Men's Basketball Finally Returns Home for a Pair of Conference Games

Jan. 16, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (6-9, 0-3 in Pac-10) returns to unfamilier Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum this week for games against the Washington State Cougars (7-6, 1-3) and Washington Huskies (7-9, 1-3). The OSU-WSU game will be played Thurs., Jan. 18 at 7:05 p.m. and the OSU-UW game will tip at 7:07 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20. Saturday's game will air live over Fox Sports Net Northwest.

ABOUT THESE HOME GAMES: Thursday's home game ends a stretch of 10 of 13 contests away from Gill Coliseum for Oregon State, which marks the longest such streak for the program since playing 10 of 12 away from Gill during the 1985 season. The opponents combined record for the last five games out of Corvallis is 55-15 (.857) -- Wyoming 10-4, LSU 9-4, Oregon 10-3, Stanford 15-0, and California 11-4. The road stretch is rivaled this year in the Pac-10 by Stanford, which played nine of 12 away from Maples Pavilion earlier this season, and USC which played 10 of 14 away from the Sports Arena. It should be noted that three of Stanford's games were played in either Oakland or Santa Clara, while USC played one game in Anaheim.

HEIDE UPGRADED: Oregon State head athletic trainer Michael 'Sandy' Sandago listed senior center Jason Heide as questionable Monday for Thursday's contest. Heide sprained his right ankle with 1:57 left in the game at Stanford and missed last Saturday's game at Cal.

HAYWOOD RETURNS: Oregon State head coach Ritchie McKay has reinstated sophomore guard Jimmie Haywood to the team. Haywood missed last week's Bay Area trip while serving a team suspension for violating team rules.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.6 pts, 4.7 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.2 pts, 5.7 reb*or 44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 2.1 pts, 2.3 rebG--25	Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 7.5 pts, 1.4 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 13.3 pts, 4.1 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.5 pts, 4.1 reb*sprained right ankle Thurs., -- status questionable.

Off the BenchG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 6.5 pts, 1.5 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 4.0 pts, 1.1 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.7 pts, 0.8 ast

WASHINGTON STATE:F--2 Framecio Little, 6-4, Jr., 7.1 pts, 5.4 rebF--25 Milton Riley, 6-8, So., 4.4 pts, 3.0 rebC--24 J. Locklier, 6-10, Jr., 8.8 pts, 5.8 rebG--1 Marcus Moore, 6-6, Fr., 10.5 pts, 3.2 rebG--5 Mike Bush, 6-6, Jr., 18.4 pts, 6.4 reb

WASHINGTON:F--1 Will Perkins, 6-8, Sr., 14.8 pts, 8.2 rebF--42 Thalo Green, 6-7, Sr., 10.9 pts, 4.6 rebC--44 Marlon Shelton, 6-10, Jr., 5.6 pts, 5.3 rebG--10 C.J. Massingale, 6-3, Fr., 5.4 pts, 1.4 rebG--32 Bryan Brown, 6-3, Sr., 6.5 pts, 2.8 ast

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR ROSTER? The 2000-2001 media guide lists 14 players on the roster -- here is a breakdown of what has happened to that 14-man list:

*Mike Cokley -- missed two games while serving a team suspension.*Tim Euhus -- tight end on the FB team, elected to not play BB.*Jimmie Haywood -- missed two games while serving a team suspension.*Jason Heide -- missed the last game with a right ankle sprain.*Emonte Jernigan -- missed the first 7 games with broken toe.*James Jones -- declared ineligible by NCAA.*Brandon Payton -- redshirting due to transferring from UCSB.*Derek Potter -- redshirting after suffering broken toe in preseason.*Phillip Ricci -- redshirting partially due to arthroscopic knee surgery.

OSU VS. WSU SERIES: OSU leads the overall series 151-109, according to Pac-10 Conference Office records. Oregon State has won three straight vs. the Cougars, the longest current win streak for the Beavers vs. a Pac-10 foe. OSU swept Washington State last year for the first time since the 1990 season, posting a 64-56 victory in Corvallis and 77-73 in Pullman. The victory in Pullman snapped a 10-game conference road losing streak for OSU. Josh Steinthal scored a team-high 18 points and Jason Heide added 14 in the victory in Corvallis last season, while WSU's Mike Bush tallied a game-high 26 points. The Beavers built a 23-16 halftime lead, and limited WSU to .231 (6-26) from the field in the first half.

