Beavs Set For First-Ever Meeting With Terps
THE GAME: Oregon State (1-1) and Maryland (1-1) will face each other for the first time in history when the Beavers travel to College Park, Md., for a 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET) tilt on Sunday.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Eamon McAnaney and Len Elmore calling the action.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Scott Lynn calling the action. Maryland’s radio broadcast can be heard on SiriusXM 91.
vs. MARYLAND: Oregon State and Maryland will meet for the first time in history. The Beavers are 10-15 all-time against the current ACC with the most recent win coming on Nov. 28, 1999 against Clemson, 53-35, at the SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament in Greenville, S.C. OSU has never had a “true” road win against a team when it was a member of the ACC, although the Beavers beat North Carolina, 65-53, in Raleigh, N.C. in 1953, which was considered a neutral site game because it was part of the Dixie Classic. Here’s a look at Oregon State’s 10 wins against the current ACC and record against each team (thanks to #MattStats):
Dec. 22, 1950 - OSU 61, Pittsburgh 36 - Corvallis, Ore.
Dec. 23, 1950 - OSU 53, Pittsburgh 34 - Corvallis, Ore.
Dec. 30, 1953 - OSU 65, North Carolina 53 - Dixie Classic (Raleigh, N.C.)
Dec. 1, 1969 - OSU 86, Miami 81 - at Miami, Fla.
Dec. 29, 1975 - OSU 78, Florida State 75 - Far West Classic (Portland Ore.)
Dec. 22, 1976 - OSU 71, North Carolina State 61 - Far West Classic (Portland, Ore.)
Dec. 29, 1979 - OSU 72, Clemson 67 - Far West Classic (Portland, Ore.)
Dec. 26, 1981 - OSU 88, Pittsburgh 58 - Far West Classic (Portland, Ore.)
Dec. 30, 1988 - OSU 72, Clemson 58 - Far West Classic (Portland, Ore.)
Nov. 28, 1999 - OSU 53, Clemson 35 - SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament (Greenville, S.C.)
Boston College 0-0, Clemson 3-1, Duke 0-2, Florida State 1-2, Georgia Tech 0-0, Maryland 0-0, Miami 1-0, North Carolina 1-3, North Carolina State 1-4, Notre Dame 0-2, Pittsburgh 3-0, Syracuse 0-0, Virginia 0-0, Virginia Tech 0-0, Wake Forest 0-1.
QUICKLY: Roberto Nelson is averaging 30.0 points per game (career-high 36 vs. Coppin State; 24 vs. Portland) and has scored in double figures in 19 consecutive games dating back to last season ... Nelson tied a career high with seven assists against the Pilots ... Devon Collier (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Angus Brandt (13 points, 10 rebounds) both had a double-double in the win over Portland; it was the sixth for Collier and second for Brandt ... Collier needs one more blocked shot to reach 100 in his career ... Daniel Gomis, Hallice Cooke and Cheikh N’diaye all scored their first career points against Portland; Cooke finished with nine points and three steals ... With the win over Portland, Craig Robinson now has 79 in his career at Oregon State to tie Jim Anderson (1990-95) for the fifth most in school history ... Eric Moreland is suspended for the first 14 regular-season games for a violation of team rules.
SCHEDULE NOTES: For the second consecutive year, every regular-season game will be televised ... The Beavers will host the 4th Annual Nike N7 Game presented by Spirit Mountain Casino on Tuesday, Nov. 26 against SIU-Edwardsville ... Oregon State will play DePaul for the second time in history and the first time since 1945 (59-40 loss in Chicago) on Sunday, Dec. 1 in Chicago, Ill. ... The Beavers will open the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic against Akron on Sunday, Dec. 22 in Honolulu; other teams in the field include Boise State, George Mason, Hawai’i, Iowa State, Saint Mary’s and South Carolina ... With the 18-game conference schedule, Oregon State will “miss” home games against Colorado and Utah and road games at California and Stanford ... The Beavers open Pac-12 play at Colorado and Utah and finish league play at home against the Arizona schools ... The Pac-12 Tournament will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the second straight year; game dates are Wednesday, March 12 to Saturday, March 15.
