Western Oregon Visits Monday for Exhibition Tilt

Nov. 6, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. -

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THE DEBUT: Third-year head coach Jay John unveils his 2004-2005 team to the 'Beaver Nation' Mon., Nov. 8 at 7:05 p.m. in Gill Coliseum as Oregon State hosts nearby Western Oregon (20 miles) in an exhibition game. Tipoff is at 7:05 p.m.

ABOUT WESTERN OREGON: The Wolves are a NCAA Division II program that competes in the Great Northwest Conference. The team was 16-11 last year and returns two starters.

THE GOOD NEWS: Oregon State returns all five starters and 11 lettermen from last year's team. The club returns 99 percent of the minutes, 99 percent of the points, and 98 percent of the rebounding from a year ago. The returning starting cast includes All-Pac-10 Conference senior forward David Lucas (17.2 pts, 6.9 reb), senior guard J.S. Nash (10.5 pts, 3.8 ast), junior guard Lamar Hurd (5.3 pts, 4.9 ast), junior guard Chris Stephens (15.8 pts, 2.6 reb) and sophomore center Kyle Jeffers (5.1 pts, 4.8 reb). Also back are senior forward Jim Hanchett (7.3 pts, 5.5 reb), sophomore forward Kenny Hooks (2.0 pts, 1.6 reb), sophomore forward Michael Johnson (0.1 pts, 0.1 reb), senior center Derek Potter (1.3 pts, 1.9 reb), senior guard Vic Remmers (1.5 pts, 0.5 reb) and sophomore guard Angelo Tsagarakis (6.4 pts).

THE BAD NEWS: David Lucas will miss a yet to be determined amount of time while recovering from surgery on his right big toe (torn tendon). Angelo Tsagarakis is out until next month after suffering a dislocated shoulder prior to the start of practice. Jim Hanchett will be available from time-to-time after becoming a member of the school's football team as a backup tight end.

THE NEW GUYS: Joining the program for the 2004-2005 season are junior guard Jason Fontenet, junior forward Nick DeWitz, redshirt freshman center Liam Hughes, and true-freshmen forwards Sasa Cuic and Marcel Jones. Fontenet, DeWitz and Hughes redshirted last season. Fontenet played two seasons at New Mexico State and DeWitz is a transfer from Iowa. DeWitz must sit out until Dec. 11 (he can practice) due to NCAA transfer rules.

COMMENTS FROM Jay John: 'The team is excited about the opportunity to play in front of fans and face an unfamiliar team. We have worked hard and are anxious to see what combinations of players can be successful as the regular season opener approaches. I have a great deal of respect for Western Oregon and its coaching staff and I know they will be ready to play. I'm looking forward to how our team deals with different situations that they haven't faced in practice. We have players on the sidelines for the first part of the season, so we need to find out who will fill some of the void.'

TICKETS: Tickets for all games may be purchased by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, via osubeavers.com, or visiting the Gill Coliseum ticket office. Reserved tickets are $17 or $10 ($20 for Oregon). Several season ticket plans are available, for more information check the website.

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