Southern Oregon no match for OSU's height
CORVALLIS — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said he got mad when the ball wasn't passed to Drew Eubanks in the post.
"He should have got it on every possession. That was the game plan," Tinkle said.
Eubanks scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Oregon State beat Southern Oregon 84-59 on Monday night.
The sophomore shot 15-for-21 from the field.
"Even in high school I wasn't ever shooting this much. But I just wanted to take good shots, and if they double-teamed me, I'd kick it out to the shooters," Eubanks said.
Ronnie Stacy had 14 points and nine rebounds and Kendal Manuel added 15 points for the Beavers (3-4), who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Ben DeSaulnier had 14 points with four 3-pointers and Tristen Holmes also scored 14 points for the NAIA-Division II Raiders (6-2). The game counted for OSU but was an exhibition for SOU.
Oregon State used its height advantage to outrebound the Raiders 43-28 and had 54 points in the paint, repeatedly giving the ball to Eubanks down low. Southern Oregon scored 10 inside points.
"We had no answer for the big boy, for Eubanks in there," Southern Oregon coach Brian McDermott said.
Southern Oregon led halfway through the first half thanks to long-range shooting. The Raiders average eight made 3-pointers per game, but they had nine of their 12 on Monday with four minutes before the break.
The Beavers closed the half on a 10-1 run and led 45-35.
Oregon State pushed the lead to as many as 27 points late.
Southern Oregon: The last time DeSaulnier played in Gill Coliseum was 2014, when he had 30 points to lead Philomath High School to the Oregon 4A state championship. The junior was leading the Raiders with 18.8 points per game headed into Monday's matchup.
Oregon State: Tres Tinkle, averaging 20 points and eight rebounds, broke a bone and suffered ligament damage in his right wrist Friday against Fresno State. The team hopes to avoid surgery for the coach's son, and there's no timetable for his return ... Stephen Thompson Jr. missed his sixth straight game with a foot injury.
CHALLENGING SCHEDULE: McDermott said it was great to play against a Division I squad. "We like to play a challenging schedule, so we've got a stretch here of six games in a row against teams above our level. We believe it makes us better and gets us ready for league," McDermott said.
LEADERSHIP VOID: Manuel said losing Tres Tinkle was a major blow, but it could make the team better in the long run. "He's really our main leader, so I just feel like that leaves room for someone else to step up and make plays. And once we get Tres back, everybody else will be getting it going," Manuel added.
Southern Oregon plays against undefeated Biola, ranked No. 4 in NAIA, at the Hope Invitational Tournament on Friday.
Oregon State plays on Thursday at 4-2 Mississippi State, picked to finish 10th in the SEC by league coaches.