CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman Alec Burks scored 19 points and junior Cory Higgins added 15, but it wasn't enough as the University of Colorado fell to Oregon State 74-69, Friday night.
Oregon State's Calvin Haynes tied for a game-high with 19 points, including a critical jump shot with 1:08 left in the game to give the Beavers a 70-69 lead.
Facing a 64-61 deficit, junior Marcus Relphorde came up big for CU, hitting three-pointers on consecutive possessions to put Colorado ahead 67-64 with 2:34 remaining. The Buffs led 69-68 before Haynes hit his jumper to give the Beavers the lead for good in a back-and-forth second half that saw seven lead changes.
"It was very disappointing; we certainly had our opportunity to win this game," said CU Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik. "We had a wide-open look at a three and we had a couple free throws; we missed some timely opportunities to score and put some pressure on them."
Burks led the way for Colorado in the first half, scoring 13 points, as the only time CU trailed in the half was 2-0. Haynes kept the game close for the Beavers though, leading them with 11 first-half points. Higgins hit a jumper to beat the halftime buzzer and the Buffs took a 36-31 advantage into the break.
The Buffaloes were effective on the offensive glass, recording 15 offensive rebounds and scoring 23 second-chance points. Burks led with a career-high six offensive boards.
Relphorde finished with 13 points, going along with Burks' 19 and Higgins' 15. For the first time this season, CU failed to have at least four scorers reach double digits. Burks recorded a career-high nine rebounds to lead the team. Higgins and sophomore Nate Tomlinson each notched three assists.
With the loss, CU falls to 5-3 on the season and 5-2 all-time against Oregon State. The Buffs are now 0-3 in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Colorado's previous two losses in the series both came against Stanford (76-62 in 2008; 67-43 in 2007).
The Buffs return to the court on Monday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. to host Colorado Christian at the Coors Events Center.
-The Buffs fall to 0-3 all-time in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Both previous losses came against Stanford (76-62 in 2008; 67-43 in 2007).
-CU's streak of games scoring at least 70 points ended at seven.
-The five-point loss is the third single digit loss of the season and the 23rd in Bzdelik's tenure.
-CU is now 5-2 this season when leading at the half.
-Alec Burks had career-highs with seven made field goals, nine rebounds, and six offensive rebounds.
-Burks led the team in scoring for the third time this season (previous two shared).
-Burks has now scored in double digits in all eight games to begin his collegiate career.
-Cory Higgins made his 71st consecutive start.
-Higgins' 15 points on the night give him 964 for his career, moving him to 28th on CU's all-time scoring chart.