Beavers Head To The Palouse For Wednesday Night Tilt With Wazzu
Feb. 11, 2013
THE GAME: Oregon State (12-12, 2-9 Pac-12) makes the Washington swing with the first stop in the Palouse to take on the Washington State Cougars (11-13, 2-9) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally 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 online at this link for a fee or on satellite radio on Sirius Channel 137.
ONLINE: Live updates are available by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking on Gametracker.
QUICKLY: Oregon State's last five losses have come by eight points or less ... The Beavers continue to lead the Pac-12 in three-point shooting at 37.1 percent ... Devon Collier became the 37th Oregon State player in history to join the 1,000-point club ... Ahmad Starks needs three three-pointers to become the career leader at Oregon State; he is currently tied with Gary Payton for third all-time with 178 ... Joe Burton needs 11 rebounds to move into fifth all-time at Oregon State; he would trail only four players that combined to earn All-America recognition seven times ... Burton has posted a double-double in three consecutive games ... Roberto Nelson has led the Beavers in scoring in six of the past eight games and leads the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games at 18.6 points per game ... Nelson has scored 20-plus points in four consecutive games ... Eric Moreland is second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation in rebounding (10.5) ... Moreland has 10 blocked shots in the past three games and is second in the Pac-12 (2.6) in that category.
vs. WASHINGTON STATE: Oregon State and Washington State meet for the 288th time with the Beavers owning a 164-123 advantage. The Cougars have dominated the series of late, winning six of the last seven, although the lone Oregon State win was a big one since it came in the first round of the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament (69-64 on March 7, 2012).
The Cougars have a 75-61 edge in games played in Pullman with the Beavers last win there coming in Craig Robinson's first season, 54-52, on Feb. 14, 2009. The teams played in Spokane, Wash., last season with Wazzu winning, 81-76, on New Year's Eve Day.
Washington State won the first meeting this season, 71-68, on Jan. 26 at Gill Coliseum. Ahmad Starks led the Beavers with 17 points and a career-high tying eight assists, while Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier each had 14. Mike Ladd had 23 points and Brock Motum added 20 to lead the Cougars.
OH, SO CLOSE: Oregon State has lost its last five games by eight points or less with one of the losses by one point (at USC), two by three (vs. Washington State and at California), one by four (vs. Colorado) and the other by eight (at Stanford). The Beavers outscored those five opponents 172-169 in the first half, but were outscored 195-173 after the break. Flip those narrow defeats into wins and the Beavers are sitting at 7-4 in Pac-12 play instead of 2-9. Here's a look at the stats in the final two minutes of those five losses with the biggest discrepancy being free throws:
Points: Oregon State 25, Opponents 34
A LOOK AT BOTH HALVES: Oregon State had the lead at halftime in six of its 11 Pac-12 games, but were unable to hold it in losses to Oregon, Washington State, California and Colorado. Here's a look at the first-half stats compared to the second-half stats in those four losses:
COLLIER JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB: Devon Collier scored his 1,000th career point (actually 1,001st) on a tip in on his own miss in the first half against Colorado to become the 37th player in Oregon State to reach that plateau. It's the third consecutive year a Beaver has reached the 1,000-point mark as Calvin Haynes did it two years ago and Jared Cunningham did it last season. Collier has only missed one game in his Oregon State career and joined the 1,000-point club in his 90th career game.
OTHERS CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Three other Oregon State players are closing in on 1,000 career points: Ahmad Starks (952), Joe Burton (937) and Roberto Nelson (924). If all three hit the 1,000-point mark to join Collier, it would be the first time in school history four players made it in the same season.
STARKS JOINS THE GLOVE ON THREE-POINT LIST: Ahmad Starks knocked down six three-pointers against Colorado to move into a tie for third all-time with Gary Payton on Oregon State's three-point list with 178. Starks need only three more triples to pass Chris Stephens (180) and become the school's career leader. Starks is fourth all-time in Oregon State history with 479 three-point attempts and should pass Deaundra Tanner (503) by the end of the season.
