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Beavers To Open Pac-12 Play At Colorado

Beavers To Open Pac-12 Play At Colorado

Coverage of today's game begins at 6:30PM on 1190 KEX

THE SERIES: Oregon State and Colorado meet for the 14th time in history with the Buffs leading the series, 9-4, including a 6-1 edge in games played in Boulder. The Beavers got their first-ever win over Colorado in Boulder on March 9, 2013 in the final regular-season game for both teams. The Buffaloes held a slim 29-27 lead at halftime, but Oregon State caught fire in the second half to win 64-58. It was the only time all season the Beavers won when trailing at the half. Eric Moreland (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Joe Burton (10 points, 10 rebounds) each posted a double-double. The win was impressive considering the Beavers had lost their two previous trips to Boulder by an average of 24 points per game (82-60 on Feb. 2, 2012; 83-57 on Dec. 4, 2010).

The teams met four days later, in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, with Colorado pulling out a 74-68 win to advance. The Buffs also won the first meeting last season, 72-68, on Feb. 10 at Gill Coliseum. Roberto Nelson averaged 18.7 points in the three games against Colorado last season, while Devon Collier averaged 8.7 points, his lowest total against all Pac-12 schools.

The teams split their inaugural Pac-12 matchups in 2012 with the Buffs winning 82-60 on Feb. 2 in Boulder and the Beavers earning an 83-69 victory on March 3.

The Oregon State-Colorado series began in 1940 when the Buffaloes won both games in Boulder that year, 38-29 and 42-41. Colorado won again in 1955, 1956 and 2003 before the Beavers got their first win in the series on Dec. 4, 2004 at Gill Coliseum, 98-87. OSU also won, 74-69, on Dec. 4, 2009 at Gill.

MOVING ON UP: Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier both continue to move up Oregon State’s career scoring list. Nelson, who entered the season with 1,082 career points, is on pace for 663 points in a guaranteed 31 games, which would give him 1,745 and move him into fourth. Collier, who entered the season with 1,086 points, is on pace for 540 in his 30 games, which would give him 1,626 and move him into sixth. They also have a chance to combine to be the highest-scoring teammates in Oregon State history, passing A.C. Green and Charlie Sitton.

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Photo Credit: Dave Nishitani/OSU Athletics

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