Colorado Opens Up Pac-12 Play With 64-58 Win Over Oregon St.

Jaron Hopkins had a career-high 13 points of off the bench for Colorado tonight. - Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Spor

The Buffs beat Oregon St. 64-58 and won their first game in conference play.

It was an ugly performance, but the Buffs overcame struggles on both sides of the ball and beat Oregon St. 64-58 at the Coors Event Center tonight. In conference play, it doesn't matter how teams win as long as they win and that's just what Colorado did. They're not going to beat the better teams in the conference with games like this, but they managed to win despite a subpar performance. Jaron Hopkins had a career-high 13 points off of the bench while Josh Scott and Askia Booker added 13 as well. Roberto Nelson led the Beavers with 23 points and no other player on Oregon St. finished with double figures. The win gives the Buffs a 12-2 record and a 1-0 start to Pac-12 play and Tad Boyle's team remains undefeated at the Coors Event Center this season.

Things the Buffaloes did well:

The Buffaloes came out with a ton of energy in the second half and were able to maintain control of the game for the final 20 minutes. Their defense was better after the break compared to the first half and they forced the Beavers to commit 17 turnovers throughout the game. As a team, Colorado had nine steals. Josh Scott picked up another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Askia Booker went 3-of-10 from the field, but had four steals, four rebounds and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and continued his strong play as of late.

Things the Buffaloes struggled with:

In the first half, Colorado came out with no energy and it looked like the game was going to be a repeat of the last time Oregon St. came to the Coors Event Center. The Buffs never play well against zone defense, but fared worse than usual tonight and failed to get inside the Beavers' defense and settled around the perimeter. They shot 38 percent from the field and were much worse from beyond the arc shooting 5-of-20 from three. The free throw struggles were back for Colorado as well as they went 17-of-27 from the charity stripe.

The defense wasn't much better. Oregon St. had many open looks from three and the Buffs lost their men constantly. As a result, the Beavers were 8-of-15 from beyond the arc. They didn't do a good job boxing out either and allowed Oregon St. to pick up 12 offensive rebounds and were out rebounded for the game 37-34.

Spencer Dinwiddie had one of his poorer games of the season and finished with 9 points on 2-of-9 shooting. Aside from two putback dunks, Xavier Johnson was a non-factor. He had nine rebounds, but offensively couldn't do much and had 9 points on 3-of-10 shooting.

Up Next:

Colorado takes on No. 10 Oregon at the Coors Event Center at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Colorado shouldn't play as badly as they did tonight against Oregon, but if they do, the Buffs will suffer their first loss at home this year and the Ducks will remain undefeated.

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