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Oregon State Welcomes Valpo

Gary Payton and Tres Tinkle will be after the ball again tonight at Gill.
Gary Payton and Tres Tinkle will be after the ball again tonight at Gill.
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Valparaiso (5-1) at Oregon St. (4-0) / Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR / 6 PM PST / Pac-12 Network / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes

Oregon State returns home after sweeping Rice & UC-Santa Barbara, taking on Valparaiso tonight. It's the first meeting ever between the two programs.

The Crusaders got off to a perfect start to the season, running off 5 wins in their first 5 games, including Iona, a team Oregon State also beat a week ago. But their trip to the state of Oregon came, and the perfect start was over after a 73-67 loss (after leading by 2 at halftime) Sunday at Oregon, as Dillon Brooks led the 25th ranked Ducks with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

The Beavers still have a perfect start to their season in place, as they play their 4th game in 8 days, with a 77-69 win over Rice in Houston Thursday night and then a 71-59 victory over the Gauchos in Santa Barbara Saturday.

Valpo is the defending regular season and post-season tournament champion of the Horizon League, and the pre-season pick to repeat. The Crusaders are led by 6'9" junior Alec Peters, who leads Valpo in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.6 & 5.8 per game.

Gary Payton II solidified himself as Oregon State's leader in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals with a game high 21 points and a team high 7 boards, to go with 4 assists & 2 steals in Saturday's win.