CORVALLIS — Oregon State made rebounding a point of emphasis, and the Beavers crashed the glass with abandon against a Wyoming team dealing with frontcourt injuries.
“We just want to be all gas, no brakes,” OSU forward Alfred Hollins said.
Tres Tinkle had 28 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as Oregon State defeated Wyoming 83-64 on Saturday afternoon.
Tinkle scored in double figures for the 37th straight game, tying him with Freddie Boyd (1969-72) for fourth all time for the longest streak of double-figure scoring in school history. He now trails Mel Counts (1961-64), who scored in double figures in all 89 college games he played, Gary Payton (1986-90) and Scott Haskin (1988-93).
Hollins added 16 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds, and Stephen Thompson Jr. had 16 points for the Beavers (2-0).
Justin James had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Jake Hendricks added 14 points with four 3-pointers for the Cowboys (0-2).
“I was happy with my guys’ effort, but it’s the little things we have to get better at,” Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said.
Oregon State outrebounded Wyoming 45-27 and had 15 offensive rebounds and 15 second-chance points.
“We thought with our size advantage, we had to exploit that on the glass,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said.
The Beavers took a 26-11 lead with about eight minutes left in the first half thanks to a 19-2 surge that featured long-range shooting from Tinkle and offensive put-backs from Hollins. The Cowboys did not score for more than six minutes during the run. The Beavers went to the halftime break leading 41-32.