Saturday , Dec , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Arch-rivals meet in Pac-10 action in Corvallis

Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) – Fierce Pac-10 rivals will collide in
Corvallis this afternoon as the Oregon State Beavers welcome the surging
Oregon Ducks to town.

Oregon is one of four Division I unbeaten teams and is off to a 12-0 start for
the first time since the 1947-48 season. The Ducks are fresh off
Thursday’s 76-49 thrashing of the University of Portland, and 10 of the 12
wins have come by double figures.

Oregon State is in the midst of a nine-game homestand, tied for the longest
in program history. Four of the last five outings for the Beavers have
resulted in victory, including a 93-62 romp over Mercer in the most recent
game last Thursday. The club has set season highs in points the last two
times out, good news considering that it has been inconsistent at the
offensive end for much of the season.

Oregon State owns a 180-145 lead in the long-running series with Oregon, and
the teams have split their six meetings over the last three years.

Oregon is an explosive team at the offensive end of the court, as the squad is
racking up 83.5 ppg. Defensively, the Ducks are limiting foes to 61.1 ppg on
40.6 percent shooting from the field, including 25.6 percent from three-point
range. Oregon has committed 60 fewer turnovers than its opponents, and it is
also pulling down 9.1 rpg more than the competition. Aaron Brooks leads the
Ducks in scoring with 16.8 ppg, and star freshman Tajuan Porter is close
behind with his 16.4 ppg. Rugged forward Maarty Leunen led the way in the win
over Portland, as he racked up 24 points and 14 rebounds. Brooks scored 19
points, and Adam Zahn tallied 10 points. Joevan Catron deserves mention for
his 17-rebound effort that overshadowed the fact that he finished 1-of-8 from
the field. Oregon won easily despite the fact that Porter scored zero points
in 15 minutes of action off the bench.

The top offensive option for Oregon State is Marcel Jones, as he is scoring
15.8 ppg through 13 starts. Sasa Cuic adds 12.5 ppg to the mix, but his 36.3
percent shooting leaves much to be desired. The third and final double-digit
scorer on the roster is Josh Tarver, as he is netting 10.4 ppg to go along
with his team-high 46 assists. In the blowout victory over Mercer last time
out, Jones scored 15 points to pace his squad. Cuic pitched in 13 points, and
Roeland Schaftenaar contributed 12 points off the bench. Tarver was a non-
factor in the contest, as he tallied four points in 23 minutes of action. The
Beavers earned a 47-31 rebounding advantage in the clash and held their
overmatched opponent to 39.3 percent shooting from the floor. A 22-11 edge in
points from the foul line contributed to the lopsided win as well.