THE GAME: Oregon State (7-4) returns home for its final non-conference game of the season and last game in 2013 when it hosts Quinnipiac (6-4) at 8 p.m. on Sunday at Gill Coliseum.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Roxy Bernstein and Lamar Hurd calling the action.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action.
QUICKLY: Angus Brandt, who suffered an injury against Akron in the opening game of the Diamond Head Classic, will be a game-time decision ... Oregon State is fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (.512) through Dec. 27 games ... Roberto Nelson became the 12th player in Oregon State history to reach the 1,300-point mark and is now 10th on the school’s career scoring list ... Nelson continues to lead the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.6 points per game ... Devon Collier already has as many double-doubles this season (5) as he did in his first three seasons combined ... In the past three games, Daniel Gomis has posted career highs in points (9), rebounds (8), assists (2), blocked shots (5), steals (2) and minutes played (33) ... Challe Barton is averaging 8.5 points and shooting 50 percent from the field in the past four games ... Freshman Hallice Cooke leads the Beavers in three-point percentage (.462).
vs. QUINNIPIAC: This is the first-ever meeting between Oregon State and Quinnipiac.
MOVING ON UP: Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier both continue to move up Oregon State’s career scoring list. Nelson, who entered the season with 1,082 career points, is on pace for 670 points in a guaranteed 31 games, which would give him 1,752 and move him into fourth. Collier, who entered the season with 1,086 points, is on pace for 561 in his 30 games, which would give him 1,647 and move him into sixth. They also have a chance to combine to be the highest-scoring teammates in Oregon State history, passing A.C. Green and Charlie Sitton.
Oregon State Career Scoring List
1. Gary Payton (1987-90) -- 2,172
2. Steve Johnson (1977-81) -- 2,035
3. Mel Counts (1962-64) -- 1,973
4. A.C. Green (1982-85) -- 1,694
5. Charlie Sitton (1981-84) -- 1,561
6. Dave Gambee (1956-58) -- 1,468
7. Eric Knox (1985-89) -- 1,407
8. Deaundra Tanner (1998-01) -- 1,399
9. Mark Radford (1978-81) -- 1,390
10. Roberto Nelson (2011-present) -- 1,320
11. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 1,319
12. Brent Barry (1992-95) -- 1,304
13. Ray Blume (1978-81) -- 1,288
14. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 1,273
15. Jared Cunningham (2010-12) -- 1,271
THE 1-2 PUNCH OF NELSON & COLLIER: Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier have been among the top scoring tandems in the nation all season, and even held the top spot for more than two weeks. They are currently fourth through Dec. 27 games at 40.3 points per game. 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).
Reger Dowell (22.3) & Brandon Edwards (19.3) -- Texas-Arlington (41.6)
Shawn Long (21.2) & Elfrid Payton (19.9) -- Louisiana-Lafayette (41.1)
Jabari Parker (22.1) & Rodney Hood (18.5) -- Duke (40.6)
Roberto Nelson (21.6) & Devon Collier (18.7) -- Oregon State (40.3)
Dyami Starks (22.8) & Alex Francis (17.2) -- Bryant (40.0)
INJURY UPDATE ON ANGUS: Angus Brandt fell to the floor in the opening minutes of the second half against Akron, and everyone assumed he had torn the ACL in his right knee for the second straight year. The injury ended up being a hyper-extension of the knee, meaning he is day-to-day, although he sat out the George Mason and Hawai’i games as a precaution. Brandt suffered an isolated tear of the ACL in his right knee on Nov. 16, 2012 against Purdue in the 2K Sports Classic in New York and was forced to miss the remainder of the season. He will be a game-time decision against Quinnipiac.
ANGUS AT HOME vs. ON THE ROAD: Angus Brandt has played much better basketball in the comforts of Gill Coliseum than on the road, as he continues to work hard to return to form after last year’s season-ending injury:
Home: 16.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 58.6 FG% (34-for-58), 76.3% FT% (29-for-38)
Road: 4.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 33.3 FG% (3-9, 50.0 FT% (1-2)
ROBERTO HOT FROM THE STRIPE: Roberto Nelson knocked down 29-of-31 (93.5 percent) free throws in the three games in Hawai’i to improve his free throw percentage to 86.0 percent (80-of-93) and move him into sixth in the Pac-12 through Dec. 27 games. He went 10-for-10 against George Mason, which is just the 11th time in Oregon State history a player has been perfect from the stripe with a minimum of 10 attempts. The list includes some of the all-time Beaver greats, and Nelson is the only player on there twice:
15-for-15 Jared Cunningham vs. George Washington (Dec. 18, 2010)
14-for-14 Steve Johnson vs. Washington (Jan. 24, 1981)
12-for-12 Brent Barry vs. BYU (Dec. 29, 1992)
12-for-12 A.C. Green vs. Tennessee State (Dec. 27, 1982)
12-for-12 Vince Fritz vs. UCLA (Feb. 17, 1968)
11-for-11 Lonnie Shelton vs. Oregon (March 8, 1975)
11-for-11 Mel Counts vs. California (Dec. 14, 1962)
11-for-11 Terry Baker vs. Oregon (Feb. 4, 1961)
11-for-11 Bob Jacobson vs. Seattle (Dec. 30, 1960)
10-for-10 Roberto Nelson vs. George Mason (Dec. 23, 2013)
10-for-10 Roberto Nelson at USC (Jan. 19, 2013)
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.
