No. 16 Buffalos beat Oregon State, move into 1st in Pac-12

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Tyler Bey scored 21 points to lead No. 16 Colorado to a 69-47 victory at Oregon State on Saturday night.

The Buffaloes moved into sole possession of the first place in the Pac-12 Conference.

McKinley Wright joined Bey in double figures for Colorado with 13 points.

Ethan Thompson led the Beavers with 17 points. Tres Tinkle added 10 points and set a school record with 90 consecutive double-figure scoring games.

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Colorado (20-6, 9-4) led by 12 points in the second half of the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 5 in Boulder, but the Beavers rallied for a 76-68 win.

There was no second-half comeback for Oregon State (15-10, 5-8) in the rematch.

Thompson converted a three-point play on a drive and dunk to cut the lead to 41-32 with 14:48 left. The Beavers didn’t get any closer than nine points the rest of the game.

Eli Parquet’s fast-break dunk gave the Buffaloes a 53-34 advantage with 9:23 remaining and capped a 12-2 run.

The lead grew to as many as 24 points.

The Beavers were 1 of 17 from 3-point range. The Buffalos were 9 of 20 from long distance.

Colorado scored the last five points of the first half and led 31-22 at the break, helped by Bey’s 10 points.

Oregon State struggled from the field in the first half connecting on just 33.3% of its shots, including 1 of 10 on 3-pointers.

BIG PICTURE

Colorado: The last time Colorado was in first place this late in the season was in 1968-69, when the Buffaloes claimed the Big Eight championship. … Colorado has won four of its last five games.

Oregon State:. Tinkle, who is the second-leading scorer in school history behind Gary Payton, continues to struggle from the field. He was 3 for 15 Saturday and is shooting 32.9% in the Beavers’ last seven games.

UP NEXT

Colorado: Hosts USC on Thursday.

Oregon State: At Arizona on Thursday.

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