THE GAME: Oregon State (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12) plays its first of three straight Pac-12 home games when it hosts the Stanford Cardinal (9-4, 0-1) at 7 p.m. on Thursday 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 119 and XM 191.
QUICKLY: Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring (21.1), free throws made (100) and free throws attempted (116) ... Nelson needs 22 points to become just the eighth Oregon State player in history to hit the 1,400-point mark ... Devon Collier is third in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.633) and ninth in rebounding (7.8) ... Collier needs one point to become the 13th player in Oregon State history to reach the 1,300-point mark ... Angus Brandt is averaging 17.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in home games ... Hallice Cooke averaged 10.0 points and dished out a team-best nine assists in the last three games ... Freshmen guards Malcolm Duvivier and Cooke have combined to go 12-for-31 from the three-point line in the past five games ... Langston Morris-Walker went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in the last two games ... Cooke (14) and Morris-Walker (11) both scored career highs against Utah.
THE SERIES: Oregon State and Stanford meet for the 138th time in history with the Beavers holding a 71-66 advantage, including a 37-26 edge in games played in Corvallis.
The Cardinal has won four straight in the series with season sweeps the past two seasons. Stanford won the first game last season, 81-73, on Super Bowl Sunday on The Farm. The Beavers fought back from a 10-point first-half deficit to take a 53-51 lead with 11:50 to play. The teams traded leads 10 times after that, but the Cardinal nailed a three-pointer on four straight possessions to grab a 71-66 advantage and cruise to the win. Joe Burton had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Roberto Nelson added 20 points. In the second game last season, on Feb. 21 at Gill Coliseum, Oregon State held a 35-34 halftime lead before Stanford scored 48 second-half points for an 82-72 win. Nelson scored a game-high 28 points, while Eric Moreland posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
One of the games two years ago was the epic quadruple-overtime thriller that Stanford won 103-101 on Jan. 7 at Gill Coliseum. It was the longest game in Oregon State history and the only to go four overtimes in the 112-year history of the program. The Beavers have also played two triple-overtime games, 15 double-overtime games and 117 single-overtime games. The Cardinal won the other meeting in 2012, 87-82, on Feb. 16 on their home court.
Oregon State’s four-game losing streak against Stanford is its second-longest against Pac-12 schools, trailing only a five-game skid to Arizona.
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 654 points in a guaranteed 31 games, which would give him 1,736 and move him into fourth. Collier, who entered the season with 1,086 points, is on pace for 492 in his 30 guaranteed games, which would give him 1,578 and move him into sixth.
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) -- 1,378
11. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 1,319
12. Brent Barry (1992-95) -- 1,304
13. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 1,299
14. Ray Blume (1978-81) -- 1,288
15. Jared Cunningham (2010-12) -- 1,271
ROBERTO STILL ATOP THE PAC-12: After scoring 36 points in the season opener, Roberto Nelson was the leading scorer in the Pac-12 and he has held that spot for the entire season with a current average of 21.1 points per game. Nelson led the Pac-12 in scoring in league play last season at 19.1 per night. 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.
WELCOME BACK, ERIC: Eric Moreland had his suspension reduced to 12 games when it was realized he had fulfilled the requirements. From Coach Robinson after the Colorado game: “In a nutshell, when I first heard he was going to be out 50 percent of the season, all I did was look at our games, but it’s 50 percent of the days from the start of the season to the end. It was my mistake; I didn’t check with compliance and then I got a nice little phone call from home that he would be playing this weekend.” In his season debut against Colorado, he had 10 rebounds in 27 minutes of action. Here are just some of the things he did last season:
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;
5) Finish 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.
ANGUS RETURNS FROM INJURY: After missing two games with a hyper-extended right knee, Angus Brandt started against Quinnipiac and responded with a game-high 21 points, going 8-for-11 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He 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 wasn’t serious, although he sat out the other two games in the Diamond Head Classic against George Mason and Hawai’i.
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. He is averaging 17.0 points and 5.9 rebounds at home and just 3.8 points and 2.8 boards in four road games and one neutral site game. He 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.
