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Oregon State Beavers fall short of Colorado Buffaloes in defensive slugfest

OSU Beavers
OSU Beavers

Ethan Thompson's 18 point performance proved to not be enough against the Colorado Buffaloes, who appear tournament-bound. 

After being held to a season-low at the hands of the Buffs earlier this season, the Beavs (11-11, 7-9 Pac-12)v lost a nail-biter, 61-57, at Gill Coliseum Saturday. 

Colorado won its fifth conference road game of the season, its most since the 1961-62 season.

Buffaloes guard McKinley Wright IV scored 21 points and moved to No. 7 on Colorado's career scoring list in the win. 

For Thompson, his seven assists moved him past Deaundra Tanner (457 assists, 1998-01) and Darryl Flowers (457, 1983-86) to No. 3 on Oregon State's career assists list at 462.

“I'm really proud of the way the guys battled,” Beavers head coach Wayne Tinkle said postgame. “It’s a tough one to learn from, but we’ll move forward.”

Warith Alatishe added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who had their five-game home winning streak snapped.

The Beavers held the Buffaloes, who shot 44.2% in the game, to eight field goals in the second half. Wright IV scored 15 of Colorado's 26 second-half points. 

He’s a pretty good player. Credit him for stepping up and making some plays. We needed to be just a little bit tougher.

Tinkle on Wright IV

The Beavers head down to the Bay Area next week and play California at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Stanford at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be televised on Pac-12 Network.