Beavers Prepared For Sunday Civil War

Photo By: Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics   01-14-2014

THE GAME: Oregon State (9-7, 1-3 Pac-12) will host Oregon (13-3, 1-3) in the Civil War Series, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores, at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Gill Coliseum.

TELEVISION: The game will be televised on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams 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 85.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Live updates will be available on Twitter and Facebook.

QUICKLY: Oregon State and Oregon meet for the 340th time, making it the most-contested rivalry in college basketball ... The Beavers have defeated the Ducks 184 times, the third-most wins against a single team in NCAA history (Washington has defeated Oregon 187 times; Kansas has 186 wins over Kansas State) ... Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring (21.4), free throws made (115) and free throws attempted (131) ... Eric Moreland has posted back-to-back double-doubles ... Devon Collier passed Brent Barry and moved into 12th on Oregon State’s career scoring list ... The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in three-point percentage in league games (.530) ... Malcolm Duvivier, Langston Morris-Walker, Hallice Cooke and Nelson have combined to shoot 59.6 percent (31-for-52) from beyond the arc in Pac-12 play ... Oregon State has outrebounded all four Pac-12 opponents.

vs. OREGON: Oregon State and Oregon have played an NCAA-record 339 games with the Beavers holding a 184-154 advantage. Here’s a look at the most contested rivalries in college basketball history:

Games -- Opponents (First Year)
339 -- Oregon State vs. Oregon (1903)
295 -- Oregon vs. Washington (1904)
293 -- Oregon State vs. Washington (1904)
288 -- Oregon State vs. Washington State (1907)
285 -- Oregon vs. Washington State (1908)

Oregon State and Oregon have played an NCAA-record 339 games with the Beavers holding a 184-155 advantage. The Beavers lead the series 99-62 in games played in Corvallis, including a 56-30 advantage at Gill Coliseum.

The Ducks have won five of the past six meetings, including a season sweep last year, 79-66 in the Pac-12 opener on Jan. 6 in Corvallis and 85-75 on Feb. 28 in Eugene.

Roberto Nelson averaged 24.5 points against Oregon last season, including a game-high 31 in Eugene. Devon Collier averaged 12 points and five rebounds against the Ducks last season and 10 points and 6.5 rebounds against them two years ago. Angus Brandt missed both Civil War games last season, but scored 16 points in a one-point loss (74-73) on Feb. 26, 2012 at Gill Coliseum.

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 663 points in a guaranteed 31 games, which would give him 1,745 and move him into fourth. Collier, who entered the season with 1,086 points, is on pace for 441 in his 30 guaranteed games, which would give him 1,527 and move him into seventh. Of course, both players can score more if the Beavers advance to postseason play.

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. Roberto Nelson (2011-present) -- 1,425
8. Eric Knox (1985-89) -- 1,407
9. Deaundra Tanner (1998-01) -- 1,399
10. Mark Radford (1978-81) -- 1,390
11. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 1,319
12. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 1,307
13. Brent Barry (1992-95) -- 1,304
14. Ray Blume (1978-81) -- 1,288
15. Jared Cunningham (2010-12) -- 1,271

OTHER CAREER MARKS: Roberto Nelson is also moving up Oregon State’s career three-pointers and free throws lists. He has made 150 career triples, which is sixth all-time at Oregon State, and 395 free throws, which is sixth. Nelson would need to average 2.4 three-pointers in the next 15 guaranteed games to break Ahmad Starks’ career record of 185 from deep that was set last year. Nelson is currently averaging 1.8 three’s per game. Mel Counts holds the school record for most career free throws with 543, and Nelson is on pace for 503, which would put him in second all-time in Oregon State history.

WILL ROBERTO BE NEXT?: Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.4 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 4.0 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). Joe Burton led the Beavers in assists in each of the past three seasons.

