Days after earning a winning Pac-12 record on the season, the Oregon State Beavers (10-8, 6-6) were humiliated Monday evening by Colorado (15-5, 9-4) in a 78-49 blowout loss.
The Buffaloes shot a scorching 55.8% from the floor and a solid 38.5% from three-point range against the Pac-12's best three-point defense. Meanwhile, the Beavers shot 32.7% and 25.0% respectively in the lopsided loss.
Senior Ethan Thompson led Oregon State with ten points on 3-9 from the field.
Here are the key takeaways.
The three-point defense was still alright.
While Colorado shot 38.65%, it was only on 13 attempts and Colorado made just two second-half three-pointers on nine attempts. Oregon State did not let the three-point line kill them but instead, it was inside the arc the Beavers could not get a stop.
Oregon State had too many turnovers.
The Beavers had 11 first-half turnovers leading to 19 Colorado points and trailed by 13 at the break. Just being more careful with the basketball would have kept Oregon State in the game longer.
Oregon State ended the game with 19 turnovers which clearly Wayne Tinkle cannot be happy with.
Oregon State could not buy a basket.
This article has mentioned how poorly Oregon State shot from the floor but the Beavers even shot a pitiful 56.3% from the free-throw line (9-16). Even when no one is guarding Oregon State the Beavers still missed shots.
It was not their night.
Roman Silva, who ended the game with seven points on 3-4 from the field, had a nice layin with the foul late in the first half.
The Beavers shot 32.7% from the floor and 25.0% from three-point range.
The Next Game
Oregon State travels to Arizona on Thursday, February 11th to take on the Wildcats at 5:00 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network.