Men's Hoops Travels to Face Cal on Thursday

Jan. 20, 2009

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Thursday, Jan. 22
Oregon State at Cal, 7:30 PM

Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
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Oregon State vs. Cal: Cal leads 74-57
Corvallis, Ore.: Cal leads 32-30
Berkeley, Calif.: Cal leads 37-23
Neutral: Cal leads 5-4

The Oregon State men's basketball team begins a stretch of three games in six days as the Beavers travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on Pac-10 Conference co-leader Cal on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The game against the Bears will not be televised; however, can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the week with a record of 6-10 on the season, 1-4 in Pac-10 play, as the Beavers dropped a pair of contests last week. The Beavers fell to Washington on Saturday after dropping an overtime decision to Washington State on Thursday.

Lathen Wallace posted back-to-back 13-point performances against the Washington schools, thanks to 5-of-10 shooting from three-point range. Wallace has scored in double digits in six games this season and leads the team with 21 three-pointers.

Sophomore guard Calvin Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 14.6 points per game. Omari Johnson ranks second on the team with 9.8 points per contest. Wallace ranks second on the squad in scoring in league games, averaging 9.8 points per game for the Beavers.

Cal has won six straight in the series and leads the all-time series, 74-57. The Beavers last win at Cal came during the 2005-06 season when Oregon State claimed a 72-64 victory.

Cal, led by head coach Mike Montgomery, who is in his first season with the Bears, enters the contest with a record of 15-3 on the season, 4-1 in league play, after falling to Stanford on Saturday. The Bears are tied atop the league standings with UCLA and Washington heading into the week.

Jerome Randle leads three Cal players in double figures, averaging 18.7 points per game. Patrick Christopher ranks second on the squad at 15.7 points per game while Theo Robertson ranks third on the squad at 12.4 points per game.

Cal is one of the top shooting teams in the nation as the Bears rank third in the league in field goal percentage, hitting 49.4 percent of their shots. The Bears are holding opponents to 41.8 percent from the field.

The contest with the Bears marks the 132nd meeting in the series as Cal holds a 74-57 advantage over the Beavers. Cal has won six straight in the series as Oregon State last claimed a win over the Bears during the 2005-06 season with a 72-64 win at Haas Pavilion.

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 7.2 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 34.5 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 14.6 points through 10 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 three since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 24 points against Seattle. Through 10 games, Haynes has shot 46.4 percent (52-of-112) from the field while hitting 35.3 percent (18-of-51) 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 16 games. Entering this contest against Washington, Oregon State is shooting 46.1 percent and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 62nd in the NCAA.

Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 54.4 percent of their two-point shots to rank 18th 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. 24, when the Beavers travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on Stanford at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN Bay Area and can be seen on FSN NW.

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