OSU VS. UW SERIES: Washington leads 137-128, according to conference office records. Oregon State swept the series last season, and in the process snapped a seven-game series win streak by the Huskies. The Beavers won in Corvallis 71-47 last year, with Josh Steinthal scoring 16 points and Jason Heide adding 15 points and 10 boards. Thalo Green had 13 to lead UW. The Beavers jumped out to a 42-24 halftime lead, shooting .630 from the field in the first half. OSU won in Seattle last year 74-57.

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 6-9 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 67-61 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.

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 10 contests, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 29 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out five times during that stretch and Adam Masten three times. At California Jan. 13, OSU ended the game with five available players, and two of them had four fouls. Here is a closer look at some of the foul difficulties over the last three games:

*Brian Jackson fouls out with 46 seconds left at California.*Adam Masten fouls out with 4:45 left at California.*Emonte Jernigan commits his fourth foul with 13:32 left in the game at Cal.*Chris Manker commits his fourth foul with :07 left in the game at California.*Brian Jackson fouls out with 18:05 left in the game at Stanford.*Jason Heide commits his fourth foul with 16:25 left at Stanford.*Adam Masten commits his fourth foul with 6:07 left at Stanford.*Jason Heide commits his fourth foul with 51 seconds left in the 1st half at UO.*Adam Masten commits his fourth foul with 10:55 left in the game at UO -- fouls 	out 1:25 later. 

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE: To say Oregon State 'has seen it all' this season would be just a slight exaggeration. Here is a list of some of the almost unbelievable and ridiculous things 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.  He later misses the Cal game Jan. 13 after spraining his right ankle with 1:57 left in the game -- a time when he likely wouldn't have been in the game with a deeper roster.*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).  He later misses the games at Stanford and Cal while serving a team suspension.*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.  Also must be taken off plane in Portland due to passing out from an illness.*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.*Valet parking attendant shoots delivery person in the head as the team is boarding a bus for practice Jan. 10 at the team's hotel.  Delivery person is on life support at last report.*The Gill Coliseum main scoreboards mysteriously malfunction seconds before tip-off vs. South Carolina State Dec. 23 -- they never return to operation during the game.

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 114 of 332 (.343) 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) for one year -- the team is on pace to make 228 this season. The Beavers are averaging 22 attempts per game, compared to 17 for their opponents. 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).

WE'RE NOT SHY: As noted earlier Oregon State is on school record pace for three-point field goals -- in addition OSU leads the Pac-10 in percentage of three-point field goal attempts compared to overall field goal attempts. Forty-six percent of OSU's field goal attempts have come from behind the three-point arc, followed by Oregon (38%), USC (33%), Washington State (32%), Stanford (31%), UCLA (29%), Washington (29%), California (29%), Arizona (26%), and Arizona State (20%).

REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State has gone 11 consecutive games finishing on the negative side of the rebounding ledger. For the season OSU is being outrebounded 31.3-27.1, which includes a minus-23 vs. Wyoming, minus-17 vs. Oregon, minus-16 vs. UC Riverside, and minus-13 vs. Oklahoma. The minus-4.3 rebounding margin is last in the Pac-10. The biggest discrepancy in the rebounding numbers has been on the offensive side, where OSU is minus-41 for the season. It should be noted that OSU does not regularly 'crash' the offensive boards due to lack of depth and the potential for creating foul problems.

TURNOVER NUMBERS DOWN, PARTICULARLY IN THE SECOND HALF: Oregon State enters the week sharing the Pacific-10 Conference low for turnovers (Stanford) at 13.1 per game. Of the 196 turnovers, only 75 or 38% have been committed in the second half. The first two games of the season are the only contests where OSU has had more miscues in the second half than in the first.

A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS: Sixty percent of OSU's field goals have had a credited assist, the third-highest percentage in the conference. California leads the Pac-10 at 64%, followed by Stanford with 62%.

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game 16 of the season shooting .742 (tied for 1st in Pac-10) from the free throw line, 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. If the season ended today, the .742 mark would be the highest for this program since 1977 (.743).

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 222 minutes in 13 games, an average of 17.1 minutes -- after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .480 (12-25) from the field, all but three 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, also started vs. South Carolina State...buried 2 of 2 three-point field goal attempts at Oregon, ending a six-game span of going 1 of 14 (.071)...has made eight consecutive free throws...missed the last two games while serving a team suspension.

