Big West Conference member Cal Poly visits Monday Night

Nov. 27, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

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SERIES: This is the second meeting between Oregon State and the Cal Poly Mustangs of the Big West Conference. Cal Poly, which entered the conference for the 1996-97 season, won last year's encounter in San Luis Obispo 72-68. David Henry and Varnie Dennis had 16 points each with Brandon Beeson adding 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Beavers were led by the 23 points and 10 rebounds from Philip Ricci. Cal Poly led by as many as six points in the first half before settling for a 34-31 lead at the break. OSU earned its first lead of the game at the 15:40 mark of the second half on an Adam Masten tip to make it 42-41. The Beavers led by as many as three points on three occasions, before Cal Poly posted a 14-7 run from the 12:17 to 6:28 marks. The Beavers pulled to within three points twice in the last 3:28, but never had an attempt to tie.

FAMILIAR FACE: Cal Poly junior guard Eric Jackson played for Beaver assistant coach Jeff Reinert at Utah Valley State College during the 1998-99 season. Jackson helped UVSC to a No. 3 JC ranking and a 24-8 record during the 1998-99 season. Jackson served a two-year LDS Mission before arriving on the CP campus.

A SIGNIFICANT PACE: Freshman guard Lamar Hurd is averaging 7.0 assists per game, which is overly impressive considering the team is shooting just .409 from the field for the season. He has a credited assist on over 25 percent of OSU's converted field goal attempts. At his current pace he would conclude the regular season with 189 assists -- fifth at OSU for a single season, and the most by any Beaver other than Gary Payton. Hurd would also have the second-highest figure ever by a Beaver freshman since Payton in 1987 (229).

ON THE RESUME: Beaver assistant coach Brian Loyd was an assistant at Cal Poly for four seasons (1996-99). Loyd was on the staff of head coach Jeff Schneider's and helped the program transition from the America West Conference (1996) to the Big West Conference (1997).

IT'S EARLY, BUT: Oregon State enters its next game averaging 47.0 rebounds per game. The program hasn't averaged over 37 since the 1972-73 season, and has ended the year on the plus side of the rebounding margin ledger only twice since the 1985-86 campaign.

CONSISTENT, WE'RE NOT: Oregon State shot .517 from the field last Tuesday vs. Seattle, compared to .319 in the season opener vs. Idaho. Idaho hit .527 from the floor, compared to Seattle's .255.

THE EARLY RETURNS: While OSU's perimeter shooting has been suspect to say the least, the Beavers talented post players have been thriving, particularly seniors Brian Jackson and Philip Ricci. Jackson is shooting .536 (15-28) from the field and averaging a team-high 21.5 points, while Ricci is at .706 (12-17) and averaging 17.0 points. The rest of the team is shooting just .305 (25-82).

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