Men's Hoops Begins Three-Game Homestand with USC Thursday

Jan. 26, 2010





USC (12-7, 4-3) at Oregon State (8-11, 2-5), 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 (color); Jen Mueller (sideline)



Oregon State vs. USC: USC leads 65-56

Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 34-29

Los Angeles, Calif.: USC leads 33-21

Neutral: USC leads 3-1


The Oregon State men’s basketball team begins a string of three straight home games as the Beavers host USC in Pac-10 Conference action on Thursday, Jan. 28, 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.


Oregon State enters the contest with a mark of 8-11 on the season, 2-5 in league play, after the Beavers dropped a 65-61 decision at the hands of Cal on Saturday. Calvin Haynes led the way for Oregon State in the loss as the guard tied his career-high with 25 points as freshman Jared Cunningham set a season-high with 18 points against the Bears.


Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack as the junior guard leads the team and ranks No. 16 in the Pac-10 Conference at 12.3 points per game. Senior Seth Tarver is the other Oregon State player in double figures, averaging 11.2 points per game.


Tarver has led the defensive efforts for the Beavers as the senior leads the league and ranks No. 15 in the NCAA at 2.6 steals per game. Oregon State leads the league with 8.1 thefts per contest as the Beavers rank third in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 42.4 percent from the field.


USC enters with a mark of 12-7 on the season, 4-3 in league play, after the Trojans split a pair of games against the Washington schools last week. The Trojans fell to Washington State, 67-60, before cruising past Washington, 87-61, on Saturday.           


USC leads the all-time series, 65-56, after the teams split a pair of games last season.


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USC, led by first-year head coach Kevin O’Neill, enters the weekend with a mark of 12-7 overall, 4-3 in league play, after the Trojans split a pair of games against the Washington schools last week. The Trojans fell to Washington State, 67-60, before cruising past Washington, 87-61, on Saturday.


The Trojans are led by Dwight Lewis, who is averaging 14.1 points per contest for USC. Nikola Vucevic ranks second on the squad at 11.7 points per game while Marcus Johnson is averaging 10.6 points per game for the Trojans.


USC is considered to have one of the top defenses in the country as the Trojans enter the week No. 3 in the NCAA in scoring defense at 55.7 points per game. The Trojans are holding opponents to just 37.3 percent from the field while hitting 44.6 percent of their shots.



The Oregon State defense has been among the nation’s best as the Beavers have been forcing turnovers and keeping opponents field-goal percentage down through 19 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 No. 15 in the NCAA at 2.6 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.0 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 71 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 42.4 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 68 NCAA) at 63.1 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State ranks second in the league (No. 43 NCAA) at 30.4 percent.



Senior forward Seth Tarver has been one of the leaders of the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds through 19 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 13-of-19 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 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 2.6 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 11th in career points (869), fourth in rebounds (474) and first in steals (157). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State.



With a victory over Fresno State, Oregon State became just the 15th program to reach 1,600 wins as the Beavers now own a 1,602-1,190 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, 17 programs have reached the historic milestone. In addition to Pac-10 squads 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, Louisville 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 56-56 career mark in four-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 and against in the loss against Cal, Haynes tied his career-high with 25 points as the mark is the most points by an Oregon State player this season.


Haynes has reached double figures in seven-of-1 games and now leads the team in scoring at 12.3 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks fourth in the Pac-10 Conference at 44.2 percent (34-of-77) from behind the three point arc.



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 44.6 percent of its shots and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field on six occasions.


Oregon State has been especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers hit 50.2 percent of their two-point shots to rank 89th in the country according to Last season, 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.



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.


Seven games into the Pac-10 Conference season, Schaftenaar is playing well again as the senior center ranks second on the team in league games with 9.9 points per game while leading the squad at 6.0 rebounds per game. In the victory over Arizona, Schaftenaar tallied a season-high 22 points as the Beavers rallied from 11 down to claim a 67-64 victory over the Wildcats.


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



Oregon State will close out the weekend when the Beavers host UCLA on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in a game televised by FSN NW.


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