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 is averaging 13.2 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds...shooting .588 (70-119) from the field, fourth in the Pac-10 entering the week...for his career he is shooting .527 (316-600) from the field...struggling in the turnover category with a team-high 46...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career -- currently has 830 and needs to average 11.3 points over the rest of the season...has made 3 of 8 three-point field goal attempts this season...has 51 career blocked shots, tied for 10th all-time at OSU...scored a season-high 18 points vs. Denver and South Carolina State...fouls have been an issue for him, in seven of the last nine games he has either been disqualified or ended the contest with four fouls...questionable this week with a right sprained ankle, an injury that forced him out of last week's Cal game...averaging 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games vs. WSU in Gill Coliseum, and is a career .548 (17-31) shooter vs. the Cougars...averaging 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games vs. UW in Gill.

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, twiceS-H Min: 36 at Stanford (1/11/01)

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 (10.6) and second for rebounding (4.7)...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...fouled out of the last three games and five of the last eight...scored 21 points at Cal last Thursday, a career-high within conference action and a 2001 season high...working his way out of a shooting slump, hitting .467 (14-30) from the field over the last four games after shooting .323 (10-31) over the previous five contests...has made 12 consecutive free throws.

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: 21 at Cal (1/13/01)		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: 39 at Cal (1/13/01)S-H Min: Same

EMONTE JERNIGAN, SO., G: Emonte missed the first seven games while recovering from a broken 'little' toe on his right foot...scored a career-high 20 points at Cal, 63% of his season total...shooting .545 (12-22) from the field for the season, including .647 (11-17) over the last two games...arguably OSU's best long range shooter.

C-H Pts: 20 at Cal (1/11/01)		C-H Ast: 1, three timesC-H 3's: 4 at Cal (1/11/01)		C-H Min: 28 at Cal (1/11/01)C-H Stls: 0				C-H Reb: 4 at Cal (1/11/01)

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 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game...averaging 14.6 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...matched his season-high with five rebounds at Cal.

C-H Pts: 9 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)	C-H Ast: 2, twiceC-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, twice

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is the most improved player on the team...shooting .548 (40-73) from the field, including 17-43 (.395) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...also has hit 31 of 39 (.795) free throw attempts...second for the team in assists with 43...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...his 128 points for the season, is his highest one-year total ever...tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Denver...scored a then career-high 15 points at Washington State last season...his 7.8 career scoring average vs. WSU is his best vs. a Pac-10 opponent...buried 5 of 7 career three-point field goals vs. the Cougars.

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: 39 at Stanford (1/11/01)S-H 3's: 3, twice			S-H Min: SameC-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 has 141 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...mired in a shooting slump, hitting just 3 of 20 (.150) from the field over the last three games, including 1 of 15 from three-point range...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...started eight consecutive games...attempted 10 three-point field goals in games vs. Cal State-Fullerton and Wyoming...has gone scoreless in back-to-back games for only the second time in his OSU career...has a career 11.5 scoring average vs. WSU and 11.0 vs. UW.

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: 2 at Oregon (1/6/00)

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. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.) 169 2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 4563. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 160 3. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 141 4. Brent Barry (1992-95) 377 5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 374

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 25 points vs. LSU, and had a 22-point effort vs. Long Beach State at the Big Island Invitational, where he was named to the all-tournament team...he is 11th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,293 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...needs 12 points to move past Brent Barry (1992-95) into 10th...sixth all-time at OSU for career assists with 415...averaged 7.0 assists in both games last week...sixth for career steals with 170 and is second for career three-point field goals with 169...started 66 of the last 70 games and 81 of 100 career contests...averaging a team-high 34.5 minutes per game...10 of his 21 threes (.476) this season have come in the last four games...averaging a team-high 13.3 points for the season, but over the last four games has averaged 17.3...averaging 12.3 points for his career vs. WSU and 12.7 vs. UW...played a season-high 40 minutes last Saturday at Cal...failed to make a field goal vs. Eastern Washington -- only the second time since his freshman season without a basket...had a streak of 23 consecutive free throws before missing vs. LSU -- he is the team leader for percentage at .800 (9th-tie in Pac-10)...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)...averaging 13.8 points in six games vs. Cal...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 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: 25 vs. LSU (12/28/00)C-H 3's: 5 vs. USC (1/9/99)S-H 3's: 4, twiceC-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: 7, twiceC-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H Min: 40 at Cal (1/13/01)

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:Scoring8. Mark Radford (1978-81) 1,3909. Scott Haskin (1989-93) 1,31910. Brent Barry (1992-95) 1,30411. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,293

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 169

Steals3. Ray Blume (1978-81) 1804. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1716. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 170

Assists3. Darryl Flowers (1983-86) 4574. Dwayne Allen (1977-80) 4265. Charlie Neal (1973-75) 4176. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 415

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