- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Coach Wayne Tinkle said he told his team at halftime to be more aggressive and attack the basket against Oral Roberts.

“We were a little upset at the disparity in free throws at halftime. We shot five. They shot 18. And the aggressor is always rewarded,” Tinkle said.

“That started the momentum for us. . We just got a little bit more assertive,” he added.

The Beavers took control of the game after the break, shooting 60.9 percent in the second half, to beat the Golden Eagles 55-42 on Friday night.

Gary Payton II scored 10 points and had four steals and Olaf Shaftenaar added 12 points for Oregon State (3-0).

Bobby Word had 11 points for the Golden Eagles (1-2) while Korey Billbury added 10.

Beaver players said this year’s squad is special because no one has an ego.

“Everybody, they just want to win. They put themselves aside and put everything on the line for the team,” Payton said.

“I think we really have a team this year,” Shaftenaar said.

Oral Roberts shot 20.9 percent for the game and started off ice cold. The Golden Eagles finally scored with a Billbury layup at the 13:38 mark, when they trailed 10-2. That basket started a 15-3 run by the Golden Eagles, who took a 15-13 lead on a Word 3-pointer with 6:11 left in the half.

Oral Roberts led 20-18 at the break, despite shooting 16.7 percent but going 13 of 18 from the free throw line.

The Beavers went on a 12-0 run to open the second half. A Malcolm Duvivier to Payton alley-oop dunk made the score 30-20 with 15:51 remaining.

Payton is the son of former Oregon State All-American Gary Payton, who was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Trailing by 10 with more than 6 minutes left, the Golden Eagles went to the full court press, forcing the Beavers into three straight turnovers and trimming the lead to 42-37 with 5:26 remaining.

Oregon State was able to hold off Oral Roberts, despite Payton fouling out with 2:22 remaining.

Oral Roberts Coach Scott Sutton said his team played flat and scared.

“We were awful. And I’m being serious, it was the worst offensive performance we’ve ever had,” he added.

Sutton is in his 16th year coaching the Golden Eagles.

Obi Emegano came into the game leading Oral Roberts with 28 points per game. He had seven points and six rebounds on Friday, a year to the day after he suffered a season-ending knee injury against Saint Louis.


Sutton remains 12 wins away from his 300th victory. . The Golden Eagles averaged nearly 40 foul shots per contest in their first two games.

Oregon State started 3-0 for the first time since 2001-02. . The Beavers don’t have a senior on the roster for just the third time since 1950.


Tinkle, is in his first season at Oregon State, but he helped Montana to three NCAA Tournament berths during his eight years as coach of the Grizzlies.


The Beavers have a nationally-lauded recruiting class that includes Tinkle’s son Tres Tinkle.


The Golden Eagles’ lone win so far came in their opener against crosstown rival Tulsa.


Since the start of the 2004-2005 season, Oral Roberts, which plays in the Summit League, has a .885 winning percentage in conference games.


Oregon State plays Monday against Oklahoma State in Las Vegas as part of the MGM Grand Main Event.

Oral Roberts also is in the event, and plays Louisiana on Tuesday.

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