Men's Hoops Hosts Cal on Senior Day

Feb. 20, 2009

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Saturday, Feb. 21
Cal at Oregon State, 2:06 PM

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Oregon State vs. Cal: Cal leads 74-58
Corvallis, Ore.: Cal leads 32-30
Berkeley, Calif.: Cal leads 37-24
Neutral: Cal leads 5-4

The Oregon State men's basketball team returns to action this weekend as the Beavers host their final home game of the regular season when they host Cal on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2:06 p.m. The game will be televised and can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.

Oregon State enters the contest in seventh-place in the Pac-10 Conference standings after the Beavers knocked off Stanford, 66-54, on Thursday. Roeland Schaftenaar led the way with a career-high 26 points as Calvin Haynes added 17 points in the victory. The win marked the first time Oregon State had swept Stanford in a season since 1992-93 as the Beavers improved to 12-13 overall, 6-8 in league play with the win.

Haynes continues to lead Oregon State with 15.3 points per game as the sophomore ranks ninth in the league in scoring. Schaftenaar ranks second on the team in scoring at 9.9 points per game.

The contest against Cal marks the final regular-season home game for three Oregon State seniors as Kyle Bjornstad, Rickey Claitt and Joey McConnell will be honored prior to the start of the contest.

Cal enters the contest with a mark of 20-6 on the season and in second-place in the Pac-10 with a 9-4 record in league play after defeating Oregon on Thursday. The meeting with Cal marks the 133rd meeting between the two schools as Cal owns a 74-58 edge in the series. Oregon State snapped a six-game skid to Cal earlier this season as the Beavers captured a 69-65 win in Berkeley earlier this season.

Cal, led by head coach Mike Montgomery, who is in his first season with the Bears, enters the contest with a record of 20-6 on the season, 9-4 in league play, after defeating Oregon on Thursday. The Bears are tied for second in the league standings and tied in the loss column with UCLA, Washington and Arizona State.

Jerome Randle leads four Cal players in double figures, averaging 18.4 points per game. Patrick Christopher ranks second on the squad at 14.7 points per game while Theo Robertson ranks third on the squad at 12.2 points per game.

Cal is one of the top shooting teams in the nation as the Bears rank second in the league in field goal percentage, hitting 49.5 percent of their shots. The Bears are holding opponents to 43.2 percent from the field.

The contest with the Bears marks the 133rd meeting in the series as Cal holds a 74-58 advantage over the Beavers. Cal had won six straight in the series until Oregon State claimed a 69-65 win earlier this year in Berkeley.

Sophomore Calvin Haynes has been the leading scorer ever since returning to the Oregon State line-up in the win against Nebraska as the guard has averaged 15.3 points through 19 games to rank ninth in the league in scoring. 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 four since his return, Haynes registered a career high with 25 points in the win at Stanford. Through 19 games, Haynes has shot 46.4 percent (104-of-224) from the field while hitting 39.6 percent (40-of-101) from behind the three-point arc.

Haynes leads the team with 15 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 fourth on the team with 7.3 points per game. The workhorse has played nearly every minute for the Beavers this season as he ranks seventh in the Pac-10 Conference at 34.9 minutes per game.

One area in which Claitt has dramatically improved has been from the field, where the senior is currently hitting 59.1 percent of his shots including an impressive 49.1 percent from behind the arc (27-of-55).

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 12 victories this season.

In Pac-10 Conference games, Schaftenaar ranks No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 47 assists and 28 turnovers give him a 1.7 ratio.

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.

• With the win the Beavers swept the season series against Stanford. The Beavers haven't swept the Cardinal since the 1992-93 season and was the first sweep of a Pac-10 opponent since Beavers swept Arizona State in 2006-07.
• The current six conference wins are the most by Oregon State since the 2004-05 season (8).
• Oregon State held the Cardinal to just 17 first half points, a season low in a half for the Cardinal. 54 points in a contest ties for Stanford's season low.
• Oregon State outrebounded the Cardinal 32-20. 20 rebounds for the Cardinal is a season low.

• Junior Roeland Schaftenaar scored a game high 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting (8-for-11 FT), marking his ninth double-digit scoring performance and third 20-plus point game this season. 26 points is a career best and a season-high for any Oregon State player.
• Sophomore Calvin Haynes recorded his 15th double-digit scoring performance with 17 points.
• Junior Seth Tarver recorded a game high four steals making for his 12th multiple steal performance. Four steals ties Tarver's career best.

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 Washington, Oregon State is shooting 46.7 percent and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 and 65th in the NCAA.

Oregon State is especially efficient within the three-point arc as the Beavers are hitting 52.6 percent of their two-point shots to rank 31st in the country according to

The Beavers shot 53.8 percent (21-of-39) from the field in the victory over Stanford, marking the ninth 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 plays has eight days off before returning to action on Sunday, March 1, when the Beavers travel to Eugene, Ore., to take on Oregon in the Civil War Series presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers at 7:00 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by FSN.

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