Men's Hoops Travels to Los Angeles to Face UCLA on Thursday

Feb. 23, 2010




Oregon State (12-14, 6-8) at UCLA (12-14, 7-7), 8:00 PM



Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)

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Television: FSN; Steve Physioc (play-by-play); Don MacLean (color)



Oregon State vs. UCLA: UCLA leads 85-34

Corvallis, Ore.: UCLA leads 36-25

Los Angeles, Calif.: UCLA leads 47-7

Neutral: Series tied 2-2


Winners of three-of-five, Oregon State returns to action this week as the Beavers travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to face UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8:00 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised by FSN and can be heard on the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.


Oregon State enters the contest with a mark of 12-14 overall, 6-8 in the Pac-10 Conference, after the Beavers split a pair of games last week. The Beavers cruised to an 80-64 win over first-place Cal before falling to Stanford, 65-55. Calvin Haynes led Oregon State in the loss to the Cardinal with 21 points as Seth Tarver added 10 for the Beavers.


Haynes continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 13.2 points per contest. The junior guard has scored in double digits in each of the last eight games, averaging 17.0 points over that span. In Pac-10 play, he ranks 10th, averaging 15.1 ppg.


Defense continues to be the trademark for Oregon State as the Beavers are near the lead league in several categories. Oregon State leads the league in steals (8.1) and three-point percentage defense (29.9) and ranks third in scoring defense (61.1) and field goal percentage defense (42.5).


UCLA enters the week with an identical 12-14 mark and is one-game ahead of the Beavers in the standings with a 7-7 league record. Michael Roll leads five UCLA players at 13.6 points per game while Malcolm Lee ranks second on the squad at 12.1 points per contest.


UCLA has won nine straight in the series and leads the all-time meetings, 85-34, after the Bruins captured a 62-52 victory in Corvallis earlier this year.



UCLA, led by seventh-year head coach Ben Howland, enters the weekend with a mark of 9-11 overall, 4-4 in league play, after the Bruins fell in overtime to Oregon on Thursday.


The Bruins, which feature four players in double figures, are led by Michael Roll, who leads the team at 13.6 points per game. Malcolm Lee ranks second on the squad at 12.1 points per game while Nikola Dragovic ranks third on the squad at 11.47points per contest.


UCLA is averaging 66.9 points per game while holding opponents to 68.5 points per contest. The Bruins are currently hitting 47.0 percent of their shots from the field and are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Opponents are hitting 44.8 percent of their shots from the field and 37.3 percent from beyond the three-point line.



The Oregon State defense has been among the nation’s best as the Beavers have been forcing turnovers and keeping opponents field-goal percentage down through 26 games. Specifically, Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense has received the share of the attention as the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why.


Tarver leads the way for the Oregon State defense as the senior leads the Pac-10 Conference and ranks No. 20 in the NCAA at 2.4 steals per game. The effort has allowed Oregon State to lead the league at 8.1 steals per game, a mark that currently ranks No. 46 in the nation. Last season, Tarver became the first Oregon State player since Gary Payton in 1989-1990 to lead the league in steals during conference play as the forward averaged 2.0 per game.


When opponents do get shots off against Tarver and the 1-3-1, they have not been able to hit them with consistency. Oregon State ranks third in the league in field goal percentage defense at 42.5 percent and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (No. 28 NCAA) at 61.1 points per game. The Beavers also rank high in three-point field goal percentage defense as Oregon State leads the league (No. 25 NCAA) at 29.9 percent.



Senior forward Seth Tarver has been one of the leaders of the Oregon State attack since the start of season, averaging 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds through 26 games. Tarver has reached double figures in 16-of-26 games this season with a season-high of 18 points while recording three assists and three steals in a win over George Washington.


The senior led the Oregon State attack at the “Duel in the Desert” tournament and was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds through the three games.


Tarver currently leads the Pac-10 with 2.4 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 12th in career points (933), fourth in rebounds (510) and first in steals (169). The forward also established a single-game career-high with eight assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State and tied a school record with a Pac-10 season high of eight steals against Cal State Bakersfield.



With a victory over Fresno State, Oregon State became just the 15th program to reach 1,600 wins as the Beavers now own a 1,606-1,193 record in its 109-year history. During the course to 1,600 wins, Oregon State has captured 21 conference titles, including five Pac-10 Conference crowns, and has made 16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship appearances.


Heading into this weekend, 17 programs have reached the historic milestone. In addition to Pac-10 squads Oregon State, Washington and UCLA, the following programs have reached 1,600 victories: Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John’s, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, Indiana, Utah, Illinois, Louisville and Western Kentucky.


In addition to the historic program total, head coach Craig Robinson has reached the 50-win plateau as the second-year head coach picked up his 50th career win at George Washington. Robinson owns a 60-60 career mark in three-plus seasons.


Calvin Haynes BACK TO OLD FORM HEADING INTO PAC-10 PLAY                                        

The leading scorer for Oregon State last season, junior guard Calvin Haynes has shown in recent games why he was a key member of last year’s College Basketball Invitational championship squad. Three times this season (vs. Fresno State, Cal and USC), Haynes has tied his career-high with 25 points. The mark is the most points by an Oregon State player this season.


Haynes has reached double figures in 14-of-18 games, including eight straight, and now leads the team in scoring at 13.2 points per contest. The junior guard has been able to consistently hit the outside shot as he ranks No. 10 in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 39.8 percent (45-of-113).


Haynes has been especially effective in Pac-10 Conference games as the junior guard leads the team and ranks 10th in the league at 15.1 points per game. The junior guard has averaged 17.0 points per game over the last eight contests.



Oregon State concludes the road portion of the Pac-10 Conference season as the Beavers face USC in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox College Sports Pacific.


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