Men's Hoops Hosts Seattle Pacific on Tuesday

Dec. 15, 2008

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THE SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Seattle Pacific at Oregon State, 7:06 PM

LIVE COVERAGE
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Television: None

THE SERIES
Oregon State vs. Seattle Pacific: Oregon State leads 2-0
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 2-0
Seattle, Wash.: Never met
Neutral: Never met

The Oregon State men's basketball team continues a string of six straight home games as the Beavers play host to Seattle Pacific on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:06 p.m. The game against the Falcons can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the play-by-play.

Oregon State is coming off its most impressive win of the season as the Beavers defeated Nebraska, 64-63, on Saturday. Omari Johnson (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Daniel Deane (13 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles in the victory as Calvin Haynes added 14 points in his return for the Beavers.

Deane continues to lead the Oregon State attack heading into the week as the sophomore leads the team with 10.4 points per game. Johnson is the other player in double figures for Oregon State, averaging 10.0 points per game. Senior Rickey Claitt is also off to a strong start as the guard ranks third on the team with 9.4 points per game while ranking sixth in the Pac-10 Conference with a 1.6 assist-turnover ratio.

The meeting with Seattle Pacific, a NCAA Division II member, marks the third in the series between the two schools. Oregon State captured the previous two meetings as the Beavers captured a 69-62 win over the Falcons the last time the teams met during the 1992-93 season.

For tickets to the contest against Seattle Pacific, contact the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or purchase online at www.osubeavers.com.

SCOUTING THE SEATTLE PACIFIC FALCONS
Seattle Pacific, led by seventh year head coach Jeff Hironaka and a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, enters the week with a record of 6-2 after defeating Saint Leo, 92-67 on Saturday night

The Falcons feature five players in double figures, led by Chris Banchero who is averaging 16.6 points per game. Rob Diederichs ranks second on the squad at 12.9 points per contest.

The Falcons are shooting a blistering 53.5 percent from the field through eight games while holding opponents to 41.9 percent from the field.

THE SEATTLE PACIFIC SERIES
The meeting with the Falcons marks the second in the series as Oregon State has captured the previous two meetings. The Beavers own a 2-0 record at home against Seattle Pacific as the Beavers captured the last meeting in the series with a 69-62 win during the 1992-93 season.

Rickey Claitt PLAYING WELL
Senior Rickey Claitt has had a solid start to his senior season as the guard as stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into this week, Claitt ranks third on the team with 9.6 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks first in the Pac-10 Conference at 37.9 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 56.8 percent of his shots including an impressive 42.9 percent from behind the arc (9-of-21).

The senior has already established numerous career highs as Claitt scored a career-high 21 points against Montana State. Claitt surpassed his previous career best of 11 points in the first half alone, scoring 13. He was a perfect 5-for-5 (3-for-3 3-point) from the field in the first half and was 9-of-12 for the game. Claitt followed it up by going a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in the win against Fresno State, including a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.

OREGON STATE SHOWS MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
After struggling from the field last season, early indicators show the new offensive system in place has allowed Oregon State to dramatically improve its shooting numbers as the Beavers rank among the nation's best through seven games. Entering the week, Oregon State is shooting 46.0 percent from the field to rank sixth in the Pac-10 and 84th in the NCAA.

The Beavers shot 52.3 percent (23-of-44) from the field in the victory over Fresno State, marking the third time this season Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

UP NEXT...
Oregon State returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 20, when the Beavers host Howard at 7:06 p.m.

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