Men's Basketball Travels to Los Angeles

Jan. 23, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (8-9, 2-3 in Pac-10) returns to the road this week with games at UCLA (10-5, 4-1) and No. 22 USC (13-4, 3-2). The Beavers and Bruins will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 25 at Pauley Pavilion, and the OSU-USC game will be Sat., Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. from the Sports Arena. Both games will be televised in the Los Angeles area by Fox Net West.

BIG MEN STATUS: As of Tuesday, senior center Jason Heide and sophomore forward Brian Jackson are questionable for this week's action. Heide has suffered sprains in both ankles over the last four games (left ankle Sat., vs. UW) and Jackson sprained his left ankle Saturday vs. Washington. If Heide and Jackson were unable to compete it would signify the entire preseason projected starting lineup at the forward positions and center would be out (Phillip Ricci redshirting). The Beavers would lose 34% of their scoring and rebounding with Heide and Jackson unavailable.

STARTING LINEUPS: Due to the uncertainty of Jason Heide and Brian Jackson, OSU's starting lineup remains in question:Available:

F/C -- 44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 1.8 pts, 2.2 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 5.2 pts, 1.5 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 13.4 pts, 4.4 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.6 pts, 4.3 rebG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 7.5 pts, 1.9 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.5 pts, 0.7 astG--25	Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 7.1 pts, 1.4 reb

QuestionableF--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.3 pts, 4.6 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.0 pts, 5.4 reb

UCLA:F--24 Jason Kapono, 6-7, So., 17.7 pts, 6.1 rebF--43 T.J. Cummings, 6-9, Fr., 9.1 pts, 4.7 rebC--50 Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, Jr., 11.3 pts, 8.2 rebG--1 Jason Flowers, 6-1, Sr., 1.7 pts, 1,0 astG--25 Earl Watson, 6-1, Sr., 14.9 pts, 5.7 ast

USC:F--34 David Bluthenthal, 6-7, Jr., 14.2 pts, 7.6 rebF--50 Sam Clancy, 6-7, Jr., 19.0 pts, 7.0 rebC--24 Brian Scalabrine, 6-9, Sr., 14.5 pts, 5.3 rebG--5 Brandon Granville, 5-9, Jr., 13.6 pts, 6.6 astG--33 Desmon Farmer, 6-4, Fr., 8.5 pts. 2.9 reb

VS. RANKED TEAMS ON THE ROAD: Oregon State will be looking for its first victory over a nationally ranked opponent (USC, Sat.) away from Gill Coliseum since defeating No. 19 California (64-63) in Berkeley Jan. 9, 1993. The Beavers have lost 22 straight on the road against Top-25 teams.

McKAY ON THE TEAM: 'There is an understanding that has developed with this team offensively. Deaundra Tanner's play has been very good of late -- people don't notice his play as much as they should because his numbers are down. He is leading, creating, and doing things defensively that he probably has never done in his career at Oregon State. I'm very satisfied with his improvement and the role he has taken with this team. As for the health of this team, it has been a challenge to put combinations on the floor that give us a chance for success. We can't worry about what has happened this year, it's the hand we have been dealt. We have to find ways to maximize our mismatches on the offensive end and diminish the mismatches defensively. We have benefited from the play of Emonte Jernigan the last four games and Jimmie Haywood is coming off a great weekend -- those two players give us options we didn't necessarily have in the past. If we can get Jason Heide healthy and find a way to keep Brian Jackson in the lineup, we at least have a chance to be successful.'

McKAY ON THIS WEEK: 'We have a great deal of respect for UCLA and USC. UCLA is going to try to get us to play up-and-down basketball, we simply don't have the talent and depth to be able to play that type of game -- it will be a battle of wills. Our ability to take care of the ball will be in direct proportion to the outcome of the game, if we have 15 or less turnovers we have a chance, but if we have more than that it will be a long night for Oregon State. As for USC, I haven't watched much tape yet, but the Trojans have a lot of experience and some very good interior players. I feel like our guys are starting to believe in the system, especially over the last four games. We are going into games expecting to be successful, and that's a big step for this program.'

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 8-9 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 69-61 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.

