THE GAME: Oregon State (5-2) looks for its fifth consecutive win at home when it hosts Towson (7-4) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Gill Coliseum.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with JB Long and Lamar Hurd calling the action.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action. It can also be heard on Sirius 92 and XM 190.
QUICKLY: Oregon State leads the nation in field goal percentage through Dec. 15 games at 54.9 percent (208-for-379) ... Oregon State scored 64 second-half points against Maryland Eastern Shore, its most in a half since Nov. 25, 1997 when the Beavers put up 67 in the first frame against UC San Diego ... The Beavers have made 50 percent or better of their field goal attempts in six consecutive games ... Roberto Nelson (24.7) and Devon Collier (22.7) sit atop the Pac-12 in scoring and are third and 11th in the nation, respectively, through Dec. 15 games ... Collier has scored 20-plus points in five consecutive games, the longest Oregon State streak since Gary Payton in 1990 ... Collier is second in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation in field goal percentage (.694) ... Angus Brandt is averaging 14.2 points and 6.0 rebounds and shooting 55.8 percent (24-of-43) from the field in games at Gill Coliseum.
vs. TOWSON: Oregon State and Towson meet for the third time in history with the series tied 1-1. The Beavers won the first meeting, 66-46, on Nov. 26, 2011 in Towson, Md., improving to 3-0 with President Barack Obama in attendance behind a team-high 15 points by Devon Collier. On Dec. 29, 2012, OSU had a 44-25 second-half lead before the Tigers rallied to send it to overtime. After Ahmad Starks hit a three-pointer to give Oregon State the lead, Marcus Damas hit an 18-foot game winner for a 67-66 victory. Jerrelle Benimon had 20 points and 21 rebounds for Towson, while Eric Moreland led the Beavers with 16 points and 18 rebounds.
Oregon State Career Scoring List
10. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 1,319
11. Brent Barry (1992-95) -- 1,304
12. Ray Blume (1978-81) -- 1,288
13. Jared Cunningham (2010-12) -- 1,271
14. Roberto Nelson (2011-present) -- 1,255
15. Cliff Crandall (1946-49) -- 1,248
t16. Brian Jackson (2000-03) -- 1,236
t16. Steve Woodside (1983-86) -- 1,236
18. Calvin Haynes (2008-11) -- 1,226
19. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 1,222
20. Freddie Boyd (1970-72) -- 1,221
NATION’S TOP SCORING TANDEM: Roberto Nelson (25.5) and Devon Collier (22.4) are the top scoring tandem in the nation through Dec. 15 games, averaging a combined 47.9 points. The top scoring tandem in a full season in Oregon State history is Mel Counts (26.7) and Jim Jarvis (13.9) at 40.6 points in 1963-64 (note courtesy of #MattStats).
Roberto Nelson (24.7) & Devon Collier (22.7) -- Oregon State (47.4)
Reger Dowell (22.2) & Brandon Edwards (19.7) -- Texas-Arlington (41.9)
Jabari Parker (22.1) & Rodney Hood (19.3) -- Duke (41.4)
Jelani Hewitt (22.0) & Tre Bussey (19.3) -- Georgia Southern (41.3)
MAKE IT 20+ AGAIN FOR DEVON: Devon Collier has scored 20-plus points in five consecutive games after going for a then career-high 29 at Maryland, 20 against SIUE, a career-best 32 at DePaul, 20 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 24 against Maryland Eastern Shore. It’s the longest streak by an Oregon State player since Gary Payton reeled off seven 20-plus point games from December 1989 to January 1990. The school record is nine by three players.
Oregon State Consecutive Games With 20+ Points
9 Jose Ortiz (March 1986 to December 1986)
9 Mel Counts (March 1963 to December 1964)
9 Swede Halbrook (December 1953)
8 Freddie Boyd (December 1971 to January 1972)
7 Gary Payton (December 1989 to January 1990)
7 Steve Johnson (February 1981 to March 1981)
7 Swede Halbrook (January 1955 to February 1955)
DEVON BACK TO SOPHOMORE FORM: Devon Collier is second in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation in field goal percentage through Dec. 15 games at 69.4 percent (50-for-72). Collier made just 51.2 percent (146-of-285) of his shots last season after leading the conference in field goal percentage as a sophomore at 61.5 percent (176-of-286).
