There wasn’t one part of the game that failed Oregon State on Monday night.
There will be plenty the Beavers will take a look at in the coming days after a 75-66 men's basketball loss to Wyoming at Gill Coliseum.
The Cowboys saw the Beavers make an early second-half run then had one of their own. Wyoming took the lead for the final time with just under eight minutes left and never gave it back.
OSU coach Wayne Tinkle was bothered by his team’s 10 second-half turnovers (after just one in the first half) and an inability to get stops defensively. Wyoming shot 50 percent or better in both halves.
“We knew (Hayden Dalton) was a shooter and we didn’t guard him in the first half. We knew (Alan Herndon) was a shooter. He made us pay late in the game,” the coach said. “And we knew (Justin James) was a driver and he kept going by. We tried multiple guys on him and just kept taking each and every one of them to the game.
“So, two games in a row where we just couldn’t defend without fouling.”
The Beavers (1-1) knew going in that the Cowboys (2-0) were a dangerous 3-point shooting team.
Still, the visitors made 6 of 12 in the first half and 9 of 20 for the game, including four by Dalton, who had 30 points (and five 3s) three days earlier in a home win against Chattanooga. Herndon hit three of his four 3-pointers after halftime.
“We got out of our rules and I didn’t defend the way I was supposed to on (Herndon),” OSU’s Drew Eubanks said of Herndon, the opposing big man. “And he really got them going in the second half and it’s my fault.”
Dalton, a 6-foot-8 forward, had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Cowboys, who went on a 13-2 run to lead by 12 with 2:45 left.
James, a guard, scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half, while Herndon had 11 of his 16 after the break.
Tres Tinkle had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Beavers, who host Long Beach State at 8 p.m. Saturday. Eubanks added 17 points.
Tinkle heated up as the second half began.
The redshirt sophomore forward had seven points in a 12-3 OSU run immediately after the break, as the Beavers erased what was a nine-point first-half hole. Ethan Thompson drove to the key and found Tinkle alone for a corner 3-pointer and a 48-43 lead with 16:03 remaining.
Thompson, struggling at 1 for 5 from the floor early in the second half, picked up his third and fourth fouls during a 65-second stretch and was replaced by center Gligorije Rakocevic as the Beavers went with a bigger lineup.
It worked in the following minutes, as the Beavers pushed their lead from one to six. Kendal Manuel hit three foul shots after being fouled on a 3-pointer, and Tinkle hit Stevie Thompson for a transition layin after a steal.
Dalton followed a teammate’s miss with a dunk and added an off-balance layin to get the Cowboys within one at 55-54 with 8:24 left.
Herndon’s second 3-pointer after halftime and third of the game put Wyoming ahead 57-56.
Wyoming led by as many as three before Herndon hit from deep again to make it 64-60 with 5:32 remaining. He followed that with a layin for a six-point lead.
Dalton added two free throws and Tinkle picked up his fourth foul on an offensive charge, sending the Cowboys into the final four minutes with an eight-point advantage.
Tres Tinkle said Wyoming wasn’t attacking his team with the ball any differently in the second half.
“I think they were just sticking with what was working,” he said. “Nobody, 1 through 5 on the court, wanted to defend. They kept going at us and no one wanted to step up and get stops.”
The Thompson brothers, Stevie and Ethan, struggled to find their shooting touch.
After shooting a combined 13 of 25 from the floor against Southern Utah in the season opener, the two guards went 3 for 19, including 1 of 9 in the first half.
The OSU guards as a whole were a combined 4 for 26 overall and 2 for 16 on 3s.
“We’ve got to be tougher,” coach Tinkle said, “we’ve got to be tougher mentally, physically.”
Oregon State shot 24 of 59 (40.7 percent) and Wyoming 26 of 51 (51.0).
Freshman Alfred Hollins came off the bench to score OSU’s last five points of the first half, including a 3-pointer with two seconds left to cut the deficit to 40-36.
Gligorije Rakocevic made his season debut after missing the season opener due to a broken nose suffered in practice five days earlier. He shot 3 of 4 for six points in nine minutes.