Men's Basketball Looks to Continue Win Streak

Dec. 19, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

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SERIES: The two schools met last year at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis with Oregon State posting a 84-59 victory Dec. 27. Philip Ricci scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Beavers. Brian Jackson added 14 with former OSU player Joe See scoring 13. The Beavers shot .525 from the field, including 8 of 16 from three-point range. Nick Wise paced the Mastadons with 16 points and Terry Collins added 14. The Mastadons shot just .355 from the field. Last season marked the first for IPFW as a Division I member.

FAMILIAR GROUNDS: Oregon State head coach Jay John, assistant coach Kevin Mouton, and director of operations Ken Carrillo are familiar with the state of Indiana. John served as an assistant coach at Butler University in Indianapolis for the 1990-97 seasons, Mouton was an assistant at Butler for the 1994-95 campaign, and Carrillo spent the last four years as an assistant and head coach at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer. John's history with Butler enabled the program to practice at the school's historic Hinkle Fieldhouse Thursday, the site of the movie Hoosiers.

WIN STREAK: Oregon State has won five straight games, the longest win streak since the program had a seven-game streak during the 1992-93 season. The seven-game win streak included victories over top-25 clubs Brigham Young, California, and UCLA.

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER: OSU enters Friday's game attempting to earn its fifth victory of the month, which would be the program's most since a six-win 12th month during the 1997-98 season.

WHAT TIME IS IT? Friday will mark Oregon State's first game in the Eastern Time Zone since November of 1999 when the Beavers appeared in the SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament in Greenville, South Carolina. The Beavers were 2-1 in the tournament with victories over South Carolina State and Clemson, and losing to Mississippi. The game at IPFW is the first contest for Oregon State on a hostile court in the Eastern Time Zone since Dec. 22, 1992 at James Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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