Beavs can't forge final comeback at No. 21 CU
ERIC MORELAND
ERIC MORELAND

Posted Jan 2, 2014


OREGON STATE HAD to feel pretty good at the end of the first half. They'd stayed pretty much even at No. 20 Colorado despite some sloppy moments. Eric Moreland was back, and if they could find a little rhythm, an upset win on the road could be there for the taking. Instead, Colorado made the final, critical scoring run and it was too much for the Beavs to overcome.

And so the Buffaloes hung on to beat Oregon State 64-58 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

"It was kind of a pitcher's duel tonight, two teams who weren't real good offensively," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said.

You said it, coach. Oregon State shot 37.5 percent and committed 17 turnovers that led to 25 Colorado points. Colorado wasn't much better, making 38.2 percent of its shots, though it took much better care of the ball with only seven turnovers.

OSU was 8-15 from 3-point range, but just 18-48 overall.

The turnover bothered Oregon State's Craig Robinson more than the poor shooting inside the three-point line.

"When you play a really good team like this, that's ranked in the Top 25, you can't make the kind of mistakes we made," Robinson said. "In the first half, we turned the ball over too much, but we were still only down a little bit. In the second half, we would make a comeback, but didn't do as good of a job on the boards and that was the difference."

Oregon State out-rebounded Colorado 37-34 overall but had seven fewer rebounds than the Buffaloes in the second half.

Roberto Nelson, who is leading the league in scoring, had 23 points for Oregon State, including hitting all 10 of his free throws.

Eric Moreland, reinstated after serving a season-opening suspension for a violation of team rules, had 10 rebounds and two points for Oregon State (8-5, 0-1) in 27 minutes. He also had one block, one assist and four turnovers.

After Colorado took a 10-point lead, Oregon State put together an impressive 12-2 run that included a 3-pointer by Langston Morris-Walker to forge a tie at 40 with 10:35 to play.

But the Buffaloes came right back with a run of their own, to the tune of 13-3, and with the leads back to 53-43 with 6:20 remaining, Oregon State could not come all the way back again -- the closest they got was four points.

The Beavers fought back within 60-56 after Malcom Duvivier drained a 3-pointer with 2:17 left. And that was the last bucket the Beavs would score.

Oregon State was held to its fewest points in a first half this season. The previous low was 26 against Coppin State on Nov. 10.

The Beavs next face Utah at 1 p.m. Saturday on the Pac-12 Networks.



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