CORVALLIS, Ore. – UC Santa Barbara's late rally was not enough on Wednesday night as the visiting Gauchos dropped a 78-67 decision at Oregon State.
The Beavers (4-1), who led 34-27 at halftime, started the second half by making 9-of-12 field goal attempts, including 9-of-10 from inside the three-point arc, pushing their advantage over UCSB to 19 on three occasions, the final time at 59-40 with 9:14 left in the game.
The Gauchos battled back and carved the lead to 77-67 when Matt Freeman made a long three-pointer with 16 seconds to play in the game.
Santa Barbara struggled with its shot the entire night, finishing just 24-for-65 overall, 36.9%, and a mere 5-for-27 from outside the three-point line, 18.5%.
"We had some good looks from distance, especially in the first half, but we just couldn't get anything to fall," said UCSB head coach Joe Pasternack. "Our shots will fall this year, I'm not worried about that."
The Beavers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game but the Gauchos rallied to tie the score at 7-7 and 9-9. They had a handful of opportunities to claim the lead but it wasn't to be.
OSU ended the first half on a 7-3 run and began the second half with 17-5 stretch to take a 51-32 advantage on a put back by Roman Silva with 13:38 remaining.
Overall, the Beavers made 56.6% of their shots, but in the second half they hit 18-of-26, 69.2%, including 17-of-20 inside the three-point line, 85.0%. Their sizzling shooting in the final 20 minutes helped them to overcome the Gauchos' 43-30 rebound advantage.
"When you outrebound a Pac-12 team by 13 on the road, that's a very good thing," Pasternack said. "But you're not going to win many games when you let a team shoot like that. When we get back to practice on Friday, we've got some things to work on defensively."
Amadou Sow had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Santa Barbara. It was his second double-double of the season. Freeman made 6-of-9 field goals overall to finish with 13 points. Max Heidegger struggled with his shooting as he was 4-of-15, including 2-for-9 from outside the arc, to also add 13 points. JaQuori McLaughlin had just eight points, but also finished with eight boards and six assists.
The Beavers were led by Tres Tinkle, head coach Wayne Tinkle's son, with 27 points and 11 rebounds. At some point this year, Tinkle will become just the third player in Pac-12 history to score 2,000 points and collect 1,000 rebounds. Ethan Thompson added 16 points for the home team.
UCSB returns home on Saturday, Nov. 23 when it hosts Menlo College in a 1:00 p.m. game at the Thudnerdome. The game against the Oaks will begin a stretch of three consecutive home games for the Gauchos as they will also play Portland State (Nov. 27) and Grambling (Nov. 29) during Thanksgiving week.