Beavs Look For First Regular-Season Sweep Of Huskies In 10 Years
Feb. 15, 2013
THE GAME: Oregon State (13-12, 3-9 Pac-12) goes for its first regular-season sweep of Washington (13-12, 5-7) since 2003 when the teams meet Saturday at 8 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on FSN with Justin Kutcher and Marques Johnson 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 SiriusXM 85.
ONLINE: Live updates are available by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking on Gametracker.
QUICKLY: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (.373), second in assists (15.3) and third in scoring (73.7) and field goal percentage (.457) ... The Beavers are 8-1 this season when Eric Moreland has a double-double ... Ahmad Starks needs two three-pointers to become the career leader at Oregon State; he is currently tied with Deaundra Tanner for second all-time with 179 ... Joe Burton needs eight 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 ... Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games at 18.5 points per game; he averaged 8.9 in conference games last season ... Starks is tied for the lead in the Pac-12 in three-pointers made per game (2.3) ... Challe Barton scored a career-high 11 points in the win over Washington State ... Moreland is second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation in rebounding (10.7) ... Oregon State is going for its first road sweep of the Washington schools since 2002.
vs. WASHINGTON: Oregon State and Washington meet for the 293rd time in history with the Huskies leading a series that began in 1904, 154-138. The 292 meetings between the two schools are the third-most in NCAA history, trailing only Oregon State-Oregon (338) and Oregon-Washington (294).
After dropping 14 of 16 to the Huskies from 2004 through 2011, the Beavers have won three of the last five. The first, a 68-56 victory on Feb. 3, 2011 at Gill Coliseum, came when Washington was ranked 20th in the nation, which snapped a 28-game losing streak to Top 25 teams with the previous win coming in 2006 (75-65 over No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 12 at Gill). The second was an exciting 86-84 upset at the Pac-12 Tournament on March 9, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles when Washington was the No. 1 seed. It was the first time a No. 9-seed defeated a No. 1-seed in Pac-10/12 history (0-5 previous) and was the Beavers' first-ever win over the top-seed in tournament history (0-5 previous with four losses to Arizona and one to UCLA). The third came earlier this season when the Beavers built a 20-point lead and then held on to win 74-66 on Jan. 23 at Gill Coliseum. Five Oregon State players scored in double figures in the win led by Devon Collier's 16 points.
The last time Oregon State pulled off the regular-season sweep of the Huskies was 2003 when the Beavers won 82-62 on Jan. 25 in Corvallis and 80-72 on Feb. 20 in Seattle. Philip Ricci averaged 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two games to lead Oregon State.
COLLIER JOINS 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 (he now has 1,013). Three other Oregon State players are closing in on 1,000 career points: Ahmad Starks (957), Joe Burton (945) and Roberto Nelson (941). 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.
OH, SO CLOSE: Oregon State's last five losses have been 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 8-4 in Pac-12 play instead of 3-9. 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 seven of its 12 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:
STARKS MOVES INTO TIE FOR SECOND ON THREE-POINT LIST: Ahmad Starks knocked down one three-pointer at Washington State to move into a tie for second all-time with Deaundra Tanner on Oregon State's three-point list with 179. Starks need only two more triples to pass Chris Stephens (180) and become the school's career leader. Starks is third all-time in Oregon State history with 484 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 THREE-POINT LIST ONCE AGAIN: Ahmad Starks has 58 triples this season to move him into sixth on Oregon State's single-season list and fourth on the school's junior list. He made 79 last season, the second-best total in school history, and is on pace for 74 this season, which would put him fourth on the list and in two of the top four 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
BURTON JOINING ELITE COMPANY ON CAREER REBOUND LIST: Joe Burton moved into sixth on Oregon State's career rebounding list with 684 boards to pass Sam Whitehead (669). Burton needs only eight more rebounds to pass Jay Carty (691) and move into fifth all-time, trailing four players who combined to earn All-America recognition seven times and three Oregon State players who have their jersey retired (Mel Counts, A.C. Green and Steve Johnson). 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 had 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 as he had 10 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists against Hofstra on Nov. 16, 2011.
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 FOUR-GAME RUN: Craig Robinson said Joe Burton is playing the best basketball of his career, and the stats from a recent four-game streak 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 were by far the most on the team in that span, as Ahmad Starks was second with nine.
A LOOK AT ROBERTO'S LAST FIVE GAMES: Roberto Nelson has also played his best basketball of late, as he had four consecutive 20-point games for the first time in his career, and leads the team with nine games with 20-plus this season. Nelson had a total of three 20-point games in his first two seasons combined (60 games). Over the past five games, he is averaging 21.8 points and 4.2 rebounds and shooting 60.3 percent (38-for-63) from the field, 47.6 percent (10-for-21) from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent (23-for-28) from the stripe.
ROBERTO TAKING OVER: Roberto Nelson has led the Beavers in scoring in seven of the past nine games, and leads the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games at 18.5 per game. 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 (19 for last 20).
RED HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage at 37.3 percent (148-of-397). 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 15.3 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 69.6 percent of Oregon State's three-pointers (103 of 148) and have attempted 61.5 percent of the team's shots from beyond the arc (244 of 397). Nelson is third in the Pac-12 in three point percentage at 43.7 percent (45-for-103), while Starks is fifth at 41.1 percent (58-for-141). 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 4.72 blocked shots per game, which is third in the Pac-12 and close to a school record. 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 four games as a floor general to get more shots for Ahmad Starks and Roberto Nelson. Barton has responded with career highs in points (11 at Washington State) and rebounds (4 at Stanford) and has helped the Beavers average 72.5 points the past four 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 10.7 rebounds per game. 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 sixth on the sophomore list with A.C. Green.
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 11 blocked shots the past four games to give him 55 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 127 in his career, which is the second most in school history, trailing only Scott Haskin who had 172 in four years.
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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