Men's Basketball Travels to Hilo for the Big Island Invitational

Nov. 21, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. - SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (2-0) makes its first road trip of the season traveling to the City Bank Aloha Airlines Big Island Invitational in Hilo. The Beavers open the three-day eight-team tournament Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. PST against the Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-1). The Beavers will then play either Long Beach State (0-1) or the University of San Francisco (0-1) Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. PST (loss to App. St.) or 4:30 p.m. PST (win vs. App. St.). Game three of the tournament for OSU will be against one of the following schools -- Hawai'i-Hilo, Oklahoma, Tulane, or Montana State. The tournament is being held at UH-Hilo's Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

STARTING LINEUP: Head Coach Ritchie McKay has announced the following starting lineup:

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 11.0 pts, 9.0 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 15.0 pts, 6.5 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 6.5 pts, 2.0 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 10.5 pts, 5.5 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 16.0 pts, 3.5 ast

Off the BenchG-- 1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 6.0 pts, 2.5 rebG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 10.5 pts, 2.0 astF--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 4.0 pts, 2.0 reb

Appalachian StateF--21 Buddy Davis, 6-7, Jr., 7.0 pts, 4.0 rebC-- 4 Corey Cooper, 6-8, Sr., 9.5 pts, 7.5 rebG--45 Shawn Alexander, 6-2, Jr., 21.0 pts, 4.5 rebG--33 Noah Brown, 6-1, Fr., 8.5 pts, 3.5 astG-- 3 Jonathan Butler, 5-11, Jr., 6.5 pts, 3.5 ast

Long Beach State (stats do not include Nov. 21 vs. Air Force)F--15 Grant Stone, 6-8, Sr., 4.0 pts, 4.0 rebF--34 Lemi Williams, 6-6, Jr., 8.0 pts, 4.0 rebC--13 Travis Reed, 6-8, Jr., 13.0 pts, 10.0 rebG--00 Ron Johnson, 6-0, Jr., 15.0 pts, 4.0 astG--22 Ramel Lloyd, 6-4, Sr., 27.0 pts, 4.0 reb

San Francisco (stats do not include Nov. 21 at UCSB)F-- 1 Tayo Akinsete, 6-6, Jr., 6.0 pts, 8.0 rebF-- 3 Darrell Tucker, 6-9, So., 21.0 pts, 4.0 rebC--35 Hendre Brewer, 7-0, Jr., 6.0 pts, 5.0 rebG--13 Shamell Stallworth, 6-5, So., 22.0 pts, 2.0 rebG--25 Chris Barideaux, 5-10, Sr., 7.0 pts, 4.0

THE SERIES': This is the first meeting ever for Oregon State vs. Appalachian State, and is the first time in school history the program has played an opponent from the Southern Conference. OSU is 1-2 vs. Long Beach State, losing 68-56 at The Pyramid Dec. 3, 1996 in the last meeting, OSU is 3-7 vs. USF, but the two schools haven't played since 1969 season. Versus the rest of the field OSU is 0-3 vs. Oklahoma, 0-1 vs. Tulane, 2-2 vs. Montana State, and 2-0 vs. Hawai'i-Hilo.

PERFECT ON THE BIG ISLAND: Oregon State is 4-0 in games played on the Big Island. The Beavers won the Hilo Holiday Shootout in December of 1997, defeating UH-Hilo (79-68, played at Kailua-Kona), Kent State (76-68), and Boise State (71-60). The Beavers also defeated the Vulcans during the 1980 season 104-80, in a game All-America center and future NBA standout Steve Johnson set a then-NCAA record by making 13 of 13 field goal attempts.

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE: This will be Oregon State's third trip to Hawaii in the last four seasons. The Beavers won the Hilo Holiday Shootout in 1997, and won one of three games at the inaugural Pearl Harbor Classic in Laie in 1998, hosted by BYU-Hawaii.

THE HEAD COACH: Ritchie McKay is the 18th head coach in the program's history, and only the sixth since 1929. McKay has a record of 2-0 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 63-52 in five years as a head coach. He was 37-23 in two years at Colorado State (1999 & 2000), and 24-29 in two years at Portland State (1997 & `98). He has also served as an assistant Washington, Bradley, Queens College (NC) and his alma mater, Seattle Pacific University. At 35 years of age, McKay is the youngest head coach in the Pac-10 Conference, and among the youngest in all of Division I.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH? Oregon State has only eight players available for this tournament and likely until around the start of the Pacific-10 Conference season. 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). Sophomore guard Emonte Jernigan is the only player expected to be added to the 'active' roster in the near future, he is recovering from a broken 'little' toe on his left foot.

