(AP) -- Despite an early exit in their return to the NCAA Tournament, the Oregon State Beavers have a future that looks bright.
It was only two years ago that coach Wayne Tinkle inherited a broken roster and had to hold open tryouts. But in his short tenure in Corvallis, the Beavers returned to the Big Dance for the first time in 26 years.
The 75-67 loss to No. 10 seed VCU in the first round wasn't what the seventh-seeded Beavers had hoped, but after the game Tinkle said it was part of the process.