1,000-POINT CLUB: Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Joe Burton all joined the exclusive 1,000-point club last season. It was just the second time in Oregon State history that a team had three 1,000-point scorers; the other being the 1980-81 squad that was ranked No. 1 in the nation:
ROBERTO LIGHTING IT UP: Roberto Nelson scored 36 points in the second exhibition game and he reached that total in the season opener against Coppin State to set a new career high (his previous best was 34 points in a pair of games). It’s just the 25th time an Oregon State player has scored 36 or more in a game, and the highest total since Jared Cunningham had 37 against Texas on Nov. 19, 2011. After going for 24 in the win over Portland, Nelson is averaging 30.0 points through the first two games. It’s probably too early to look this up, but the Oregon State single-season record is 26.7 by Mel Counts in 1963-64.
POSSIBILITY TO JOIN ELITE COMPANY: If Roberto Nelson equals his scoring output from last season (569), he will move into fifth on Oregon State’s career scoring list with 1,641 points and trail only four players who have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at Gill Coliseum -- Gary Payton (2,172), Steve Johnson (2,035), Mel Counts (1,973) and A.C. Green (1,694). Charlie Sitton is currently fifth on the list with 1,561 points.
ROBERTO SETS SCORING MARK: Roberto Nelson became the first Oregon State player since Gary Payton in 1990 to lead the Pac-12 in scoring in conference play last season. Nelson averaged 19.1 points in 18 conference games (Jahii Carson of Arizona State was second at 17.8) with 111 field goals, 30 triples and 91 free throws for 343 points. Nelson led the team with 27 double-figure scoring games, including 17 in a row to end the season. The Glove averaged a ridiculous 25.2 points per game when he led the league in 1990.
ANGUS BACK TO FORM: After suffering an isolated tear of the ACL in his right knee in the fourth game last season, Angus Brandt saw his first playing time in 359 days when he got the start against Coppin State. The Aussie was tentative in the first half with just two points and one rebound, but he looked like the old Angus in the second half with 11 points and six rebounds to finish with 13 and 7. He posted his second career double-double against Portland when he finished with 13 points and 10 boards (the first came against Alabama last season in the 2K Sports Classic). Prior to the injury, which occurred at Madison Square Garden against Purdue, Brandt was playing the best basketball of his career, averaging 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He is averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season and has an average of 11.8 and 8.5 if you include the four games he played last season and the first two games of his redshirt senior campaign.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT DEVON: Lost among the scoring of Jared Cunningham and Roberto Nelson the past two seasons has been the consistency of Devon Collier. The lefty scored 1,086 points in his first three seasons, while shooting a solid 56.7 percent (396-for-699) from the field. That total put him 28th on Oregon State’s career scoring list (one spot above Roberto Nelson), and if he’s able to equal the 404 points he scored last season, he will move into seventh all-time.
DEVON IS BACK: After serving a three-game suspension (two exhibition games and season opener), Devon Collier returned to the lineup against Portland and responded with the sixth double-double of his career with 11 points and 11 rebounds. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, as the lefty is one of the most consistent and diverse players in the country. Among the Pac-12’s active leaders entering the season, Collier was second in points (1,086), third in steals (91) and fourth in rebounds (511) and blocks (97).
MISSING ERIC: While Devon Collier returned from his suspension, Eric Moreland has to sit out 13 more games due to a violation of team rules, leaving Oregon State without one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in school history. All he did last year was: 1) break his own Oregon State single-season blocked shots record (73); 2) set the school record with 2.52 blocks per game; 3) become just the 10th OSU player all-time, and the first since Mel Counts in 1964, to average double-figure rebounds (10.6); 4) post 12 double-doubles despite missing three games. He finished second in the Pac-12 in rebounding, blocked shots and double-doubles and third in field goal percentage (.574), and earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention.
