Pac-12 title dreams for CU Buffs end against Oregon State in championship game – The Denver Post

Pac-12 title dreams for CU Buffs end against Oregon State in championship game – The Denver Post

LAS VEGAS — Colorado still has everything to play for, and on Sunday the Buffaloes will learn their next postseason destination.

However, adding a second Pac-12 Conference tournament championship to the program archives will have to wait for another day.

Unable to cool Oregon State on a hot-shooting night, the Buffs dropped a 70-68 decision against the Beavers in the conference title game Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. The fifth-seeded Beavers become a bid-stealer by earning the Pac-12’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, the program’s first tourney berth since 2016.

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No. 23 CU also will make its first tourney appearance since 2016 despite seeing its six-game winning streak end in frustrating fashion. It was OSU’s first conference tournament championship.

In a season in which the Buffs have threatened the NCAA free-throw record, using their free-throw prowess to win several games, CU picked a terrible time to come back to earth, finishing 12-for-20 in a two-point decision.

The Buffs remained within three points on D’Shawn Schwartz’s third 3-pointer of the game with 2 minutes, 17 seconds remaining, but couldn’t get over the hump down the stretch.

One night after going 12-for-24 from 3-point range in a semifinal-round win against USC, the third-seeded Buffs struggled to a 6-for-19 mark from long range against the Beavers. Oregon State went 6-for-10 on 3-pointers in the first half and finished 9-for-22.

McKinley Wright IV finished with 17 points, seven assists, and six rebounds for the Buffs, while Evan Battey posted 16 points and eight rebounds. Wright and Battey were named to the all-tournament team.

This story will be updated.

Oregon St. 70, No. 23 Colorado 68

OREGON STATE

Alatishe 4-8 0-1 8, Silva 2-4 1-2 5, Lucas 3-8 6-7 14, Reichle 3-4 0-0 7, Thompson 3-9 0-0 7, Hunt 3-6 2-2 10, Calloo 6-11 0-0 15, Andela 1-1 1-2 3, Silver 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 25-52 11-16 70.

COLORADO

Battey 7-9 2-3 16, Walton 1-3 0-1 2, Parquet 1-3 0-0 2, Wright 6-13 5-8 18, Schwartz 3-5 2-4 11, Horne 2-10 2-2 6, Daniels 2-2 0-0 5, Walker 1-5 1-2 4, da Silva 1-2 0-0 2, Barthelemy 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-53 12-20 68.

Halftime — Oregon St. 33-28. 3-point goals — Oregon St. 9-22 (Calloo 3-6, Hunt 2-3, Lucas 2-7, Reichle 1-1, Thompson 1-4, Silver 0-1), Colorado 6-19 (Schwartz 3-4, Daniels 1-1, Walker 1-3, Wright 1-3, Parquet 0-1, Walton 0-1, da Silva 0-1, Horne 0-5). Rebounds — Oregon St. 27 (Alatishe 7), Colorado 30 (Battey 8). Assists — Oregon St. 14 (Thompson 4), Colorado 10 (Wright 7). Total fouls — Oregon St. 19, Colorado 15.

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