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 (expected redshirt)

ON THE DEFENSIVE: Ritchie McKay stresses the importance of defense daily in practice, but allowing just 29.0 points per game might be a little better than he even expected. Here is a closer look at the first two games, defensively:

	vs. CSUF -- 35 points is the second lowest in Titan history, and 12 first half points  the fewest for one half.	vs. S. Colorado -- 23 points allowed is the fewest in the last 462 games --	OSU led 23-0 before the Thunderwolves scored.

DOUGHNUT, GOOSE EGG, HULA HOOP: Oregon State has been involved in some rather astonishing start to games over the last two years. The Beavers led Southern Colorado 23-0 this season before it scored, and led South Carolina State 25-0 and Idaho 18-0 last year before either of those teams scored.

THE GREEN LIGHT: With the exception of senior center Jason Heide, every OSU player has the green light to attempt three-point field goals as long as they come within the framework of the offense. With that in mind, the Beavers have already made 22 of 57 (.386) from behind the arc, including a school record tying 13 vs. Southern Colorado Nov. 20. At this rate, OSU would shatter the school record for converted threes (206 in 2000), and the Pac-10 Conference record (279 by Arizona in `94). Incidentally, head coach Ritchie McKay's Colorado State team of last year led the NCAA for three-point field goal percentage at .440 (255-579).

FREQUENT FLYERS: Oregon State plays six of its next seven games away from friendly Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers return from three games in Hawaii late Monday, before traveling to San Diego Friday for a Saturday game vs. the Toreros at their new Jenny Craig Center. Oregon State is also at the University of Denver Dec. 13, and then plays Wyoming at Casper Dec. 16.

THE RULES HAVE CHANGED:As with most pre-conference tournaments, experimental rules have been added to the games. There are only two experimental rules in the rules book for this season -- a trapezoid free throw lane, and a restricted block/charge zone. The restricted block/charge zone is designed much like the NBA rule where a defender cannot draw a charge while under the halo of the basket. The trapezoid rule is an attempt to minimize physical play around the basket on free throw attempts.

McKAY ON THE TEAM: 'Things are going as I had hoped. We are playing very well on the defensive end, which we'll need to continue if we hope to achieve our goals for this season. I have been pleased with the rotation of our available eight players and the roles each of them have taken. I've seen some good things, and I like the makeup of this team.'

McKAY ON THE TOURNAMENT: 'This tournament is the beginning of what I believe is some serious and stiff competition. We have the potential to play three postseason tournament teams in Hawaii. With three games in three nights, I'm hopeful our younger players are ready, especially Chris Manker. One of our goals was to give Chris a lot of minutes in the exhibitions and our first two regular season games to get him adjusted to the rigors of Division I basketball. We will continue to depend on our senior leadership of Jason Heide, Josh Steinthal, and Deaundra Tanner to lead this team, especially in a situation where there isn't a lot of time for rest.'

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

MIKE COKLEY, SO., G: After playing a total of eight minutes all of last season, Cokley has worked himself into the starting lineup...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .800 (4-5) from the field, all three-point field goal attempts.

C-H Pts: 9 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)		C-H Ast: 2 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H 3's: 3 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)		C-H Min: 30 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Stls: 2 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)

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...averaging 6.0 pts p/g in 26 minutes per game action...scored a season-high 7 points vs. CS-Fullerton.

C-H Pts: 12, twice			C-H Ast: 6, twiceS-H Pts: 7 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Ast: 2, twiceC-H 3's: 4 at Arizona (2/5/00)		C-H Min: 37 vs. Denver (12/11/99)S-H 3's: 1, twice			S-H Min: 28 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Stls: 2, many timesS-H Stls: 1, twice

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason is off to excellent start, averaging 15.0 pts and 6.5 rebounds...shooting .667 (12-18) from the field and .857 (6-7) from the free throw line...in his last five non-conference games he has averaged 17.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and is shooting .660 (31-47)...if he averages 11.7 points the remainder of the season he would be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career...in three consecutive games at the SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament last season he averaged 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds on his way to all-tournament honors.

