The fifth-seeded Colorado Buffaloes rode sophomore Spencer Dinwiddie and his 20 points to victory over the 12th-seeded Oregon St. Beavers, advancing to the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament with a 74-68 win on Wednesday evening.
The Buffalos went into halftime with a six-point lead, but couldn't shake the Beavers too easily. Slowly but surely, Colorado was able to extend the lead to 11 with about five minutes remaining in the second half to bolster their case come Selection Sunday. The Beavers mounted a late three-point shooting campaign, but ultimately fell short.
It was an ugly game, with neither team shooting particularly well until the final minutes. Oregon State finished shooting 39.7 percent from the field, and Colorado hit 39.3 percent of their shots. Dinwiddie was helped by a nice game from freshman forward Xavier Johnson, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Andre Roberson, who was just recently cleared to play after missing the final two regular season game with a viral illness, finished the game with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Junior guard Roberto Nelson finished with a team-high 20 points for the Beavers, but needed 18 shots to get there. It was the end of the line for the Beavers, who finished tied with Washington St. at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings at 4-14.
With the win, the Buffaloes advance to the second round of the Pac-12 tournament to face off against the fourth-seeded Arizona Wildcats. Chris Dobbertean with SB Nation pegged the Buffalos as a nine-seed in his latest bracket, and many people have put the Buffalos on the right side of the bubble lately. Any wins from here on out just help their seeding.