Men's Basketball Hosts California Saturday

Jan. 11, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

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THE NEXT GAME: Oregon State (8-7, 1-4 Pac-10) hosts the California Golden Bears (10-3, 1-2) at 5:07 p.m. at Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum.

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE CLIMBS: Oregon State entered the week second in the Pac-10 Conference for field goal percentage at .485, but slipped back to .481 for the season after a .426 effort vs. Stanford. The .426 percentage is the lowest in eight games (.319 @ Portland State). The team has still eclipsed the .500 mark three times in the last six games. The program has not finished in the top three of the conference for field goal percentage since the 1992 season (3rd/.486).

MAKING STRIDES: Oregon State has led in every game this season, including in the second half of 14 of the 15 contests. The last time OSU led in each of its first 15 contests was the 1995 season. Here is a closer look at the games OSU has lost and the last time it had the lead in the game.

Jan. 10 vs. Stanford -- 11:16 (38-37)Jan. 6 at Arizona -- 7:41 (72-71)Jan. 4 at Arizona State* -- did not lead in second half*were within two twice midway through the half.Dec. 20 vs. Arizona -- 2:09 (73-72)Dec. 15 at Cal Poly -- 12:17 (50-49)Nov. 23 vs. St. John's -- 3:05 (58-57)Nov. 22 vs. Texas -- 11:30  (47-46)

INSIDE SCORING IMPROVING: Oregon State enters game 15 of the season with 26 percent of its field goals coming from three-point range, compared to 34 percent last year, and 29 percent in 2000.

1,500 MILESTONE: Oregon State earned its 1,500 NCAA recognized men's basketball victory in the New Year's Eve Day triumph over Lehigh. OSU and UCLA each have 1,500 wins, tied for the highest mark in the conference. The rest of the conference stands at Washington (1,430), Arizona (1,396), Washington State (1,343), USC (1,327), Oregon (1,277), California (1,257), Stanford (1,179), and Arizona State (1,051).

TURNOVER ISSUE: Oregon State has committed a combined 60 turnovers in its last four losses (vs. UA (2), @ ASU, vs. Stanford), compared to 36 for its opponents.

OSU VS. CALIFORNIA: California leads 61-54 and has a six-game winning streak, the longest vs. Oregon State of any conference opponent. The Beavers have not beaten Cal in Corvallis since a 83-67 victory during the 1995 season -- Cal was forced to forfeit its 1996 win. Six of the last seven games in this series have been decided by seven points or less, including last year's 72-69 overtime Cal victory in Gill Coliseum. Sean Lampley scored 32 points in the victory in Corvallis last season, including the game-winning three-point basket at the buzzer. Oregon State forced overtime when Jimmie Haywood hit a layup at the buzzer. Jason Heide had 23 for the Beavers, with Adam Masten adding 19 and Haywood 17. The Bears won at Berkeley last season 81-67.

TEAMMATES REUNITE: Oregon State freshman guard Joe See and California sophomore forward Conor Famulener were high school teammates at De La Salle High School in the Bay Area.

JUST PLAIN '2': Senior guard Brandon Payton will wear jersey number '2' for the remainder of the season. Payton wore '02' the first six games in honor of his brother Gary Payton (#20), but the number has been declared ineligible by the NCAA (Sect. 5, Art. 12).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE CLUB: Junior forward Philip Ricci has already recorded four double-doubles this season. He is the first Beaver to have more than two in one season since Mustapha Hoff achieved seven in 1995.

Philip Ricci, 15 pts, 10 reb. vs. TexasPhilip Ricci, 17 points, 11 reb. vs. San DiegoPhilip Ricci, 23 pts, 10 reb at Cal PolyPhilip Ricci, 24 pts, 11 reb vs. IPFW

A FULL BENCH: Head coach Ritchie McKay has many options this year when he turns to his bench, unlike last season. He has 14 'active' players for most games. 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.

STARTING STREAK: OSU senior Adam Masten enters Saturday's game with 45 consecutive starts. Brian Jackson has a streak of 44 starts in games that he has played -- he missed the Jan. 4 game at Arizona State (concussion). For Jackson, he has started 94 percent (64 of 68) of his career college appearances.

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 79-79, 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.

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