Oregon State despite eight scholarship players has done it with defense and a new guy many nights on offense. Against WSU, it was a tired Jarmal Reid.
"Got us some big baskets and then he was a physical presence defensively," said Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle. "He asked me a couple of times to take him out. I said, 'We can't.'"
Usually a low-post banger, Reid came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points and lead Oregon State past Washington State.
Malcolm Duvivier added 15 points for the Beavers, who remained undefeated at Gill Coliseum this season.
"We don't even talk about it," Tinkle said. "We're at home. We don't lose at home."
On the defensive end, OSU used a trap to slow the Cougars down and then watched the Cougars run down the shot clock on multiple occasions. WSU chose not to try and drive to score or draw a foul and instead settled for long-range jump shots, some with the clock expiring. OSU held the Cougs to 4-19 shooting from 3-point range (19 percent) and 37.3 percent from the floor overall.
DeVonte Lacy was averaging 17.7 points to lead the Cougars, but scored only five against Oregon State, all in the first few minutes of the game.
Reid said he saw the team's usual scoring options having trouble against the Cougars. The Beavs shot only 38.9 percent themselves and WSU out-rebounded OSU 43-34.
"We aren't scoring a bunch of points. We have to play a certain pace, but if we defend, we'll be in every ball game," Tinkle said.
"Malcolm and I, we saw that we needed to pick it up a little bit more, not just scoring, but also just being leaders out there on the court," Reid said.
Neither team was able to pull away until the Beavers went on an 8-0 run, with Reid's jumper putting Oregon State up 51-44 with 2:27 left.
The Cougars (10-12, 4-6) trimmed the lead to four points, but Reid's driving lay-in with 47 seconds left made the score 53-47 and helped seal the win.
"I thought Reid just took the game to us, physically man-handled us on his drives," said Washington State coach Ernie Kent.
Oregon State forced 12 Cougar turnovers, compared to the Beavers' five.
It didn't look good for the home team at the beginning, as WSU opened up with an 8-0 lead. Oregon State missed its first four shots and committed two turnovers in the opening three minutes of the game.
The Beavers clawed back with an 11-2 run capped by Reid's lay-in to tie it at 23-all with 4:44 left in the half.
Entering the game, Gary Payton II was leading the Beavers with 12.8 points and eight rebounds per game. He had six points and 11 rebounds on Thursday.
UP NEXT: Oregon State hosts Washington on Sunday.