Men's Basketball Opens Season at Duel in the Desert

Nov. 12, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE - UNITED SPIRIT ARENA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Oregon State vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6:00 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Oregon State vs. South Dakota, 6:00 p.m.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Oregon State at Texas Tech, 1:00 p.m

 

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THE SERIES

Oregon State vs. TAMUCC: Oregon State leads 1-0

Oregon State vs. South Dakota: First Meeting

Oregon State vs. Texas Tech: First Meeting

 

The highly anticipated start to the 2009-10 Oregon State men’s basketball campaign occurs this weekend as the Beavers travel to Lubbock, Texas, to open the season in the four-team “Duel in the Desert,” hosted by Texas Tech University. Oregon State opens play on Friday, Nov. 13, at approximately 6:30 p.m. when the Beavers face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at United Spirit Arena. South Dakota meets Texas Tech in the tournament’s first contest on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

  

Oregon State, led by second year head coach Craig Robinson, returns four starters and nine letter-winners from last year’s squad that went 18-18 and captured the College Basketball Invitational title.

  

Senior Roeland Schaftenaar leads the Oregon State attack as the senior returns after a stellar junior season, where he averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on his way to honorable mention all-conference honors. Junior Calvin Haynes also returns after leading the team in scoring last year, averaging 13.0 points per game.

  

On the defensive side of the ball, senior Seth Tarver returns to lead the vaunted 1-3-1 defense as the forward earned honorable mention all-league defensive honors after leading the Pac-10 Conference with 60 steals on the season. Oregon State held opponents to just 63.3 points per game last season while ranking second in the league with 7.2 steals per game in conference play.

  

The meeting with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi marks the second time the teams have met as Oregon State holds a 1-0 edge in the series after the Beavers captured an 82-70 win at Gill Coliseum during the 1999-2000 season.

  

All Oregon State games at the tournament can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network or online at osubeavers.com with a subscription to Beaver Nation Online.

 

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, led by third-year head coach Perry Clark, enters the 2009-10 season as one of the favorites of the Southland Conference. The Islanders were picked to finish in second-place in the West Division in a preseason media vote after finishing last season with a mark of 18-15 overall.

  

Kevin Palmer, a first-team all-league selection, was last year’s top scorer in the Southland Conference at 18.2 points a game. Meanwhile, Justin Reynolds was named second-team preseason all-conference after posting numbers of 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 33 games played last year.

  

The Islanders doubled their win total from nine to 18 in Clark’s second season and return seven players who started at least 16 games last year. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi returns 87.6% of its scoring, nearly 94% of its rebounding and 90.4% of its assists.

 

SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota, in its second year of transition to NCAA Division I and led by head coach Dave Boots, has been selected to win the inaugural Great West Conference Championship.

  

The Coyotes are led by Tyler Cain, the conference preseason player of the year. A senior forward, Cain led USD in several offensive and defensive categories last season, including points per game (15.4), rebounds (11.0), blocks (82) and steals (45). He was named first-team All-Independent, while also claiming All-Independent Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors.

  

Sophomore guard Louie Krogman also earned preseason first-team accolades from the Great West, as USD was the only school to place two student-athletes on the preseason first team. Krogman averaged nearly 13 points per contest last season by connecting on a team-leading 39 percent (69-of-178) of his three-point attempts.

  

Senior Roman Gentry was voted to the preseason All-Great West second team after averaging 12.2 points and 1.7 steals per game in over 24 minutes of action per game.

 

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH

Texas Tech, a member of the Big 12 Conference, is picked to finish ninth in the league in the preseason coaches poll after the Red Raiders finished last season with a record of 14-19 overall and in 11th place in the league with a 3-11 mark.

  

The Red Raiders, led by head coach Pat Knight, bring back seven of their top eight scorers from last season, including four starters. Overall, 73 percent of the point production returns, plus 78.4 percent of Tech’s assists. John Roberson returns after leading the team with 13.9 points per game last season.

  

In addition, Mike Singletary returns after averaging 12.2 points per contest. Singletary made national news in March as set a Big 12 Championship record last year with 43 points versus Texas A&M. He had 29 consecutive points for his team with no other Red Raider scoring, the second-longest string by a player for his team in NCAA history.

 

OREGON STATE’S QUEST FOR SCHOOL VICTORY NUMBER 1600 BEGINS

Entering its 110th year of men’s basketball, Oregon State stands just six wins shy of a historic milestone as the Beavers have compiled a mark of 1,594-1,180 over the years. During that span, Oregon State has captured 21 conference titles, including five Pac-10 Conference crowns, and has made 16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship appearances.

