Mastodons Visit Corvallis Saturday

Nov. 26, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -

THEME: Saturday's game marks the end of a three-game regular season opening home stretch for the Beavers. Oregon State travels to Colorado Sunday for a Monday night game at the Coors Events Center. Both of Saturday's teams are coming off disappointing losses, the Beavers in double overtime to Portland, and IPFW lost by one point to Kent State on a 40-foot shot at the buzzer. IPFW is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The school is in its second full season of Division I athletics.

SERIES: Oregon State has won both its encounters with the Mastodons. The Beavers' Jimmie Haywood had 24 points and Philip Ricci added 20 in last year's (Dec. 20) game at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. Haywood hit 4 of 6 three-point field goals in the team's 6-for-12 effort. Terry Collins led four IPFW players in double figures with 16 points. Oregon State won during the 2002 season (Dec. 27) 84-59 in Gill Coliseum. Ricci had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Collins had 14 for IPFW, the second-highest total for the team. This is the last of a three-game series with IPFW.

OVERTIME: Counting the two exhibition games, Oregon State has played three overtime periods. Of the possible 175 minutes played this season, point guard Lamar Hurd has played 148 (85%). Hurd played 45 minutes of the double-overtime game vs. Portland, while guard Chris Stephens saw 42 minutes.

YOUTHFUL LOOK: Oregon State has started two true-freshmen (Kenny Hooks, Kyle Jeffers) in he first two games of the season, the most since it started four (Ron Grady, J.B. Bickerstaff, Carson Cunningham, Nate Knight) in 1997. Oregon State is one of only six schools in the nation without a senior on its roster, joining Pepperdine, Wake Forest, Tennessee, UNC-Asheville, and Harvard.

HOME SCHOOL: Oregon State's 17 regular season home dates are the most in the program's modern history. The team makes only two non-conference road trips this season, Dec. 1 at Colorado and Dec. 15 at Hawai'i.

MAJOR MINUTES: Counting the two exhibition games, Oregon State players haven't had too much to complain about regarding 'their' minutes. Six players are averaging 20-plus minutes, and a total of eight are averging in double figures.

TEAM CAPTAINS: Junior guard J.S. Nash and sophomore guard Lamar Hurd have been elected team captains for this season.

HUGHES TO REDSHIRT: Freshman center Liam Hughes will redshirt this season. The 7-2, 306-pound center from Hullbridge, England is in his third year of organized basketball. Junior guard Jason Fontenet will also redshirt after transferring from New Mexico State.

THE MURAL OF THE STORY: A quick peek to the south rafters in Gill Coliseum will present you a look at a mural of some of the Oregon State University men's basketball greats. Once completed, expected to be at the end of December, the mural will include the 1980-81 team, plus individuals Ralph Miller, Paul Valenti, Slats Gill, Steve Johnson, Charlie Sitton, Gary Payton, Lester Conner, Brent Barry, Scott Haskin, Wally Palmberg, Ed Lewis, Cliff Crandall, Mel Counts, Dave Gambee, Jose Ortiz, Jim Jarvis, A.C. Green, Charlie White, and Red Rocha.

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: The Oregon State coaching staff signed one prospect to a national letter of intent during the November period. Joining the Beavers next season will be Marcel Jones from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. The 6-7 guard averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season for the California Interscholastic Federation champions.

BEAVERS IN THE NBA: Currently three former Beavers are residing in the National Basketball Association. NBA all-star Gary Payton is in his 14th year in the league and first with the Los Angeles Lakers. Brent Barry is in his ninth year in the league and fifth with the Seattle Sonics. Lester Conner is in his fifth year as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, after a lengthy pro career. A total of 26 former Beavers have played in the NBA.

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