CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State's four-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night when the Beavers dropped a 78-72 decision to Stanford before a Gill Coliseum crowd of 5,563.
Senior guard Gary Payton II had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists and freshman Drew Eubanks and Stephen Thompson Jr. had 13 points apiece for the Beavers (10-3, 1-1 Pac-12), who suffered their first setback since a Dec. 12 decision against No. 2 Kansas at Kansas City.
Senior Olaf Schaftenaar added nine points and hit a 3-pointer and now has at least one trifecta in 12 consecutive games, matching his career-high. Freshman Tres Tinkle had eight points.
OSU was ice-cold (8-22) in the first half and trailed by as many as 15 points (37-22) before a late basket cut their intermission deficit to 37-24. They heated up in the second half, when they shot 60 percent (18-30) from the floor, but they could get no closer than six points (72-66, 76-70) until the final 90 seconds.
“We tied every one of our defense but nothing worked,” OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said. “When that's the case it's a pretty clear answer where it has to come from. We challenged our guys” but Stanford (9-5, 2-1) had an answer to every challenge.
“Credit to Stanford. They executed their game plan and woodshedded us” by being more physical, he added. “Shame on us for not being ready to come to the party and fight.”
Stanford outrebounded OSU 46-29 overall and turned 20 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points.
“It was very disappointing,” Tinkle said, alluding to the discrepancy, the most lopsided of the season. “We were running to the basket on shots instead of putting a body on somebody.”
Payton II has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games this season and just missed his fourth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career. Thompson had scored in double figures in three of his last five games and he tied his career high for 3-pointers against Division I opposition.
The Beavers can split the weekend series with the Bay Area schools on Saturday when they host California in a 6:30 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. It will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.
“It's one game,” Tinkle said of Wednesday. “There were some positives. We found a group that scrapped and we went down swinging.
“We scored better in the second half but whenever we got some momentum going we had a defensive mistake. We had breakdowns, which shows we just didn't have the same attention to detail we usually have.”