DePaul vs. Oregon State Game Preview

The Blue Demons travel to Corvallis, Oregon to face the Oregon State Beavers on Thursday night. We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons (6-3) vs. Oregon State Beavers (7-2) – Thursday, December 18th, 9:00 p.m. Central – Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

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Oregon State is the second of three Pac-12 opponents that the Blue Demons are facing this season. Back on November 30th, DePaul defeated Stanford 87-72. Following the trip to Oregon State, DePaul will meet Colorado in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

DePaul is looking to snap a two game losing skid and get back on track with a win at Oregon State.

“We’ve got to put ourselves in a predicament to win,” said DePaul guard Billy Garrett, Jr. “We’ve got to put ourselves in a situation where we can go in and perform. That starts in practice. We’ve got to practice hard, work on the little things, and pay attention to detail, so we don’t end up losing games like (the loss to Illinois State). It’s as simple as that.”

The Beavers are undefeated at home this season and off to a decent start under new coach Wayne Tinkle. OSU’s only losses have come on a neutral court in Las Vegas to Auburn and Oklahoma State.

One big reason why the Beavers are off to such a good start this season has been the addition of Gary Payton II. Payton is the son of former Seattle Sonic great and OSU star Gary Payton. Payton was nicknamed “The Glove” for his defensive play. His son has picked up the nickname of “The Mitten” for some resemblances to his father.

Payton recorded the second triple-double in OSU history against Grambling State on Monday night (10 points, 12 rebounds, and career highs with 10 assists and six steals). The first person to accomplish that feat was Payton’s father.

For the season, Payton is averaging a near double-double of 13.4 Points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. He also leads the Pac-12 in steals per game at 2.6.

Junior guard Langston Morris-Walker is averaging 10.9 ppg to round out the backcourt for OSU.

Where Oregon State could be vulnerable is in the frontcourt. Payton, at the guard position, is OSU’s leading rebounder.

Under Tinkle, OSU is a completely different team from last year. The Beavers may just be the toughest defensive team the Blue Demons have faced so far this season. Oregon State is ranked seventh in the country in Field Goal Percent Defense (34.2%) and 13th in the nation in Scoring Defense (55 points per game).

In Monday night’s win over Grambling State, OSU held their opponent to nine points in the first half. That’s the fewest points that OSU has allowed in a half, since the shot clock was implemented. Oregon State forced 26 Grambling turnovers and scored 34 points off of turnovers. OSU also held the Tigers to 28.1 percent shooting from the field.

OSU’s best win is a 59-49 defeat of Mississippi State in Corvallis. With a four game winning streak, the Beavers are on their longest streak in two years.

Oregon State is ranked ahead of DePaul in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ratings at 128th.

The Blue Demons are 2-0 all-time against Oregon State.

The Last Time

On December 1, 2013 at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena, DePaul achieved a 93-81 win over Oregon State.

DePaul managed to limit Oregon State's leading scorer Roberto Nelson to 19 points. Nelson came into the game as one of the leading scorers in the nation averaging 27 points per game.

DePaul also held Devon Collier to 10 points in the second half after he dropped 22 points in the first stanza.

The Blue Demons featured five players in double-figures in the win. Senior forward Cleveland Melvin led the Demons with 23 points and seven rebounds. Young scored 21 points and had five assists. Billy Garrett, Jr. and Sandi Marcius both had career-highs of 15 apiece. Marcius also grabbed six rebounds. Garrett also dished out 10 assists for his first career double-double. Freshman Tommy Hamilton contributed with 14 points.

Oregon State Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)

2 Baker, Chai G 6-3 175 Fr. Malone, Fla. (Malone HS)

44 Boswell, Bryan F 6-8 215 Jr. Sisters, Ore. (Sisters HS)

52 Dahlen, Matt F 6-6 200 RFr. Redmond, Ore. (Redmond HS)

11 Duvivier, Malcolm G 6-2 205 So. Toronto, Canada (St. Michael's College School)

14 Gomis, Daniel F 6-10 223 Jr. Thies, Senegal (Oak Hill Academy)

31 Hedgecock, AJ G 6-0 200 So. Dayton, Ore. (Dayton HS)

51 Livesay, Dylan G 6-3 195 Fr. Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville HS)

13 Morris-Walker, Langston G 6-5 216 Jr. Berkeley, Calif. (Berkeley HS)

5 N'diaye, Cheikh C 7-0 230 So. Dakar, Senegal (Army-Navy Academy)

1 Payton II, Gary G 6-3 175 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Salt Lake CC) (Spring Valley HS)

32 Reid, Jarmal F 6-7 231 Jr. Decatur, Ga. (Columbia HS)

4 Robbins, Victor G/F 6-7 197 Jr. Compton, Calif. (Compton HS)

22 Roth, Alex G 6-4 183 RFr. Salem, Ore. (West Salem HS)

15 Sanders, Tanner G 6-4 201 Fr. Corvallis, Ore. (Crescent Valley HS)

30 Schaftenaar, Olaf F 6-10 224 Jr. Utrecht, Netherlands (Rodenborch College)

40 Stangel, Justin C 6-10 220 Jr. Milwaukie, Ore. (La Salle Catholic Preparatory)

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