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Jan 20, 2014

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THE GAME: Oregon State (10-7, 2-3 Pac-12) goes for back-to-back wins over Washington State (8-10, 1-5) in Pullman for the first time since 1989-1990 when the teams meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Beasley Coliseum.

TELEVISION: The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Rich Waltz and Lamar Hurd calling the action.

RADIO: The game will air live on Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker calling the action. Washington State’s broadcast can be heard on Sirius 92 and XM 190.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Live updates will be available on Twitter and Facebook.

QUICKLY: Oregon State leads the Pac-12 in three-point percentage in all games (.411) and league games (.532) ... The 41.1 percent clip from beyond the arc is 10th in the nation ... Hallice Cooke is first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation in three-point percentage (.553) ... Eric Moreland has a double-double in three consecutive games; the longest streak of his career is four games last season ... Roberto Nelson needs 22 points to move into sixth on Oregon State’s career scoring list ... Nelson continues to lead the Pac-12 in scoring (21.5), free throws made (121) and free throws attempted (138) ... Since starting the past three games, Langston Morris-Walker and Hallice Cooke have combined to go 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from beyond the arc ... Oregon State has outrebounded all five of its Pac-12 opponents and has a rebounding margin of +4.4 in league games.

vs. WASHINGTON STATE: Oregon State and Washington State meet for the 289th time in history with the Beavers holding a 165-123 advantage in the series. The 288 previous meetings are the fourth-most in NCAA history, trailing only Oregon State-Oregon (340), Oregon-Washington (295) and Oregon State-Washington (293). The 165 wins by Oregon State are the eighth-most by one school over another in NCAA history. The Cougars own a 75-62 advantage in games played in Pullman, although the Beavers have a one-game winning streak there after posting a narrow 67-66 victory at Beasley Coliseum on Feb. 13, 2013.

The last time Oregon State won back-to-back games against Washington State in Pullman was Feb. 16, 1989 (83-70) and Feb. 18, 1990 (83-63). The Beavers’ longest road winning streak in the series is six games from 1962 to 1964.

The teams split the series last season with Washington State winning 71-69 on Jan. 26 at Gill Coliseum, before the Beavers bounced back for the win in Pullman. The Beavers and Cougars saw plenty of each other two years ago as they met four times, including two games during the regular season, one in the Pac-12 Tournament and one in the College Basketball Invitational. Washington State won three of those four with the Beavers’ lone win coming in the first round of the Pac-12 Tourney, 69-64, on March 7.

Roberto Nelson averaged 15.5 points against Wazzu last season, while Eric Moreland put up 9.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two games, including a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the victory in Pullman.

RED HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC: Oregon State leads the Pac-12 in three-point percentage in all games (.411, 97-for-236) and conference games (.532, 42-for-79). The Beavers shot 35.0 percent (55-of-157) from the three-point line in non-conference play but have been red hot since Pac-12 play started. Oregon State has never led the Pac-12 in three-point percentage since the statistic began in 1986.

FIRST HALF SUCCESS FROM THREE: Oregon State has shot lights out from deep in the first half of its past two Pac-12 games. Against California, the Beavers went 7-for-8 from beyond the arc in the opening frame and found similar success against Oregon, going 5-for-7 to combine for an 80.0 percent mark (12-for-15) that helped them build big halftime leads in both games.

HALLICE JUMPS TO THE TOP: After going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc against Oregon, Hallice Cooke moved into first in the Pac-12, and third in the nation, in three-point percentage at 55.3 percent (21-for-38). The only Oregon State player to lead the Pac-12 in three-point percentage in a season was Sasa Cuic in 2005-06 when he finished at 49.3 percent (36-for-73).

AMONG ELITE COMPANY: Hallice Cooke has knocked down 21 three-pointers this season, which puts him on pace with Oregon State’s top four career three-point field goal leaders through 17 games. The Oregon State freshman record for threes is 45 by Angelo Tsagarakis in 2003-04.

Name -- Career 3-FG -- Through First 17 GamesAhmad Starks -- 185 -- 22Chris Stephens -- 180 -- 16Deaundra Tanner -- 179 -- 13Gary Payton -- 178 -- 6Hallice Cooke -- 21 -- 21

INDIVIDUALLY SHOOTING IT WELL: Oregon State is shooting a league-best 53.2 percent (42-for-79) from beyond the arc in conference play, and has three players among the top four -- Langston Morris-Walker (.800, 8-for-10) is first, Hallice Cooke is third (.565, 13-for-23) and Roberto Nelson is fourth (.522, 12-for-23). Malcolm Duvivier is shooting 80 percent (4-for-5) but doesn’t have enough makes to qualify. Surprisingly, the Beavers lead the league in three-point shooting despite two of their best players -- Angus Brandt and Olaf Schaftenaar -- combining for 3-for-15. Brandt led Oregon State in three-point shooting two years ago at 49.2 percent (29-for-59) and Schaftenaar is arguably the best shooter in practice.