MORELAND AND COLLIER’S OWN BLOCK PARTY: Eric Moreland (145) and Devon Collier (99) are second and fifth, respectively, on Oregon State’s career blocks list, making them the best shot blocking tandem in school history. When Moreland returns from his suspension on Jan. 9 against Stanford, he will need to average only 1.6 blocks in a guaranteed 17 games to become the school’s all-time leader. Collier had 46 blocked shots as a sophomore, which would move him into third on the career list if he can match that total.
Oregon State Career Blocked Shots List
1. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 172
2. Eric Moreland (2011-present) -- 145
3. Steve Johnson (1979-81) -- 114
4. Nick DeWitz (2005-06) -- 111
5. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 99
Oregon State Single-Season Blocked Shots List
1. Eric Moreland (2012-13) -- 73
2. Eric Moreland (2011-12) -- 69
3. Scott Haskin (1991-92) -- 68
4. Nick DeWitz (2005-06) -- 59
5. Nick DeWitz (2004-05) -- 52
6. Scott Haskin (1992-93) -- 51
IT’S CHALLE’S TIME: Challe Barton started the final 11 games last season and got the starting nod in the first two games this season. He had seven points and three assists in the season opener and knocked down 1-of-3 from beyond the arc. Barton averaged 1.8 points and made 1-of-9 shots from the three-point line in his 21 games as a reserve last season, but increased that to 5.0 points per game while knocking down 12-of-31 from beyond the arc as a starter. Roberto Nelson benefitted the most with Barton as the starter by averaging 20.5 points per game.
TIME TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP: Oregon State’s four sophomores -- Langston Morris-Walker, Jarmal Reid, Victor Robbins and Olaf Schaftenaar -- all showed flashes last season, but also had their growing pains as true freshmen. They will each get their chance to shine this season, and they all bring something different to the table. Robbins got his first career start in the season opener and had a career high in nearly every statistical category, including points (11), rebounds (5) and steals (2). Reid also got the start and finished with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Schaftenaar hit two important three-pointers in the second half of the season opener and had career highs with six rebounds, two steals and 31 minutes. Morris-Walker only played one minute in each of the first two games.
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME FOR GOMIS: Daniel Gomis sat out his freshman season after breaking his left leg in his native Senegal. He also missed last season after getting surgery on that leg, but he finally made his college debut in the season opener against Coppin State. He was unable to get a number on the box score in the opener, but he did much better in the second game by scoring his first career points (on a putback after an offensive rebound), pulled down his first rebound (finished with three), dished out his first assist and swatted his first shot. After the long layoff, he continues to get better, and more confident, each day.
WITH FIVE MINUTES TO PLAY: The last four seasons have proven having the lead with five minutes to play is critical for Oregon State. Counting this season, the Beavers are 56-5 when leading (1-0 this year) and 4-66 (0-1 this year) when trailing with five minutes left on the clock.
OREGON STATE NUMBERS TO LOOK AT FROM LAST SEASON: 14-2 when leading with five minutes to play; 0-15 when trailing ... 13-8 when leading at halftime; 1-10 when trailing ... 4-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field; 0-6 when shooting less than 40 percent ... 6-0 when scoring more than 80 points; 4-13 when scoring less than 70.
OH, SO CLOSE: Oregon State lost seven games by four points or less last season, with five of them coming in Pac-12 play. Three of the losses were by one point (vs. Towson, at USC, vs. California), three were by three points (vs. Alabama, vs. Washington State, at California) and one was by four points (vs. Colorado). On the flip side, the Beavers had only one win in games decided by four points or less, a 67-66 victory at Washington State.
A LOOK AT BOTH HALVES: Oregon State had the halftime lead in 10 Pac-12 games last season, but was unable to hold it in losses to Oregon, Washington State, California, Colorado, Washington, Stanford and Oregon again. In those seven losses, the Beavers outscored their opponents 252-223 (36.0-31.9) in the first half, but were outscored 309-227 (44.1-32.4) in the second frame. The biggest discrepancy was free throws, as opponents went a combined 21-for-34 in the first 20 minutes, but 83-for-106 after the break. If the Beavers were able to hold those leads, they would have been 11-7 in Pac-12 play instead of 4-14.
