OSU Hosts Bulldogs From South Carolina State

Dec. 22, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (5-5) hosts the South Carolina State Bulldogs (4-5) Sat., Dec. 23. Tipoff from Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum is at 12:05 p.m. The Bulldogs are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, a league that also comprises Norfolk State, Coppin State, Hampton, Delaware State, Bethune-Cookman, Morgan State, Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T, Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Howard.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.3 pts, 4.6 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.2 pts, 5.6 rebG--25	Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 8.7 pts, 1.6 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 12.8 pts, 4.2 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 9.0 pts, 4.7 reb

Off the BenchG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 7.1 pts, 1.8 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 0.0 pts, 0.3 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.5 pts, 1.0 reb.F--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 2.4 pts, 2.2 reb

SOUTH CAROLINA STATEF-- 5 Luis Radford, 6-9, Jr., 6.5 pts, 3.9 rebF--23 Dexter Hall, 6-8, Sr., 7.1 pts, 10.4 rebF--33 Greg Gray, 6-7, Jr., 16.6 pts, 4.3 rebG--12 Leron Mapp, 6-3, Jr., 10.3 pts, 2.5 rebG--22 Vincent Whitt, 6-6, Sr., 16.0 pts, 4.8 reb

OSU-SCSU SERIES (see box page 5): This is the second meeting in as many years for the Beavers and Bulldogs. OSU defeated South Carolina State 92-57 in the opening round of last year's SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament in Greenville, SC. The Beavers hit .640 from the field and scored the first 25 points of the game, before SCSU scored its first points at the 11:39 mark. OSU led by as many as 47 points. Five Beavers scored in double figures with Ramunas Petraitis scoring a team-high 16. Mike Waitre led all scorers with 25 points.

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 5-5 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 66-57 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.

ON THE AIR: The Beaver Sports Radio Network will air every game. Mike Parker calls the action over the 16-station network.

Corvallis, KLOO (1340 AM) 	Florence, KCST (1250 AM)Portland, KEX (1190 AM)  	Hermiston, KOHU (1360 AM)Astoria, KVAS (1230 AM) 	Klamath Falls, KKJX (960 AM)Brookings, KURY (910 AM) 	Medford, KMED (1440 AM)Coos Bay, KBBR (1340 AM) 	Newport, KNPT (1310 AM)Cottage Grove, KCGR (100.5 FM)	Roseburg, KQEN (1240 AM)Enterprise, KWVR (1340 AM)	The Dalles, KODL (1440 AM)Eugene, KKNX (840 AM)	        Bend, KXUX (940 AM)

TICKETS: Individual reserved game tickets for men's basketball are priced at $17, except $20 for the March 10 contest vs. Oregon. General Admission tickets are $10, excluding the Oregon contest.

DEFENSIVE DATA: Through Thursday's games OSU ranked first in the Pac-10 Conference and fifth in the nation for scoring defense at 55.7 points per game. The Beavers have held four teams to 50 points or less. Arkansas-Little Rock leads the nation at 53.3 points.

THAT BLACK CLOUD....hovers over the Oregon State men's basketball team. Here is a list of some of the setbacks and oddities that have transpired this season:

*Phillip Ricci, Jr., Forward -- arthroscopic knee surgery -- redshirting this year.*Emonte Jernigan, So., G -- broken 'little' toe on his right foot -- missed seven games.*Derek Potter, Fr., C -- same injury as Jernigan -- redshirting this year.*James Jones, Jr., F -- ruled ineligible by NCAA -- has left the program.*Mike Cokley, So., G -- missed two games while serving a team suspension for violating a team policy.*Jason Heide, Sr., C -- elbowed in practice prior to Wyoming game -- right eye swells shut before regaining partial vision -- plays only 14 minutes in loss to Cowboys.*Jimmie Haywood, So., G -- hobbled the first two weeks of practice with a sprained ankle, returns, then suffers partially separated shoulder in his only start of the year (San Diego).*Brian Jackson, So., F -- suffers from 24-hour virus the day before Wyoming game -- vomits entire practice.*Kelly Knox, Jr., Manager -- knocked unconscious briefly in practice Dec. 16 after being hit in the head with a basketball.*Ritchie McKay, Head Coach -- sprains hand during the Oklahoma game in Hilo.*Several team members have residences burglarized while on road trips the month of December.*Team's commercial flight from Denver to Eugene Dec. 17 returns to Denver after landing gear problem is indicated in the cockpit -- circles DIA for two-plus hours burning fuel before landing safely -- team arrives at Eugene airport nine hours late.

