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.
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.