Men's Basketball Begins Difficult Four-Game Stretch Thursday in New Orleans

Dec. 26, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (6-5) plays its final non-conference game of the season, facing the LSU Tigers (7-1) in the second game of the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic at the New Orleans Arena. Tipoff will be 7:30 p.m. PST, and the game will be televised live via Fox Sports Net with Ron Thulin and Marques Johnson calling the action. The game follows a match-up between Tulane and Florida.

BRUTAL STRETCH: The Beavers play their next four games on the road against opponents that have a combined record of 29-5 (as of Dec. 25). LSU is 7-1, Oregon is 7-1 (hosts South Car. St. Dec. 26), Stanford is ranked No. 2 with a 9-0 record, and California is 6-3.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.5 pts, 4.5 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.6 pts, 5.6 rebG--25	Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 8.6 pts, 1.6 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 11.8 pts, 4.0 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.7 pts, 4.5 reb

Off the BenchG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 7.0 pts, 1.7 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 0.8 pts, 1.0 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.7 pts, 0.9 reb.F--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 2.4 pts, 2.3 reb

LOUISIANA STATEF--2 Brian Beshara, 6-8, Sr., 12.5 pts, 5.1 rebF--12 Ronald Dupree, 6-6., So., 18.9 pts, 8.6 rebG--3 Torris Bright, 6-4, So., 13.1 pts, 5.3 astG--41 Collis Temple III, 6-6, So., 15.5 pts, 4.4 rebG--43 Lamont Roland, 6-4, Sr., 11.9 pts, 4.8 ast

OSU-LSU SERIES: LSU has a 2-1 advantage in the series, defeating The Beavers 76-68 Dec. 22, 1969 in OSU's Gill Coliseum, and 94-72 Dec. 4, 1969 in Baton Rouge. OSU's win came in the first round of the Far West Classic, Dec. 26, 1963 in Portland, 87-57. Former Tiger legend Pete Maravich scored 46 points in the `69 game in Corvallis and 43 at LSU. Maravich's totals are the second and third most ever against Oregon State -- topped only by the 53 points by Loyola Marymount's Bo Kimble in a 1989 game in Corvallis. Maravich also holds the Gill Coliseum record for free throws made (30) and attempted (31).

NICE TO BE BACK: This will be the fourth trip in the history of the Oregon State basketball program to New Orleans. The Beavers played at Tulane Dec. 29, 1953 (L 74-70), and have twice played at the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena -- Dec. 12, 1990 (L 68-64 OT) and Dec. 18, 1995 (W 68-61).

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 6-5 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 67-57 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.

DEFENSIVE DATA: Through games of Dec. 24, Oregon State ranked second in the nation for scoring defense, allowing 54.8 points per game. The Beavers have held five of their 11 opponents to 50 points or fewer, including the first three. Arkansas-Little Rock leads the nation, allowing 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 80 of 242 (.331) 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 218 this season. The Beavers are averaging 22 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 seven consecutive games finishing on the negative side of the rebounding ledger. For the season OSU is being outrebounding 31.4-28.2, which includes a minus-23 vs. Wyoming, minus-16 vs. UC Riverside, and minus-13 vs. Oklahoma.

SHOOTING WOES CONTINUE: Oregon State has gone six 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. Over the last five games, OSU's shooting percentage is a paltry .406 (91-224), and if you take Jason Heide (26-38) out of the equation, the team's percentage is just .349. Here is a closer look at why the numbers are down:

	Jimmie Haywood	8-25 (.320) over the last four games	Deaundra Tanner:	5-22 (.227) over the last three games	Adam Masten:		4-13 (.308) over the last three games	Brian Jackson:		10-31 (.323) over the last five games	Josh Steinthal:		11-32 (.344) over the last four 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 six games, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 17 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out twice during that stretch and Adam Masten once.

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game 12 of the season shooting .735 (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

MIKE COKLEY, SO., G: Cokley has played 168 minutes in nine games, an average of 18.7 minutes -- after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .500 (8-16) 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 14 (.071) from three-point range over the last five games...has made eight consecutive free throws.

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 team-highs of 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds...shooting .618 (55-89) from the field, including .684 (26-38) over the last five games...for his career he is shooting .528 (301-570) from the field...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career -- currently 5 points short of reaching 800 for his career...has scored in double figures in 13 of his last 14 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...scored a season-high 18 points vs. Denver and South Carolina State.

C-H Pts: 21, three times		C-H Reb: 11 at Cal (1/4/99)S-H Pts: 18, twice			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 (10.5 pts)...has attempted 36 three-point field goals, third-highest for the team...has made just 10 of 31 (.323) from the field over the last five games -- averaging 7.2 points and 3.0 rebounds during that stretch...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...one of two Beavers to start every game...has fouled out of two of the last five games, and in two other games ended the contest with four personals...through the first seven games he averaged 10 field goal attempts, over the last four 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 15 minutes this season, scoring three points.

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 2.3 rebounds per game...averaging 14.4 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...through the first seven games he averaged 11.7 minutes, over the last three his average has jumped to 19 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 .549 (28-51) from the field, including 13-33 (.394) from three-point range...also has hit 27 of 35 (.771) free throw attempts...second for the team in assists with 35...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...he is just 22 points short of tying his entire point total of last year (118)...tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Denver...has made just 4 of 13 (.308) from the field over the last four 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 137 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 8.6 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 18 games...shooting .344 (11-32) 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 four 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.)	4353. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.)	159		3. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	137		4. Brent Barry (1992-95)	377			                        5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	355

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 24 (.167) from behind the three-point stripe over the last seven games -- he entered the season shooting .373 for his career...he is 14th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,224 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...needs 13 points to move into 13th place ahead of Steve Woodside (1983-86)...eighth all-time at OSU for career assists with 395...sixth for career steals with 165 and is third for career three-point field goals with 159...started 62 of the last 66 games and 78 of 98 career contests...averaging a team-high 32.9 minutes per game...has shot .227 (5-22) from the field over the last three 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.) 1,224

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.) 165

Assists6. Charlie Neal (1973-75) 4177. Mark Radford (1978-81) 4018. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 395

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