BOULDER, Colo. — Basketball is a game of runs. Colorado had the last one and the final word Thursday.
Oregon State couldn’t answer the 20th-ranked Buffaloes’ 9-0 run midway through the second half, and Colorado held on for a 64-58 win in the Pac-12 men’s basketball opener for both teams.
That 9-0 run came after Oregon State (8-5, 0-1) had put together a 12-2 stretch and tied the game at 40-all on a fourth straight free throw by Roberto Nelson with 10:35 remaining.
The Buffaloes (12-2, 1-0) came back with nine straight points.
The Beavers would get as close as five, at 61-56, on Malcolm Duvivier’s 3-pointer with 2:17 left.
Oregon State shot 18 of 48 from the floor for a season-low 37.5 percent and committed 17 turnovers, including 12 in the first half.
Colorado went on an 18-7 run during a seven-minute stretch between the end of the first half and beginning of the second to go ahead 38-28.
But it was poor shooting and turnovers the Beavers were able to mask earlier in the game that started to take their toll on the scoreboard.
Five different players scored in the Beavers’ ensuing 12-2 run.
Nelson had a game-high 23 points and made all 10 of his free throws, though he shot 5 of 14 from the field.
Devon Collier added eight points and eight rebounds, and Eric Moreland returned from his 12-game suspension to start the season with two points and 10 rebounds.
The Beavers tied a season high with eight 3-pointers, including three by Nelson and two each by Malcolm Duvivier and Langston Morris-Walker.
Askia Booker, Jaron Hopkins and Josh Scott had 13 points apiece for Colorado.
Oregon State had a 37-34 rebounding edge but also had more turnovers, 17-7.
Oregon State’s streak of losses to Top 25 teams on the road reached 66, dating back to a victory against Washington in January 1985. The Beavers have one win against ranked teams in their last 36 tries.