Men's Hoops Hosts Southern Oregon to Open Season

Oct. 30, 2009

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Oct. 30, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State men's basketball team opens the exhibition portion of its schedule this week as the Beavers host Southern Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets to the contest are $12 and $7 and are available for purchase by visiting

'We're looking forward to getting started,' head coach Craig Robinson said. 'The exhibition games give us the chance to try out a lot of new pieces. I know the players are excited to start the season. It's going to be a great opportunity to see where we are at after the first few weeks of practice.'

Oregon State, which was picked fifth in the preseason Pac-10 Conference media poll, returns four starters and nine letter-winners from a team that completed one of the greatest single season turnarounds in the country last year as the Beavers captured the CBI postseason title and finished the year with an 18-18 record.

Honorable mention all Pac-10 Conference selections Roeland Schaftenaar and Calvin Haynes return for Oregon State as Schaftenaar averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest while Haynes led the team with 13.0 points per game.

Seth Tarver, an honorable mention All Pac-10 Conference defensive team selection, also returns for Oregon State after recording 60 steals a year ago.

Southern Oregon, a NAIA member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, finished last season with a record of 9-21 as the Raiders are led by Humphrey Jackson, who averaged 8.5 points and handed out 119 assists last year.

Southern Oregon opened its season on Friday with a 90-85 victory over Indiana-East. Ryan Staker led four Raider players in double figures with 13 points as Drew Herrera and Justonn Smith each had 12 points in the win.

Beaver Nation Online, the audio and video source for Oregon State Athletics, carry the contest live on free of charge.

Following the match with the Raiders, Oregon State will close out its exhibition portion of the schedule when the Beavers host Western Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1:00 p.m.

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