DOUBLE DOWN FOR DEVON: Devon Collier has four double-doubles in his six games this season, which is tied for second in the Pac-12 even though the Beavers have played the least amount of games of any team in the conference. Entering this season, Collier had five double-doubles in 98 games. The lefty has been a beast on the boards, as he’s averaging 10.0 rebounds per game, which is tied for second in the Pac-12 through Dec. 15 games. Collier averaged 6.0 rebounds last season, 5.2 as a sophomore and 4.4 as a freshman.
MAKE IT 24 IN A ROW FOR ROBERTO: Roberto Nelson has scored in double figures in 24 consecutive games dating back to last season, which equals the 10th longest streak in Oregon State history. The school record is 89 games in a row by Mel Counts from 1961 to 1964. If Nelson is able to score in double figures in every game this season (guaranteed 31), he would end his college career third all-time with 49 straight with a chance to move up based on postseason play.
Oregon State Consecutive Games With 10+ Points
89 Mel Counts (December 1961 to March 1964)
50 Gary Payton (December 1988 to March 1990)
40 Scott Haskin (December 1991 to January 1993)
37 Freddie Boyd (December 1970 to January 1972)
33 Jose Ortiz (March 1986 to March 1987)
32 Dave Gambee (January 1957 to February 1958)
29 Philip Ricci (January 2002 to January 2003)
27 Corey Benjamin (January 1997 to January 1998)
25 Jim Jarvis (December 1964 to March 1965)
24 Roberto Nelson (January 2013 to present)
24 Vince Fritz (December 1967 to December 1969)
ROBERTO LIGHTING IT UP: Roberto Nelson led the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games last year at 19.1 per night, and he has a chance to lead the league in scoring in all games this season as he is currently first at 24.7, which is third in the nation through Dec. 15 games. The last Oregon State player to lead the Pac-10/12 in scoring was Gary Payton in 1989-90 when he finished with 25.7 points per game. The school record is 26.7 by Mel Counts in 1963-64.
POSSIBILITY TO JOIN ELITE COMPANY: Roberto Nelson is on pace to score 766 points in a guaranteed 31 games. That would be close to Oregon State’s single-season record of 775 that was set by Mel Counts in 1963-64. It would also move Nelson into fourth on Oregon State’s career scoring list with 1,848 points, trailing only Gary Payton (2,172), Steve Johnson (2,035) and Mel Counts (1,973) and ahead of A.C. Green (1,694). Those four players were All-Americans and have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at Gill Coliseum.
ANGUS PLAYING WELL AT HOME: Coming back from last year’s season-ending injury, Angus Brandt has played well at Gill Coliseum where he’s averaging 14.2 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 55.8 percent (24-of-43) from the field and 76.7 percent (23-of-30) from the free throw line. He has been tentative on the road, which is understandable since he suffered the injury away from Gill Coliseum, with averages of just 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds, while shooting 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from the field and 50 percent (1-of-2) from the stripe.
MISSING ERIC: Eric Moreland has to sit out seven 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.
VICTOR FILLING IN NICELY: Victor Robbins was put in the starting lineup to replace Eric Moreland, and he has responded nicely and shown his versatility. After scoring 26 points in 21 games as a freshman, Robbins has already scored 451points this season and posted a career high in nearly every statistical category, including points (12), rebounds (5) and minutes (27). He has been efficient on the offensive end, shooting 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the field while making at least half of his attempts in five of the six games.
MORELAND AND COLLIER’S OWN BLOCK PARTY: Eric Moreland (145) and Devon Collier (108) 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 is averaging 1.8 blocks per game this season and should finish his career third all-time at Oregon State.
