THE GAME: Oregon State (6-2) will open the eight-team Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic against the Akron Zips (5-2) at 4:30 p.m. PST (2:30 p.m. HST) on Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on Christmas Day.
Other teams in the tournament include Boise State, George Mason, Hawai’i, Iowa State, Saint Mary’s and South Carolina. Six of the teams the Beavers could face in the Diamond Head Classic advanced to postseason play last season.
Oregon State will play either George Mason or Iowa State in the second round on Monday.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN. ESPNU will carry eight of the tournament games, including all four first-round games. ESPN2 will air the third-place game and the championship game on Wednesday, Dec. 25, along with the one of the semifinals on Monday, Dec. 23.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on ESPNU with Kanoa Leahey and Dino Gaudio 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 SiriusXM 91.
QUICKLY: Oregon State is second in the nation in field goal percentage at 53.7 percent (233-for-434) ... The Beavers are fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring (84.4), third in assists (17.5) and second in steals (8.0) ... Oregon State has started the season 6-2 for the third consecutive year ... Roberto Nelson (22.1) and Devon Collier (21.3) are first and second, respectively, in the Pac-12 in scoring ... Collier is third in the Pac-12 in rebounding (9.6) and fourth in field goal percentage (.647) ... Nelson had his streak of games scoring in double figures end at 24 against Towson ... Angus Brandt scored a career-high 27 points in the win over Towson ... Hallice Cooke has knocked down six of his last nine shots from beyond the arc ... Challe Barton and Victor Robbins each had a career-high six rebounds against Towson ... Eric Moreland is suspended for the first 14 regular-season games for a violation of team rules.
vs. AKRON: This is the first-ever meeting between Oregon State and Akron.
BEAVERS IN HAWAI’I: This will be the fifth time in the modern era that Oregon State has played a tournament in Hawai’i with the Beavers holding a record of 8-4 on the islands.
1997-98 (Hilo, Hawai’i)
Dec. 28 vs. Hawaii-Hilo (W, 79-68)
Dec. 29 vs. Kent State (W, 76-68)
Dec. 30 vs. Boise State (W, 71-60)
1998-99 Pearl Harbor Classic (Laie, Hawai’i)
Dec. 21 vs. BYU-Hawaii (W, 50-45)
Dec. 22 vs. Alabama (L, 49-59)
Dec. 23 vs. Tulsa (L, 57-59)
2000-2001 Big Island Invitational (Hilo, Hawai’i)
Dec. 24 vs. Appalachian State (W, 60-37)
Dec. 25 vs. Long Beach State (W, 78-66)
Dec. 26 vs. Oklahoma (L, 60-78)
2005-2006 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawai’i)
Dec. 21 vs. Northwestern State (L, 61-72)
Dec. 22 vs. South Florida (W, 61-56)
Dec. 23 vs. Western Michigan (W, 73-68)
PRESIDENT OBAMA IN ATTENDANCE: There’s a possibility President Barack Obama and the First Family will attend some of Oregon State’s games in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. If so, that’s good news for the Beavers as they are 4-0 all-time with the President in attendance, including a 1-0 record this year when Oregon State defeated an ACC team on the road for the first time in school history with a 90-83 win over Maryland. Here are the four victories:
Nov. 28, 2009 -- Oregon State 64, George Washington 57
Nov. 27, 2010 -- Oregon State 84, Howard 74
Nov. 26, 2011 -- Oregon State 66, Towson 46
Nov. 17, 2013 -- Oregon State 90, Maryland 83
ROBERTO’S STREAK ENDS AT 24: When Roberto Nelson was ejected in the first half against Towson for a flagrant 2 foul, he had only four points at the time, which ended his streak at 24 consecutive games scoring in double figures. It still equals the 10th longest streak in Oregon State history, and as he said, he can start a new streak with a minimum of 23 games left on the schedule.
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)
DEVON’S STREAK ALSO COMES TO AN END: Devon Collier had 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. But he finished the Towson game with just 13 points to end his streak at five, which was the longest by an Oregon State player since Gary Payton reeled off seven 20-plus point games from Dec. 1989 to Jan. 1990.
NATION’S TOP SCORING TANDEM: Despite combining for only 17 points against Towson, Roberto Nelson (22.1) and Devon Collier (21.3) are still the top scoring tandem in the nation through Dec. 18 games, averaging a combined 43.4 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 (22.1) & Devon Collier (21.3) -- Oregon State (43.4)
Reger Dowell (22.9) & Brandon Edwards (19.0) -- Texas-Arlington (41.9)
Shawn Long (21.6) & Elfrid Payton (19.7) -- Louisiana-Lafayette (41.3)
Jabari Parker (22.0) & Rodney Hood (18.9) -- Duke (40.9)
Jelani Hewitt (21.4) & Tre Bussey (19.0) -- Georgia Southern (40.4)
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) -- 1,259
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
BIG NIGHT FOR ANGUS: Angus Brandt proved the Beavers have more than two players on the roster who can score, as he dropped in a career-high 27 points against Towson, the third time in his career he has scored 20-plus points. 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. People keep asking if he’s “back” and the big night against Towson proved he might be back for good.
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 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 58.6 percent (34-of-58) from the field and 76.3 percent (29-of-38) from the free throw line. He has been tentative on the road, which is understandable since he suffered the injury happened at Madison Square Garden, 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.
DEVON BACK TO SOPHOMORE FORM: Devon Collier is fourth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage through Dec. 18 games at 64.7 percent (55-for-85), which is comparable to his sophomore campaign when he led the conference at 61.5 percent (176-of-286). He struggled last year, in his junior season, when he finished the season at 51.2 percent (146-of-285).
DOUBLE DOWN FOR DEVON: Devon Collier has four double-doubles in his seven 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 9.6 rebounds per game, which is third in the Pac-12 through Dec. 18 games. Collier averaged 6.0 rebounds last season, 5.2 as a sophomore and 4.4 as a freshman.
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 22.1, which is 13th in the nation through Dec. 18 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 685 points in a guaranteed 31 games. That would move him into fourth on Oregon State’s career scoring list with 1,767 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.
MISSING ERIC: Eric Moreland has to sit out six 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 58 points this season and posted a career high in nearly every statistical category, including points (12), rebounds (6), assists (5) and minutes (31). He has been efficient on the offensive end, shooting 50.0 percent (19-of-38) from the field while making at least half of his attempts in six of the eight games.
BIG GAME FOR CHALLE: Challe Barton has started 19 consecutive games dating back to last season and he had perhaps his best all-around game against Towson with eight points, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, a career-high six rebounds and a career-high tying six assists with only two turnovers in 31 minutes of action.
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 14 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the last seven games, while making 54.5 percent (6-of-11) 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 19.3 minutes in the seven games since and is the team’s fifth-leading scorer over that span with 6.3 points per game, while shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from beyond the arc. He also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:02 against Towson to help secure the win.
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 64 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 played in the next six games 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 shot 50 percent or better from the field in six consecutive games, including three straight 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.
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 61-5 when leading (6-0 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.