By Kyle Odegard

The Associated Press

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Oregon at Oregon St.

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16

TV: Pac-12

Radio: KBND 1110-AM, 100.1-FM

CORVALLIS — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said that sophomore guard Ethan Thompson has taken his game to another level this season.

“He’s making really good decisions. We put the ball in his hands primarily this year. We know that he can erupt and score for us when we need it. He’s a great playmaker because he’s got great vision,” Tinkle said.

Thompson scored 20 points with seven rebounds and six assists as Oregon State beat California 79-71 on Saturday afternoon.

Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 21 with three 3-pointers and Tres Tinkle added 19 points and three steals for the Beavers (7-4 Pac-12, 15-8 overall).

“When it got to the moment of truth, we got the stops and made the plays and they didn’t,” Wayne Tinkle said.

Justice Sueing and Darius McNeill each scored 16 points and Connor Vanover tied a career-high with 15 points and added four blocks for the Golden Bears (0-11, 5-18), who have lost 12 straight games.

“I thought our guys fought, scrapped, clawed, left it all out on the court and played really, really hard and played together,” California coach Wyking Jones said.

California had 22 personal fouls compared to 10 for the Beavers, who shot 23 for 28 on free throws.

The Golden Bears stayed within striking distance, and trailed 73-71 after a 3-pointer by Vanover with 1:45 left.