ROBERTO RED HOT FROM THE STRIPE: Roberto Nelson has been red hot from the free throw line, as he has knocked down 92.8 percent (64-of-69) in the past eight games to improve his percentage to 87.8 percent (115-of-131) and move into third 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. Nelson leads the Pac-12 in both free throws (115) and free throws attempts (131) and is on pace to knock down 223 this season, which would be the second-most in Oregon State history, trailing only 237 by Mel Counts in 1963-64.

ERIC HELPING ON THE BOARDS: Eric Moreland was suspended for the first 12 games for a violation of team rules, and the team missed one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in school history. Since his return, Oregon State has outrebounded all four opponents with a 138 to 124 advantage on the glass in conference games, which is third in the league in rebounding margin at +3.5 per game. Here are just some of the things Moreland 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 AGAIN: Eric Moreland struggled in his first two games in altitude at Colorado and Utah, but he was sensational against Stanford and California at Gill Coliseum with a pair of double-doubles. He had 17 points and 15 rebounds against the Cardinal and followed that up with 14 points and 11 rebounds against the Golden Bears. Moreland now has 17 double-doubles in his career and needs just four more to move into Oregon State’s top-10 list.

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 5.3 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, 5.3 rpg, 59.6 FG% (53-for-89), 81.5% FT% (44-for-54)
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 9.4 points, 6.8 shots and 4.1 free throws in the eight games since. Despite the reduced number of shots, Collier has still been efficient as he’s second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 62.7 percent (84-for-134).

First Six Games: 22.7 ppg, 50-72 from field, 36-53 from free throw line
Last Nine Games: 9.4 ppg, 34-62 from field, 17-37 from free throw line

DEVON OFF THE BENCH: Devon Collier came off the bench against Stanford and California 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, including a then career-high 27 points against Purdue in the 2K Sports Classic. All four of his 20-point games last season happened when he came off the bench.

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 five games, Cooke is averaging 10.4 points, the third-best total on the team, and has dished out 14 assists, second to only Roberto Nelson’s 21. During that stretch, Cooke has shot 50 percent (17-of-34) from the field and 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from beyond the arc. He has knocked down 18 three-pointers this season, which puts him on pace with Oregon State’s top four career three-point field goal leaders through 16 games. The Oregon State freshman record for three’s is 45 by Angelo Tsagarakis in 2003-04.

Name -- Career 3-FG -- Through First 16 Games
Ahmad Starks -- 185 -- 22
Chris Stephens -- 180 -- 16
Deaundra Tanner -- 179 -- 13
Gary Payton -- 178 -- 6
Hallice Cooke -- 18 -- 18

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 seven this season and now has 152 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 (he’s averaging 1.8).

Oregon State Career Blocked Shots List
1. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 172
2. Eric Moreland (2011-present) -- 152
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

LANGSTON ON FIRE: Langston Morris-Walker went 7-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first four Pac-12 games and moved into first on the team in three-point percentage at 56.3 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 20.0 minutes and 5.1 points, while shooting 61.1 percent (11-for-18) from the field and 53.8 percent (7-for-13) from deep.

RED HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC: Oregon State has been red hot from beyond the arc in Pac-12 play, as it is first in three-point percentage in conference play at 53.0 percent (35-for-66). The Beavers shot just 35.0 percent (55-of-157) from the three-point line in non-conference play. Individually, Malcolm Duvivier leads the Pac-12 in three-point percentage in league play (.800), while Langston Morris-Walker is second (.778), Roberto Nelson is eighth (.556) and Hallice Cooke is tied for ninth (.500).

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 6-4 record in games decided by less than 10 points. In the final two minutes of games, Oregon State is shooting 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the field and 81.7 percent (58-of-71) from the free throw line. Roberto Nelson has made 32 of his 35 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 5-72 (1-7 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 and Manderson attends Oldsmare Christian High School and is a four-star recruit according to Payton II, the son of Oregon State legend Gary Payton, attends Salt Lake Community College.