Home: 17.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 60.9 FG% (42-for-69), 78.6% FT% (33-for-42)
Road/Neutral: 3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 34.8 FG% (8-for-23), 50.0 FT% (2-for-4)
ROBERTO RED HOT FROM THE STRIPE: Roberto Nelson has been red hot from the free throw line, as he has knocked down 93.9 percent (46-of-49) in the past five games to improve his percentage to 87.4 percent (97-of-111) and move into fourth in the Pac-12. He went 10-for-10 at Colorado and against George Mason this season, which is just the 12th 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 more than once:
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 at Colorado (Jan. 2, 2014)
10-for-10 Roberto Nelson vs. George Mason (Dec. 23, 2013)
10-for-10 Roberto Nelson at USC (Jan. 19, 2013)
TEAMS KEYING ON DEVON: In his first six games of the season, Devon Collier averaged 22.7 points, 12 shots and 8.3 free throws per game. Teams have double-teamed Collier since he exploded for five straight 20-plus scoring games, as he is averaging 11.0 points, eight shots and 4.3 free throws in the seven games since.
First Six Games: 22.7 ppg, 50-72 from field, 36-53 from free throw line
Last Seven Games: 11.0 ppg, 31-56 from field, 15-30 from free throw line
DOUBLE DOWN FOR DEVON: Devon Collier already has five double-doubles this season in his 13 games, which equals the total number he had in his first three seasons combined (98 games). The lefty has been a beast on the boards this season, as he’s averaging 7.8 per game, the ninth-best total in the Pac-12 (his previous best is 6.0 per game last season). 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
THE BLOCK PARTY TANDEM IS BACK TOGETHER: With Eric Moreland back in the lineup, the Beavers have the best shot blocking tandem in school history on the floor with Devon Collier and Moreland. Collier recently moved into third on Oregon State’s career list with 118, while Moreland had one against Colorado and now has 146. Moreland needs to average 1.4 blocks in his guaranteed 19 games to pass Scott Haskin and become the school’s all-time leader.
Oregon State Career Blocked Shots List
1. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 172
2. Eric Moreland (2011-present) -- 146
3. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 118
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
CHANGING OF THE GUARD?: Coach Robinson has hinted that he might make a change at the point guard position, as Hallice Cooke has played very well of late. In the past three games, the frosh averaged 10.0 points (to equal Angus Brandt for second on the team) and dished out a team-tying nine assists (with Roberto Nelson). During that stretch, Cooke shot 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from the field and 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from beyond the arc. He has knocked down 13 three-pointers this season, which puts him on pace with Oregon State’s top four career three-point field goal leaders through 14 games:
LANGSTON ON FIRE: Langston Morris-Walker went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc against Colorado and Utah and moved into first on the team in three-point percentage at 53.8 percent. His play of late has been very impressive, considering he played a total of 13 minutes in the first eight games with two DNP’s. In the last five games, Morris-Walker is averaging 19.4 minutes and 6.0 points, while shooting 60 percent (9-for-15) from the field and 50 percent (5-for-10) from deep.
MALCOLM PLAYING WELL: The other freshman guard, Malcolm Duvivier, has also played well of late, as he is averaging 4.2 points, while shooting 46.7 percent (7-for-15) from the field and 62.5 percent (5-for-8) from the three-point line. He played a career-high 18 minutes at Utah and had a highlight dunk in the first half, showing everyone why he won the team’s dunk contest at the start of the season.
WITH TWO MINUTES TO PLAY: Oregon State had an issue last season at closing out close games, but the Beavers have been much better this season with a 5-3 record in games decided by less than 10 points. In the final two minutes of games, Oregon State is shooting 52.2 percent (24-of-46) from the field and 84.7 percent (50-of-59) from the free throw line. Roberto Nelson has made 28 of his 31 free throw attempts in the final two minutes, while Hallice Cooke is 9-for-10.
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 62-5 when leading (7-0 this year) and 5-71 (1-6 this year) when trailing with five minutes left on the clock.
ANOTHER SUCCESFUL NON-CONFERENCE SEASON: Oregon State went 8-4 in non-conference play this season and is now 28-9 the past three seasons combined (10-2 in 2011; 10-3 in 2012). It’s the most non-conference wins by the Beavers over a three-year span, although the 1979 (10-1), 1980 (9-0) and 1981 (7-2) teams went a combined 26-3 in eight fewer games. The best three-year record during the Gary Payton era was 1987 (6-3), 1988 (8-1) and 1989 (7-2) for a combined 21-6 mark.
NELSON EARNS PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN: Roberto Nelson has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week two times this season (Nov. 18 and Dec. 30) and joins Gary Payton (9), A.C. Green (4), Scott Haskin (3), David Lucas (3), Jose Ortiz (3), Brent Barry (2), Corey Benjamin (2), Chad Scott (2), Charlie Sitton (2), Jared Cunningham (2) and Ahmad Starks (2) as Oregon State players to win
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.