CORVALLIS — McKinley Wright IV scored 21 points and moved to No. 7 on Colorado’s career scoring list as the Buffaloes beat Oregon State 61-57 in a Pac-12 basketball game on Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.
Colorado won its fifth conference road game of the season, its most since the 1961-62 season.
Wright passed Josh Scott (1,709 points, 2012-16) and Stevie Wise (1,717, 1987-91), finishing the night at 1,718 career points. He scored the Buffaloes’ first 11 points of the second half and finished with 15 after halftime.
Evan Battey added 10 points for the Buffaloes (17-7, 11-6 Pac-12), who never trailed in the second half.
The Beavers (11-11, 7-9) tied it at 35 early in the second half and closed the deficit back to 44-43 before Colorado pulled away with an 11-2 run to lead by 10 with 4:19 left. Oregon State got no closer than the final score.
Ethan Thompson had 18 points and seven assists for the Beavers, moving past Deaundra Tanner (457 assists, 1998-01) and Darryl Flowers (457, 1983-86) to No. 3 on Oregon State’s career assists list at 462. Thompson made two steals.
Warith Alatishe added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who who had their five-game home winning streak snapped. Roman Silva chipped in eight points and five boards. OSU shot 36% from the field, 27% from 3-point range and 75% from the charity stripe.
Colorado hosts No. 17 Southern California and Oregon State travels to California on Thursday (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network).