Men's Hoops Hosts Washington on Saturday

Jan. 16, 2009

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Saturday, Jan. 17
Washington at Oregon State, 7:06 PM

Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Television: FSN NW; Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Lamar Hurd (color), Jen Mueller (sideline)

Oregon State vs. Washington: Washington leads 146-135
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 93-45
Seattle, Wash.: Washington leads 98-40
Neutral: Washington leads 3-2

The Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this weekend as the Beavers host Washington in a Pac-10 Conference contest on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7:06 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW (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 6-9 on the season, 1-4 in the Pac-10 Conference after dropping a heart-breaking, 61-57 overtime loss at the hands of Washington State on Thursday. Calvin Haynes led the way for Oregon State in the defeat with 19 points while Lathen Wallace added 13 points for the Beavers.

Haynes continues to leads the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game while Omari Johnson ranks second on the team with 9.9 points per contest. Wallace has picked up his scoring as of late as the guard, who started for the first time this season against Washington, is averaging 9.2 points per game in conference play.

Washington enters the week with a record of 12-4 on the season, 3-1 in Pac-10 play after the Huskies picked up a win over Oregon on Thursday night.

The contest with the Huskies marks the 282nd meeting in the series as Washington holds a 146-135 advantage over the Beavers. Oregon State leads the all-time series in Corvallis, 93-45.

Washington, led by head coach Lorenzo Romar, enters the contest with a record of 12-4 on the season, 3-1 in league play, after the Huskies defeated Oregon, 84-67, on Thursday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and Jon Brockman became Washington's all-time leading rebounder in the win. Justin Dentmon added 22 points for the Huskies.

Jon Brockman leads the Huskies in rebounding (10.8 rpg, 2rd in the Pac-10, 11th nationally) and has become the team's second-leading scorer (15.8 ppg, 8th in the Pac-10). He has 52 career double-doubles (nine this season) and has led the team in scoring in seven games. Freshman guard Isaiah Thomas is the Pac-10's leading freshman scorer (16.2 ppg, 6th in Pac-10) and is the UW leader in that category.

The contest with the Huskies marks the 282nd meeting in the series as Washington holds a 146-135 advantage over the Beavers. Oregon State leads the all-time series in Corvallis, 93-45. Washington captured both meetings last year.

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 7.6 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks sixth in the Pac-10 Conference at 34.4 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 58.8 percent of his shots including an impressive 47.4 percent from behind the arc (18-of-38).

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 15.3 points through nine 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 nine games, Haynes has shot 48.5 percent (49-of-101) from the field while hitting 37.2 percent (16-of-43) 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 15 games. Entering this contest against Washington, Oregon State is shooting 46.7 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 55th in the NCAA.

Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 55.0 percent of their two-point shots to rank 16th 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 travels to Berkeley, Calif., for a Pac-10 Conference contest against Cal on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The game will not be televised.

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