TULSA, Okla. — Junior Etou scored 17 points and made two clutch baskets down the stretch that helped Tulsa repel a strong Oregon State rally for a 75-64 win on Tuesday night.
Junior college transfer Jaleel Wheeler added 16 points and Sterling Taplin and Pat Birt nine each in matchup of two of last year's NCAA Tournament participants which were hit hard by graduation. Tulsa (2-2) shot 45 percent and outrebounded OSU 38-23, led by Etou's seven boards.
Tres Tinkle scored 19 points for Oregon State (2-3), JaQuori McLaughlin had 12 points and five rebounds and Drew Eubanks added 10 points and five boards.
Trailing 37-22 after a tentative first half, Oregon State asserted itself early in the second, opening with a 17-3 run to pull within 40-39 on a 3-pointer by Kendal Manuel.
Tulsa regained some control with a 7-0 run dominated by Taplin, who made a 3-pointer, a free throw and then a steal and layup to push the lead back to 53-44. OSU kept chipping away and was within four when Etou answered with a 3-pointer from the left corner, then a layup on a nifty assist from Taplin, giving Tulsa a 67-58 advantage with 2:50 left.
"I think what we did was we shot quick shots early in the second half," said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. "We got out of character on offense in the second half. They have good players and they made some shots, they got their rhythm and they got confidence, but I'm proud of how we bowed our backs and didn't falter."
Tulsa opened the big halftime lead despite using 12 players and changing lineups constantly. Seven players made at least one 3-pointer in the half, eight scored and Tulsa limited the Beavers to 39 percent shooting (9-23).
"I'm proud of the way we battled back," said OSU coach Wayne Tinkle. "They had 25 free throws to eight for us and had a big edge on the boards. We played with much more purpose in the second half and that's the way we need to play, with passion, energy and purpose. I didn't see that in the first half.
The Beavers lost eight players who had played in a combined 622 games at OSU. Wayne Tinkle admitted he peeled a little paint with his halftime and post-game sermons in reminding his young team of the passion and intensity it needs to demonstrate on a consistent basis.
"We were acting way too cool," Tinkle said. "That's not how you play at Oregon State and these young guys need to learn that."
Oregon State was without guard Stephen Thompson Jr., out with a leg injury.
OREGON 88, No. 25 MICHIGAN STATE 55: At Eugene, Ruthy Hebard had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Oregon blitzed Michigan State.The Ducks (4-0) shot 53 percent after a slow start and led 65-26 after three quarters. The Spartans made 9 of 13 shots in the fourth, including all three of their 3-pointers after missing their first nine, but still shot just 32 percent (19 for 60). MSU also had 24 turnovers.
Lexi Bando had all 11 of her points in the first quarter when Oregon took a 20-8 lead. Hebard had 10 points and eight rebounds playing just eight minutes in the second half. The Ducks led by 44 early in the fourth quarter. Morgan Yaeger added 10 points and eight different players had at least seven points.
Michigan State was only allowing 51 points a game.MARQUETTE 74, No. 22 OREGON STATE 73: At Corvallsi, Natisha Hiedeman and Allazia Blockton combined for 47 points and Amani Wilborn's layup with 13 seconds left lifted the Marquette women to the upset.The Golden Eagles (4-0) are off to their best start since 2013-14 and, after beating Arizona State 75-63 on Saturday, have back-to-back wins over ranked opponents.
Hiedeman hit five 3s, scored 24 points and had six assists, and Blockton had 23 points and seven rebounds.
Gabriella Hanson's jumper gave Oregon State (4-1) a 71-65 lead with 3:09 to play. Hiedeman hit a 3-pointer and Blockton made 4 of 4 foul shots as Marquette took a one-point lead — it's first of the quarter — with 77 seconds remaining.Marie Gulich made 8 of 12 from the field and scored a career-high 20 points for OSU.