Men's Hoops Hosts Stanford on Thursday

Feb. 18, 2009

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Stanford at Oregon State, 7:06 PM

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Oregon State vs. Stanford: Oregon State leads 67-58
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 34-23
Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford leads 34-28
Neutral: Oregon State leads 5-1

The Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers return home to host their final two home games of the season, beginning with Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:06 p.m. The game will not be televised; however, can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest in a tie for seventh-place in the Pac-10 Conference standings after the Beavers knocked off Washington State, 54-52, on Saturday. Calvin Haynes led the way for Oregon State with 17 points off the bench as Roeland Schaftenaar added 13 points in the win. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak against the Cougars as Oregon State improved to 11-13 overall, 5-8 in the league, with the win.

Haynes continues to lead Oregon State with 15.2 points per game as the sophomore ranks ninth in the league in scoring. Schaftenaar ranks second on the team in scoring at 9.2 points per game.

Stanford enters the contest with a mark of 15-8 on the season, 4-8 in league play, after falling at Cal on Saturday. The meeting with the Cardinal marks the 126th meeting between the two schools as Oregon State owns a 67-58 edge in the series. Oregon State snapped a 16-game road losing skid to Stanford earlier this season as the Beavers captured a 77-62 win in Palo Alto earlier this season.

Stanford, led by first year head coach Johnny Dawkins, enters the contest with a record of 15-8 on the season, 4-8 in league play, after falling to Cal on Saturday. The Cardinal enter the contest in ninth-place in the league standings.

Anthony Goods leads the Stanford attack with 16.4 points per game as three Cardinal players enter the contest in double figures. Lawrence Hill averages 13.8 points per game while Landry Fields averages 12.0 points per contest for the Cardinal.

Stanford is shooting 46.3 percent from the field while holding opponents to 47.6 percent from the floor.

The contest with the Cardinal marks the 126th meeting in the series as Oregon State holds a 67-58 advantage over the Cardinal. Stanford had won six straight in the series before Oregon State captured a 77-62 win at Stanford earlier this season.

Sophomore Calvin Haynes has been the leading scorer ever since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard has averaged 15.2 points through 18 games to rank ninth in the league in scoring. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score 20 points against Seattle Pacific. In reaching double figures in every game but four since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. Through 18 games, Haynes has shot 46.7 percent (98-of-210) from the field while hitting 39.4 percent (39-of-99) from behind the three-point arc.

Haynes leads the team with 14 games in double figures and has scored 20-plus points four times this season.

Rickey Claitt PLAYING WELL
Senior Rickey Claitt has had a solid senior season as the guard as stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into Saturday, Claitt ranks fourth on the team with 7.3 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks seventh in the Pac-10 Conference at 35.0 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 60.4 percent of his shots including an impressive 50.0 percent from behind the arc (26-of-52).

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.

The term 'point-center' has entered the Pac-10 Conference lexicon with the arrival of Craig Robinson at Oregon State as Roeland Schaftenaar has played the position and been pivotal in leading the Beavers to 11 victories this season.

In Pac-10 Conference games, Schaftenaar ranks No. 4 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 45 assists and 24 turnovers give him a 1.9 ratio. In addition, Schaftenaar ranks ninth in conference games in assists at 3.5 per game, the only non-guard in the top 10.

The 'point-center' led Oregon State to its first Bay Area sweep since the 1992-93 season as the Beavers captured wins at California (69-65) and Stanford (77-62). In the wins, he averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals as he turned in an impressive 10-to-1 assist to turnover ratio for the weekend while earning Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors.

After struggling from the field last season, 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. Entering this contest against Washington, Oregon State is shooting 46.0 percent and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 and 74th in the NCAA.

Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 52.5 percent of their two-point shots to rank 34th in the country according to

The Beavers shot 62.0 percent (31-of-50) from the field in the victory over Stanford, marking the eighth time this season Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field. In fact, the Beavers have shot 58 percent or better from the floor on four occasions this season. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

Oregon State plays its final home game of the season as the Beavers host Cal on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW.

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