  

Oregon State, the 15th winningest program in men’s college basketball history, stand six wins shy of its 1,600th victory. Only 14 programs have reached the historic milestone as Western Kentucky was the last program to accomplish the feat, surpassing 1,600 wins last season.

  

In addition to the historic program total, head coach Craig Robinson also enters the season just shy of a milestone as the second-year Oregon State head coach stands two wins shy of 50 for his career.

 

OREGON STATE ENTERS 2009-10 SEASON WITH HIGHER EXPECTATIONS

High expectations has not been a term used in connection with the Oregon State men’s basketball program in recent years; however, the Beavers find themselves rated among the top programs in the conference after capturing the College Basketball Invitational title last year.

  

Oregon State returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last years squad as the Beavers were tabbed fifth in the Pac-10 Conference preseason media poll. Preseason publications have even picked Oregon State as high as third (ESPN.com) as the Beavers look to make the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time since the 1990 season.

  

Several Oregon State players have seen their profile rise as well, particularly “point-center” Roeland Schaftenaar, who is picked by many publications to be a first-team all Pac-10 Conference selection this season.

 

Seth Tarver AND THE 1-3-1 WREAK HAVOC ON OPPOSING OFFENSES

Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense received a lot of attention last season and the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why. The junior finished second in the Pac-10 Conference at 1.8 steals per game overall and led the league with 2.0 steals per game in conference play.  With Tarver leading the league in steals in conference games, it was the first time an Oregon State player led conference play in steals since Gary Payton finished first in 1990.

  

In addition to Tarver, the rest of the Oregon State defense has did its part as well, as the Beavers ranked second in steals in conference games, averaging 7.2 steals per game, and finished fourth overall at 6.7 steals per contest.

 

Calvin Haynes LEADS THE WAY FOR THE BEAVERS DURING THE 2008-09 CAMPAIGN

Sophomore Calvin Haynes led the team in scoring ever since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard finished the season averaging 13.0 points per game. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score 20 points against Seattle Pacific. Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. In 30 appearances, Haynes led the team with 20 games in double figures and scored 20-plus points four times this past year.

 

LAST TIME OUT: OREGON STATE ROLLS PAST WESTERN OREGON IN EXHIBITION PLAY

Senior forward Seth Tarver led all scorers with 17 points as the Oregon State defense held Western Oregon to less than 30 percent from the field as the Beavers cruised to a 75-55 win over the Wolves in a men’s basketball exhibition contest.

  

Oregon State used a solid defensive effort to jump out to a 38-19 lead at the break as the Beavers forced Western Oregon to commit 11 turnovers in the first half while limiting the Wolves to just 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from the field.

  

With the score 57-38 with 11:29 left in the second half, the Wolves would use an 11-0 run to cut the Oregon State lead to nine; however, the Beavers responded with a 14-2 run over the next seven minutes to put the game away.

  

Three Oregon State players scored in double figures in the win, led by Tarver, who was 8-of-9 from the field while adding six rebounds, five assists and four steals in the victory. Calvin Haynes had 15 points while Omari Johnson added 12 for Oregon State.

  

The Beavers held a commanding 58-24 edge in points in the paint and a 16-5 edge in second chance points as 11 different players scored for Oregon State in the victory.

 

Roeland Schaftenaar LOOKS TO RETURN TO HIS ROLE AS THE “POINT-CENTER”

The term “point-center” entered the Pac-10 Conference lexicon with the arrival of Craig Robinson at Oregon State as Roeland Schaftenaar played the position last year and was pivotal in leading the Beavers to 18 victories.

  

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.

  

In his most remarkable performances of last year, 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. He went on to capture Most Valuable Player honors of the College Basketball Invitational after averaging 13.7 points and recording 29 assists in six contests.

 

OREGON STATE LOOKS TO CONTINUE EFFICIENCY FROM THE FIELD

After struggling from the field two years ago, indicators show the new offensive system in place allowed Oregon State to dramatically improve its shooting numbers as the Beavers finished last season ranked among the nation’s best. For the year, Oregon State shot 46.7 percent and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 and 46th in the NCAA. In fact, the 46.7 percent is the highest field goal percentage for Oregon State since the 1992 season.

  

Oregon State was especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers hit 52.6 percent of their two-point shots to rank 31st in the country according to kenpom.com.

  

The Beavers shot 56.5 percent from the field against UTEP in game three of the College Basketball Invitational, marking the 14th time Oregon State shot 50 percent or better from the field. In fact, the Beavers shot 58 percent or better from the floor on five occasions this past season. The season prior, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

 

UP NEXT...

Oregon State returns home to open the 60th anniversary season at Gill Coliseum as the Beavers host Sacramento State on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 12:00 p.m.

 

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