Men's Hoops Hosts No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday

Feb. 6, 2009

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Saturday, Feb. 7
Arizona State at Oregon State, 5:36 PM

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Television: FSN NW/AZ; Rich Burk (play-by-play), Lamar Hurd (color) and Tom Kuyper (sidelines)

Oregon State vs. Arizona State: Oregon State leads 38-34
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 21-11
Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona State leads 22-12
Neutral: Oregon State leads leads 5-1

After Arizona snapped a four-game winning streak on Thursday, the Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this week as the Beavers host No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 5:36 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN NW/AZ and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest with a record of 10-11 on the season and tied for seventh place in the league standings with a 4-6 mark after dropping a tough, 56-53, decision to Arizona on Thursday. Calvin Haynes led the way for Oregon State with 12 points in the loss while Roeland Schaftenaar added 10 points for the Beavers.

Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 15.9 points per game overall and 14.4 points per game in league play. Schaftenaar ranks second on the team at 9.1 points per contest.

Arizona State, ranked as high as No. 23, enters with a record of 17-5 overall, 6-4 in league play after knocking off Oregon on Thursday.

Oregon State leads the all-time series, 38-34, and owns a 21-11 edge all-time in games played in Corvallis. Arizona State captured the first meeting of the season with a 69-38 win on Jan. 8.

Arizona State, led by head coach Herb Sendek, enters the contest with Oregon State with a record of 17-5 on the season, 6-4 in conference play, as the Sun Devils captured a nine-point win at Oregon on Thursday.

National player of the year candidate James Harden leads three players in double figures for Arizona State, averaging 22.5 points per contest. Jeff Pendergraph ranks second on the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game. Rihards Kuksiks (10.5), who is questionable for the game against Oregon State, is the other player in double figures for the Sun Devils.

One of the top-shooting teams in the nation, Arizona State connects on 48.3 percent of its shots from the field while holding opponents to just 40.4 percent from the floor.

This is the 73rd meeting between Arizona State and Oregon State with the Beavers leading the series, 38-34. Oregon State owns a 21-11 edge in games played in Corvallis; however, Arizona State captured a 69-38 win over the Beavers earlier this season.

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 15.9 points through 15 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 15 games, Haynes has shot 47.7 percent (84-of-176) from the field while hitting 40.0 percent (34-of-85) from behind the three-point arc.

Haynes leads the team with 12 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 Saturday, Claitt ranks fifth on the team with 7.0 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 35.1 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 58.9 percent of his shots including an impressive 48.9 percent from behind the arc (23-of-47).

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 38 assists and 15 turnovers give him a 2.5 ratio, which is just ahead of UCLA's Darren Collison. In addition, Schaftenaar ranks sixth in conference games in assists at 3.8 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 State, Oregon State is shooting 47.0 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 54.1 percent of their two-point shots to rank 17th 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 travels to Seattle, Wash., to face Washington on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 p.m. in a game to be televised by FSN NW.

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