Men's Hoops Hosts Vermont in Second Round of CBI

March 21, 2009

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Monday, March 23

Vermont at Oregon State, 7:05 PM



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Oregon State vs. Vermont: First Meeting

Corvallis, Ore.: First Meeting

Burlington, Vt.: Never Met

Neutral: Never Met


The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers host Vermont in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational on Monday, March 23, at 7:05 p.m. The game will be carried live by HDNet (DirecTV 79 or 306; Dish 9422) and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.


Oregon State enters the quarterfinal round with a record of 14-17 on the year after rallying to a 49-45 victory over Houston in the opening round. Daniel Deane and Omari Johnson led the way for the Beavers in the victory as Deane was perfect from the field (7-of-7) to lead the team with 14 points as Johnson scored 11 off the bench for Oregon State.


The Beavers are making their 21st postseason appearance in school history as the victory over the Cougars was the first postseason victory for Oregon State since a win over New Mexico in the NIT during the 1986-87 season.


Vermont enters the contest with a record of 24-8 on the season as the Catamounts captured a four-point win over Wisconsin-Green Bay in the opening round of the CBI. The meeting with Vermont will mark the first time the schools have met on the hardwood.


Tickets for the quarterfinals of the CBI are on sale now and the price is $25 for a chairback and $15 for a bench seat. Students will be admitted to the contest for free and can begin picking up tickets on Monday at 8:30 a.m.


To order tickets, purchase in person at the Oregon State ticket office or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS. Fans can also order online at the official website of Oregon State athletics,



Vermont, led by head coach Mike Lonergan, enters the contest with a record of 24-8 on the season as the Catamounts defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay earlier this week in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. The Catamounts are led by Marqus Blakeley, the two-time America East player of the year, who leads the team with 16.1 points per game. Mike Trimboli ranks second on the team with 16.0 points per contest.    


Vermont is shooting 48.1 percent from the field while holding opponents to 41.4 percent from the field.



The meeting with the Catamounts marks the first time the two schools have met on the hardwood. Vermont is 0-4 all-time against schools from the Pac-10 Conference.



Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received a lot of attention and the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why. The junior currently leads the Pac-10 Conference at 1.9 steals per game overall and led the league with 2.0 steals per game in conference play.  Should Tarver capture the regular season steals crown, it would be the first time an Oregon State player led the league in steals since Gary Payton led the league in 1990.


In addition to Tarver, the rest of the Oregon State defense has done its part as well, as the Beavers ranked second in steals in conference games, averaging 7.2 steals per game, and fourth overall at 6.9 steals per contest.



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 13.8 points through 25 games to rank 16th 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 six since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. Through 23 games, Haynes leads the team with 17 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 has stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into the quarterfinals of the CBI, Claitt ranks sixth on the team with 6.3 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks 10th in the Pac-10 Conference at 34.0 minutes per game.


One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 55.5 percent of his shots including an impressive 45.5 percent from behind the arc (30-of-66).


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 13 victories this season.


In Pac-10 Conference games, Schaftenaar finished No. 7 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 63 assists and 39 turnovers gave him a 1.6 ratio.


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 USC, Oregon State is shooting 46.0 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 62nd in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.0 percent is the highest field goal percentage for Oregon State since the 1992 season.


Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 51.8 percent of their two-point shots to rank 48th in the country according to


The Beavers shot 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the field against Oregon, marking the 11th 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.



The win over Houston in the CBI marks the first non-Pac-10 post-season tournament victory since the Beavers knocked off New Mexico 85-82 in the NIT Tournament after the 1986-87 season.

• The Beavers held Aubrey Coleman, Houston’s leading scorer (19.7 PPG) to just nine points on the night on 3-for-12 shooting.

• Oregon State held Houston to just 21.7 percent from the field in the first half on 5-of-23 shooting, 28.3 percent for the game (15-of-53) and just 22.2 percent from 3-point range (6-of-27).

• Oregon State held Houston to a season low 45 points.



• Sophomore Daniel Deane recorded a team high 14 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting, marking the first time Deane has scored in double-digits since scoring 10 against Seattle, Dec. 29, 2008.

• Sophomore Lathen Wallace recorded a career high nine rebounds and tied his career high with two steals.



Should Oregon State defeat Vermont, the Beavers would advance to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational, to take place on Wednesday, March 25, against an opponent to be determined. 


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