The Ritchie McKay Era Officially Begins Friday

Nov. 16, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (0-0) opens the season Fri., Nov. 17 hosting the Cal State-Fullerton Titans (0-0). Tipoff from Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum is 7:05 p.m. The Beavers will then host NCAA Division II Southern Colorado (0-0) Mon., Nov. 20 at 7:05 p.m. This is the 99th year of men's basketball at Oregon State University.

STARTING LINEUP: Head Coach Ritchie McKay has announced the following tentative starting lineup (Exhibition Stats):

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.5 pts, 7.0 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 14.0 pts., 3.5 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 3.5 pts, 2.0 astG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 12.5 pts., 3.5 astG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 10.5 pts, 5.5 ast

Off the BenchG-- 1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 4.5 pts., 0.5 astG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 13.5 pts, 1.5 rebF--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 3.5 pts, 2.5 reb

Cal State-Fullerton (1999-2000 stats)F--25 Brandon Campbell, 6-4, Jr., 10.7 pts, 4.7 rebF--40 Josh Fischer, 6-9, Jr., 8.3 pts, 5.0 rebC--50 Matt Caldwell, 6-8, Sr., 12.7 pts, 4.3 rebG--24 Kevin Richardson, 6-5, Jr., NAG--35 Ryan Dillon, 6-2, Fr., NA

SEASON OPENERS: Oregon State is in quest of its fifth consecutive season opening victory. The Beavers routed Chico State last season at Gill Coliseum, 92-48, behind the 18 points from guard Josh Steinthal. The Beavers also posted season opening wins against Idaho State in 1999 (63-53), Cal State-Northridge in 1998 (91-79), and the University of Portland in 1997 (81-64).

THE SERIES': Oregon State has never played Cal State-Fullerton or Southern Colorado.

WELCOME MR. McKAY: Friday's game marks the official beginning of the Ritchie McKay era. McKay is the 18th head coach in the program's history, and only the sixth since 1929. McKay has a record of 1-1 at Gill Coliseum as a head coach, losing 79-60, while at Portland State Dec. 14, 1996, and defeating the Beavers, 65-63, while an assistant at Washington Feb. 18, 1995. Husky coach Bob Bender was ejected during the first half, and McKay served as the head coach for the game.

WHO IS 'SUITED' UP: When Coach McKay looks for a reserve on the bench, he won't see many options. McKay actually has more individuals in a coat and tie than he has in a jersey and shorts, and that will be the case for some time. Injuries have removed three players from the active roster, one has been declared ineligible due to NCAA rules (James Jones), and another is ineligible due to NCAA transfer regulations (Brandon Payton).

THE INJURY SITUATION: Three players are definitely out for this week and or season:

Player	                Injury	                Time FramePhilip Ricci     	arthro. knee surgery	2000-2001 RedshirtEmonte Jernigan	        broken bone LT foot	mid-December returnDerek Potter	        broken bone LT foot	mid-December return

WALK-ON, WALKED OFF: Oregon State announced the addition of freshman forward Jared Abell to the team Oct. 31. He has since quit the team.

McKAY ON THE TEAM: 'The Athletes-In-Action game created a sense of urgency for this team. We were at a point where this team thought they were doing some good things offensively and defensively, then along comes AIA with veteran players, and we didn't play like we had been practicing. I'm expecting a great season from our senior trio of Deaundra Tanner, Josh Steinthal, and Jason Heide, and from Brian Jackson. Critical to our success will be the way we defend, and Mike Cokley and Adam Masten have been pleasant surprises in that area.'

McKAY ON CS-FULLERTON: 'This game is a difficult one for us to prepare, because we don't have an idea of what to expect. Donny Daniels is the new head coach at the school and he will run a different system than the previous staff. We will not have an opportunity to break down this team offensively and defensively, which we like to do for every opponent.'

THE HEAD COACH: This is Ritchie McKay's fifth year as a college head coach, all in Division I. His overall record in two years at Portland State and two years at Colorado State stands at 61-52. The 35-year-old head coach is among the youngest coaches in the nation, and is the youngest in the Pac-10 Conference. McKay also has served as a head coach at the University of Washington, Bradley University, Seattle Pacific University, and Queens College in North Carolina.

WHO LET THESE DOGS OUT? Two of the members of the Oregon State University basketball staff are former Pac-10 Conference students-athletes, are both Washington Husky graduates. Assistant coach Scott Didrickson was 4-4 during his playing career (1992-95) vs. OSU, and director of basketball operations Jason Tyrus (1993-94) was 2-2.

BEAVERS INK THREE PLAYERS: Oregon State signed three players during the early signing period. The class is ranked No. 22 by Frank Burlison of Fox Sports. Joining the program as true-freshmen for the 2001-2002 season are:

Floyd North, 6-5, G, San Diego, CA (St. Augustine), 19 pts, 7.5 rebJ.S. Nash, 6-3, G, Moreno Valley, CA (Rancho Verde), 28 pts, 9.0 rebJoe See, 6-0, G, Concord, CA (De La Salle), 16.6 pts, 5.5 ast

AIA EDGES OSU: Athletes-In-Action outscored Oregon State 26-12 down the stretch to defeat the Beavers 55-53 in the final exhibition game of the season. The Beavers shot just .368 from the field in the second half. Brian Jackson led OSU with a double-double (15 pts, 10 reb), while Josh Steinthal added 13 points, and Jason Heide had 12. Oregon State finished the exhibition season 1-1.

