Oregon State rallies to edge by Colorado
CORVALLIS — Oregon State coach Craig Robinson makes sure his players know the importance of free throws.
The Beavers took that to heart Friday night, making 17 of 18 in the second half to pull out a 74-69 win against Colorado in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
"Coach has just been stressing, (making) free throws is what is going to win the game for us," said Calvin Haynes, who led the Beavers with 19 points.
Haynes made two foul shots with 2:11 remaining that started Oregon State's 10-2 run to end the game.
Seth Tarver added 14 points and Jared Cunningham 13 for the Beavers (3-3), who were just 9-of-16 at the free-throw line in the first half. Cunningham made all seven of his foul attempts in the last 20 minutes.
Alec Burks had 19 points and nine rebounds for Colorado (5-3), which led 36-31 at halftime.
Oregon State scored 12 of its last 14 points at the free-throw line, including two apiece by Haynes and Roeland Schaftenaar that put the Beavers ahead 68-67 with 1:56 left.
Colorado scored its last points on two foul shots by Marcus Relphorde with 1:35 remaining.
Oregon State took the lead for good on Haynes' 18-foot jumper with 1:08 left. Colorado's Nate Tomlinson missed two free throws with 46 seconds remaining.
Jared Cunningham and Seth Tarver each added two foul shots in the closing seconds.
Tarver added 14 points and Cunningham 13 for Oregon State. Cory Higgins had 15 points and Relphorde 13 for Colorado, which went ahead 4-2 and didn't relinquish the lead the rest of the first half.
Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik said it was a disappointing effort for his team, whose other two losses were by four points.
"We did a horrific job of containing the ball and defensive rebounding, fouling people," Bzdelik said. "We had opportunities at the rim and we just flipped it up there."
Oregon State shot 23 of 45 from the field. Colorado was 24 of 55, and the Buffaloes had a 32-30 rebounding edge thanks to 15 offensive boards.
Oregon State took its first lead since 2-0 on a Cunningham layin with 12:37 in the second half to go up 46-45.
But Colorado quickly answered with four straight points to grab the lead back.
Cunningham's two free throws with 8:16 left capped a 6-0 run as Oregon State took a 56-53 lead, the Beavers' largest advantage to that point.
Colorado regained the lead at 67-64 on consecutive 3-pointers by Relphorde, the second with 2:33 left.