Men's Hoops Hosts Arizona on Thursday

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Thursday, Feb. 5
Arizona at Oregon State, 5:36 PM

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Oregon State vs. Arizona: Arizona leads 50-17
Corvallis, Ore.: Arizona leads 19-12
Tucson, Ariz.: Arizona leads 27-5
Neutral: Arizona leads 3-0

Winners of four straight, the Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers host Arizona to open the second half of Pac-10 play on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW and is available on the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest riding a four-game winning streak after the Beavers defeated Cal State Bakersfield and Oregon last week. Calvin Haynes and Omari Johnson led the way for the Beavers in the victory over Oregon as the duo scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. Oregon State chipped away at a 12-point, first-half deficit before holding on for a 57-54 victory.

Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 16.1 points per game overall and 14.7 points per game in league play. Schaftenaar ranks second on the team at 9.1 points per contest.

Arizona enters with a record of 14-8 on the season, 4-5 in league play, after the Wildcats swept a pair of contests against Washington and Washington State last week.

Arizona leads the all-time series, 50-17, as the Wildcats captured a 64-47 win earlier this year in Tucson. The Wildcats own a 19-12 record all-time in games played in Corvallis.

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State ticket office has announced a 'Dinner and a Game' promotion for the men's basketball contest against Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 5, as fans can purchase four tickets, four Beaver dogs and four sodas for $44 to see the Beavers take on the Wildcats at 5:30 p.m.A minimum of four tickets must be purchased and can be ordered online by clicking here, by calling the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or in-person at the OSU ticket office.Oregon State, fresh off a win over Oregon in the Civil War, enters the contest with a record of 10-10 overall, 4-5 in Pac-10 play, while Arizona enters the contest with a record of 14-8 overall, 4-5 in league contests.

Arizona, led by interim head coach Russ Pennell, enters the contest with Oregon State with a record of 14-8 on the season, 4-5 in conference play, as the Wildcats swept a games against Washington and Washington State last week.

Jordan Hill leads three players in double figures as the forward is averaging 18.2 points per contest. Chase Budinger ranks second on the squad with 17.4 points per game while Nic Wise is averaging 13.5 points per contest for the Wildcats.

Arizona is one of the top shooting teams in the league, hitting 46.9 percent of its shots from the floor while holding opponents to just 41.7 percent from the field.

This is the 68th meeting between Arizona and Oregon State with the Wildcats leading the series, 50-17. Arizona won all three meetings last season and has won seven straight in the series, with the Beavers last victory against the Wildcats coming in the 2005-2006 campaign with a 75-65 win.

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 16.1 points through 14 games. After scoring 14 in the win against Nebraska, Haynes came off the bench to score 20 points against Seattle Pacific. In reaching double figures in every game but three since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. Through 14 games, Haynes has shot 49.8 percent (80-of-161) from the field while hitting 41.0 percent (32-of-78) from behind the three-point arc.

Haynes leads the team with 11 games in double figures and has scored 20-plus points four times this season.

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 Thursday, Claitt ranks sixth on the team with 6.9 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 35.0 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 58.1 percent of his shots including an impressive 46.7 percent from behind the arc (21-of-45).

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.

The term 'point-center' has entered the Pac-10 Conference lexicon with the arrival of Craig Robinson at Oregon State as Roeland Schaftenaar has played the position and been pivotal in leading the Beavers to 10 victories this season.

In Pac-10 Conference games, Schaftenaar ranks No. 1 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 33 assists and 12 turnovers give him a 2.8 ratio, which is 0.2 ahead of UCLA's Darren Collison. In addition, Schaftenaar ranks seventh in conference games in assists at 3.7 per game, the only non-guard in the top 10.

The 'point-center' led Oregon State to its first Bay Area sweep since the 1992-93 season as the Beavers captured wins at California (69-65) and Stanford (77-62). In the wins, he averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals as he turned in an impressive 10-to-1 assist to turnover ratio for the weekend while earning Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors.

After struggling from the field last season, 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. Entering this contest against Arizona, Oregon State is shooting 47.5 percent and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 28th in the NCAA.

Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 54.8 percent of their two-point shots to rank 13th in the country according to

The Beavers shot 62.0 percent (31-of-50) from the field in the victory over Stanford, marking the eighth 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 four occasions this season. Last year, Oregon State shot 50 percent or better on only two occasions.

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 7, as the Beavers host Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. in a game to be televised by FSN NW.

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