Tinkle era begins with triumph
CORVALLIS — After losing several keys players from last season, it was uncertain where Oregon State's scoring punch would come from this year.
Jarmal Reid and Malcolm Duvivier each scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Beavers past Rice 67-54 in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.
"We're going to need it from everyone every night. It might be a new person next game," said Duvivier.
Reid's previous career high was seven points, which he surpassed before halftime.
"Jarmal just took a step forward. He had the mismatch, so we kept feeding him," Duvivier said.
Seth Gearhart had 14 points for Rice, including three 3-pointers.
Rice shot 30.8 percent, compared to 45 percent for Oregon State. The Beavers also out-rebounded the Owls 44-27.
"If that (remains) our staple, defense and rebounding, then we're going to have a chance to build some momentum," said new Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle.
Oregon State took a 14-4 lead with 11:44 left in the first half after a layup by Cheikh N'Diaye.
A Gearhart 3-pointer with about 7 minutes remaining in the half brought the Owls to within three points, 16-13.
Oregon State stretched its lead to as many as 12 before going into the half up 32-22.
Rice made it 37-35 on a 3-pointer by Dan Peera with 12:36 left before Oregon State responded with a 12-3 run.
Tinkle led Montana to three NCAA Tournament appearances. He inherited an Oregon State squad that went 16-16 last season, but its top returning scorer is Langston Morris-Walker, who averaged four points per game in 2013-14.
Mike Rhoades, the new coach of the Owls, spent the last five seasons on the staff of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was associate head coach.
Rice finished 7-23 last season and lost its top two scorers, but has three returning starters, including Max Guercy, who averaged 9.3 points per game last season.
"It was a typical first game," Rhoades said. "It wasn't pretty. We went back on our heels way too much. I'm disappointed we weren't as aggressive as what we've been practicing."
He said that the goal for Rice this season was to "get better every game and win ... This isn't good enough."
Gearhart said the Owls would fight every game.
"After a game like this, we just want to bounce back strong," he added.
Gary Payton II, a junior college transfer, had six points, nine rebounds and three blocks for Oregon State. His father is former Beaver All-American Gary Payton, who was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
The Beavers have a nationally-lauded recruiting class that includes Tinkle's son, Tres.
Gearhart, a senior forward, starred for nearby Wilsonville High School in Oregon. He averaged 6.8 points per game last year.
Oregon State lost 57-47 Nov. 7 in a home exhibition game against NCAA Division II Western Oregon.
Rice hosts Prairie View A&M on Wednesday.
Oregon State plays Corban on Tuesday in Corvallis.