Men's Hoops Faces USC on Sunday

Jan. 3, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE
Sunday, Jan. 4
USC at Oregon State, 2:37 PM

LIVE COVERAGE
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
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Television: FSN NW; Rich Burk (play-by-play); Lamar Hurd (color); Brandon Glanville (sideline)

THE SERIES
Oregon State vs. USC: USC leads 64-55
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 33-29
Los Angeles, Calif.: USC leads 32-21
Neutral: USC leads 3-1

The Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this weekend as the Beavers host USC in a Pac-10 Conference contest on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 2:37 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW and will be available on the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest with a record of 5-6 on the season, 0-1 in conference play, after No. 9 UCLA claimed a 69-46 win over the Beavers in the league opener for both schools. Calvin Haynes led the way for Oregon State in the loss with 16 points as Oregon State fell behind early and was unable to catch the three-time defending league champions.

Haynes continues to lead the team in scoring as the sophomore guard has scored in double figures in every contest since his return to the line-up against Nebraska. Entering the USC contest, Haynes is averaging 18.2 points per game while forward Omari Johnson is the other Oregon State player in double figures, averaging 10.9 points per game.

Oregon State continues to shoot well from the field, as the Beavers are currently hitting 48.7 percent of their shots from the floor.

USC enters the contest with a record of 10-3 on the season, 1-0 in league play after the Trojans captured an 83-62 win over Oregon on Friday. The Trojans lead the all-time series 64-55; however, Oregon State owns a 33-29 edge in games played in Corvallis.

For tickets to the game against the Trojans, fans can contact the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by purchasing online at www.osubeavers.com.

SCOUTING THE USC TROJANS
USC, led by head coach Tim Floyd, enters the contest with Oregon State with a record of 10-3 on the season, 1-0 in conference play, as the Trojans opened league play with a 21-point win over Oregon on Friday. Dwight Lewis tied a career high with 26 points and DeMar DeRozan notched his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Lewis leads four players in double figures at 16.8 points per game while Taj Gibson ranks second on the team with 15.5 points per contest.

USC is hitting 47.8 percent of its shots from the floor while holding opponents to just 37.8 percent from the floor.

The Trojans have won five straight since a 73-72 loss to nationally-ranked Oklahoma on Dec. 4.

THE USC SERIES
This is the 120th meeting between USC and Oregon State with the Trojans leading the series, 64-55. USC has won seven straight in the series; however, Oregon State leads the all-time series in Corvallis, 33-29. The Beavers last win over the Trojans came during the 2004-05 season when Oregon State claimed a 74-64 win in Gill Coliseum.

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 Sunday, Claitt ranks third on the team with 8.7 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks fourth in the Pac-10 Conference at 35.2 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 62.3 percent of his shots including an impressive 51.7 percent from behind the arc (15-of-29). Claitt currently ranks sixth in the league in field-goal percentage.

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. 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.

Calvin Haynes OFF TO A FAST START
Sophomore Calvin Haynes has had a fast start since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard has averaged 18.2 points through five games. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score 20 points against Seattle Pacific while playing a career-high 33 minutes. In reaching double figures in every game since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 24 points against Seattle. Through five games, Haynes has shot 58.5 percent (31-of-53) from the field while hitting 48.5 percent (11-of-24) from behind the three-point arc.

OREGON STATE RANKS AMONG NATION'S BEST 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 11 games. Entering this contest against USC, Oregon State is shooting 48.7 percent and ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 16th in the NCAA in the latest rankings by the organization.

The Beavers shot 64.2 percent (34-of-53) from the field in the victory over Howard, marking the fifth time this season Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field and the third time shooting 58 percent or better from the floor. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

UP NEXT...
Oregon State returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 8, as the Beavers travel to Arizona State to take on the nationally-ranked Sun Devils at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN.

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