steals 6 5
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 11 12
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Jax. State 7-3 363369
home team logo Oregon St. 7-3 333770
Team Stats
away team logo Jax. State 7-3 78.0 PPG 43.1 RPG 13.7 APG
home team logo Oregon St. 7-3 73.4 PPG 38.1 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
00
M. Drumwright G PPG RPG APG FG%
1
S. Thompson Jr. G 16.1 PPG 4.2 RPG 3.2 APG 42.8 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Drumwright G 20 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
S. Thompson Jr. G 18 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
42.1 FG% 52.2
45.5 3PT FG% 44.4
94.1 FT% 63.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Drumwright 20 5 2 7/17 3/7 3/3 1 36 0 0 0 1 4
J. Burnell 14 3 0 5/6 0/0 4/4 5 21 2 1 1 2 1
M. Hunter 12 4 0 5/7 2/2 0/0 5 24 0 0 3 3 1
N. Giga 9 4 1 4/10 0/0 1/2 2 26 0 0 0 1 3
J. Gregory 4 1 1 1/8 0/1 2/2 3 22 2 1 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Drumwright 20 5 2 7/17 3/7 3/3 1 36 0 0 0 1 4
J. Burnell 14 3 0 5/6 0/0 4/4 5 21 2 1 1 2 1
M. Hunter 12 4 0 5/7 2/2 0/0 5 24 0 0 3 3 1
N. Giga 9 4 1 4/10 0/0 1/2 2 26 0 0 0 1 3
J. Gregory 4 1 1 1/8 0/1 2/2 3 22 2 1 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Cunningham 6 3 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 26 1 0 1 1 2
A. Spears 4 2 1 0/2 0/1 4/4 2 21 1 0 1 0 2
J. Cross 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 1 1 2
T. Edwards 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 14 0 0 1 0 0
C. Martin 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 1 1 1
M. Dunlap - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Abuarisha - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 27 6 24/57 5/11 16/17 21 200 6 2 11 10 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Thompson Jr. 18 2 5 6/11 4/8 2/2 2 38 0 0 1 1 1
D. Eubanks 13 11 1 5/8 0/0 3/5 2 33 0 3 1 3 8
T. Tinkle 10 2 3 3/7 1/3 3/4 2 35 4 0 4 0 2
E. Thompson 9 2 5 2/7 1/3 4/5 1 38 0 0 3 2 0
S. Berger 4 0 2 2/2 0/0 0/2 3 10 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Thompson Jr. 18 2 5 6/11 4/8 2/2 2 38 0 0 1 1 1
D. Eubanks 13 11 1 5/8 0/0 3/5 2 33 0 3 1 3 8
T. Tinkle 10 2 3 3/7 1/3 3/4 2 35 4 0 4 0 2
E. Thompson 9 2 5 2/7 1/3 4/5 1 38 0 0 3 2 0
S. Berger 4 0 2 2/2 0/0 0/2 3 10 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Manuel 10 1 0 4/6 2/3 0/1 1 20 0 0 1 0 1
G. Rakocevic 4 0 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 10 0 0 0 0 0
A. Hollins 2 3 1 1/3 0/1 0/1 5 14 1 1 2 1 2
Z. Reichle 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
C. N'diaye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Sanders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Kone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McLaughlin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Stacy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 22 17 24/46 8/18 14/22 17 200 5 4 12 7 15