Men's Hoops Returns Home to Face Washington State

Jan. 13, 2009

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Thursday, Jan. 15
Washington State at Oregon State, 6:02 PM

Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Oregon State vs. Washington State: OSU leads 161-115
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 97-38
Pullman, Wash.: Washington State leads 74-60
Neutral: Oregon State leads 4-3

The Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers return home to face Washington State in a Pac-10 Conference contest on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6:02 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN (check local listings) and will be broadcast over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest with a record of 6-8 on the season, 1-3 in the Pac-10 Conference after dropping a 64-47 decision at Arizona on Saturday. Lathen Wallace had a strong weekend for the Beavers as he scored 17 points in the contest against the Wildcats to follow a 13 point effort against nationally-ranked Arizona State.

Sophomore guard Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 14.9 points per game. Omari Johnson is the other Oregon State player in double figures, averaging 10.2 points per contest.

Washington State enters the week with a record of 9-6 on the season, 1-2 in Pac-10 play after the Cougars picked up a last-second win against Stanford on Saturday night. The contest with the Cougars marks the 277th meeting in the series as Oregon State holds a 161-115 advantage against Washington State. The Cougars; however, have won four straight in the series.

Washington State, led by head coach Tony Bennett, enters the contest with Oregon State with a record of 9-6 on the season, 1-2 in conference play, as the Cougars picked up their first conference victory over Stanford on Saturday.

Taylor Rochestie leads Washington State in scoring this season with 11.5 points per game after scoring 21 against Stanford on Saturday. Rochestie is averaging 17.3 points per game through three league contests and has led the Cougars in scoring in each of their conference games.

The Cougars are known for their effort on the defensive end of the floor as Washington State leads the Pac-10 and the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 51.4 points per game. Perhaps more importantly, Washington State leads the league and ranks fourth in the nation in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to only 36.2 percent from the floor.

The contest with the Cougars marks the 277th meeting in the series as Oregon State holds a 161-115 advantage against Washington State. The Cougars; however, have won four straight in the series. Oregon State owns a 97-38 record all-time against the Cougars in Corvallis as the Beavers last win in the series came on Feb. 16, 2006, when Oregon State captured a 71-62 win in Gill.

Rickey Claitt PLAYING WELL
Senior Rickey Claitt has had a solid senior season as the guard as stepped into a leadership role for the Beavers. Heading into Saturday, Claitt ranks third on the team with 7.9 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks fifth in the Pac-10 Conference at 34.5 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 60.0 percent of his shots including an impressive 50.0 percent from behind the arc (18-of-36).

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 14.9 points through eight games. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score 20 points against Seattle Pacific while playing a career-high 33 minutes. In reaching double figures in every game but two since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 24 points against Seattle. Through eight games, Haynes has shot 50.0 percent (43-of-86) from the field while hitting 36.8 percent (14-of-38) 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 14 games. Entering this contest against Washington State, Oregon State is shooting 47.7 percent and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 32nd in the NCAA.

Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 55.8 percent of their two-point shots to rank 14th in the country according to

The Beavers shot 50.0 percent (25-of-50) from the field in the victory over USC, marking the sixth time this season Oregon State has shot 50 percent or better from the field. In fact, the Beavers have shot 58 percent or better from the floor on three occasions this season. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 17, when the Beavers host Washington in a game to be televised by FSN NW at 7:00 p.m.

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