TUCSON, Ariz. — Tres Tinkle scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but Oregon State couldn’t hold its lead at 17th-ranked Arizona on Thursday. The Wildcats used a 15-4 run in the second half to pull away for a 62-53 win at the McKale Center.
The Beavers got off to a hot start, building a 12-2 lead in the game’s first five minutes. Tinkle had two 3-pointers during the run, but Arizona battled back through a defensive first half to cut Oregon State’s lead to 22-21 at the break.
The Wildcats found their offense in the second half, scoring 41 points in the game’s final 20 minutes. Allonzo Trier scored 15 after the break and Deandre Ayton, one of the top NBA prospects in college basketball, scored 10 points in the second half. Trier scored a game-high 21 points and Ayton had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Tinkle, the former Missoula Hellgate High School star, led Oregon State in both points and rebounds, but he also turned the ball over seven times. Tinkle made seven of 15 field goal attempts, including a 4-for-6 mark from 3-point range.
Stephen Thompson Jr. chipped in 12 points for the Beavers.
The loss drops Oregon State to 2-2 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers play No. 11 Arizona State at 4 p.m. (MT) Saturday.