Men's Hoops Hosts Fresno State; Looks for Win No. 1600

Dec. 22, 2009




Fresno State (6-6) at Oregon State (5-5), 5:32 PM



Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)

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Television: FSN NW; Rich Burk (play-by-play), Lamar Hurd (sideline), Jen Mueller (sideline)



Oregon State vs. Fresno State: Series tied 7-7

Corvallis, Ore.: Series tied 3-3

Itta Bena, Miss.: Series tied 4-4

Neutral: First Meeting


The Oregon State men’s basketball looks for its 1600th win in program history on Wednesday as the Beavers host Fresno State on Dec. 23 at 5:32 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.


In its 109th season of men’s basketball, Oregon State enters the contest with a mark of 1,599-1,185 as the Beavers look to become the 15th program in  NCAA Division I history to reach the 1600-win plateau.


Oregon State moved within one win of the historic milestone after the Beavers captured a 76-62 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Five Oregon State players reached double figures in the victory, the first time since five players scored in double figures for the Beavers since a 76-73 loss to No. 20 Oregon on Dec. 30, 2006.


Seth Tarver continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 13.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The senior has scored in double figures in 9-of-10 games this season and leads the Pac-10 Conference and ranks second in the NCAA with 3.3 steals per game. Calvin Haynes ranks second on the squad at 9.9 points per contest.


The Oregon State defense has played well through 10 games as the Beavers are holding opponents to just 39.5 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from behind the arc.


Fresno State enters with a mark of 6-6 on the year after a tough 59-56 loss at Montana on Monday. Paul George leads the way for the Bulldogs at 17.6 points per game.


The contest marks the 15th meeting between the two schools as the series is deadlocked at 7-7. Oregon State captured a 62-54 win last year in Fresno, Calif.



Fresno State, led by fifth-year head coach Steve Cleveland, enters the contest with a mark of 6-6 on the season after the Bulldogs dropped a 59-56 decision at Montana on Monday.


Paul George leads three Fresno State players in double figures at 17.6 points per game while Sylvester Seay ranks second on the squad at 15.8 points per contest.


Fresno State is averaging 67.1 points per game while hitting 44.7 percent of its shots from the field and 34.7 percent from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Fresno State is holding opponents to just 38.8 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from behind the three-point line.


The meeting marks the 15th in the series between the two schools as the series is even at 7-7. Oregon State captured a 62-54 win in Fresno last season.



The Oregon State defense has been among the nation’s best in the early-going as the Beavers have been forcing turnovers and keeping opponents field-goal percentage down through 10 games. Specifically, Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received the share of the attention as the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why.


Tarver leads the way for the Oregon State defense as the senior leads the Pac-10 Conference and ranks second in the NCAA at 3.3 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 9.1 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 32 in the nation. Last season, Tarver became the first Oregon State player since Gary Payton to lead the league in steals during conference play as the forward averaged 2.0 per game.


When opponents do get shots off against Tarver and the 1-3-1, they have not been able to hit them with consistency. Oregon State ranks third in the league in field goal percentage defense at 39.5 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 21 NCAA) at 58.3 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State ranks third in the league at 28.0 percent.



Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack to open the season, averaging 13.5 points and 5.1 rebounds to lead the Beavers in both categories through 10 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 9-of-10 games this season with a season-high of 18 points while recording three assists and three steals in a win over George Washington.


The senior also led the Oregon State attack at the “Duel in the Desert” tournament and was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds through the three games.


Tarver currently leads the Pac-10 with 3.3 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (791), fourth in rebounds (437) and first in steals (140). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.



After a victory against Mississippi Valley State, Oregon State stands just one win shy of a historic milestone as the Beavers have compiled a mark of 1,599-1,185 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, stands one win 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 has reached the 50-win plateau as the second-year head coach picked up his 50th career win at George Washington. Robinson owns a 53-51 career mark in three-plus seasons.



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.


This trend has continued this season Oregon State is currently hitting 47.2 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on six occasions, including five of the last six games.


Last 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 Oregon State shot 50 percent or better from the field 14 times; and, in fact, the Beavers shot 58 percent or better from the floor on five occasions last year.



Oregon State opens Pac-10 Conference play on Thursday, Dec. 31, as the Beavers travel to Seattle, Wash., to face Washington at 7:00 p.m. in a game televised by FSN NW.


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