Colorado beats Oregon State 74-68 at Pac-12

Colorado beats Oregon State 74-68 at Pac-12

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 13: Andre Roberson #21 of the Colorado Buffaloes is defended by Challe Barton #4 of the Oregon State Beavers in the second half during the first round of the Pac 12 Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Colorado defeated Oregon State 74-68. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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by By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer

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Posted on March 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 11:09 AM

 LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 points and Colorado picked up a much-needed win at the Pac-12 tournament, holding off Oregon State 74-68 in the first round on Wednesday.

Colorado (21-10) needed a couple of wins in Las Vegas to boost its NCAA chances and got off to a good start by dominating Oregon State defensively most of the second half.

Xavier Johnson had 16 points and Andre Roberson 12 for the fifth-seeded Buffaloes, who moved on to face No. 4 seed Arizona in Thursday's quarterfinals.

Oregon State (14-18), the No. 12 seed, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Pac-12 tournament history by knocking off top-seeded Washington last year and dimmed Colorado's NCAA hopes with a win in Boulder last weekend.

The Beavers fell short of repeating either performance by struggling against Colorado's defense, hitting 7 of 25 from 3-point range.

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