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 made 74 of 222 (.333) 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 222 this season. The Beavers are averaging 23 attempts per game. 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).

REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State has gone six consecutive games finishing on the negative side of the rebounding ledger. For the season OSU is being outrebounding 31.3-28.3, which includes a minus-23 vs. Wyoming and minus-16 vs. UC Riverside.

SHOOTING WOES CONTINUE: Oregon State has gone five consecutive games shooting a percentage of .429 (twice) or lower. The Beavers bottomed out with a season-low .347 (17-49) effort vs. Wyoming Dec. 16. Here is a closer look at why the numbers are down:

        Deaundra Tanner:	4-22 (.181) over the last two games	Adam Masten:		2-9 (.222) over the last two games	Brian Jackson:		9-26 (.346) over the last four games	Josh Steinthal:		8-26 (.308) over the last three games

LACK OF DEPTH CAUSING FOUL PROBLEMS: Head Coach Ritchie McKay has been forced to juggle players in and out of games with significant foul problems. Over the last five games, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 16 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out twice during that stretch and Adam Masten once.

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game 11 of the season shooting .723 (3rd in the Pac-10 entering the week) 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.

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

SUPERLATIVES

Points:	                91 vs. S. Colo (11/20)	Fewest Points:	53, twiceOpp. Points:	        82, San Diego (12/2)Fewest Opp. Pts:	23, S.Colo. (11/20)1st Half Points:	56 vs. S. Colo (11/20)1st Half Points All.:	40, Oklahoma (11/26)2nd Half Points	        40 vs. USD (12/2)2nd Half Pts All.:	44, San Diego (12/2)3-Point FGs:	        13 vs. S. Colo (11/20)3-Pt. FGs Att.:	        30 vs. CSUF (11/17)Free Throws:	        29 vs. EWU (12/19)Free Throws Att.:	39 vs. EWU (12/19)Opp. Free Throws:	21, San Diego (12/2)Opp. Fts Att.:	        31, San Diego (12/2)Rebounds	        38 vs. S. Colo (11/20)Opp. Rebounds:	        48, Wyoming (12/16)Assists:	        19 vs. S. Colo (11/20)Fewest Assists: 	9 at Denver (12/13/)Most Turnovers: 	17 vs. EWU 12/19)Fewest Turnovers:	8 vs. Wyoming(12/16)Blocked Shots:  	5, twiceSteals:         	12 vs. S. Colo (11/20)FG Pct.:	        .563 vs. LBSU (11/25)Worst FG Pct.:     	.327 vs. Wyo. (12/16)

OSU RECORD WHEN....

Leading at Halftime:			5-1Trailing at Halftime:			0-450%-plus FG Pct.:			2-149%-minus FG Pct.:			3-4Opp. 50%-plus FG Pct.:			0-2Opp. 49%-minus FG Pct.:	        	5-370%-plus FT Pct.:			3-269%-minus FT Pct.:			2-3Outrebounding Opp.:			3-0Outrebounded by Opp.:			2-5Fewer Turnovers vs. Opp.:		4-3More Turnovers vs. Opp.:		1-1

THE LAST TIME OSU....

Scored 100+ Points:11/25/97 vs. UCSD (94 gms) -- 116Allowed 100+ Points:2/11/95 vs. Oregon (158 gms) -- 107Scored less than 50 Points:2/13/00 vs. Stanford (26 gms) -- 45Allowed less than 50 pts11/20/00 vs. S. Colorado (7 gms) --23Shot 50+ Percent:11/26/00 vs. Oklahoma (5 gms) -- .545Shot less than 30 Percent:1/13/00 vs. Stanford (26 gms) -- .276Led by 20 Points:11/25/00 vs. Long Beach St. (6 games)Outrebounded Opponent11/25/00 vs. Long Beach St. (6 games)Beat a Ranked Team3/2/00 vs. #3 ArizonaPlayer had a Triple Double:11/26/88, Gary Payton vs. Portland (20 pts, 14 reb, 11 ast) -- 349 games

MIKE COKLEY, SO., G: Cokley has played 159 minutes in eight games, an average of 19.9 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...missed the Denver and Wyoming games while serving a team suspension for violating a team policy.

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...Ritchie McKay has tabbed him one of the quickest players he has ever coached...scored a season-high 10 points vs. Appalachian State and at Denver...started his first game of the season at San Diego...only 1 of 13 (.077) from three-point range over the last four games.

