Dinwiddie Leads Colorado Past Oregon State 72-68
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points, including six free throws in the final two minutes, as Colorado held off Oregon State for a 72-68 win Sunday night.
Josh Scott added 17 points and Andre Roberson seven points and 10 rebounds for Colorado (16-7, 6-5 Pac-12), which overcame a seven-point second-half deficit.
Colorado, which finished a two-game sweep of the Oregon schools, took the lead for good at 65-63 on Xavier Johnson’s offensive rebound and dunk with 2:27 left.
Dinwiddie scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half for the Buffaloes, who got the win despite Oregon State’s 39-30 rebounding edge.
Colorado scored six straight points early in the second half to go ahead 39-37.
The teams then traded the lead seven times in two minutes, and Nelson added a lay-in on the end of that sequence to give the Beavers a 48-45 lead with 14:49 to go.
Starks made his only basket of the second half — a 3-pointer — with 13:01 left as Oregon State took its biggest lead at 56-49.
The teams combined for just seven points over the next 6-plus minutes before Dinwiddie got Colorado within 58-57 on a 3-pointer with 6:31 remaining.
The Buffaloes kept it close, with Roberson tying it at 63 on a free throw. Johnson followed a teammate’s miss with a dunk to put Colorado ahead 65-63 with 2:27 left.
Dinwiddie’s two free throws with 1:41 remaining made it 67-63 Buffaloes.
Nelson was then fouled on a 3-pointer and hit the trio, making it a one-point game.
Dinwiddie added two more foul shots to make it 69-66.
Burton missed a hook shot on Oregon State’s next possession, and Colorado’s Askia Booker converted one of two free throws with 29 seconds left, giving the Buffaloes a four-point lead.
The Beavers came back with a short jumper by Nelson, and Dinwiddie answered with two more foul shots.
Colorado started fast, using an 11-2 run to jump ahead 19-6 lead. Sabatino Chen, who finished with 10 points, hit two 3-pointers in that stretch.
Oregon State chipped away, with back-to-back Burton lay-ins cutting the Buffaloes’ lead to 23-18.
Starks later hit two straight 3-pointers to tie the game at 31-31 with 1:49 left in the half. His next 3 — Starks’ fifth of the half — gave the Beavers a 34-33 at halftime.
Starks finished the half with 17 points, which he had bettered in just six games this season. Scott had nine points for Colorado.
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