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Beavers Win Their First-Ever Pac-12 Tournament Title

Al Powers

Oregon State won their first ever Pac-12 Tournament title after downing Colorado 70-68 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The win punched OSU’s ticket to the NCAA Tournament which begins on March 18.

Maurice Calloo scored 15 points in the win, while Jarod Lucas added 14 for the Beavers. OSU sank nine three-pointers and were 68% in free throw attempts.

In the Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll, Oregon State was picked to finish dead last in the conference. The ended their regular season 6th in the conference and entered the Pac-12 Tournament as a No. 5 seed. In the regular season, Colorado won both of the head-to-head matchups.

Credit Al Powers / Pac-12
Beavers Coach Wayne Tinkle celebrates with Ethan Thompson and Zach Reichle after their 70-68 win over Colorado at the Pac-12 Tournament on March 13, 2021.

The Beavers advanced to Saturday’s title game after their 75-64 win over regular-season Pac 12 champs and the tournament’s top-seed, Oregon, on Friday night.

This year's trip to the NCAA Tournament will be the Beavers' first since 2016 when they were knocked out in the first round. The tournament bracket will be determined on Selection Sunday,  March 14.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.
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