Beavers Look for Continued Success on the Road

Feb. 21, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -

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ROAD SUCCESS: A win Saturday at Washington State would give the Beavers their fourth Pac-10 Conference road victory for the season, the most since 1993. The '93 team won at Washington, California, Stanford, and Oregon. Overall, OSU has won six on the opponents' home floor this year, the most since winning eight during the 1989-90 campaign -- the last time OSU played in the postseason. The Beavers are also in quest of their fourth straight win in a hostile environment -- which would be the longest since a six-game streak during 1989-90.

SERIES: Oregon State has won three straight and seven of the last eight vs. WSU. Overall, Oregon State leads the series, which dates back to the 1906-07 season, 155-108. Philip Ricci scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in last month's (Jan. 23) victory over WSU in Gill Coliseum 63-48. OSU held WSU to just .266 from the field for the game, including .235 in the second half. Chris Schlatter and Thomas Kelati each scored 12 points for the Cougars.

IF THEY HAD THIS CATEGORY, HE WOULD BE A CANDIDATE: If the Pacific-10 Conference had an award for the most improved player during the season, sophomore forward David Lucas would be a prime candidate. Lucas played in just one of the first 10 games of the season, but since has averaged 6.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and shot .561 from the field. Over the last five alone, he has averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds.

WE'RE NUMBER 291: It is no secret that for OSU to have success its power forwards and centers need to get their hands on the ball. The Beavers entered the week 291st, out of 325 Division I teams, for average three-point field goals made per game at 4.8. OSU is last in the Pac-10 for three-point field goal percentage at .310, and second from the bottom in terms of converted threes with 102 (ASU, 97). OSU is on pace to make 125 from beyond the arc for the season, the fewest since the 1994-95 club had 110.

FRESHMEN IN THE PAC-10: Beaver point guard Lamar Hurd entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference for average minutes played by a freshman at 33.3 per game. Hurd has played at least 30 minutes in every contest this season, except at California where he fouled out after playing 21 minutes. Arizona State's Ike Diogu is second in the conference at 31.5, Richard Midgley of California is third at 25.8, the Huskies' Nate Robinson is fourth at 24.2, and teammate Mike Jensen is fifth at 23.5.

PRIZED POSSESSIONS: Oregon State enters Saturday's game with the lowest turnovers per game average in the Pac-10 Conference at 13.8. The team had a season-low six vs. Oregon last Saturday.

SIX PAC-10 WINS? A win Saturday would give the Beavers their sixth conference win of the season, the most since the 1998-99 team had seven.

RICCI CONTINUES HIS STELLAR PLAY: Beaver senior forward Philip Ricci continues to make a case for being the school's first all-conference selection since Deaundra Tanner in 1999. Ricci is fifth in the conference for scoring (16.8), first for rebounding (8.7), ninth for field goal percentage (.526), and fourth for blocked shots (1.5). He leads the Pac-10 for active players with double-doubles with 14.

RETURN TO SENDER: Oregon State enters Saturday's contest tied for third (USC) in the Pac-10 Conference for blocked shots, averaging 3.86 per game. The Beavers are on pace to register 105 rejections this season, which would be the most since the 1992-93 team had 111. The Beavers have had 44 (52%) of this season's total in the last nine games.

PUT THEM IN THE BOOK: Unlike recent seasons, Oregon State has been consistent with its starting lineup. Beaver head coach Jay John has used the same five players to start the game for the last 20 contests (Ricci, Jackson, North, Haywood, Hurd).

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.

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