CRASHING THE BOARDS: Oregon State has outrebounded all five of its Pac-12 opponents and is fourth in rebounding margin in conference play at +4.4 per game. The Beavers outrebounded seven of their 12 non-conference opponents and are now 7-5 on the season when pulling down more boards than their opponent

MOVING ON UP: Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier both continue to move up Oregon State’s career scoring list. Nelson, who entered the season with 1,082 career points, is on pace for 667 points in a guaranteed 31 games, which would give him 1,749 and move him into fourth all time. Collier, who entered the season with 1,086 points, is on pace for 432 in his 30 guaranteed games, which would give him 1,518 and move him into seventh. Of course, both players can score more if the Beavers advance to postseason play.

Oregon State Career Scoring List1. Gary Payton (1987-90) -- 2,1722. Steve Johnson (1977-81) -- 2,0353. Mel Counts (1962-64) -- 1,9734. A.C. Green (1982-85) -- 1,6945. Charlie Sitton (1981-84) -- 1,5616. Dave Gambee (1956-58) -- 1,4687. Roberto Nelson (2011-present) -- 1,4478. Eric Knox (1985-89) -- 1,4079. Deaundra Tanner (1998-01) -- 1,39910. Mark Radford (1978-81) -- 1,39011. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 1,31912. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 1,31613. Brent Barry (1992-95) -- 1,30414. Ray Blume (1978-81) -- 1,28815. Jared Cunningham (2010-12) -- 1,271

OTHER CAREER MARKS: Roberto Nelson is also moving up Oregon State’s career three-pointers and free throws lists. He has made 152 career triples, which is sixth all-time at Oregon State, and 401 free throws, which is fourth. Nelson would need to average 2.4 three-pointers in the next 14 guaranteed games to break Ahmad Starks’ career record of 185 from deep that was set last year. Nelson is currently averaging 1.8 threes per game. Mel Counts holds the school record for most career free throws with 543, and Nelson is on pace for 501.

WILL ROBERTO BE NEXT?: Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.5 points per game and has a chance to become the fifth Oregon State player to lead the league in that category since 1958 and the first since Gary Payton in 1990. Three of the four players who led the conference in scoring -- Steve Johnson, Jose Ortiz and Payton -- were named Pac-12 Player of the Year that season, while A.C. Green won the award as a junior in 1984 but somehow didn’t his senior season when he led the league in scoring (19.1) and rebounding (9.2).

Oregon State Players To Lead Pac-12 In Scoring (since 1958)1980-81 -- Steve Johnson -- 21.0 ppg (Pac-12 Player of the Year)1984-85 -- A.C. Green -- 19.1 ppg1986-87 -- Jose Ortiz -- 22.3 ppg (Pac-12 Player of the Year)1989-90 -- Gary Payton -- 25.7 ppg (Pac-12 Player of the Year)

ROBERTO SCORING AND DISHING: Roberto Nelson not only leads the Pac-12, and Beavers, in scoring, but he is also the team leader in assists at 3.9 per game. The last Oregon State player to lead the team in scoring and assists was Deaundra Tanner in 2000 (14.2 ppg, 5.1 apg). Other players to lead the Beavers in both categories in a season are Freddie Boyd (1971, 1972), Lester Conner (1982), Gary Payton (1988, 1989, 1990), Brent Barry (1995), Carson Cunningham (1997) and Tanner (1999, 2000). Joe Burton led the Beavers in assists in each of the past three seasons.

ROBERTO RED HOT FROM THE STRIPE: Roberto Nelson has been red hot from the free throw line, as he has knocked down 92.1 percent (70-of-76) in the past nine games to improve his percentage to 87.7 percent (121-of-138) and move into third in the Pac-12. He went 10-for-10 at Colorado and against George Mason this season, which is just the 12th time in Oregon State history a player has been perfect from the stripe with a minimum of 10 attempts. Nelson leads the Pac-12 in both free throws (121) and free throws attempts (138) and is on pace to knock down 220 this season, which would be the second-most in Oregon State history, trailing only 237 by Mel Counts in 1963-64 but ahead of Jared Cunningham (199 in 2011-12).

ERIC DOUBLES DOWN AGAIN: Eric Moreland has a double-double in three consecutive games after going for 17 points and 15 rebounds against Stanford, 14 points and 11 rebounds against California and 15 points and 13 boards against the Ducks. It’s just one game shy of the longest streak of his career, which he set last season with 14 and 10 against Howard, 20 and 11 vs. San Diego, 16 and 18 against Towson and 11 and 11 against Texas-Pan American. Moreland now has 18 double-doubles in his career and needs just three more to move into Oregon State’s top-10 list.