C-H Pts: 12, twice				C-H Ast: 6, twiceS-H Pts: 10, twice				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: 31 at Denver (12/13/00)C-H Stls: 2, many times			        S-H Stls: 1, many times

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason averaging 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds (team-high)...did not start last Saturday at Wyoming due to an eye injury suffered in practice Dec. 15...shooting .613 (49-80) from the field, including .690 (20-29) over the last four games...for his career he is shooting .526 (295-561) from the field...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career -- currently 23 points short of reaching 800 for his career...has scored in double figures in 12 of his last 13 non-conference games...has made 3 of 6 three-point field goal attempts this season...has 50 career blocked shots, and needs just one 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: 18 at Denver (12/13/00)		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, twice

BRIAN JACKSON, SO., F: Brian 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...third for the team for scoring (10.3 pts)...has attempted 33 three-point field goals, third-highest for the team...has made just 9 of 26 (.346) from the field over the last four games -- averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds during that stretch...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...one of three Beavers to start every game...has fouled out of two of the last four games, and the other two games he ended the contest with four personals...through the first seven games he averaged 10 field goal attempts, over the last three he has averaged five field goal attempts.

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)

EMONTE JERNIGAN, SO., G: Emonte missed the first seven games while recovering from a broken 'little' toe on his right foot...has played a total of six minutes this season, and has yet to score.

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 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game...averaging 14.2 minutes per game...made his first collegiate start against Wyoming Dec. 16 -- responding with nine points and four rebounds...buried 3 of 8 from three-point range vs. Wyoming...averaging 7.0 points over the last two contests...through the first seven games he averaged 11.7 minutes, over the last three his average has jumped to 20 minutes.

C-H Pts: 9 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)	C-H Ast: 2 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)C-H 3's: 3 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)	C-H Min: 31 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)C-H Stls: 1, many times		        C-H Reb: 5 vs. App. State (11/24/00)

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is the most improved player on the team...shooting .553 (26-47) from the field, including 12-30 (.400) from three-point range...also has hit 26 of 33 (.788) free throw attempts...second for the team in assists with 33...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...he is just 28 points short of tying his entire point total of last year (118)...tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Denver...has made just 2 of 9 (.222) from the field over the last three games.

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, twiceS-H 3's: 3 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Min: 35 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)C-H Stls: 4 vs. Texas A&M-CC (1/4/00)	C-H Reb: 7, twiceS-H Stls: 3, twice			S-H Reb: 7 at Denver (12/13/00)

JOSH STEINTHAL, SR., G: Josh is one of the premier three-point shooters in the Pac-10 Conference...his 135 career threes at OSU is fourth in school history...he will likely finish his career among the top three at OSU for all-time three-point field goals...averaging 8.7 points per game for the season...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...has nailed at least one three in every game this season, and has an overall streak of 17 games...shooting .263 (5-19) from the field over the last four games...attempted 10 three-point field goals in games vs. Cal State-Fullerton and Wyoming...has started 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: 4 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)	S-H Min: 39 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)C-H Stls: 2, many times	          	S-H Stls: 1, many times

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.)	4323. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.)	159		3. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	135		4. Brent Barry (1992-95)	377			                        5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	349

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...only 4 of 21 (.190) from behind the three-point stripe over the last six games...he is 14th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,222 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...needs 15 points to move into 13th place ahead of Steve Woodside (1983-86)...eighth all-time at OSU for career assists with 393...sixth for career steals with 163 and is third for career three-point field goals with 159...started 62 of the last 65 games and 78 of 95 career contests...averaging a team-high 33.6 minutes per games...has shot .222 (4-18) from the field over the last two games...failed to make a field goal vs. Eastern Washington -- only the second time since his freshman season without a basket...has made 21 consecutive free throws and has a team-high .833 (35-42) percentage...he made 10 of 10 charity stripe attempts vs. Eastern Washington -- matching a school record for percentage (Steve Johnson 14-14 vs. UW in `81/Scott Haskin 10-10 vs. Stanford in `92)...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)S-H Pts: 22 vs. LBSU (11/25)C-H 3's: 5 vs. USC (1/9/99)S-H 3's: 3 vs. S. Colo (11/20)C-H Stls: 7 at Hawaii-Hilo (12/28/97)S-H Stls: 4 vs. EWU (12/19/00)C-H Ast: 10 vs. Wyoming (12/20/99)S-H Ast: 5, twiceC-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H Min: 37, three times

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. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,222

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 1603. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 159

Steals4. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1716. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 163

Assists7. Mark Radford (1978-81) 4018. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 393

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