Career 3-Pointers Made List
Career 3-Pointers Attempted List
STARKS CLIMBING THE 3-POINT LIST ONCE AGAIN: Ahmad Starks has 57 triples this season to move him into a tie for sixth on Oregon State's single-season list and a tie for fourth on the school's junior list. He made 79 last season, the second-best total in school history, and is on pace for 77 this season, which would put him third on the list and in two of the three top spots. He also has a chance to lead the team in three-pointers for the third consecutive year. Other Oregon State players to lead the team in three-pointers in three consecutive years are Gary Payton (1988-90), Charles McKinney (1991-93) and Chris Stephens (2004-06).
Single-Season 3-FG Made List
Junior 3-FG Made List
BURTON JOINING ELITE COMPANY ON CAREER REBOUND LIST: Joe Burton moved into sixth on Oregon State's career rebounding list with 681 boards to pass Sam Whitehead (669). Burton needs only 11 more rebounds to pass Jay Carty (691) and move into fifth all-time, trailing only three Oregon State players who have their jersey retired (Mel Counts, A.C. Green and Steve Johnson) and four players (counting Dave Gambee) who combined to earn All-America recognition seven times. Burton has only missed one game in his Oregon State career and has a chance to play in more games than any player in school history. With the Beavers guaranteed 32 games this season, Burton would tie Josh Tarver (2006-10) for the all-time record with 130 career games and could pass him depending on postseason play.
Career Rebounds List
Career Games Played List
DOUBLE DOWN FOR BIG JOE: Joe Burton has posted a double-double in three consecutive games for the first time in his career after going for 17 points and 10 rebounds at Stanford, 17 points and 10 assists against Utah, and 15 points and 12 boards against Colorado. Burton is the first Oregon State player to record a double-double with points and assists since Jan. 10, 2004 when Lamar Hurd had 13 points and 10 assists in a 90-81 win over Oregon at Gill Coliseum. Burton has five double-doubles this season, which is one more than he had in his first three seasons combined. Burton doesn't always get the traditional points-rebounds double-double
ALMOST MAKING IT A TRIPLE: Joe Burton has come close a couple of times this season to recording a triple-double, so it's worth noting there has been only one in Oregon State basketball history. Gary Payton had the lone triple-double when he went for 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against Portland on Nov. 26, 1988. Burton's near triple-doubles this season: 18, 10 and seven against Texas-Pan American; 14, eight and eight at California; and 17, seven and 10 against Utah.
A LOOK BACK AT JOE'S LAST FOUR GAMES: Craig Robinson said Joe Burton is playing the best basketball of his career, and the stats from his last four games prove it's true, as Burton averaged 15.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists against California, Stanford, Utah and Colorado. Burton had 26 assists and nine turnovers in those games for an assist/turnover ratio of 2.9. The 26 assists are by far the most on the team in that span, as Ahmad Starks is second with nine.
A LOOK BACK AT ROBERTO'S LAST FOUR GAMES: Not to be outdone, Roberto Nelson has also played his best basketball over the past four games, as he has gone for 20-plus points in all four for the first time in his career. Nelson had a total of three 20-point games in his first two seasons combined (60 games). Over the past four games, he is averaging 23.0 points and 4.3 rebounds and shooting 62.7 percent (32-for-51) from the field, 50.0 percent (8-for-16) from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent (20-for-24) from the stripe.
ROBERTO TAKING OVER: Roberto Nelson has led the Beavers in scoring in six of the past eight games, and leads the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games at 18.6 per game (Allen Crabbe of Cal is second at 18.5). Nelson scored in double figures only two times in the first five games of the season, but has had only one game in single digits since (18 for last 19).
RED HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage at 37.1 percent (140-of-377). The Beavers finished eighth in the conference in three-point percentage last season at 35.9 percent and have NEVER led the conference in that category since the statistic began in 1986-87. The school record for three-point percentage is 40.6 percent (97-for-239) in 1987-88.
