Beavers To Host Stanford For First Time Since Four-Overtime Classic
Feb. 19, 2013
THE GAME: Oregon State (13-13, 3-10 Pac-12) and Stanford (15-11, 6-7) reunite at Gill Coliseum for the first time since last year's epic quadruple-overtime in an 8 p.m. tip on Thursday.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Tom Hart and Darrin Horn 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 SiriusXM Channel 91.
ONLINE: Live updates are available by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking on Gametracker.
FAN APPRECIATION DAY: Oregon State will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day on Thursday with tickets available for a special price of $20 for chairback seats and $12 for bench seats. There will be special deals for Beaver merchandise and concessions, including free food samples throughout Gill Coliseum. Season ticket holders who have a perfect attendance this season will be recognized with a public address announcement.
QUICKLY: Oregon State had the halftime lead in eight of its 13 Pac-12 games ... Ahmad Starks became the all-time leader at Oregon State with 181 career three-point field goals to pass Chris Stephens ... Joe Burton needs three 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 will play in his 125th career game on Thursday to tie him with Earl Martin for the fifth most in school history ... Roberto Nelson has led the Beavers in scoring six straight games and eight of the past 10 ... Nelson has scored in double figures in 20 of the past 21 games ... Eric Moreland is second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation in rebounding at 10.5 per game ... The Beavers are 8-1 this season when Moreland has a double-double ... Starks needs 35 points to join the 1,000-point club, while Nelson needs 40 and Burton needs 45 ... The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (.371) and are second in assists (15.1) and blocked shots (4.6).
vs. STANFORD: Oregon State and Stanford meet for the 137th time in history with the Beavers holding a 71-65 advantage, including a 37-25 edge in games played in Corvallis. The Cardinal has won three straight in the series, including the season sweep last year and the first game this 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.
One of the games last season 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 last year's second meeting, 87-82, on Feb. 16 on their home court. The Beavers won two straight in the series before the current three-game skid.
FAST BREAK: Oregon State is 13-2 this season when leading with five minutes to play; 0-10 when trailing ... The Beavers are 13-6 when leading at halftime; 0-7 when trailing ... Oregon State is 4-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field; opponents are 2-1 when hitting that clip ... The Beavers are 6-0 when scoring 80 or more points.
THREE CLOSE TO JOINING 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 history to reach that plateau (he now has 1,021). Three other players are closing in on 1,000 career points: Ahmad Starks (965), Roberto Nelson (960) and Joe Burton (955). 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.
A LOOK AT BOTH HALVES: Oregon State had the lead at halftime in eight of its 13 Pac-12 games, but were unable to hold it in losses to Oregon, Washington State, California, Colorado and Washington. If the Beavers were able to hold those leads, they would be sitting at 8-5 in Pac-12 play instead of 3-10. Here's a look at the first-half stats compared to the second-half stats in those five losses:
STARKS BECOMES ALL-TIME LEADER IN THREE-POINTERS: Ahmad Starks knocked down two three-pointers at Washington to become the all-time leader at Oregon State with 181 career three-point field goals. Starks passed Chris Stephens and got the record in his 91st career game (Stephens played 119 career games). Starks and Stephens are tied for second in school history with 489 three-point attempts, so Starks made one more triple than Stephens with the same amount of attempts.
Career 3-Pointers Made List
Career 3-Pointers Attempted List
STARKS CLIMBING THREE-POINT LIST ONCE AGAIN: Ahmad Starks has 60 triples this season to move him into a tie for fourth on Oregon State's single-season list and tie for second 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 in a guaranteed 32 games. He has a chance to lead the team in three-pointers for the third consecutive year. Other Oregon State players to lead the team three consecutive years are Gary Payton (1988-90), Charles McKinney (1991-93) and Chris Stephens (2004-06).
BURTON JOINING ELITE COMPANY ON CAREER REBOUND LIST: Joe Burton moved into sixth on Oregon State's career rebounding list with 689 boards and needs only three more to pass Jay Carty (691) and move into fifth all-time. Burton would trail 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.
Career Rebounds List
Career Games Played List
ROBERTO TAKING OVER: Roberto Nelson has led the Beavers in scoring in six consecutive games, and eight of the past 10, and is second in the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games at 18.5 per game (Cal's Allen Crabbe leads at 18.7). 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 (20 for last 21).
ROBERTO AMONG PAC-12 STAT LEADERS: Through Feb. 17 games, Roberto Nelson is sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring (17.2), second in three-point percentage (.431), ninth in three-pointers made per game (1.8) and 12th in free throw percentage (.780). Nelson has done his best Jared Cunningham impersonation this season, as he's second in the Pac-12 in free throws (124) and attempts (159).
MORELAND BOARDING: Eric Moreland is second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation with 10.5 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 sixth on the sophomore list to pass 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 55 blocked shots this season, which broke 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
RED HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC: Oregon State is first in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage at 37.1 percent (153-of-412). 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 15.1 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 69.9 percent of Oregon State's three-pointers (107 of 153) and have attempted 61.9 percent of the team's shots from beyond the arc (255 of 412). Nelson is second in the Pac-12 in three point percentage at 43.1 percent (47-for-109), while Starks is fifth at 41.1 percent (60-for-146). 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 4.62 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 was moved into the starting lineup for the past five games as a floor general to get better shots for Ahmad Starks and Roberto Nelson. Barton has thrived in the role as he's averaging 6.0 points and shooting 52.4 percent (11-for-21) from the field and 50.0 percent (5-for-10) from beyond the arc. In the first 21 games as a reserve, Barton averaged 1.8 points and made a total of 16 field goals (16-for36) and only one three pointer (1-for-9). Starks and Nelson have combined to make 42.3 percent (22-of-52) of their three-pointers with Barton starting.
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.
A LOOK BACK AT JOE'S FOUR-GAME RUN: Joe Burton had a recent four-game streak that was eye popping for any player, especially a 6-foot-7 center, as he 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.
BURTON AMONG ACTIVE LEADERS IN PAC-12: A look at the career active leaders in the Pac-12 shows how diverse Joe Burton's game has been. He's third in rebounds (689) and second in assists (294) and steals (124). Arizona's Solomon Hill is the only other player among the top five in all three categories. Andre Roberson of Colorado is the career leader among active players in rebounds and steals, while Washington's Abdul Gaddy leads in assists.
CHECKING IN WITH THE FRESHMEN: It has been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride for Oregon State's four freshmen this season. Jarmal Reid started the first 17 games after Angus Brandt was injured, and had a game with 11 rebounds, but hasn't started the past five games and hasn't scored in the past seven. Olaf Schaftenaar has become a three-point specialist - literally - as 83 of his 97 shots have been from beyond the arc, but he's shooting only 28.9 percent (24-for-83) from deep. Langston Morris-Walker had a slow start, then scored 15 points in three games (all on threes), but has been a defensive stopper all season. Victor Robbins has gotten the least amount of playing time among the frosh with 78 total minutes on the season, but has 14 rebounds in his limited time.
THE FIVE-MINUTE MARK: Oregon State is 65-7 when leading with five minutes to play during the Craig Robinson era, including a 13-2 mark this season after going 18-1 last season. On the flip side, Oregon State is 8-76 when trailing with five minutes to play in the same timeframe, with an 0-10 record this season. The Beavers are 0-1 when the game is tied with five minutes to play this season.
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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