Men's Basketball to Face Texas in First Round of the Great Alaska Shootout

June 28, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State University men's basketball team will play the University of Texas is game three of the 23rd annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, it was announced Thursday. The Beavers and Longhorns will tip at 6:30 p.m. PST Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving) at the Sullivan Arena.

Oregon State returns five letterwinners from last season's 10-20 club that was devastated by injuries in Head Coach Ritchie McKay's first season. In addition, three redshirts and a nationally acclaimed recruiting class consisting of four individuals join the roster for the 2001-2002 campaign.

'It's a great honor for us to play in a tournament with the tradition of the Great Alaska Shootout,' McKay said. 'This tournament will present a big test for us every night, and allows us an opportunity to compete against teams that play at a level similar to what we will see once the Pac-10 Conference season opens.'

The Longhorns posted a 25-9 record last season, including tied for second in the Big 12 Conference with a mark of 12-4. Texas advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it lost in the first round to Temple. The Longhorns, who finished No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll, also advanced the championship game of their conference tournament.

This will be the second appearance for the Beavers in the Shootout. Oregon State placed third in the 1991 tournament, defeating host Alaska-Anchorage and Eastern Michigan, and losing to Massachusetts. This will also be the fifth meeting between Texas and OSU, with the Longhorns holding a 3-1 advantage in the series. The two schools last played Dec. 18, 1996 in Gill Coliseum, with Texas posting an 86-83 victory.

The 2001 Shootout officially begins Nov. 21 when Indiana and Alaska-Anchorage tip-off at 8:30 p.m. PST in a game televised by ESPN2. Marquette plays Tennessee in the second game of the doubleheader. The OSU-Texas match-up is followed by St. John's vs. Gonzaga Nov. 22. ESPN will air the Nov. 23 game between the first day's winners at 9:30 p.m. PST, and Saturday's championship contest at 9 p.m. PST.

Oregon State will release its entire schedule in the near future. The Beavers open Pacific-10 Conference play Dec. 20 at home against the University of Arizona Wildcats, with the Arizona State Sun Devils in town two nights later. The league schedule was moved to December to accommodate the conference tournament scheduled for March 7-9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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