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 not to play BB.*Jimmie Haywood -- missed two games while serving a team suspension.*Jason Heide -- missed two games with a right ankle sprain, sprained left ankle in return game vs. Washington and is back to questionable for this week.*Brian Jackson -- questionable for this week with left ankle sprain.*Chris Manker -- nursing an inflamed peroneal tendon in his left leg.*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. UCLA SERIES: UCLA leads the all-time series 68-30 (Pac-10 Office records), and has won three straight and 14 of the last 15. Oregon State has not won at Pauley Pavilion since 1988, the second-longest road conference losing streak for the Beavers (last win at Arizona was `83). The Bruins won last year at Pauley 69-59 with Earl Watson leading the way with 19 points. OSU rallied from an 11-point deficit in the first half to take a 33-32 lead at the break, but the Bruins went on a 15-0 run midway through the second half to break a 39-39 tie, to take control of the game. The Beavers managed to fight back to within five two times late in the game. UCLA shot .532 from the field, while OSU was just .367. Josh Steinthal led the Beavers in scoring with 15 points, with Brian Jackson and Jason Heide each adding 13. The Bruins won in Corvallis last year 85-74.

OSU VS. USC SERIES: Oregon State leads the series 51-50 (Pac-10 Office records), but the Trojans have won three straight. USC won last year at the Sports Arena 82-71, with Brian Scalabrine scoring 26 points and Jeff Trepagnier adding 23 -- Deaundra Tanner and Josh Steinthal each scored 16 for the Beavers. USC extended a two-point halftime lead to as much as 15 in the second half. The Trojans set a Pac-10 Conference record with 20 three-point field goals in their 82-69 win at Gill Coliseum last season. In two games vs. OSU last season, USC bagged 29 of 49 three-point field goal attempts.

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 12 contests, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 30 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out six 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.

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 and WSU game Jan. 18 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.  Heide then sprains his right ankle vs. UW Jan. 20 and is questionable for this week's games.*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.  He sprains his left ankle Jan. 20 vs. Washington and is questionable for this week's games.*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.*Mike Parker's (radio play-by-play announcer) daughters Lydia and Ellie require 18 stitches between them after colliding on Ralph Miller Court after the victory over Washington State Jan. 18.*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 127 of 371 (.342) 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 224 this season. The Beavers are averaging 22 attempts per game, compared to 18 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 entered the week leading 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 (33%), Stanford (32%), Washington (30%), UCLA (29%), California (29%), Arizona (28%), and Arizona State (20%).

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Oregon State enters this week's contests first in the Pac-10 Conference and tied for 13th in the nation for free throw percentage at .752. The Beavers are also second in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally for scoring defense, allowing 61.0 points per game.

REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State snapped a 12-game streak of being outrebounded with a 34-31 advantage vs. Washington. For the season OSU is being outrebounded 30.9-27.4, which includes a minus-23 vs. Wyoming, minus-17 vs. Oregon, minus-16 vs. UC Riverside, and minus-13 vs. Oklahoma. The minus-3.9 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-45 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 this week's action sharing the Pac-10 lead with Stanford for fewest turnovers per game at 13.5. Of the 229 turnovers for the season, only 90 or 39% have been committed in the second half. The first two games of the year are the only contests where OSU has had more miscues in the second half.

A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS: Sixty-one percent of OSU's field goals have had a credited assist, the third-highest percentage in the conference entering the week. California leads the Pac-10 with 65%, followed by Stanford with 63%.

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game 18 of the season shooting .752 (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 .752 mark would be the highest for the program in modern history (since 1954). The team has shot .817 (49-60) from the line over the last three games.

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, No. 28 by Bob Gibbons Scouting Service, and in the 'top-35' by 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 231 minutes in 15 games, 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: Jimmie is coming off his best back-to-back performance of his career, as he averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 assists, and shot .769 (10-13) from the field in the sweep of the Washington schools...he scored a career-high 16 points vs. Washington Jan. 20...has scored in double figures in four games for the season, and is averaging 7.5 points for the season...over his last four games he has shot .722 (13-18), including 7-for-9 from three-point range...played a career-high 39 minutes vs. Washington...he has started three games for the season...separated his right shoulder at San Diego, his first start of the season...suffered a sprained ankle that limited his participation the first two weeks of practice...Ritchie McKay has tabbed him one of the quickest players he has ever coached...missed the Bay Area games while serving a team suspension...has made just 2 of 14 field goal attempts for his career vs. UCLA and 3 of 11 vs. USC.

