Men's Hoops Hosts Howard on Saturday

Dec. 19, 2008

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Saturday, Dec. 20
Howard at Oregon State, 7:06 PM

Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Oregon State vs. Howard: Series tied 1-1
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 1-0
Washington, D.C.: Howard leads 1-0
Neutral: Never met

Winners of three of four, the Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers host Howard on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7:06 p.m. The game can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest winners of two straight after defeating Seattle Pacific, 71-67, on Tuesday. Calvin Haynes led the way for Oregon State in the victory with a career-high 20 points as the sophomore has averaged 17.0 points per game since his return to the line-up.

Omari Johnson added 17 points in the victory as the sophomore has scored in double figures four times this season to lead all players.

Howard enters with a record of 1-6 this year after dropping a contest to Hampton on Dec. 6. The contest against the Bison is a re-match of the season opener, played on Nov. 14 in Washington D.C., where Howard picked up a 47-45 victory over the Beavers. With the win, Howard evened the all-time series between the two schools at 1-1.

For tickets to the contest against Howard, contact the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or purchase online at

Howard, led by head coach Gil Jackson, returns 10 letterwinners and all five starters from last year's squad that finished the season with a 6-26 overall mark and 10th-place in the MEAC with a 3-13 mark. Howard enters this week with a record of 1-6 on the season after dropping the conference opener against Hampton.

Eugene Myatt and Paul Kirkpatrick lead the Howard attack as Myatt averages 12.0 points with Kirkpatrick averaging 8.1 points per game.

Howard is holding opponents to 42.1 percent from the field as the Bison have shot 35.7 percent from the floor through eight games.

After Howard picked up a two-point victory over Oregon State to open the season, the series between the schools is now tied at 1-1. Oregon State picked up an 84-67 win over the Bison during the 2006-07 season.

Rickey Claitt PLAYING WELL
Senior Rickey Claitt has had a solid start to his senior season as the guard as stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into this week, Claitt ranks fourth on the team with 8.9 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks first in the Pac-10 Conference at 37.0 minutes per game. In addition, the senior guard has been taking care of the ball as he ranks third in the league with a 1.9 assist to turnover ratio.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 57.5 percent of his shots including an impressive 43.5 percent from behind the arc (10-of-23).

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. He was a perfect 5-for-5 (3-for-3 3-point) from the field in the first half and was 9-of-12 for the game. 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.

Sophomore Calvin Haynes has had a fast start since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard has averaged 17.0 points through two games. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points against Seattle Pacific while playing a career-high 33 minutes.

Through two games, Haynes has shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the field while hitting 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from behind the three-point arc.

After struggling from the field last season, early 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 through eight games. Entering the contest, Oregon State is shooting 47.4 percent from the field to rank sixth in the Pac-10 and 84th in the NCAA.

The Beavers shot 58.1 percent (25-of-43) from the field in the victory over Seattle Pacific, marking the fourth time this season Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field and the second time shooting 58 percent or better from the floor. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

Oregon State returns to action in on Monday, Dec. 29, in their final tune-up before the start of Pac-10 Conference play when the Beavers host Seattle at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW.

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