Beavers fall to Buffaloes

The Oregon State men’s basketball team fell to the Colorado Buffaloes on Wednesday evening, losing 71-54.

The Beavers (11-4, 2-2) lost despite a big night from senior point guard Gary Payton II, who led all scorers with 26 points on eight of 20 shooting from the field, also chipping in a game-high 15 rebounds and three assists. Additionally, Payton II hit 75 percent (9 of 12) of his attempts from the free throw line, which is above his season average of 62 percent.

Stephen Thompson Jr. was the only other player to score in double figures with 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. The team as a whole combined to shoot only 29.5 percent from the field, and the Beavers were unable to comeback after entering halftime only four points behind the Buffaloes (12-4, 2-2) at 29-25.

Senior forward Josh Scott was a big contributor for the Buffaloes in staving off the Beavers. He scored a team-high 25 points on eight of 11 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds and three steals.

Redshirt junior forward Wesley Gordon also had a big game for CU, making his biggest efforts on the defensive end with 12 rebounds and six blocked shots. He also had 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting.

The Buffaloes outrebounded the Beavers 48-33 on the night, one game after Wayne Tinkle described rebounding as an “emphasis” for the Beavers. OSU big men Jarmal Reid, Drew Eubanks and Olaf Schaftenaar only combined for five rebounds in 60 combined minutes of play.

OSU now hits the road to take on Utah (12-4, 1-2) on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Salt Lake City. The two teams last met last year in Corvallis, where the Utes defeated the Beavers 47-37.