Men's Hoops Hosts Seattle on Monday

Dec. 28, 2008

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Monday, Dec. 29
Seattle at Oregon State, 7:00 PM

Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Television: FSN NW; Todd Mansfield (play-by-play), Lamar Hurd (color)

Oregon State vs. Seattle: Oregon State leads 14-4
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 10-0
Seattle, Wash.: Seattle leads 3-1
Neutral: Oregon State leads 3-1

Winners of four of five, including three in a row, the Oregon State men's basketball team continues a six game homestand when the Beavers host Seattle on Monday, Dec. 29, at 7:06 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.

The contest against Seattle is the final tune-up for Oregon State before the start of Pac-10 Conference play as the Beavers enter the game with three straight victories. It was a record-setting night for the Beavers in their last contest as Oregon State claimed a 90-54 win over Howard on Dec. 20. Oregon State hit a school-record 14 three-pointers and shot 64.2 percent from the floor, its highest percentage from the field since shooting 64.2 percent against South Carolina State in a 92-57 win on Nov. 26, 1999.

Calvin Haynes continues to shine since his return to the line-up as the sophomore guard leads the team with 17.0 points per game. Sophomore forward Omari Johnson is the other Oregon State player in double figures, averaging 11.9 points per game.

Oregon State leads the all-time series against Seattle, 14-4, as the Beavers own a perfect 10-0 record against the Redhawks, including a 81-38 victory the last time the teams met during the 2002-03 season.

Seattle, led by eighth year head coach Joe Callero, enters the contest with Oregon State with a record of 7-4 on the season. The Redhawks, who have won three of four and two straight on the road, are making the transition to Division I this season and are in their first season at the highest level of NCAA competition.

Chris Gweth leads the Redhawk attack, averaging 11.7 points per game while Austen Powers is the other Seattle player in double figures, averaging 11.5 points per game.

Seattle is shooting 44.0 percent from the floor while holding opponents to 44.2 percent from the field.

Oregon State holds a commanding 14-4 edge in the series as the Beavers captured an 81-38 win the last time the teams met during the 2002-03 season.

Oregon State also holds a commanding 10-0 advantage in Gill Coliseum as Seattle's last win in the series came during the 1976-77 season when the Redhawks claimed a 55-51 victory in Seattle.

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 third on the team with 9.6 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks third in the Pac-10 Conference at 35.3 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 61.7 percent of his shots including an impressive 50.0 percent from behind the arc (13-of-26). Claitt currently ranks fifth in the league in both categories.

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. 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. He followed with a 17 point performance in the win over Howard.

Through three games, Haynes has shot 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the field while hitting 57.1 percent (8-of-14) 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 this week, Oregon State is shooting 49.5 percent from the field to rank second in the Pac-10 and 16th in the NCAA.

The Beavers shot 64.2 percent (34-of-53) from the field in the victory over Howard, marking the fifth time this season Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field and the third time shooting 58 percent or better from the floor. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

Oregon State opens Pac-10 Conference play as the Beavers host defending league champion UCLA on Friday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in a game televised by FSN.

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