Men's Basketball Travels to Denver and Wyoming This Week

Dec. 11, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (4-3) hits the road this week for games at the University of Denver (2-4) and the University of Wyoming (5-1). The Beavers and Pioneers will tip at 6 P.M. PST from the Ritchie Center (8,000) within the Magness Arena. The Beavers and Cowboys will play at the Casper Events Center in Casper, tipoff at approximately 7 p.m. PST. The game is part of a doubleheader at the Cowboy Shootout, Wyoming's women's basketball team plays Idaho State at 5 p.m. PST.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 12.4 pts, 5.1 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 12.4 pts, 5.9 rebG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 7.1 pts, 1.7 astor 12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.9 pts, 1.1 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 13.6 pts, 3.9 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 11.1 pts, 4.6 reb

Off the BenchG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.9 pts, 1.1 rebor 1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 7.1 pts, 1.7 astG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 9.1 pts, 1.7 rebF--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 1.4 pts, 2.1 reb

DENVERF--24 Kevin Overton, 6-7, Sr., 9.3 pts, 3.7 rebF--33 Wahhab Carter, 6-6, Jr., 9.8 pts, 6.2 rebC--40 Steve Simmons, 6-9, Jr, 8.3 pts, 9.3 rebG-- 3 B.J. Pratt, 6-3, So., 16.0 pts, 3.8 rebG--21 Shermon Rochell, 6-5, Jr., 8.0 pts, 4.7 reb

WYOMINGF--4 Ugo Udezue, 6-8, Jr., 6.3 pts, 2.7 rebF--22 Josh Davis, 6-8, Jr., 12.7 pts, 10.3 rebC--5 Uche Nsonwu-Amadi, 6-10, So., 10.0 pts, 7.8 rebG--10 Chris McMillian, 5-10, Jr., 7.8 pts, 4.8 astG--44 Marcus Bailey, 6-5, So., 17.5 pts, 4.5 reb

OSU vs. DENVER SERIES (see box page 5): Oregon State defeated Denver last year, in the schools only meeting. The Beavers posted a 70-63 victory at Gill Coliseum Dec. 11, 1999 behind the 20 points from Brian Jackson. The Beavers built as much as a 17-point advantage in the second half (17:37), but Denver went on a 20-3 run over the next five minutes to forge a tie. OSU built a nine-point lead again after the tie and held on for the victory. Jason Heide registered a double-double for OSU with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Denver was led by Wahhab Carter's 19 points. Denver picked up three technical fouls, including two on head coach Marty Fletcher.

OSU vs. WYOMING SERIES (see box page 5): Oregon State has an 8-2 advantage, including five straight victories. The Beavers defeated the Cowboys Dec. 20 of last year at Gill Coliseum, 83-77. Deaundra Tanner scored 21 points and had 10 assists, his second career double-double. Jason Heide also had 21 points in the victory. LeDarion Jones of Wyoming led all scorers with 26 points, while teammate Justin French added 14. The game proved costly for the Beavers as Heide broke his right thumb, an injury that sidelined him for four of the next six games.

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 4-3 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 65-55 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.

STATISTICS DO TELL THE STORY: The following is a look at key cumulative statistics during OSU's three-game losing streak:

			OSU		OPP	FG Pct.		.462		.547	3-Pt. FG Pct.	.277 (18-65)	.528 (28-53)	Reb. P/G	21.7		32.7

*In addition, OSU has been outscored by an average of 37 to 26 in the first half.

RELIEF IN SIGHT? Sophomore guard Emonte Jernigan is expected to see game action, possibly as soon as the upcoming road trip, which would bring the depleted Oregon State roster to nine 'active' players. Jernigan has been sidelined since October with a broken 'little' toe on his right foot. Sophomore guard Jimmie Haywood has fought through a sprained ankle and slightly separated right shoulder, freshman center Derek Potter has been out of the lineup with the exact same injury as Haywood, and junior forward Philip Ricci is redshirting this season after undergoing knee surgery in October. In addition, senior guard Brandon Payton is ineligible due to transferring to OSU this season, and junior forward James Jones has been declared ineligible due to NCAA rules.

THE GREEN LIGHT: Every OSU player has the green light to attempt three-point field goals as long as the opportunities come within the framework of the offense. With that in mind, the Beavers have already made 56 of 163 (.344) 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) -- the team in on target to make 240 this season. The Beavers are averaging 23 attempts per game, the most in the Pac-10 Conference entering the week. 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).

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game eight of the season shooting .731 from the free throw line (2nd in Pac-10), 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.

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: Cokley has played 150 minutes in seven games, an average of 21.4 minutes -- after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .467 (7-15) from the field, all but two attempts from three-point range.

C-H Pts: 9 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)		C-H Ast: 3 at San Diego (12/2/00)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 has been injury plagued to this point in the season, suffering a sprained ankle that limited his participation the first two weeks of practice, then suffering a separated right shoulder at San Diego -- appears healthy for this week's action...Ritchie McKay has tabbed him one of the quickest players he has ever coached...shooting .410 (16-39) from the field for the season...scored a season-high 10 points vs. Appalachian State...started his first game of the season at San Diego.

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 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds (team-high)...shooting .576 (34-59) from the field, fourth in the Pac-10 Conference...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career...has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 non-conference games...has made 2 of 3 three-point field goal attempts this season...has 46 career blocked shots, and needs just five to crack the top-10 all-time at OSU.

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: 3 vs. App. State (11/24/00)		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...second for the team for scoring (12.4 pts) and rebounding (5.1)...has attempted 31 three-point field goals, second for the team...has better than a 2:1 (15/7) assist-to-turnover ratio...made just 2 of 11 field goal attempts vs. UC Riverside, his worst shooting performance for his OSU career...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: 34 vs. UC Riverside (12/9)

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 1.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game...averaging 11.7 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 .632 (24-38) from the field (2nd in Pac-10), including 10-22 (.455/best on the team) from three-point range...also has hit 20 of 23 (.870) free throw attempts, the top percentage on the team...leads the team with 27 assists...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...he is just 40 points short of tying his entire point total of last year (118).

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, twiceC-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...his 128 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 9.1 points per game for the season...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...has buried 10 of 19 (.526) from three-point range over the last five 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, twice			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.)	4243. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.)	156		3. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	4004. Brent Barry (1992-95)	130		4. Brent Barry (1992-95)	3775. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	128		5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	328

DEAUNDRA TANNER, SR., G: In terms of 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...he averaged 7.3 field goal attempts over the first three games, and has averaged 12 field goal attempts over the last four...only 1 of 13 from behind the three-point stripe over the last three games...he is 16th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,189 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...needs 10 points to move into 15th place ahead of Earl Martin (1986-90)...eighth all-time at OSU for career assists with 380...tied for sixth for career steals with 157 and is third for career three-point field goals with 156...started 59 of the last 62 games and 75 of 92 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: 22 vs. LBSU (11/25)		S-H Ast: 4 vs. S. Colo. (11/20)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)		S-H Min: 37 vs. Oklahoma (11/26)C-H Stls: 7 at Hawaii-Hilo (12/28/97)S-H Stls: 3 vs. CS-Full (11/17)

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:Scoring11. Ray Blume (1978-81)	        1,28812. Cliff Crandall (1946-49)	1,25013. Steve Woodside (1983-86)	1,23614. Freddie Boyd (1970-72)	1,22115. Earl Martin (1986-90)	1,19816. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,189

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 1603. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 156

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

Assists7. Mark Radford (1978-81) 4018. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 380

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