ERIC FROM THE STRIPE: Eric Moreland entered the Oregon game shooting 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from the free throw line, but he went 11-for-12 against the Ducks to improve his percentage to 65.5 percent. Moreland was a career 52.1 percent (111-for-213) entering this season and never made more than six free throws in a game prior to his breakout performance against the Ducks.

ANGUS AT HOME vs. ON THE ROAD: Angus Brandt has played much better basketball in the comforts of Gill Coliseum than on the road, as he continues to work hard to return to form after last year’s season-ending injury.  He is averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds at home and just 3.8 points and 2.8 boards in four road games and one neutral site game. He suffered an isolated tear of the ACL in his right knee on Nov. 16, 2012 against Purdue in the 2K Sports Classic in New York.

Home: 16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 59.2 FG% (58-for-98), 82.8% FT% (48-for-58)Road/Neutral: 3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 34.8 FG% (8-for-23), 50.0 FT% (2-for-4)

DEVON OFF THE BENCH: Devon Collier has come off the bench the past three games and could be used as the sixth man for a while. In 17 games as a reserve last season, Collier thrived in the role by averaging 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, including a then career-high 27 points against Purdue in the 2K Sports Classic. All four of his 20-point games last season happened when he came off the bench.

THE BLOCK PARTY TANDEM IS BACK TOGETHER: With Eric Moreland back in the lineup, the Beavers have the best shot blocking tandem in school history on the floor with Devon Collier and Moreland. Collier moved into third on Oregon State’s career list with 120, while Moreland has 10 blocks this season and now has 155 in his career. Moreland needs to average 1.4 blocks in his guaranteed 19 games to pass Scott Haskin and become the school’s all-time leader (he’s averaging 2.0).

Oregon State Career Blocked Shots List1. Scott Haskin (1989-93) -- 1722. Eric Moreland (2011-present) -- 1553. Devon Collier (2011-present) -- 1204. Steve Johnson (1979-81) -- 1145. Nick DeWitz (2005-06) -- 111

Oregon State Single-Season Blocked Shots List1. Eric Moreland (2012-13) -- 732. Eric Moreland (2011-12) -- 693. Scott Haskin (1991-92) -- 684. Nick DeWitz (2005-06) -- 595. Nick DeWitz (2004-05) -- 52

LANGSTON ON FIRE: Langston Morris-Walker has gone 8-for-10 from beyond the arc in the first five Pac-12 games and moved into first on the team in three-point percentage at 58.8 percent. His play of late has been impressive, considering he played a total of 20 minutes in the first nine games with two DNP’s. In the last seven games, Morris-Walker is averaging 23.0 minutes and 5.1 points, while shooting 63.2 percent (12-for-19) from the field and 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from deep.

WITH TWO MINUTES TO PLAY: Oregon State had an issue last season at closing out close games, but the Beavers have been much better this season with a 7-4 record in games decided by less than 10 points. In the final two minutes of games, Oregon State is shooting 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the field and 80.2 percent (65-of-81) from the free throw line. Roberto Nelson is 35-for-39 (98.7 percent) from the free throw line in the final two minutes, while Hallice Cooke is 12-for-16 (75.0 percent). No other player has more than four free throw attempts.

WITH FIVE MINUTES TO PLAY: Oregon State got its first win in two seasons when trailing with five minutes to play, when it came back against George Mason for the 58-54 victory in Hawai’i (the Beavers were 0-15 last season when trailing). In the past four seasons (counting this one), Oregon State is 64-5 when leading (9-0 this year) and 5-72 (1-7 this year) when trailing with five minutes left to play.

ANOTHER SUCCESFUL NON-CONFERENCE SEASON: Oregon State went 8-4 in non-conference play this season and is now 28-9 the past three seasons combined (10-2 in 2011; 10-3 in 2012). It’s the most non-conference wins by the Beavers over a three-year span, although the 1979 (10-1), 1980 (9-0) and 1981 (7-2) teams went a combined 26-3 in eight fewer games. The best three-year record during the Gary Payton era was 1987 (6-3), 1988 (8-1) and 1989 (7-2) for a combined 21-6 mark.

NELSON EARNS PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN: Roberto Nelson has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week two times this season (Nov. 18 and Dec. 30) and joins Gary Payton (9), A.C. Green (4), Scott Haskin (3), David Lucas (3), Jose Ortiz (3), Brent Barry (2), Corey Benjamin (2), Chad Scott (2), Charlie Sitton (2), Jared Cunningham (2) and Ahmad Starks (2) as Oregon State players to win

BEAVERS SIGN THREE STUDENT-ATHLETES FOR 2014-15 SEASON: Chai Baker, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Malone, Fla., Isaiah Manderson, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center from Oldsmare, Fla., and Gary Payton II, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Las Vegas, Nev., all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Oregon State men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season. Baker attends Malone High School and is a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com and Rivals.com. Manderson attends Oldsmare Christian High School and is a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com. Payton II, the son of Oregon State legend Gary Payton, attends Salt Lake Community College.