WHAT THE BEAVERS WILL MISS: Gone from last season’s roster are Joe Burton, who graduated, and Ahmad Starks, who transferred to Illinois to be closer to his family. Both players had a unique game that will be hard to replace. Burton, a 6-foot-7, 300-plus pound power forward, led the team in assists the past three seasons and became the first Oregon State player in history to record at least 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 300 assists. He missed only one game in his career, playing in 130 total, to tie him with Josh Tarver for the most in school history. Starks, who was listed at 5-foot-9, finished his Oregon State career as the all-time leader in three-pointers made (185) and three-pointers attempted (505).
COACH ROBINSON VICTORIES WATCH: With the win over Portland, Craig Robinson moved into a tie with Jim Anderson (1990-95) as the fifth-winningest coach in Oregon State history with 79 victories. Robinson needs 14 wins this season to pass Paul Valenti, who had 91 from 1965-70. Slats Gill holds the school record with 599 wins (1929-64), while Ralph Miller is second with 359 (1971-89) and Bog Hager is third with 115 (1923-28).
FRESHMEN GUARDS: Oregon State’s freshmen guards -- Hallice Cooke and Malcolm Duvivier -- were the talk during the preseason practices. Cooke had his breakout game against Portland with nine points, on 4-of-5 shooting, three steals, two rebounds and an assist. He got his first career points on a fast break layup after a steal in the first half and made several big plays in the second half, including back-to-back buckets after a pair of steals that helped the Beavers pull away for the win. Duvivier hasn’t scored yet this season, but he showed his potential when he scored 17 points, going 7-for-8 from the field, in the second exhibition game against Concordia.
OREGON STATE 7-FOOTERS: Freshman Cheikh N’diaye, who was ranked the 36th best center in the nation by ESPN.com, is just the 10th 7-footer in history to play for Oregon State. N’diaye scored his first points for the Beavers on a layup in the first half against Portland and added a steal in his first career appearance in an Oregon State uniform. Here is the full list of 7-footers that have played at Oregon State:
HEIGHT -- NAME -- YEARS -- HOMETOWN
7-3 -- Swede Halbrook -- 1954-55 -- Portland, Ore.
7-3 -- Liam Hughes -- 2005-07 -- Hullbridge, England
7-1 -- Johan Reinalda -- 1988-89 -- Akkrum, Netherlands
7-0 -- Phil Shadoin -- 1955 -- Corvallis, Ore.
7-0 -- Mel Counts -- 1962-64 -- Coos Bay, Ore.
7-0 -- Vic Bartolome -- 1968-70 -- Santa Barbara, Calif.
7-0 -- Dean Hart -- 1982 -- Susanville, Calif.
7-0 -- Greg Wiltjer -- 1982 -- Victoria, British Columbia
7-0 -- George von Backstrom -- 1999-00 -- Pretoria, South Africa
7-0 -- Cheikh N’diaye -- Present -- Dakar, Senegal
EXPANSION CREW: Coach Robinson calls his four walk-ons the “Expansion Crew” as they do a lot of the dirty work on the scout team in practice. Veterans Daniel Jones, C.J. Mitchell and Michael Moyer return for their senior seasons, and will be joined by true freshman Alex Roth. A native of Salem, Ore., Roth led the state in scoring at 28.5 points per game last season, and added 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists, to earn Statesman Journal All-Mid-Valley boys basketball player of the year honors.
OTHER NEW FACES: Oregon State will not only have four newcomers on the court this season, but will have a pair of new faces on the bench. Freddie Owens, who served as an assistant coach at the University of Montana the past four seasons and was a standout guard at the University of Wisconsin, was named an assistant coach in June to replace David Grace who left to UCLA. Joe Kennedy, who served as the Director of Operations at Northwestern University the past three seasons, was added to the staff as a newly-created Director of Player Personnel.