MIKE COKLEY, SO., G:After playing a total of eight minutes all of last season, Cokley has worked himself into the starting lineup...he scored seven points and had three assists in the Beavers' victory over Start Bratislava Nov. 6...not expected to be a big scorer.

C-H Pts: 3 vs. Clemson (11/28/99)		C-H Ast: 1, twiceC-H 3's: 1 vs. Clemson (11/28/99)		C-H Min: 3, twiceC-H Stls: 1 vs. Chico State (11/23/99)

JIMMIE HAYWOOD, SO., G: The sophomore guard was hobbled the first two weeks of practice with a sprained ankle...Ritchie McKay has tabbed him one of the quickest players he has ever coached...scored eight points vs. Start Bratislava...struggled at the start of last season as a true-freshman, hitting just 5 of 22 (.227) from the field over the first five games, but hit 5 of 7 against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State...3 of 9 from the field for the exhibition games.

C-H Pts: 12, twice				C-H Ast: 6, twiceC-H 3's: 4 at Arizona (2/5/00)			C-H Min: 37 vs. Denver (12/11/99)C-H Stls: 2, many times

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: If Jason can stay healthy this season, OSU has a chance of posting a winning record...was sharp during the exhibition games, averaging 14.0 points, and shooting 7 of 8 (.875) from the field...he made 14 of 22 free throw attempts, and is expected to make more trips to the line this season with the new emphasis officials are putting on rough inside play...he has a reasonable chance to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career...has traditionally been good at the start of the season, averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in the first three games last season, and 13.2 points and 6.0 rebounds over the first five games of the 1999 campaign.

C-H Pts: 21, three times			C-H Reb: 11 at Cal (1/4/99)C-H Blks: 3, four times				C-H Ast: 4 vs. Washington (2/17/00)C-H Min: 36 vs. Ole Miss (11/28/99)

BRIAN JACKSON, SO., F: Brian is one of the premier players at his position, power forward, in the Pac-10 Conference...he was a member of the conference's all-freshmen team last year...averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds during the exhibition season...he missed the first five games of last season, but over the next six non-conference games he averaged 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and shot .610 from the field...he made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season.

C-H Pts: 32 vs. Texas A&M-CC (1/4/00)		C-H Reb: 10, twiceC-H Blks: 2 vs. East. Wash (12/15/99)		C-H Ast: 2, many timesC-H Min: 36 vs. Oregon (1/8/00)

CHRIS MANKER, FR., C: While Chris is one of the tallest players on the team, he plays facing the basket a majority of the time...played 37 minutes in the exhibition games combined...averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds during the exhibition season.

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is a candidate for the most improved player on the team, based on practice and the exhibition games...he scored 17 points, an unofficial career-high vs. Start Bratislava Nov. 6...averaged 5.5 boards in the exhibition tilts...traditionally he does not look to be a big scorer, averaging just over three field goal attempts per game for his career entering the season.

C-H Pts: 15 at Washington (1/23/00)		C-H Ast: 7 vs. South Car. St. (11/26/99)C-H 3's: 3, three times				C-H Min: 35 at Washington (1/23/00)C-H Stls: 4 vs. Texas A&M-CC (1/4/00)

JOSH STEINTHAL, SR., G: Josh is one of the premier three-point shooters in the Pac-10 Conference...he has made 57 three-point field goals in each of his two seasons at OSU...his 114 career threes at OSU is the fifth-highest total in school history...he made 25 of 46 threes attempted over the final seven games of last season...he will be looking to have a better start to the 2001 season, after opening last season hitting 5 of 21 (.238) from three-point range over the first four games...he will likely finish his career among the top three at OSU all-time for three-point field goals.

C-H Pts: 23 at Arizona (2/18/99)	C-H Ast: 7 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)C-H 3's: 7 at Arizona (3/2/00)		C-H Min: 40 vs. Stanford (3/6/99)C-H Stls: 2, many times

DEAUNDRA TANNER, SR., G: In terms of sheer numbers, Deaundra Tanner is the best guard at Oregon State since Gary Payton (1987-90)...he is 21st for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,094 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...he is one assist away from moving into OSU's career top-10, he currently has 359...he also enters this season eighth for career steals with 150 and third for career three-point field goals with 148...he has started 52 of the last 55 games and 68 of 85 career contests...selected to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team...named to the Pac-10 Conference's second team by preseason publications Athlon's Magazine and Basketball of the top 15 guards in the nation, according to Dick Vitale's College Basketball.

C-H Pts: 28 vs. California (1/15/00)	C-H Ast: 10 vs. Wyoming (12/20/99)C-H 3's: 5 vs. USC (1/9/99)		C-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)C-H Stls: 7 at Hawaii-Hilo (12/28/97)

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:Scoring Three-Point Field Goals17. Will Brantley (1988-91) 1,145 1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 17818. Jim Jarvis (1063-65) 1,142 2. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 16019. Vic Bartolome (1968-70) 1,130 3. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 14820. Vince Fritz (1067-70) 1,12121. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,094

Assists Steals8. Steve Woodside (1983-86) 372 5. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1719. Freddie Boyd (1971-72) 362 6. Will Brantley (1988-91) 15710. Ray Blume (1978-81) 360 Mark Radford (1978-81) 15711. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)359 8. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 150

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