EUGENE, Ore. -- A lot of Buffs fans would probably have taken a split before Colorado's latest Pac-12 road trip to the Great Northwest.
The players believe it's time to get greedy after Colorado's 48-47 victory over No. 19 Oregon on Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Buffs (15-7, 5-5) -- who lost 58-55 at Utah a week ago in the first of three consecutive games outside the friendly confines of the Coors Events Center -- play at Oregon State on Sunday in Corvallis.
The Beavers are a disappointing 12-11 overall and 2-8 in conference play after an 82-64 win over Utah on Wednesday.
"Honestly, if we don't beat Oregon State then it doesn't mean anything," Askia Booker said of CU's first win in Eugene in 58 years.
CU entered the week tied for eighth in the conference standings. The upset of the Ducks (18-5, 7-3) moved Tad Boyle's team into a five-way tie for fifth place with Cal, Stanford, USC and Washington.
"We got on a little three-game run there against Washington State, Stanford and Cal and then we stubbed our toe against Utah," Boyle said. "Everything we go through is a learning opportunity. Hopefully we learned from that situation. It's not going to be easy, Oregon State is talented."
Foul or fowl play?
Oregon coach Dana Altman called a timeout with eight seconds left on Thursday night and designed a play for senior E.J. Singler to get to the basket and possibly the free throw line with the Ducks trailing by one point.
Spencer Dinwiddie made sure the path was blocked. And the shot?
"They played good defense and cut me off," said Singler, who scored 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting. "I just tried to get a shot up and it didn't go in. ... (Dinwiddie) got a piece of my hand."
Dinwiddie said he made sure not to foul Singler. CU's 6-6 point guard wasn't even sure if he blocked the shot, which did not make it to the rim and was rebounded by Andre Roberson with one second left to ice the game for the Buffs.
"Last shot I was trying not to do anything special. I was trying to keep my hands up and just make it as difficult as possible," Dinwiddie said. "I think the refs agreed with me that I kept my hands up, and if he shoots it into my arms, that's his fault not mine."
Adams looks strong
Jeremy Adams gave CU 16 good minutes off the bench. The junior guard finished with five points and three rebounds in relief of a struggling Booker, who was 3-for-13 from the field with eight points in 22 minutes.
"Jeremy's minutes were big. He was ready to go, he played well and we knew we were going to need him in that game," Boyle said. "It was a very physical game and he matched up well with them. I think we're going to need him again on Sunday."
"That's a bad excuse. We had plenty of opportunities," said Altman, whose team has lost its last three games without injured freshman point guard Dominic Artis and committed four costly turnovers down the stretch. "The turnovers were by our seniors, they have got to do a better job."
CU's last victory without scoring 50 points was a 49-42 win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 2, 1967, before the advent of the shot clock in college basketball. ... Boyle (63 wins) is now tied for seventh on CU's all-time win list with H.B. Lee. ... The Buffs were also 15-7 last season. ... Roberson's 35th double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) ties him for fifth all-time at CU with Scott Wedman (1971-74). ... Oregon, which had a 20-game home winning streak snapped by the Buffs, hadn't lost in Eugene since Jan. 29, 2012, against rival Oregon State.
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