Beavers snap skid, blast Cougars in Pac-12 meeting

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Robert Franks powered the Washington State men's basketball team with 17 points, but the effort was not enough as the Cougars dropped their sixth straight conference game by a score of 94-62 in a road meeting with Oregon State.

Tres Tinkle led all scorers with 20 points and teammate Alfred Hollins added another 19 as the Beavers snapped a four-game skid.

"Our backs were against the wall and this was a must win," Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. "Our guys knew it. And the neat thing is they ignored all the negativity that came from all over the place this week."

Carter Skaggs was the only other player to finish in double figures for Washington State (9-14 overall, 1-10 Pac-12), but the spot-up shooter injured his left leg in the second half.

With the game tied at 24-all, Oregon State went on a 20-0 run spanning the last four minutes of the first half and the first two minutes of the second half.

"There was turnover, turnover, missed shot, bad shot, turnover, and it was a 13-0 run (at the end of the first half) even with taking timeouts," Washington State coach Ernie Kent said. "There was the game right there."

Oregon State shot 57 percent, compared to 38 percent for the Cougars.

Oregon State led early, and Franks had Washington State's first eight points. The rest of his team started the game shooting 0 for 8 and didn't score until a Viont'e Daniels 3-pointer at the 9:41 mark trimmed the Beavers' lead to 14-11.

The Beavers surged ahead and led 37-24 at the half, with Stephen Thompson Jr. scoring on a reverse lay-in with two seconds left.

Oregon State led by as many as 33 in the second half.

Coming into Thursday, Washington State was winless on the road in the Pac-12 and had lost those games by an average of nearly 15 points. The Cougars have a chance to rebound Sunday when the program hits the road for a conference matchup with Oregon.

FRANKS BLOSSOMING - Franks wasn't highly recruited out of high school, but the junior forward's name is at the top of opponents' scouting reports lately.

"He's having a wonderful season," Kent said. You can see his game just blossoming now."

WASHINGTON ST. (9-14)

Franks 6-13 5-5 17, Pollard 2-2 0-0 4, Daniels 2-6 0-1 6, Skaggs 4-9 0-0 11, Flynn 2-6 4-4 8, Bernstine 0-0 0-0 0, Chidom 1-4 0-0 3, Cooper 1-2 0-0 2, Hinson 1-10 1-2 3, Shpreyregin 3-6 0-0 8, Ergas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 10-12 62.

OREGON ST. (12-11)

Eubanks 7-10 4-4 18, Tinkle 5-10 7-8 20, Hollins 7-9 3-4 19, E.Thompson 3-9 4-4 10, S.Thompson 7-11 1-2 16, Kone 0-0 0-0 0, Rakocevic 2-4 2-3 6, Sanders 0-1 0-0 0, Reichle 1-2 0-0 3, Manuel 0-1 0-0 0, Stacy 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 33-58 21-25 94.

Halftime-Oregon St. 37-24. 3-Point Goals-Washington St. 8-31 (Skaggs 3-8, Shpreyregin 2-5, Daniels 2-6, Chidom 1-3, Franks 0-2, Flynn 0-3, Hinson 0-4), Oregon St. 7-16 (Tinkle 3-5, Hollins 2-3, Reichle 1-2, S.Thompson 1-2, Sanders 0-1, Manuel 0-1, E.Thompson 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Washington St. 25 (Franks 6), Oregon St. 33 (Eubanks 10). Assists-Washington St. 14 (Flynn 5), Oregon St. 21 (E.Thompson 6). Total Fouls-Washington St. 21, Oregon St. 17. A-4,235 (9,604).

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