By Kyle Odegard

The Associated Press

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CORVALLIS — Stephen Thompson Jr. was automatic from deep, with mid-range floaters and on lay-ins. After eight makes in a row, a shot bounced away, but with the game well in hand, his teammates took the opportunity to tease him.

“Some people came up and said, ‘Finally missed one,’” Thompson said.

Thompson scored 25 points, with five 3-pointers, and set a program record with 187 career 3-pointers as Oregon State defeated Missouri State 101-77 on Saturday.

Ethan Thompson added 22 points, with five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Tres Tinkle had 24 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Beavers (6-1).

“I’m just thrilled our guys found a way to get it going offensively,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. He credited ball movement — the Beavers had 29 assists on 39 shots. “Loved how our guys shared it,” he added.

Jarred Dixon had 31 points with six 3-pointers, and Tulio Da Silva added 21 points and seven rebounds for the Bears (3-5).

“They’re just bigger, stronger and faster than we are. Obviously, they shot the lights out,” Missouri State coach Dana Ford said.

Oregon State shot 61 percent from the field, was 16 for 28 from behind the arc, and outrebounded Missouri State 32-27. The Beavers set a school record for 3-pointers made in the game.

“We’re all confident players and confident shooters, and every time we feel like we’re open and have a good look at the basket, we’re going to shoot it with confidence,” Stephen Thompson said.

The Beavers used the long ball and rim defense to take an early lead.

Thompson’s record-breaking 3-pointer, on an assist from his brother, came with 8:20 left in the first half and put the Beavers up 36-22. At that point, Oregon State had made 8 of 11 from behind the arc.

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