Men's Basketball Returns to the Road at San Diego

Nov. 30, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (4-1) returns to action Sat., Dec. 2 at the University of San Diego (4-1). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from the Toreros' Jenny Craig Center.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 13.2 pts, 6.0 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 11.8 pts, 6.0 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 3.6 pts, 1.2 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 12.2 pts, 4.4 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 11.8 pts, 4.4 ast

Off the BenchG-- 1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 8.0 pts, 2.0 astG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 8.9 pts, 2.0 rebF--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 2.0 pts, 2.4 reb

San DiegoF--24 Tom Lippold, 6-6, Jr., 10.8 pts, 4.0 rebF--15 Cameron Rigby, 6-7, Sr., 9.0 pts, 4.8 rebC--40 Tyler Field, 6-9, Sr., 9.6 pts, 7.2 rebG--12 Andre Laws, 6-1, Jr., 12.0 pts, 2.8 rebG-- 4 Dana White, 6-0, Sr., 6.4 pts, 4.4 ast

THE SERIES: This is the first meeting ever between Oregon State and San Diego of the West Coast Conference.

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 4-1 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 65-53 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 at 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 continues to have only eight players available for game action and that is unlikely to change 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.

A FAMILIAR FACE? Brian Jackson and Jason Heide will likely compete against former OSU Beaver Nick Greene in Saturday's game. Greene played as a true-freshman in Corvallis during the `98 season, before transferring to Mesa Community College in Arizona. The one-year letterman senior is listed at 6'7' 230 pounds, and averaging 3.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. During the `98 season Greene played 24 of 30 games (4 starts) and averaged 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds.

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-Dec. return (expected redshirt)

BEAVERS SECOND AT BIG ISLAND: Oregon State finished second at the City Bank Aloha Airlines Big Island Invitational at UH-Hilo last week. The Beavers posted victories over Appalachian State (60-37/1st rd), and Long Beach State (78-66/2nd rd), before falling to No. 19 Oklahoma (78-60) in the title game. Brian Jackson and Deaundra Tanner were named to the all-tournament team. Jackson averaged 14.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, while Tanner averaged 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

ON THE DEFENSIVE: Oregon State is fifth in the country for scoring defense (games through Wed.), allowing just 47.8 points per game. Arkansas-Little Rock leads the nation at (42.0), followed by Illinois State (46.0), Baylor (46.0), and Northwestern (46.3). The Beavers have had some standout performances this year on the defensive end -- Here is a closer look:

vs. LBSU -- allowed .321 in first half, building as much as a 20-point lead.	vs. Appalachian State -- allowed 37 points, and just .283 from the field	vs. CSUF -- 35 points is the second lowest in Titan history,	 and 12 first half points	the fewest for one half.	vs. S. Colorado -- OSU led 23-0 before the Thunderwolves scored.

THE GREEN LIGHT: 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 44 of 120 (.367) from behind the arc, including a school record tying 13 vs. Southern Colorado Nov. 20. The Beavers are currently (games through Wed.) 25th in the nation at 8.8 made threes per game. At this rate, OSU would shatter the school record for converted threes (206 in 2000) -- the team in on target to make 264 this season. 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 continues its road travels this week at San Diego. The Beavers are in a stretch of playing six of seven away from friendly Gill Coliseum. The team returns home next week to host UC Riverside, before traveling to Denver University Dec. 13 and playing Wyoming in Casper Dec. 16.

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game six of the season shooting .726 from the free throw line, and while that certainly is not going to set any records, it is a noticeable improvement for a program that has finished at the bottom or close to it in recent Pac-10 Conference history. The Beavers haven't finished over 70 percent from the charity stripe since 1995 (.707), and have been only 70 percent or better four times since 1985.

A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS: Oregon State is averaging 17.0 assists per game, while committing 11.6 turnovers - a 1.5:1 assist/turnover ratio. OSU has been on the minus side of that ratio for six of the last seven seasons. The Beavers haven't had a game this season with fewer than 15 assists, and haven't had a game of more than 15 turnovers.

