Round One of the Civil War Saturday Afternoon in Eugene
Jan. 14, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. -
SERIES: Oregon State leads the series 176-140, but Oregon has won seven straight. The 316 meetings are the most in the Pac-10 Conference between two schools. The Ducks also have a nine-game win streak at McArthur Court. Frederick Jones scored 23 points, Luke Ridnour had 19, and Luke Jackson scored 18 in Oregon's 91-62 victory over the Beavers last year at Mac Court (Feb. 16). Philip Ricci scored 20 to lead OSU, with Floyd North III adding 11. Oregon won last year's encounter in Corvallis, 63-51 -- Jones led the way with a game-high 16 points, while Ricci paced the Beavers with 12.
SCORING DEFENSE/OFFENSE TO BE TESTED: The Pac-10 Conference's number one scoring defense -- Oregon State allowing 64.1 -- battles the league's top scoring offense -- Oregon at 86.3. The Beavers have allowed 80-plus points twice all season -- at Kansas State and vs. Arizona. Oregon has been held to under 72 points twice entering the week vs. Cincinnati and at Stanford.
FRESHMEN IN THE PAC-10: Beaver point guard Lamar Hurd leads the Pac-10 Conference for average minutes played by a freshman at 32.6 per game. Hurd has played at least 30 minutes in every contest this season, except last Saturday at California where he fouled out after playing 21 minutes. Arizona State's Ike Diogu is second in the conference at 29.9.
THESE GUYS WOULD MAKE A GOOD TEAM: Five Pac-10 Conference players have scored in double figures in every game this season entering Wednesday's Oregon at Portland State contest. Beaver senior Philip Ricci is joined by fellow conference mates Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers of California, and Luke Ridnour of Oregon.
BEAVERS ON THE ROAD IN THE PAC-10: Oregon State enters Saturday's game looking for its first road Pac-10 victory, other than at Washington or Washington State, since defeating California in Oakland (46-43) at The Arena March 5, 1998. Since that date, the Beavers have downed the Washington schools a combined five times on the road.
LOOK INSIDE FIRST: Oregon State's perimeter players are looking for the big guys inside first for the most part. The Beavers are on pace to attempt 388 three-point field goals for the season, a number that would be the lowest since the 1994-95 team had 343 attempts. By concentrating on the inside game, the Beavers have attempted 254 free throws, 62 more than its opponents.
THANK YOU: Oregon State enters this week second in the Pac-10 in terms of percentage of field goals that have a credited assist at 61 percent. California leads the conference at 62 percent, with Oregon and UCLA tied for third at 59 percent.
OKAY, ENOUGH OF THE CAREER BESTS ALREADY! Six individuals have achieved career-highs for points vs. Oregon State this season. Dwayne Williams (Idaho) 23 points; Eugene Jeter (Portland) 20 points; Tony Champion (Sacramento State) 16 points; Gilson DeJesus (Kansas State) 21 points; Matt Lottich (Stanford) 23 points; and Joe Shipp (California) 35 points. DeJesus, Lottich, and Shipp combined for a staggering 15 of 20 (.750) from three-point range.
THREE RECRUITS SIGNED: First-year head coach Jay John signed three individuals to national letters of intent during the early signing period in November. Joining the Beavers for the 2003-2004 season will be Liam Hughes (7-2, C) from Modesto Christian High School in California, Kyle Jeffers (6-8, F), from Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, Cal., and Jeffree Williams (6-9, F) from Roosevelt High School in Portland, Ore. John and his staff have two scholarships remaining to award during the late signing period, April 16-May 15.