Oregon State earned its first victory of the Wayne Tinkle coaching era on Friday night with a 67-54 decision over Rice before a crowd of 4,759 at Gill Coliseum.
Junior forward Jarmal Reid and sophomore guard Malcolm Duvivier each scored a career-high 17 points and Morris Langston-Walker added a personal-best tying 11 as the Beavers (1-0) rebounded from a disappointing Nov. 7 exhibition loss to Western Oregon with a wire-to-wire win.
“Our team responded and corrected our mistakes,” said Tinkle, hired on May 19 after a successful eight-year run at Montana. “It's no surprise. We were focused and prepared.
“We're developing this thing. I'm excited for the guys and I tip my cap to them. They brought it tonight and they made the plays.”
The Beavers never trailed, as they jumped to early 5-0 and 8-2 leads behind two 3-pointers by Duvivier. They eventually led by as many as 12 points (29-17) in the first half and a 3-pointer by freshman guard Dylan Livesay made it 32-22 at the half.
Rice (0-1), playing its first game under new coach Mike Rhoades, used an 11-5 run to draw within 37-35 with 12:39 remaining. However, the Beavers responded with eight unanswered points of their own to re-establish a double-digit lead at 45-35 with 9:25 remaining. The Owls never got closer than five points thereafter.
Rice tried to foul for profit after falling behind 54-45 but the Beavers again responded by making 13 of 15 free throws in the final 2:04 to pull away. Duvivier was 5-for-6, Schaftenaar was 4-4 and Morris-Walker was 2-2 in that span.
OSU outrebounded the Owls 44-27 , led by Morris-Walker's 10 that gave him his first career double-double. Gary Payton II added nine rebounds, Victor Robbins eight.
Schaftenaar had six assists, Duvivier five as the Beavers had 19 assists on 24 baskets.
The Beavers host Corban at 7 p.m. Tuesday in their next game. It will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
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