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Thompson scores 20 as Oregon State holds off Cal, 79-71

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said that sophomore guard Ethan Thompson has taken his game to another level this season.

''He's making really good decisions. We put the ball in his hands primarily this year. We know that he can erupt and score for us when we need it. He's a great playmaker because he's got great vision,'' Tinkle said.

Thompson scored 20 points with seven rebounds and six assists as Oregon State beat California 79-71 on Saturday afternoon.

Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 21 with three 3-pointers and Tres Tinkle added 19 points and three steals for the Beavers (15-8, 7-4 Pac-12).

''When it got to the moment of truth, we got the stops and made the plays and they didn't,'' Wayne Tinkle said.

Justice Sueing and Darius McNeill each scored 16 points and Connor Vanover tied a career-high with 15 points and added four blocks for the Golden Bears (5-18, 0-11), who have lost 12 straight games.

''I thought our guys fought, scrapped, clawed, left it all out on the court and played really, really hard and played together,'' California coach Wyking Jones said.

California had 22 personal fouls compared to 10 for the Beavers, who shot 23 for 28 on free throws. The Golden Bears made 10 of 12 from the foul line.

California went on a 6-0 run to trim the margin to 65-62 with 6:50 left.

The Golden Bears stayed within striking distance, and trailed 73-71 after a 3-pointer by Vanover with 1:45 left.

But Ethan Thompson was fouled and made both free throws, then a California 3-pointer was off the mark on the subsequent possession. Kylor Kelley put back his own missed shot with 40 seconds left to give the Beavers a 77-71 lead and a comfortable cushion.

Oregon State led early, but California went on a 10-2 run, fueled by seven points from McNeill, to take a 14-11 lead at the 13:11 mark.

A 10-0 surge by the Beavers, capped by a 3-pointer from Stephen Thompson Jr. just before the halftime buzzer, put Oregon State ahead 38-32 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

California: The Golden Bears have now allowed nine of 11 Pac-12 opponents to shoot better than 50 percent. The Beavers shot 54 percent (25 of 46). California had won the previous six games versus the Beavers and 11 of the last 12 dating back to 2012.

Oregon State: The Beavers came into Saturday shooting 73.6 percent from the line, just off pace for the school record of 75 percent, set in 1965-66.

BRIGHT SPOT FOR BEARS: Vanover, a 7-foot-3 freshman, has scored in double figures in three straight games. ''He's always been very good offensively. Now he's starting to figure it out and do some things defensively that are really helping us, changing shots, blocking shots. He was a bright spot today,'' Jones said.

BEAVS DEFENSE: Oregon State led 66-65 with about six minutes remaining, and then locked down on defense, holding the Gold Bears to six points the rest of the way. ''Coach got us encouraged and ready to go out and get stops. We haven't put a run like that together defensively, getting consecutive stops like that, so it was pretty cool,'' Ethan Thompson said.

UP NEXT

California: Hosts UCLA on Wednesday.

Oregon State: Hosts archrival Oregon on Feb. 16.

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Key Players
P. Austin
T. Tinkle
35.5 Min. Per Game 35.5
20.5 Pts. Per Game 20.5
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
7.9 Reb. Per Game 7.9
46.9 Field Goal % 48.9
26.9 Three Point % 31.3
72.0 Free Throw % 77.9
  Defensive rebound by Tres Tinkle 11.0
  Matt Bradley missed layup, blocked by Kylor Kelley 13.0
+ 1 Ethan Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Ethan Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Darius McNeill 24.0
  Defensive rebound by Alfred Hollins 27.0
  Connor Vanover missed jump shot, blocked by Stephen Thompson Jr. 29.0
+ 2 Kylor Kelley made tip-in 37.0
  Offensive rebound by Kylor Kelley 40.0
  Kylor Kelley missed layup 42.0
  Defensive rebound by Stephen Thompson Jr. 1:05
Team Stats
Points 71 79
Field Goals 28-57 (49.1%) 25-46 (54.3%)
3-Pointers 5-16 (31.3%) 6-17 (35.3%)
Free Throws 10-12 (83.3%) 23-28 (82.1%)
Total Rebounds 24 29
Offensive 4 6
Defensive 16 22
Team 4 1
Assists 13 11
Steals 12 8
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 12 14
Fouls 22 10
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 1 AST
21 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo California 5-18 323971
home team logo Oregon State 15-8 384179
Team Stats
away team logo California 5-18 68.4 PPG 31.6 RPG 10.9 APG
home team logo Oregon State 15-8 73.4 PPG 38.1 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
10
J. Sueing F 14.3 PPG 6.0 RPG 2.0 APG 43.2 FG%
1
S. Thompson Jr. G 16.1 PPG 4.2 RPG 3.2 APG 42.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Sueing F 16 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
S. Thompson Jr. G 21 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
49.1 FG% 54.3
31.3 3PT FG% 35.3
83.3 FT% 82.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McNeill 16 0 1 7/14 2/6 0/0 3 36 0 0 1 0 0
J. Sueing 16 3 1 6/9 0/2 4/4 4 29 1 0 2 0 3
C. Vanover 15 4 0 6/9 2/3 1/2 1 30 0 4 0 1 3
J. Harris-Dyson 7 3 1 3/5 0/1 1/1 4 12 3 0 2 0 3
P. Austin 6 5 4 2/4 0/0 2/2 4 31 2 1 3 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McNeill 16 0 1 7/14 2/6 0/0 3 36 0 0 1 0 0
J. Sueing 16 3 1 6/9 0/2 4/4 4 29 1 0 2 0 3
C. Vanover 15 4 0 6/9 2/3 1/2 1 30 0 4 0 1 3
J. Harris-Dyson 7 3 1 3/5 0/1 1/1 4 12 3 0 2 0 3
P. Austin 6 5 4 2/4 0/0 2/2 4 31 2 1 3 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bradley 6 2 5 2/8 1/3 1/2 1 27 3 0 3 1 1
A. Kelly 3 0 0 1/5 0/0 1/1 1 10 2 0 0 0 0
J. Gordon 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 1 0
J. Orender 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0
G. Anticevich 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 2
R. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Erving - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Zhao - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Serge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Welle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 20 13 28/57 5/16 10/12 22 200 12 5 12 4 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Thompson Jr. 21 2 2 8/14 3/8 2/3 0 36 0 2 2 0 2
E. Thompson 20 7 6 6/9 0/1 8/8 0 38 0 0 4 1 6
T. Tinkle 19 4 2 6/11 2/4 5/5 1 36 3 0 3 0 4
K. Kelley 8 4 0 3/4 0/0 2/2 2 20 1 1 2 1 3
Z. Reichle 6 1 0 1/3 1/3 3/5 3 26 2 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Thompson Jr. 21 2 2 8/14 3/8 2/3 0 36 0 2 2 0 2
E. Thompson 20 7 6 6/9 0/1 8/8 0 38 0 0 4 1 6
T. Tinkle 19 4 2 6/11 2/4 5/5 1 36 3 0 3 0 4
K. Kelley 8 4 0 3/4 0/0 2/2 2 20 1 1 2 1 3
Z. Reichle 6 1 0 1/3 1/3 3/5 3 26 2 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Rakocevic 3 4 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 2 17 0 1 0 2 2
A. Hollins 1 6 1 0/4 0/1 1/2 1 18 2 0 2 2 4
A. Vernon 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/1 0 6 0 0 1 0 0
W. Washington 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
P. Dastrup - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Blaser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Glenzel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 28 11 25/46 6/17 23/28 10 200 8 4 14 6 22