THE GAME: Oregon State (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12) will host California (11-4, 2-0) at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Gill Coliseum on a night former Beaver legend Gary Payton will be honored for his recent enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on ESPNU with Beth Mowins and Jon Crispin calling the action. It can also be watched online on WatchESPN at this link.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action. It can also be heard on SiriusXM 85.
QUICKLY: Oregon State looks for its first home sweep over the Bay Area schools since 2009 (Craig Robinson’s first season) ... Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring (21.1), free throws made (107) and free throws attempted (123) ... Nelson needs one point to become the eighth Oregon State player in history to hit the 1,400-point mark ... Hallice Cooke got his first career start against Stanford and scored a career-high 16 points ... Eric Moreland posted his 16th career double-double against Stanford with 17 points and 15 rebounds ... Freshmen guards Malcolm Duvivier and Cooke have shot a combined 16-of-27 (.593) from beyond the arc in the past six games ... Langston Morris-Walker played more minutes against Stanford (21) than the first nine games combined (20) ... Devon Collier is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.626).
GARY PAYTON NIGHT: Gary Payton, Oregon State’s all-time leader in points, assists and steals, will be honored at the Beavers game against California for being enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The first 2,000 fans to enter Gill Coliseum will receive a commemorative GP glove, courtesy of Oregon Community Credit Union, to honor the Hall of Famer. The doors will open at 4 p.m. for the 5 p.m. contest. Payton will be honored during halftime festivities with a video tribute from fans, players and coaches. There will also be Gary Payton trivia and highlights throughout the game.
Payton was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 and joined Oregon State coaching legends Amory “Slats” Gill and Ralph Miller among the all-time greats to be honored in Springfield, Mass.
THE SERIES: Oregon State and California meet for the 142nd time in history with the Golden Bears holding an 80-61 advantage, including a slim 34-33 edge in games played in Corvallis.
Cal has won three straight games in the series and five of the last six with the lone Beaver victory in the last three years coming on Jan. 5, 2012 (92-85 at Gill Coliseum). The Golden Bears won both games last season by a combined four points (71-68 on Jan. 31 in Berkeley; 60-59 on Feb. 23 in Corvallis). Roberto Nelson averaged 17.5 points against Cal last season, while Eric Moreland pulled down 23 rebounds in the two games.
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 465 in his 30 guaranteed games, which would give him 1,551 and move him into seventh.
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
t8. Roberto Nelson (2011-present) -- 1,399
t8. Deaundra Tanner (1998-01) -- 1,399
9. Mark Radford (1978-81) -- 1,390
11. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 1,319
12. Brent Barry (1992-95) -- 1,304
13. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 1,303
14. Ray Blume (1978-81) -- 1,288
15. Jared Cunningham (2010-12) -- 1,271
WILL ROBERTO BE NEXT?: Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.1 points per game and has a chance to become the fifth Oregon State player to lead the league in that category since 1958 and the first since Gary Payton in 1990. Three of the four players who led the conference in scoring -- Steve Johnson, Jose Ortiz and Payton -- were named Pac-12 Player of the Year that season, while A.C. Green won the award as a junior in 1984 but somehow didn’t his senior season when he led the league in scoring (19.1) and rebounding (9.2).
Oregon State Players To Lead Pac-12 In Scoring (since 1958)
1980-81 -- Steve Johnson -- 21.0 ppg (Pac-12 Player of the Year)
1984-85 -- A.C. Green -- 19.1 ppg
1986-87 -- Jose Ortiz -- 22.3 ppg (Pac-12 Player of the Year)
1989-90 -- Gary Payton -- 25.7 ppg (Pac-12 Player of the Year)
ROBERTO SCORING AND DISHING: Roberto Nelson not only leads the Pac-12, and Beavers, in scoring, but he is also the team leader in assists at 3.7 per game. The last Oregon State player to lead the team in scoring and assists was Deaundra Tanner in 2000 (14.2 ppg, 5.1 apg). Other players to lead the Beavers in both categories in a season are Freddie Boyd (1971, 1972), Lester Conner (1982), Gary Payton (1988, 1989, 1990), Brent Barry (1995), Carson Cunningham (1997) and Tanner (1999, 2000).
ROBERTO RED HOT FROM THE STRIPE: Roberto Nelson has been red hot from the free throw line, as he has knocked down 91.8 percent (56-of-61) in the past seven games to improve his percentage to 87.0 percent (107-of-123) 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)
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.” Here are just some of the things he accomplished last season:
1) Broke his own Oregon State single-season blocked shots record (73);
2) Set the school record with 2.52 blocks per game;
3) Became just the 10th OSU player all-time, and the first since Mel Counts in 1964, to average double-figure rebounds (10.6);
4) Posted 12 double-doubles despite missing three games;
5) Finished second in the Pac-12 in rebounding, blocked shots and double-doubles and third in field goal percentage (.574);
6) Earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention.
ERIC DOUBLES DOWN: Eric Moreland struggled in his first two games in altitude at Colorado and Utah, but he was sensational in his first game at Gill Coliseum, finishing with 17 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots in the win over Stanford. Moreland now has 16 double-doubles in his career and needs five more to move into Oregon State’s top-10 list.
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 16.4 points and 5.5 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: 16.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 58.2 FG% (46-for-79), 80.4% FT% (37-for-46)
Road/Neutral: 3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 34.8 FG% (8-for-23), 50.0 FT% (2-for-4)
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 10.1 points, 7.4 shots and 4.4 free throws in the eight games since.
First Six Games: 22.7 ppg, 50-72 from field, 36-53 from free throw line
Last Eight Games: 10.1 ppg, 32-59 from field, 17-35 from free throw line
DEVON OFF THE BENCH: Devon Collier came off the bench against Stanford and could be used as the sixth man for a while. In 17 games as a reserve last season, Collier thrived in the role by averaging 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
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 has five this season and now has 150 in his career. 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) -- 150
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
HALLICE GETS THE START: Freshman Hallice Cooke got his first career start against Stanford and he responded with a career-high 16 points, including two crucial three-pointers in the second half. In the past four games, Cooke is averaging 11.5 points, the second-best total on the team, and has dished out 11 assists, second to only Roberto Nelson’s 12. During that stretch, Cooke has shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from beyond the arc. He has knocked down 16 three-pointers this season, which puts him on pace with Oregon State’s top four career three-point field goal leaders through 15 games:
LANGSTON ON FIRE: Langston Morris-Walker went 6-for-7 from beyond the arc against Colorado, Utah and Stanford and moved into first on the team in three-point percentage at 57.1 percent. His play of late has been impressive, considering he played a total of 20 minutes in the first nine games with two DNP’s. In the last six games, Morris-Walker is averaging 19.7 minutes and 5.5 points, while shooting 62.5 percent (10-for-16) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from deep.
MALCOLM PLAYING WELL: Malcolm Duvivier has also played well of late, as he is averaging 4.0 points, while shooting 50 percent (8-for-16) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-for-9) from the three-point line in the past six games. 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 beginning 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 6-3 record in games decided by less than 10 points. In the final two minutes of games, Oregon State is shooting 54.2 percent (26-of-48) from the field and 81.2 percent (56-of-69) from the free throw line. Roberto Nelson has made 30 of his 33 free throw attempts in the final two minutes, while Hallice Cooke is 11-for-14.
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). In the past four seasons (counting this one), Oregon State is 63-5 when leading (8-0 this year) and 5-71 (1-6 this year) when trailing with five minutes left to play.
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.