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Oregon State zone befuddles CU Buffs in stunning late collapse

Beavers use game-ending 24-5 run to post second straight win at CU

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    Colorado's Evan Battey rebounds in front of Oregon State's Payton Dastrup during the game in Boulder on Jan. 5, 2020.

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    BOULDER, CO - JANUARY 5, 2020: Colorado's McKinley Wright IV gets around Oregon State's Alfred Hollins during the game in Boulder on January 5, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    Colorado's D'Shawn Schwartz, left, and Lucas Siewert walk off the court after the loss to Oregon State in the game in Boulder on Jan. 5, 2020.

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    Colorado's Tad Boyle watches the clock tick away in the loss to Oregon State during the game in Boulder on Jan. 5, 2020.

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    Colorado's McKinley Wright IV drives into Oregon State's Jarod Lucas during the game in Boulder on Jan. 5, 2020.

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    Colorado's Evan Battey rebounds in front of Oregon State's Payton Dastrup during the game in Boulder on Jan. 5, 2020.

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    Colorado's Lucas Siewert blocks the shot of Oregon State's Payton Dastrup during the game in Boulder on Jan. 5, 2020.

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    Colorado's Daylen Kountz gets a break away but turned the ball over against Oregon State during the game in Boulder on Jan. 5, 2020.

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    BOULDER, CO - JANUARY 5, 2020: Colorado's Tyler Bey passes with Oregon State's Tres Tinkle playing defense during the game in Boulder on January 5, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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It felt like another party was about to break out, one that would end with a likely return to the AP top 25 come Monday morning.

There were about eight minutes remaining in the Colorado Buffaloes’ Pac-12 Conference showdown Sunday against Oregon State, and matters were proceeding if not perfectly, then at least victoriously. The Buffs were pulling away, McKinley Wright IV was picking up one milestone after another, and the celebration of a sweep of the first league series of the season seemed imminent at the CU Events Center.

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Colorado’s D’Shawn Schwartz, left, and Lucas Siewert walk off the court after the loss to Oregon State in the game in Boulder on Sunday. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

But then, much like last year, Oregon State spoiled the fun.

The Beavers used a 10-0 run to climb back into the game late and then made all the big plays in the final minutes to hand the Buffaloes a stunning 76-68 defeat on Sunday afternoon. The loss erased all the good vibes CU picked up three days earlier with a win against fourth-ranked Oregon and left coach Tad Boyle and his club lamenting yet another late collapse at home against Oregon State.

Before last year, OSU had only posted one win in 10 trips to Boulder. The Beavers have now recorded consecutive wins at the Events Center.

“Have never had something like this happen to a team. We lost our composure and our confidence and we got on our heels. That can’t happen,” Boyle said. “It’s league play and welcome to the Pac-12, guys. We’re a veteran team. That’s what’s disappointing. If we had a bunch of freshmen and sophomores out there, I’d be OK, we’ll learn from this. But that’s not the case. There’s no excuses to be made for that.

“I take responsibility as a coach. We did not handle that well, and that’s my fault.”

CU built a 12-point lead midway through the second half and led 63-52 with just under eight minutes remaining when OSU stormed back, reeling off 10 consecutive points to get within a point. Down the stretch, the Beavers switched to a one-three-one zone that turned the Buffs from a club that had been on track to post its top shooting performance of the season into a turnover-filled unit that couldn’t even get a clean look at the rim.

A 3-point play from CU forward Evan Battey briefly stemmed the Beavers’ momentum, but five straight points from OSU senior Tres Tinkle started the Beavers on a 9-0 run that gave the visitors the lead for good.

CU committed 15 turnovers overall, recording six of them during Oregon State’s game-closing 24-5 run.

Until the final eight minutes, Wright was enjoying an afternoon to remember. He finished with 14 points and 10 assists for his sixth career double-double on points and assists, tying Jay Humphries for the most in school history. Wright also became just the second CU player after Donnie Boyce to collect 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, and 400 assists in his career.

However, the player who has saved the Buffs at crunch time repeatedly during his career faltered along with the rest of his teammates down the stretch. Wright committed three of his four turnovers during OSU’s game-ending run, and the only bucket the Buffs recorded after Battey’s 3-point play with 4:39 left was a D’Shawn Schwartz putback of an airball with 34.8 seconds to play.

The Buffs had been eyeing a likely return to the AP top 25 on Monday after defeating No. 4 Oregon on Thursday. Instead, CU will attempt to regroup with an entire week to prepare for next Sunday’s home date against Utah.

“We just didn’t execute,” Wright said. “We practiced against all their defenses and we knew that (zone) was going to come at some point. We just didn’t execute down the stretch. Coach (Mike) Rohn was telling us the whole half when we had a 10-point lead it would come at some point. We just didn’t execute. Failed to execute down the stretch.”

Oregon St. 76, Colorado 68
OREGON ST. (11-3, 1-1 Pac-12)
Thompson 8-12 8-9 24, Tinkle 5-14 1-2 12, Reichle 4-6 9-9 19, Kelley 6-10 0-1 12, Hunt 1-4 0-0 2, Hollins 0-1 0-0 0, Lucas 0-0 0-0 0, Miller-Moore 1-1 0-0 2, Dastrup 2-3 0-0 5, Silva 0-0 0-0 0, Vernon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 18-21 76.
COLORADO (12-3, 1-1 Pac-12)
Wright 6-11 2-3 14, Battey 2-4 4-5 8, Bey 8-12 3-3 20, Gatling 4-8 0-0 11, Schwartz 2-9 0-0 4, Kountz 2-6 0-0 4, Daniels 1-1 0-0 3, Siewert 1-2 2-2 4, Walton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 11-13 68.
Halftime — Colorado 39-32. 3-point goals — Oregon St. 4-14 (Reichle 2-4, Dastrup 1-1, Tinkle 1-5, Hollins 0-1, Hunt 0-1, Thompson 0-2), Colorado 5-15 (Gatling 3-6, Bey 1-1, Daniels 1-1, Battey 0-1, Siewert 0-1, Wright 0-1, Schwartz 0-4). Rebounds — Oregon St. 20 (Thompson 9), Colorado 25 (Bey 8). Assists — Oregon St. 11 (Thompson 5), Colorado 13 (Wright 10). Total fouls — Oregon St. 13, Colorado 14. A — 7,309 (11,064).

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BOULDER, CO – JANUARY 5, 2020: Colorado’s Evan Battey rebounds in front of Oregon State’s Payton Dastrup during the game in Boulder on January 5, 2020.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)