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) -- 108
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
GOMIS CONTINUING TO IMPROVE: 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. After failing to get a statistical number in the opener, he has responded with 12 points, 20 rebounds and five blocked shots in the last six games, while making 66.7 percent (6-of-9) of his shots from the field. He had four points in each of the two road games and pulled down a career-high five rebounds against both DePaul and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
HALLICE STEPPING UP: Hallice Cooke has been the most consistent player early this season among Oregon State’s freshmen and he continues to get more comfortable each game. After playing only five minutes in the opener, Cooke has averaged 18.3 minutes in the six games since and is the team’s fifth-leading scorer over that span with 5.8 points per game, while shooting 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the field and 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from beyond the arc. He has also contributed 11 assists, 10 rebounds and nine steals over the past six games.
OLAF KNOCKS DOWN THREE FROM THREE: Olaf Schaftenaar found his groove against Maryland Eastern Shore by knocking down all three of his three-point attempts to tie a career high. It improved his season percentage from beyond the arc to 41.2 percent (7-of-17). When he shoots there’s a good chance it will be a three-ball, as 17 of his 23 shots have been from beyond the arc, while last season 97 of his 114 shots were three-pointers.
MALCOLM SEEING MORE TIME: After playing just one minute at Maryland, freshman guard Malcolm Duvivier has played 48 minutes in the last four games. He scored his first career points at Oregon State against SIUE and added a career-high three assists at DePaul. He had his breakout game against Maryland Eastern Shore going 3-for-4 from the field, including his first career three-pointer, for seven points. The potential to score is there as he had 17 points in an exhibition win over Concordia.
CHEIKH ALSO GETTING COMFORTABLE: Freshman Cheikh N’diaye is just the 10th 7-footer in history to play for Oregon State. After not playing in the season opener, N’diaye scored his first points as a Beaver on a layup in the first half against Portland. He has played in all six games since the opener and has made all six of his field goal attempts, including both shots in four minutes of action at DePaul.
BEAVS SHOOTING IT WELL: Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field in its last six games, including three consecutive games at 60 percent or better (64.0 percent vs. SIUE; 60.0 percent at DePaul; 60.0 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff). It looked like the streak would be broken when the Beavers shot 36.7 percent (11-for-30) in the first half against Maryland Eastern Shore, but they erupted for 64 points on 63.2 percent (24-for-38) to finish the game at 51.5 percent.
WIN AT MARYLAND: Oregon State’s 90-83 win over Maryland in College Park was big for several reasons. Not only was it the Beavers’ first-ever win over an ACC team on the road, but it snapped a 30-game non-conference home win streak by the Terps. It also improved Oregon State to 4-0 with President Barack Obama in attendance with the other wins coming at George Washington (64-57 on Nov. 28, 2009), at Howard (84-74 on Nov. 27, 2010) and at Towson (66-46 on Nov. 26, 2011).
HITTING THE CENTURY MARK: Oregon State hit the century mark for the 32nd time in school history when it scored 101 points in the win over SIUE. The Beavers have scored 100-plus points six times in the past three seasons after not reaching that figure from 1998 to 2010. The most 100-point games over a three-year span for the Beavers are eight between 1978-79 to 1980-81. In Gary Payton’s four years at Oregon State (1987-90) the Beavers scored 100-plus points four times.
COACH ROBINSON VICTORIES WATCH: With the win over Maryland, Craig Robinson moved past Jim Anderson (1990-95) as the fifth-winningest coach in Oregon State history and now has 82 victories in his sixth year with the Beavers. Robinson needs 10 more 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).
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 60-5 when leading (5-0 this year) and 4-67 (0-2 this year) when trailing with five minutes left on the clock.
BEAVERS SIGN THREE STUDENT-ATHLETES FOR 2014-15 SEASON: Chai Baker, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Malone, Fla., Isaiah Manderson, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center from Oldsmare, Fla., and Gary Payton II, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Las Vegas, Nev., all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Oregon State men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season. Baker attends Malone High School and is a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com and Rivals.com. Manderson attends Oldsmare Christian High School and is a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com. Payton II, the son of Oregon State legend Gary Payton, attends Salt Lake Community College.
SCHEDULE NOTES: 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 in Las Vegas for the second straight year.