Men's Basketball Opens Exhibition Season Sunday

Nov. 2, 2001

CORVALLIS, ORE. -

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ABOUT EA SPORTS: The EA Sports West All-Stars are one of six teams the company is sponsoring this year. The team is made up of former Division I players. EA Sports opened the exhibition season Oct. 31 with a 100-80 victory at Cal State-Fullerton, then lost a night later to San Diego State, 109-84. The team has a game at Pepperdine Saturday. The future schedule includes at San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Fresno State, UCLA, California, UNLV, and Hawaii. Two team members have played against OSU in the past, forward Julius Hicks and guard Brandon Titus. Hicks started both games for Oregon last season and responded with seven points and three rebounds in Eugene, and eight points and two rebounds in Corvallis. Titus had nine points for Long Beach State in its victory over the Beavers at The Pyramid in Long Beach Dec. 3, 1996.

ABOUT AIA: Athletes-In-Action is playing its usual difficult schedule, as Division I teams tune up for regular season play. The team will enter Gill Coliseum having already played at Air Force, Alabama, Bradley, Indiana, Wright State, and Stanford. AIA will travel from Corvallis to Fort Collins for a Saturday game with Colorado State -- the team also has games left at Kentucky, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Dayton. AIA scored a 55-53 victory over OSU last season at Ralph Miller Court (Nov. 13) -- current team members David Daniels and Ronnie Grandison played in that game. AIA center David Fisher played for Ritchie McKay during the 2000 season at Colorado State.

INJURY UPDATE: As of Friday (Nov. 2), Oregon State has just one player who has missed significant practice time. Redshirt-freshman center Derek Potter is questionable for Sunday's game with a bruise on his left shin.

McKAY ON THE UPCOMING GAMES: 'The entire team is anxious to play a game. I think we have progressed reasonably well and are about where I thought we would be, if not a little ahead of schedule. We have a chance in this first exhibition game to see different combinations of players and introduce our newcomers to this level of basketball. My main focus will be on what combinations of players work best together, and our offensive and defensive execution.'

McKAY ON SURPRISES DURING PRESEASON PRACTICE: 'Our freshmen have been terrific, but obviously they are inexperienced. Philip Ricci has been very consistent and Brian Jackson has made big strides. I think our backcourt has good depth, but again, you really never know until you play a game.'

MEDIA SELECTS OSU EIGHTH: A poll conducted by selected media who regularly cover Pacific-10 Conference basketball selected Oregon State eighth in the preseason media poll. UCLA was selected first, receiving 24 of 27 first-place votes. The Bruins were followed by Stanford, USC, Arizona, California, Oregon, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State, and Washington. The top eight teams qualify for the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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