Starks' big second half guides Oregon State 83-69Colorado's Carlon Brown (30) lays the ball up as Oregon State's Eric Moreland (15) defends in the first half during an NCAA basketball game Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Ahmad Starks had all 18 of his points during an electrifying second half performance to lead Oregon State to an 83-69 win over Colorado Saturday, helping the Beavers clinch only their second winning season in 22 years.
Roberto Nelson added 16 points and Jared Cunningham had 15 for the Beavers (17-13, 7-11 Pac-12), in the final game of the regular season for both teams. Oregon State will be seeded either eighth or ninth in the Pac-12 tournament.
Askia Booker had 15 points and Andre Roberson added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Buffaloes, whose hopes for the fourth seed and corresponding first-round bye were dashed. The Buffs (19-11, 11-7) need one more win to achieve back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.
Starks, a point guard, scored 11 straight points during a stretch early in the second half.