SEATTLE — Oregon State forward Victor Robbins has been suspended 10 games for violating athletic department policy, head coach Wayne Tinkle told The Oregonian before the Beavers’ 6 p.m. tipoff Thursday at Washington.

Robbins’ suspension will end before OSU’s Feb. 19 matchup with Utah. At that point, OSU will have five regular-season games remaining before the Pac-12 tournament.

The junior’s absence is a significant blow to an upstart Beavers team fresh off upsetting then-No. 7 Arizona at home Sunday. After totaling just 22 minutes over Craig Robinson’s last 20 OSU games last season, Robbins had settled in as a key cog under Tinkle for the 11-4 Beavers.

He was consistently the first man off the bench for a group that has just eight active players who entered the preseason on scholarship. Robbins, who is third on the team at 10.3 points per game, was averaging a team-high 12.7 points over the past seven contests. 

Without the former three-star recruit, a thin OSU team’s depth will be tested. The Beavers now have just one bench player — forward Jarmal Reid — averaging more than 8.4 minutes per game. The suspension should also hurt OSU’s frontcourt, where the 6-foot-7, 197-pound Robbins had been filling in behind forward Daniel Gomis at times. Six-foot-4 freshman walk-on Tanner Sanders, who is averaging 1.6 points and 0.7 rebounds in nine appearances, should help fill Robbins’ void.

This is Robbins’ second suspension. Midway through his freshman year, the Compton, California native was suspended three games for an unspecified violation of team rules.

— Connor Letourneau
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