The Oregon State Beavers used a 20-0 run that spanned the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to send the Washington State Cougars to their largest margin of defeat this season, 94-62.
The Cougars are now 9-14 overall and 1-10 in the Pac-12. They have now lost six straight and 14 of their past 17 games.
Like a lot of WSU’s games, it wasn’t a mess at the beginning. The Cougs fell behind a little early, but they used a combination of zone looks to fluster the Beavers a little and eventually draw even at 24-24 with 3:54 to play in the first half. It wasn’t a work of art for either team.
That’s when OSU turned it on with the run. As WSU went cold, Tres Tinkle turned it on. He scored eight of the 20 points as the Beavers put to rest any notion that the Cougars might pull off the road upset.
The Cougs were shorthanded from the start, as Drick Bernstine — who has been limited in practice — didn’t start and could only play six minutes, and Milan Acquaah also wasn’t available because of injury. Then, midway through the second half, Carter Skaggs went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
Here’s to guessing Ernie Kent won’t hesitate to make sure everyone knows that.
Robert Franks led the Cougs with 17 points and six rebounds.
Next up for WSU is Oregon in Eugene. The Ducks spent Thursday night whipping Washington by 25.