Outside the CU Events Center on Monday, the temperature was in the low thirties and inside, it wasn’t much warmer for Oregon State, who posted an ice-cold shooting performance en route to a massive defeat at the hands of the Buffaloes, 78-49.
Any doubt that Colorado deserves their spot lurking just a game back of USC and UCLA for the Pac-12 lead went by the wayside, as Tad Boyle’s crew forced Oregon State to shoot an abysmal 18-55 from the floor and turn the ball over 20 times over the course of forty minutes.
The Beavers had only one player in Ethan Thompson score in double-figures, as the team’s leading scorer posted 10 points on a 3-9 outing. Big man Roman Silva was the next top contributor, finishing with 7 points (3-4 FG) and 5 rebounds in an efficient 16 minutes of floor time.
Offense. Defense. You can pick your poison for what issue was the most critical in the affair, as Colorado had a cast of somewhat unusual suspects step up in the absence of some off nights by their stars on both ends of the floor. However, forward Jeriah Horne still found a way to chip in 16 points and 7 boards, while German big man Tristan da Silva added a career-high 15 points on a flawless 6-6 shooting display and Dallas Walton tallied 12 points and 7 rebounds for Colorado.
Start to finish, this was just a bad loss for the Beavers. Oregon State looked like they took their foot off the gas from everything they did well in wins over Washington and Washington State and maybe also became a bit complacent in their ability to go on the road and simply find a way to win. Either way, it won’t work if they want to keep their head above water in the Pac-12 going forward.
Up Next: The Beavers travel to Arizona on Thursday (February 11th) for a 5:00 PM PT tip-off against the Wildcats.