Beavers Getting Right Back To Action At 2K Sports Classic
Nov. 16, 2012
THE GAME: Oregon State (2-1) will play Purdue (1-2) in the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) on Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Beavers fell to Alabama, 65-62, and Purdue lost to Villanova, 89-81, in overtime in the 2K Sports Classic semifinal games on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to set up Friday's matchup.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Marc Kestecher and Len Elmore calling the action. It can also be viewed online on WatchESPN.
RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Rich Burk calling the action. It can also be heard on satellite radio on XM 193 and Sirius 123.
ONLINE: Live updates are available by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking on GameTracker.
QUICKLY: Oregon State has a better field goal percentage and free throw percentage than their opponent in all three games ... Five Beavers are averaging double-figure scoring with Ahmad Starks (18.0), Roberto Nelson (12.7), Angus Brandt (12.0), Devon Collier (11.7) and Joe Burton (10.3); Eric Moreland is averaging 8.0 per game ... A different player has led the team in scoring in the three games ... Brandt had his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Alabama ... Collier scored 20-plus points for the fourth time in his career with 21 against Alabama ... Moreland played a career-high 36 minutes and tied his career best with 14 rebounds against Alabama ... Starks averaged 25.5 points in the first two games to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors ... Challe Barton joined Starks, Nelson and Brandt as players to make a three-pointer this season with a triple against Alabama ... Freshman Jarmal Reid made his first career field goal against Alabama.
FAST BREAK: Oregon State will play Kansas for the first time ever when the teams meet on Nov. 30 in Kansas City, Mo. ... Oregon State will host the 3rd Annual Nike N7 Game presented by Spirit Mountain Casino against Montana State on Nov. 25 ... The Beavers return four starters and 12 letterwinners ... In Pac-12 team production returning this season, the Beavers are first in scoring (74.4%), rebounding (76.6%), assists (79.7%), blocks (89.85) and steals (69.5%) ... With the 18-game conference schedule, Oregon State will "miss" home games against UCLA and USC and road games at Arizona and Arizona State ... The Beavers went 4-0 on their European tour this summer, winning by an average of 16.8 points per game after putting up 82.8 and limiting their opponents to just 66 ... Angus Brandt averaged a team-high 15.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in Europe ... Brandt led the team in three-point field goal percentage last season at 49.2 percent (29-for-59) and finished ninth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 53.5 percent (122-for-228) ... In Pac-12 career leaders returning this season, Joe Burton is second in steals (93) and fourth in rebounding (522) and assists (206) ... Burton was the only player in the Pac-12 last season to finish in the top 15 in rebounding, steals and assists ... Ahmad Starks made 79 three-pointers last season, the second-most in Oregon State single-season history (Gary Payton, 82 in 1988-89) and most by a sophomore in school history ... Starks made a three-pointer in 19 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in school history, and made a three-pointer in 31 of his 35 games and two or more in 23 games ... Devon Collier finished 12th in the Pac-12 in scoring and seventh in blocked shots and broke the Oregon State record for most blocked shots by a sophomore with 46 ... Eric Moreland broke the Oregon State single-season record with 69 blocked shots that was held by Scott Haskin (68 in 1991-92) and shattered the school's freshman blocked shots record that was set the season before by Collier (23) ... Moreland broke the Oregon State record for most rebounds by a freshman (211) that was held for 38 years by Lonnie Shelton (204 in 1973-74).
ROBINSON'S RECORD: It's been noted often that Craig Robinson has more wins (64) in his first four years at Oregon State than Slats Gill (57) and Ralph Miller (58) in the same timeframe. It was the fifth year for both Hall of Fame coaches when they had their breakthrough seasons with Gill winning 21 and Miller claiming 19. With 16 victories this season, Robinson would become the fifth-winningest coach in Oregon State history and 28 would move him all the way to fourth, trailing only Gill (599), Miller (359) and Bob Hager (115).
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