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)
DOUBLE DOWN FOR DEVON: Devon Collier already has five double-doubles this season in his 10 games, which equals the total number he had in his first three seasons in 98 games. The lefty has been a beast on the boards this season, as he’s averaging 8.5 per game, the sixth-best total in the Pac-12 through Dec. 27 games. Here’s a look at his 11 career double-doubles:
Nov. 13, 2013 vs. Portland -- 11 points, 11 rebounds
Nov. 17, 2013 at Maryland -- 29 points, 11 rebounds
Dec. 13, 2013 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff -- 20 points, 10 rebounds
Dec. 15, 2013 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore -- 24 points, 12 rebounds
Dec. 25, 2013 vs. Hawai’i -- 13 points, 10 rebounds
Nov. 16, 2012 vs. Purdue -- 27 points, 14 rebounds
Jan. 12, 2013 vs. Arizona -- 13 points, 15 rebounds
Jan. 7, 2012 vs. Stanford -- 16 points, 11 rebounds
Feb. 18, 2012 at California -- 14 points, 11 rebounds
Feb. 5, 2011 vs. Washington State -- 16 points, 10 rebounds
DEVON’S STREAK COMES TO AN END: Devon Collier 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.
DEVON BACK TO SOPHOMORE FORM: Devon Collier is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage through Dec. 27 games at 65.4 percent (70-for-107), 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).
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 21.6 through Dec. 27 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.
MISSING ERIC: Eric Moreland has to sit out three 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: Devon Collier moved into third on Oregon State’s career blocked shots list with 115, passing Nick DeWitz and Steve Johnson, With Eric Moreland sitting with 145 swats, they are 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.
Oregon State Career Blocked Shots List
1. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 172
2. Eric Moreland (2011-present) -- 145
3. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 115
4. Steve Johnson (1979-81) -- 114
5. Nick DeWitz (2005-06) -- 111
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 SHOWING HIS POTENTIAL: Daniel Gomis, who sat out the past two seasons with a broken leg, showed the player he can be in Hawai’i. In the Akron game, he recorded career highs with nine points, three field goals, three free throws and two assists. When he was inserted into the starting lineup against George Mason for the injured Angus Brandt, he was a beast on the inside with a career-high eight rebounds, five blocked shots, two steals and 33 minutes. He was in foul trouble the majority of the Hawai’i game, but has shown he is getting better every day.
CHALLE STEPPING UP: Challe Barton was asked to be more aggressive by the coaching staff, and he has stepped it up considerably in the past four games by averaging 8.5 points, while shooting 50.0 percent (11-for-22) from the field and 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from beyond the arc. In the seven games prior, Barton averaged only 4.1 points per game and shot 45.0 percent (9-for-20) from the field and 30.0 percent (3-for-10) from the three-point line. He had 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the first seven games, but has 11 boards and 10 dimes in the past four contests.
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 18.8 minutes in the 10 games since and is the team’s leader in three-point percentage at 50.0 percent (6-for-12) and tied for first with 11 steals (with Roberto Nelson).
MALCOLM SEEING MORE TIME: After playing just one minute at Maryland, freshman guard Malcolm Duvivier has averaged 13.3 minutes since and has knocked down 52.4 percent (11-of-21) of his shots from the field. He played a season-high 17 minutes and knocked down two huge three-pointers in the Beavers’ come-from-behind win over George Mason. His season-high is just seven points against Maryland Eastern Shore, but 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. It’s just a matter of time, but he is yet to miss from the field, as he’s a perfect 7-for-7 thus far this season.
OLAF FINDING BASKETS ON THE INSIDE: As a freshman last season, Olaf Schaftenaar took 97 of his 114 shots from three-point land. He has found more success on the inside this season as he has knocked 7-of-12 shots (58.3 percent) from inside the arc compared to 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from beyond it. He knocked down all three of his three-point attempts against Maryland Eastern Shore and tied a career high with three field goals against Hawai’i.
WITH FIVE MINUTES TO PLAY: Oregon State got its first win in two seasons when trailing with five minutes to play, when it came back against George Mason for the 58-54 victory in Hawai’i. The Beavers were 0-15 last season when trailing. Counting this season, Oregon State is now 61-5 when leading (6-0 this year) and 5-69 (1-4 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: 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 with it beginning on Wednesday, March 12 and ending on Saturday, March 15.