McKAY ON THE TOREROS: 'This will be a very difficult test for our team. The recent RPI (Ratings Power Index) poll has San Diego in the top 30 in the country, so this will be more than just a formidable foe for Oregon State. Coach Holland has done an excellent job with the program, he has all five starters returning from last year's team, and they have had success in the past. This is huge challenge for Oregon State.'

McKAY ON OREGON STATE: 'I thought we improved offensively during the Hawaii tournament, even with the fatigue factor we faced. As far as individuals, the contributions we are getting at this time from our players were expected by the coaching staff entering the season. Adam Masten, Jason Heide, and Brian Jackson have been playing at a high level, and I look for Chris Manker to continue to make strides to give relief to our post players. Overall, I have been pleased with the way this team has competed.'

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 .545 (6-11) from the field, all but one from three-point range.

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, twice

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...shooting .407 (11-27) from the field for the season, but shot .467 (7-15) from the field at the Big Island Invitational...tied for the team lead for free throw percentage at .857 (12-14)...averaged 9.3 points over the last three games, including a season-high 10 vs. Appalachian State.

C-H Pts: 12, twice				C-H Ast: 6, twiceS-H Pts: 10 vs. App. State (11/24/00)		S-H Ast: 4 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)C-H 3's: 4 at Arizona (2/5/00)			C-H Min: 37 vs. Denver (12/11/99)S-H 3's: 3 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)		S-H Min: 28 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Stls: 2, many timesS-H Stls: 1, many times

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason is off to a solid start, averaging 11.8 pts and 6.0 rebounds...shooting .600 (24-40) from the field...if he averages 11.8 points the remainder of the season he would be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career...has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight non-conference games.

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, twiceS-H Blks: 1, twice				S-H Ast: 4 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)C-H Min: 36 vs. Ole Miss (11/28/99)S-H Min: 34 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)

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...earned all-tournament honors at the Big Island Invitational, where he averaged 14.7 points...team leader for scoring at 13.2 points, and co-leads for rebounding at 6.0...averaging 15.1 points for his career in non-conference games...tied for second for the team for three-point field goals with seven, and has the second most attempts with 23...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: 18 vs. LBSU (11/25/00)	        S-H Reb: SameC-H Blks: 3, twice			C-H Ast: 5 vs. LBSU (11/25/00)S-H Blks: 3, twice			S-H Ast: 5, sameC-H Min: 36 vs. Oregon (1/8/00)S-H Min: 33 vs. LBSU (11/25/00)

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 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game...averaging 14.0 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: 5 vs. App. State (11/24/00)

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is a candidate for the most improved player on the team...shooting .654 (17-26) from the field, including 7-15 (.467) from three-point range...also has hit 18 of 21 (.857) free throw attempts...has better than a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado.

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: 6 vs. App. State (11/24/00)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: 33 vs. LBSU (11/25/00)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 124 career threes at OSU is the fifth-highest total in school history...he will likely finish his career among the top three at OSU for all-time three-point field goals...averaging 8.8 points per game for the season...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...has buried 6 of 11 (.545) from three-point range over the last three 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, twiceC-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, twice

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.)	4153. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.)	155		3. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	4004. Brent Barry (1992-95)	130		4. Brent Barry (1992-95)	3775. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	124		5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	320

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 22 points vs. Long Beach State at the Big Island Invitational, where he was named to the all-tournament team...Tanner is shooting .511 (24-57) from the field for the season, but is hitting 15-25 (.600) over the last two games...he is 17th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,155 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...eighth all-time at OSU for career assists with 375...eighth for career steals with 155 and third for career three-point field goals with 155...started 57 of the last 60 games and 73 of 90 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.)	15517. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,155

Steals4. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1716. Will Brantley (1988-91) 157 Mark Radford (1978-81) 1578. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 155

Assists7. Mark Radford (1978-81) 4018. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 375

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