Men's Basketball Travels to the Great Alaska Shootout

Nov. 18, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (1-0) travels to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The Beavers open play Thanksgiving night against No. 22 Texas (0-1), then play the next day against St. John's (1-0) or Gonzaga (0-1). The opponent for the third day will be either Tennessee, Indiana, Marquette, or host Alaska-Anchorage (see page 2 for complete schedule).

TRAVEL ITINERARY: Oregon State will leave the OSU campus Sunday evening to catch a 10:49 p.m. flight out of Portland International Airport. The team will return to the Oregon State campus Sun., Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. Lodging is at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel.

SHOOTOUT HISTORY: This will be the second appearance for Oregon State at the Great Alaska Shootout. The Beavers finished third in the 1991 (1991-92 season) event defeating Alaska-Anchorage in the opener (80-66), falling in the second round to UMass (74-65), and capturing third with a victory over Eastern Michigan (87-72).

THE RULES HAVE CHANGED: As with most preseason tournaments every season, the NCAA is experimenting with several rules. Here are the three adjustments: (1) When a jump ball is signaled it will be held at the center circle and not awarded on the alternating possession rule, (2) The free throw and three second lanes are widened to NBA dimensions, (3) No free throws will be awarded to the offended team for a foul committed by a member of a team in control of the ball (offensive fouls).

TOURNAMENT ACTION: Oregon State is 8-4 over the last four seasons in regular season tournament action. OSU finished second at last year's Big Island Invitational in Hilo with wins over Appalachian State and Long Beach State, falling in the championship game to Oklahoma. The Beavers finished third in the 1999 (2000 season) SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament in Greenville, SC, defeating South Carolina State and Clemson, losing to Mississippi. In 1998, OSU defeated BYU-Hawaii, and lost to Alabama and Tulsa in the Pearl Harbor Classic in Laie, Haw. In 1997 OSU captured the Hilo Holiday Shootout with victories over Hawai'i-Hilo, Kent State, and Boise State.

OSU VS. THE FIELD: Oregon State is 30-14 all-time vs. the 2001 Great Alaska Shootout field. Sixteen of those games have been against Gonzaga, with OSU capturing 15 victories. OSU is 1-0 vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 7-8 against Indiana, and 2-1 against Marquette. Here is a closer look at OSU's record against the lower bracket foes.:

vs. Texas (1-3) -- These two schools last met December 18, 1996 with the Longhorns posting a thrilling 86-83 victory at Gill Coliseum. Texas led by as many as 15 points in the second half, before OSU rallied to within two four times in the last 6:30 of action. Heralded OSU freshman Carson Cunningham had 28 points, 17 in the second half to lead the Beaver attack. Texas also had 28 points from Reggie Freeman and 20 from Brandy Perryman.

vs. St. John's (1-0) -- The Beavers were No. 1 in the UPI Poll and No. 2 in the AP Poll when these two schools met for the only time -- Feb. 14, 1981 at the Nassau Coliseum in a nationally televised game. OSU's Steve Johnson scored 26 points to lift OSU to its 24 consecutive regular season victory and the 22nd victory of that season. The Redmen as they were known at the time received a team-high 14 from Bill Goodwin.vs. Gonzaga (15-1) --These two schools haven't played since Jan. 7, 1991, when OSU won 74-65 in Corvallis. Charles McKinney paced OSU with 25 points, with Will Brantley adding 24. Eric Brady led the Bulldogs with 19.

DOUBLE DUTY: Oregon State radio play-by-play man Mike Parker and engineer Charlie Halbrook will have extremely busy week at the Great Alaska Shootout, as both will be working Indiana University games. The two pulled the extra duty due to a scheduling conflict involving the Hoosiers' broadcast team.

BEAVERS EDGE NORTHERN COLORADO: Short-handed Oregon State edged Northern Colorado 64-59 in both teams season opener Nov. 17. Brian Jackson paced OSU with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Brandon Payton added 16 points. UNC's Jared Ramirez set a Gill Coliseum record by hitting 6 of 6 three-point attempts. Oregon State was playing without starting forward Philip Ricci and sixth man Jimmie Haywood, both were ineligible for the opener due to playing in a non-NCAA sanctioned tournament last spring in Seattle.

HAVE BALL, WILL SHOOT: Oregon State has not been bashful about attempting three-point field goals through the first three games (2 exh.) this season. The Beavers have attempted at least 20 threes in each contest for the year, and overall, 35 percent of the team's field goal attempts have been beyond the arc. Last year's team broke the school record for makes (217) and attempts (650), and nearly 45 percent of the overall attempts were from the three-point line.

A FULL BENCH: Head coach Ritchie McKay has many options this year when he turns to his bench, unlike last season. He will have 14 'active' players for the Great Alaska Shootout. McKay didn't have a game where he had more than nine available players in 2000-2001, and at times during the year had only seven.

HOOPS RECRUITS ADDED: Ritchie McKay and his staff signed three athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period. Joining the program for the 2002-2003 season are Kerbrell Brown (6-7, F) from Dodge City Community College in Kansas, Kevin Field (6-10, C) from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., and Justin Holt (6-6, F) from Lincoln High School in Tacoma. The program has one remaining scholarship to offer during the late signing period April 10-May 15. A quick glance at the projected roster for next year (as of Nov. 15) includes four seniors, two juniors, seven sophomores, and two freshmen.

HEAD COACH RITCHIE McKAY: Ritchie McKay is in his second year at Oregon State, and is in his sixth overall as a head coach. McKay's record stands at 72-72, which includes an injury riddled 2001 season at OSU (10-20) and the first year of college basketball in 15 years at Portland State University (9-17). McKay spent two years at PSU and finished with a record of 24-29, then led Colorado State University for two of the program's most successful years ever, leaving with a mark of 37-23.

TOP EIGHT QUALIFY: For the first time since the 1989-90 season, the Pacific-10 Conference will hold a postseason tournament. The top eight teams from regular season play will qualify for the March 7-9 event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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