Fresno State hands Beavers fourth straight loss
CORVALLIS — Jahmel Taylor had missed three shots in a row, but he stayed focused and found open spaces on the floor. Then he made his next five shots from beyond the arc.
"Once I hit the first one, I was ready to hit the next one. It felt good and my teammates were getting me in the right spots," said the junior guard.
Taylor had 21 points, shooting 6-for-10 on 3-pointers, and three steals as Fresno State held on to beat Oregon State 63-58 on Friday night.
Fresno State coach Rodney Terry called Taylor a "marksman" who kept the team afloat when they were struggling early.
"He can really shoot the basketball. We don't win the Mountain West a year ago if he's not making big shots for us," he added.
Paul Watson added 13 points and nine rebounds and Jaron Hopkins had 10 points for the Bulldogs (3-2).
Tres Tinkle scored a career-high 31 points with 10 rebounds and six steals for the Beavers (2-4), who lost their fourth in a row. JaQuori McLaughlin added 12 points.
"We're not very united. We've got a lot of individuals out there right now," said Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle, Tres Tinkle's father.
"We're just not playing hard enough. We're playing soft," he added.
The Beavers led 21-10 early, but Fresno State closed the half on a 17-5 surge, fueled by Taylor's four 3-pointers in the final three minutes. The Bulldogs led 27-26 at the break.
Fresno State took control with a 17-2 run in the second half, capped by a Watson 3-pointer with 10:30 left.
Cullen Russo was fouled with 35.7 seconds left and he made both free throws to give Fresno State a 61-55 lead. On Oregon State's next possession, McLaughlin made a 3-pointer but Watson was fouled and made both free throws to seal it.
The Beavers' Stephen Thompson Jr. missed his fifth game in a row with a foot injury. Wayne Tinkle said Thompson, last year's third-leading scorer, could be out another week.
Drew Eubanks had five blocks for the Beavers.
Oregon State hosts NAIA Division II foe Southern Oregon on Monday.
No. 7 MISSISSIPPI STATE 75, OREGON 63: At Honolulu, Victoria Vivians scored 17 points and Morgan William added 14 for Mississippi State on the first day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
Vivians, a 6-foot-1 junior guard and a first team preseason All-SEC selection, made 7 of 13 shots from the field despite being in foul trouble for much of the second half.
She picked up her fourth foul with 1:55 left in the third quarter and played just 10 minutes after halftime.
Mississippi State (5-0) shot 51.9 percent from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range in the second half. It held the edge over Oregon in points in the paint, 40-26.
Lexi Bando scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds and Sabrina Ionescu had 14 points and five boards with four assists for the Ducks (4-1).