Beavs ousted in first round of Pac-12 tourney

ALL IT TOOK was just about 90 seconds. During that key stretch midway through the second half, Oregon State vs. Colorado went from a back-and-forth, one-point game to OSU suddenly trailing by eight. And with the Beavs not built to come back from deficits, that was all it took to prevent them from advancing in the Pac-12 tournament. The 78-71 loss, after that Buff run, was easy to see coming.

The Beavers looked to be in position to win over the first 30 minutes.

The Beavers uncharacteristically shot 16 times from behind the 3-point arc, making seven. Malcolm Duvivier led the way, scoring 13 points in the first half to help Oregon State take a 40-38 lead at halftime.

Oregon State couldn't continue their roll early in the second half -- the Beavers had trouble getting good looks and missed the open ones.

Worse, their defense began to spring leaks.

Oregon State (17-14) played good enough defense to win in the first half. The second half was the opposite, as Colorado hit 13 of 23 shots.

OSU traded shots with Colorado for an entertaining 30 minutes before Colorado went on their run. The Beavers held Askia Booker without a bucket much of the first half. But he went on a tear in the second, finishing with 20 points.

Gary Payton II and Duvivier had 17 points each and Olaf Schaftenaar added 16 for the Beavers.

“Tough outcome for us, (we) obviously didn’t defend like we’ve defended all year,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. “And we let it slip away.”

An NIT bid seems somewhat improbable with the early tournament exit. Still, OSU was predicted to finish last in the Pac-12 by the media before the season. Some predicted they wouldn't win a single conference game.

The end result was far more positive than that, if the way they finished the season, losing seven of eight, was not.

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