C-H Pts: 16 vs. UW (1/20/01)		C-H Ast: 6, twiceS-H Pts: Same				S-H Ast: 4 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)C-H 3's: 4 at Arizona (2/5/00)		C-H Min: 39 vs. Washington (1/20/01)S-H 3's: 3, twice			S-H Min: SameC-H Stls: 2, many times		        S-H Stls: 2 vs. WSU (1/16/01)

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason is questionable this week with sprains in both ankles...averaging 13.0 points and a team-high 5.4 rebounds from the field...enters the week shooting .591 (75-127) from the field, fourth in the Pac-10 Conference...for his career he is shooting .528 (321-608)...struggling in the turnover category with a team-high 48...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career -- currently has 840 and needs to average 12.3 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 his last 10 games he has either been disqualified or ended the contest with four fouls...averaging 11.4 points in five games vs. UCLA and 6.6 points in five games vs. USC.

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 is questionable this week with a left ankle sprain, suffered vs. Washington Jan. 20...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...third for the team for scoring (10.3) and second for rebounding (4.6)...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...fouled out of four of the last five games, and six total...scored 21 points at Cal Jan. 13, a career-high within conference action and a 2001 season high...has made 18 consecutive free throws...leads the team for free throw percentage at .820 (41-50) of two Beavers to start every game.

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, hitting 8 of 11 field goal attempts, including 4 of 7 from three-point range...averaging 5.2 points for the season, but has averaged 13.3 points over the last three games...started the last two games...arguably OSU's best long range shooter.

C-H Pts: 20 at Cal (1/11/01)		C-H Ast: 1, many timesC-H 3's: 4 at Cal (1/11/01)		C-H Min: 30 vs. Washington (1/20/01)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...wearing an air stirrup due to an inflamed tendon in his left leg...averaging 1.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game...averaging 13.6 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 .554 (46-83) from the field, including 18-46 (.391) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...also has hit 36 of 46 (.783) free throw attempts...second for the team in assists with 46...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...his 146 points for the season is his highest one-year total ever...tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Denver and vs. WSU (1/18)...he and Brian Jackson are the only players to start every game.

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, three timesS-H Stls: 3, twice			S-H Reb: 7, twice

JOSH STEINTHAL, SR., G: Josh has 143 career threes at OSU, 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 5 of 27 (.185) from the field over the last five games, including 3 of 22 from three-point range...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...had started eight consecutive games, before being replaced last Thursday vs. WSU...attempted 10 three-point field goals in games vs. Cal State-Fullerton and Wyoming...has a career scoring average of 14.5 points vs. UCLA and 15.5 vs. USC...shooting .575 (23-40) vs. USC, his highest percentage vs. a conference foe.

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.) 171 2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 4583. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 160 3. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 143 4. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres) 381

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 ninth for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,321 points, and at his current pace would finish sixth all-time at OSU with 1,495 points...needs 70 points to move past Mark Radford (1978-81) into eighth...fourth all-time at OSU for career assists with 427...averaging 4.0 assists per game, but has upped that average to 6.5 over the last four games...fifth for career steals with 172 and is second for career three-point field goals with 172...started 68 of the last 72 games and 83 of 102 career contests...averaging a team-high 35.1 minutes per game, and has played has played 158 of a possible 160 minutes over the last four games...13 of his 24 threes this season have come in the last six games -- during that span he has shot .500 (13-26) from behind the arc...averaging a team-high 13.4 points for the season...his 10.8 scoring average vs. UCLA is his lowest vs. a Pac-10 opponent...averaging 14.0 points in six games vs. USC...notched his third double-double for his career and first of the season with a 11-point, 10-rebound effort vs. Washington...had a streak of 23 consecutive free throws before missing vs. LSU...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 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 Reb: 12, twiceS-H Reb: 10 vs. Washington (1/20/01)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: 7, twiceC-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H Min: 40, twice

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:

Scoring8. Mark Radford (1978-81) 1,3909. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 1,321

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 172

Steals3. Ray Blume (1978-81) 1804. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 172

Assists3. Darryl Flowers (1983-86) 4574. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 427

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