Snow may strand Beavers, Ducks
02/02/2012 11:54:55 PM MST
Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie takes a shot over Oregon State's Jared Cunningham, No. 1, and Eric Moreland, No. 15, on Thursday, Feb. 2, during a game against Oregon State at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo. For more photos of the game go to www.dailycamera.com
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The last place the Beavers want to be right now is anywhere near Boulder, but there is a chance the blizzard could strand them in the Centennial State.
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Oregon State suffered a humbling 82-60 loss to Colorado on Thursday night at the Coors Events Center.
The visitors were scheduled to fly commercial from DIA to Salt Lake City at 3 p.m. today. Oregon State will have to figure out an alternative plan if that flight is canceled or delayed indefinitely.
The Beavers are scheduled to play at Utah at 3 p.m. on Saturday. CU is supposed to host Oregon at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"I hope they get here at 6:45," Buffs head coach Tad Boyle said with a smile.
The Buffs plan to practice today at the Coors Events Center, whether classes at CU are canceled or scheduled as normal.
CU was scuffling against Oregon State's 1-3-1 zone defense until Askia Booker checked into the game. The athletic freshman guard sliced his way through defenders all night and finished with a career-high 15 points off the bench.
"Ski is perfect for us right now in the role of a sixth man. I look at Ski as a sixth starter," Boyle said. "I've got a lot of confidence in Ski, and he came in and made plays and was aggressive."
The Buffs are 9-1 this season when Booker scores in double figures.
CU leads 7-2 overall and improved to 6-0 against the Beavers in Boulder. The Buffs blew out Oregon State 83-57 last season at the Coors Events Center in the final installment of the Big 12/Pac-12 Hardwood Series.
The series began with a 38-29 CU win on Dec. 16, 1940, in Boulder. Frosty Cox's Buffs beat the Beavers again, 42-41, the next night.
CU will play in Corvallis in the regular-season finale on March 3.
CU's 46 points were the most it has scored in a first half in Pac-12 play. The Buffs had 51 points in the first half of the 92-34 win over New Orleans on Dec. 28. ... Austin Dufault started his 116th game, which ties him with Richard Roby for second all-time at CU. ... The Buffs, who had a 43-31 edge on the glass, are 5-1 when out-rebounding Pac-12 foes.