C-H Pts: 21, three times		C-H Reb: 11 at Cal (1/4/99)S-H Pts: 16 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)	S-H Reb: 9 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Blks: 3, four times			C-H Ast: 4 vs. Washington (2/17/00S-H Blks: 1 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Ast: 2 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Min: 36 vs. Ole Miss (11/28/99)S-H Min: 27 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)

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...averaging 11.0 points and 9.0 rebounds through two games...shooting .533 (8-15) from the field for the season...averaging 15.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and shooting .595 (44-74) for his career in non-conference games...he made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season.

C-H Pts: 32 vs. Tex. A&M-CC (1/4/00)	C-H Reb: 12 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)S-H Pts: 15 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)	S-H Reb: SameC-H Blks: 2 vs. East. Wash (12/15/99)	C-H Ast: 2, many timesS-H Blks: 3 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Ast: 3 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Min: 36 vs. Oregon (1/8/00)S-H Min: 27 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)

CHRIS MANKER, FR., F/C: While Chris is one of the tallest players on the team, he plays facing the basket a majority of the time...averaging 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game...averaging 20.0 minutes per game.

C-H Pts: 6 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)	C-H Ast: 2 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)C-H 3's: 1 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)	C-H Min: 28 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)C-H Stls: 1 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	C-H Reb: 2, twice

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is a candidate for the most improved player on the team...leads the team for scoring at 16.0 points per game...shooting .667 (8-12) from the field, including 5-9 (.556) from three-point range...also has hit 11 of 12 free throw attempts...has better than a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...has scored in double figures in back-to-back games, the first time in his career.

C-H Pts: 19 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)	C-H Ast: 7 vs. South Car. St. (11/26/99)S-H Pts: Same				S-H Ast: 5 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H 3's: 3, three times			C-H Min: 35 at Washington (1/23/00)S-H 3's: 3 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Min: 29 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)C-H Stls: 4 vs. Texas A&M-CC (1/4/00)S-H Stls: 3 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)

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 118 career threes at OSU is the fifth-highest total in school history...he will likely finish his career among the top three at OSU all-time for three-point field goals...averaging 10.5 points per game for the season...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...a career 39 percent three-point shooter at OSU, but is only 21 percent in regular season tournament games.

C-H Pts: 23 at Arizona (2/18/99)	C-H Ast: 7 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H Pts: 16 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Ast: 3 vs. CS-Full (11/17/00)C-H 3's: 7 at Arizona (3/2/00)		C-H Min: 40 vs. Stanford (3/6/99)S-H 3's: 3 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Min: 28 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)C-H Stls: 2, many timesS-H Stls: 1 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)

Steinthal in the OSU Record Book:

Three-Point Field Goals		Three-Point Field Goals Attempted1. Gary Payton (1987-90)	178	1. Gary Payton (1987-90)		4822. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	160	2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)		4043. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)	152	3. Charles McKinney (1990-93)		4004. Brent Barry (1992-95)	130	4. Brent Barry (1992-95)		3775. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	118	5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)		309

DEAUNDRA TANNER, SR., G: In terms of sheer numbers, Deaundra Tanner is the best guard at Oregon State since Gary Payton (1987-90)...scored a season-high 16 points vs. Southern Colorado...Tanner and Jason Heide are the only two players on the roster who played at UH-Hilo in 1997...he is 21st for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,115 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...ninth all-time at OSU for career assists with 366...eighth for career steals with 154 and third for career three-point field goals with 152...started 54 of the last 57 games and 70 of 87 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 News...one 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)S-H Pts: 16 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)	S-H Ast: 4 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H 3's: 5 vs. USC (1/9/99)		C-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H 3's: 3 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)	S-H Min: 29 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)C-H Stls: 7 at Hawaii-Hilo (12/28/97)S-H Stls: 3 vs. CS-Full (11/17/00

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:

Scoring		                        Three-Point Field Goals14. Freddie Boyd (1970-72)	1,221	1. Gary Payton (1987-90)	17815. Earl Martin (1986-90)	1,198	2. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	16016. Don Smith (1974-77)	        1,176	3. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)	15217. Will Brantley (1988-91)	1,14518. Jim Jarvis (1963-65)	1,142 	Steals19. Vic Bartolome (1968-70)	1,130	4. Eric Knox (1985-89)	17820. Vince Fritz (1967-70)	1,121	5. Earl Martin (1987-90)	17121. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,115	6. Will Brantley (1988-91)	157                                           Mark Radford (1978-81)	157                                        8. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)	154

Assists7. Mark Radford (1978-81) 4018. Steve Woodside (1983-86) 3729. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 366

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