SHARING THE ROCK: Oregon State is second in the Pac-12 in assists at 15.5 per game. Last season Oregon State averaged 15.8 assists per game, which was the highest since 1991-92 when the Beavers finished with 17.7 per game. The 1992-93 team had the third-highest assist average in the past 20 years at 15.7.
NELSON, STARKS FROM DEEP: The starting backcourt of Roberto Nelson and Ahmad Starks have combined to make 71.4 percent of Oregon State's three-pointers (100 of 140) and have attempted 62.1 percent of the team's shots from beyond the arc (234 of 377). Nelson is third in the Pac-12 in three point percentage at 43.9 percent (43-for-98), while Starks is fifth at 41.9 percent (57-for-136). The only Oregon State player to lead the conference in three-point percentage was Sasa Cuic in 2005-06 (.493, 36-73).
BLOCK PARTY: Oregon State is averaging 4.83 blocked shots per game, which is third in the Pac-12 and would be a school record if the season ended today. The Beavers averaged 4.61 blocks per game last season to finish second in the Pac-12 (UCLA 4.64). The Oregon State school record for blocked shots in a season is 4.74 in 2005-06.
CHALLE IN THE STARTING LINEUP: Sophomore Challe Barton has moved into the starting lineup the past three games as a floor general to get more shots for Ahmad Starks and Roberto Nelson. Barton has responded with career highs in points (9 against Utah) and rebounds (4 at Stanford) and has helped the Beavers average 74.3 points the past three games, after averaging 67.5 points in the first eight conference games. He started two games last season with his first career start against Washington on Feb. 12 and his second against Washington State in the CBI semifinals on March 21.
MORELAND BOARDING: Eric Moreland is second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation with 10.5 rebounds per game (through Feb. 10 games). He is on pace to become just the 10th player in Oregon State history to average double-figure rebounds in a season, and the first since 1963-64 when Mel Counts had a double-double in all 29 games and averaged 16.9 boards. Moreland crushed the freshman rebounding record last season that was held for 38 years by Lonnie Shelton and moved into a tie for eighth on the sophomore list.
Players To Average Double-Figure Rebounding In A Season
Sophomore Rebounding List
Freshman Rebounding List
MORELAND OWNS THREE OREGON STATE BLOCK RECORDS: Eric Moreland has 10 blocked shots the past three games to give him 54 on the season and break the Oregon State record by a sophomore that was set last season by Devon Collier. Moreland now holds the school's freshman, sophomore and single-season marks after swatting 69 last season during his freshman campaign. He has 126 in his career, which is the second most in school history, trailing only Scott Haskin who had 172 in his four-year career.
Single-Season Blocked Shots List
RECORDS UPDATE: Four Oregon State records have been equaled this season, including single-game team blocked shots (11 vs. Montana State), single-game individual blocked shots (6 by Eric Moreland vs. Towson), single-game individual three-pointers made (7 by Ahmad Starks at Kansas) and a perfect percentage from the free throw line in a game with a minimum of 10 attempts (10-for-10 by Roberto Nelson at USC).
MISSING ANGUS & GOMIS: Senior center Angus Brandt and sophomore forward Daniel Gomis both had surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Brandt suffered an isolated tear of the ACL in his right knee against Purdue. He was averaging 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game before the injury. Brandt will have to apply for a medical hardship from the Pac-12 office, which should be approved since he played in nine games or less during the first half of the season. Gomis had surgery on the left leg he broke two summers ago in his native Senegal and will redshirt this season.
BEAVERS SIGN TWO STUDENT-ATHLETES FOR 2013-14 SEASON: Hallice Cooke, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard from Union City, N.J., and Cheikh N'diaye, a 7-foot, 230-pound center from Carlsbad, Calif., signed National Letters of Intent to join the Oregon State men's basketball program for the 2013-14 season. Cooke attends St. Anthony High School where he averaged 7.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists last season when St. Anthony won the second of back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles. He is ranked the 45th best guard in the nation by Rivals.com. N'diaye attends Army-Navy Academy where he averaged 11.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.3 blocked shots per game during his junior season. He is ranked the 36th best center in the nation by ESPN.com.
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