Men's Hoops Opens Pac-10 Play at Washington
Dec. 29, 2009
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
Oregon State (6-5) at Washington (9-2), 7:00 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Television: FSN NW; Tom Glasgow (play-by-play); Francis Williams (color); Jen Mueller (sideline)
Oregon State vs. Washington: Washington leads 148-135
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 93-46
Seattle, Wash.: Washington leads 99-40
Neutral: Washington leads 3-2
The Oregon State men’s basketball team opens Pac-10 Conference play this week as the Beavers travel to Seattle, Wash., to face No. 17 and defending league champion Washington on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 7:00 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.
Oregon State returns to action after an eight-day lay-off as the Beavers picked up a 73-65 win over Fresno State on Dec. 23. The win was the 1,600th in program history as Oregon State became the 15th program in NCAA Division I history to reach 1,600 wins.
Calvin Haynes led the way for the Beavers in the win, tying his career-high with 25 points. The point total was the highest for an Oregon State player this season as four players scored in double figures in the win over the Bulldogs.
Senior forward Seth Tarver continues to lead the Oregon State attack at 13.4 points per game while hitting 55.9 percent of his shots from the floor. Tarver has also been a force on the defensive end as the forward leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 2 in the NCAA at 3.2 steals per game. Oregon State is holding opponents to just 40.3 percent from the floor and 28.5 percent from behind the arc.
No. 17 Washington enters with a mark of 9-2 on the season after a 86-71 win over San Francisco on Monday. Washington leads the all-time series 148-135 as the Huskies captured both meetings a year ago. Like the Beavers, Washington enters the game with 1,600 victories as the Huskies own a 1,600-1,049 mark during their 107-year history.
Washington, led by eighth-year head coach Lorenzo Romar, enters the contest with a mark of 9-2 on the season after the Huskies picked up an 86-71 victory over San Francisco.
Quincy Pondexter leads the Washington attack and ranks No. 11 in the nation, averaging points per game. Isaiah Thomas is the other Washington player averaging in double figures as he ranks second on the squad at 17.5 points per game.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in points per game with 83.5 and has led the conference in scoring in three of the last five seasons. The Huskies are currently holding opponents to 69.9 points per game and 41.9 percent from the field.
Washington leads the all-times series between the two schools by a 148-135 margin since the first meeting in 1904. Washington has won four-straight overall in the series and six consecutive at home in Seattle dating back to 2003.
DEFENSE, AND THE 1-3-1, LEADING THE WAY FOR OREGON STATE HEADING INTO PAC-10 PLAY
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 11 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 3.2 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.9 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 in 1989-1990 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 40.3 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 21 NCAA) at 58.9 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State ranks second in the league at 28.5 percent.
Seth Tarver PLAYING WELL TO START THE SEASON
Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds to lead the Beavers in both categories through 11 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 10-of-11 games, including nine straight, this season with a season-high of 18 points while recording three assists and three steals in a win over George Washington.
The senior 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 3.2 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (803), fourth in rebounds (443) and first in steals (142). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.
OREGON STATE REACHES HISTORIC MILESTONE IN WIN OVER FRESNO STATE
With a victory over Fresno State, Oregon State became just the 15th program to reach 1,600 wins as the Beavers now own 1,600-1,185 record in its 109-year history. During the course to 1,600 wins, Oregon State has captured 21 conference titles, including five Pac-10 Conference crowns, and has made 16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship appearances.
Heading into this weekend, 16 programs have reached the historic milestone. In addition to Pac-10 squad Oregon State, Washington and UCLA, the following programs have reached 1,600 victories: Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John’s, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, Indiana, Utah, Illinois and Western Kentucky.
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 54-51 career mark in three-plus seasons.
Calvin Haynes BACK TO OLD FORM HEADING INTO PAC-10 PLAY
The leading scorer for Oregon State last season, junior guard Calvin Haynes has shown in recent games why he was a key member of last year’s College Basketball Invitational championship squad. In the victory over Fresno State, Haynes tied his career-high with 25 points and scored the most points by an Oregon State player this season.
In his last three games, Haynes has averaged 18.3 points per contest and his hitting 59.4 percent (19-of-32) of his shots from the field. The 25-point outburst marked the fifth time in his career the guard has scored 20-plus points. This season, Haynes has reached double figures on six occasions and ranks second on the squad with 31 career games in double figures.
Oregon State travels to Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW.