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T. Tinkle

Oregon State's Tres Tinkle (3) and Zach Reichle celebrate last Saturday's win at Oregon. It's uncertain if Tinkle will play in Thursday's home game against USC after suffering an ankle injury against the Ducks.

Tres Tinkle’s availability for Oregon State’s home men's basketball game against USC is in question after the severe left ankle injury the junior forward suffered in last Saturday’s win at Oregon.

“It’s kind of a day-by-day thing. It’s obviously gotten better since Saturday, Sunday. It’s still swollen in some areas,” Tinkle said before Tuesday’s practice, adding that a change in color from the purple that it was has been a good sign. “The plan is to try to shoot for Thursday. But we’ve just got to see how the rehab goes and how it reacts to different exercises and what not.”

OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said the goal is to have his son back for Thursday.

"We’re not sure where that’s at yet," he said. "We’re still a couple days away. Right now probably unlikely but we’ll see how it goes."

Tres Tinkle was on an exercise bike at the start of Tuesday’s practice, the team’s first official time on the court since Saturday.

After USC, the Beavers (9-4, 1-0 Pac-12) host UCLA on Sunday.

In Saturday’s game in Eugene, Tinkle ran the baseline, took a backdoor pass from teammate Stevie Thompson and finished a layin to put the Beavers ahead 45-28 with 18:20 left in the game.

But he came down on someone else’s foot and turned his left ankle.

Tinkle hobbled off the floor and left the bench area soon after to get his ankle retaped.

He missed a little more than two minutes of game time before he was back on the court.

He scored six straight Beavers points and 11 total in six-plus minutes. His two free throws with 8:28 left gave OSU a 62-48 lead.

Tinkle, OSU’s leading scorer, didn’t score again after that, but the Beavers scored the final six points at the foul line to get the win.

He finished with a game-high 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He was 6 of 6 at the foul line, where the team was 19 of 21.

“Made plays and found a way to help us win even though he wasn’t himself was something that was pretty gritty,” coach Tinkle said, “and I thought carried throughout the team. The rest of the guys all stepped up as well.”

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