By Anne M. Peterson

The Associated Press

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CORVALLIS — Oregon State fell behind UC Riverside in the second half of its season opener Tuesday night, but a full-court press and a couple of turnovers put the Beavers quickly back in control.

“We know what we’re capable of doing when we’re fired up,” the Beavers’ Tres Tinkle said. “In our closed scrimmage, our exhibition game and even in practice, we know when we kind of turn up a notch everybody gets even more focused, energy comes up. We just needed a spark, so that was the main reason for that. When you press and trap, you’re flying around, so it’s a quick way to get us going, get our motors going, get everyone locked in.”

Tinkle had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Oregon State won 72-59 at Gill Coliseum.

Ethan Thompson added 19 points and older brother Stephen Thompson Jr. had 18 more for the Beavers, who came out sluggish in the second half but rallied to lead by as many as 17. Oregon State improved to 5-0 in season openers under coach Wayne Tinkle.

The Beavers’ victory spoiled David Patrick’s debut as head coach for UC Riverside. Patrick was an assistant at TCU the past two seasons.

Dikymbe Martin led the Highlanders with 20 points. Martin, one of six returning Riverside players, averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season. The Highlanders went 9-22 overall last season and 4-12 in the Big West Conference.

“The main thing I stressed was playing hard and not giving up, and I think they did that tonight,” Patrick said.

Oregon State returned all of its key players except Drew Eubanks, who is currently on a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Senior Gligorije Rakocevic started in his spot against the Highlanders.