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Tinkle gets 1st NCAA Tournament victory as No. 12 Oregon State upsets No. 5 Tennessee

NCAA Oregon State Tennessee Basketball
Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-19 19:05:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Wayne Tinkle can add an NCAA Tournament victory to his head coaching resume.

The 12th-seeded Oregon State Beavers continued their Cinderella postseason run with a 70-56 win over No. 5 Tennessee in the opening round in the Midwest Region.

It's Tinkle's fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament as a head coach and second with Oregon State. He last saw a win in the tournament as an assistant coach with Montana in 2006 when the then-No. 12 Grizzlies beat No. 5 Nevada.

Tinkle helped the Beavers snap a long drought, as well. Oregon State had not won a game in the NCAA Tournament since 1982 when the Beavers made a run to the Elite Eight.

Oregon State senior Roman Silva had a team-high 16 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting. The Beavers held Tennessee to just 33.3% shooting from the floor. Oregon State never trailed and the game was only tied once, 2-2.

Oregon State will play the winner of No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Liberty on Sunday for a chance at the Sweet 16.