Beavers Open Season at BCA Invitational

Nov. 14, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. -

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THEME: Oregon State opens the 2004-2005 season in the first round of the Black Coaches Association Invitational in Raleigh, NC. The eight-team tournament continues Thursday and Friday. Game times for the rest of the tournament will be determined by the daily results. The Beavers will play either Pepperdine or East Carolina in the second game. If OSU wins the opener it will play at 6 p.m PST. If it loses, game two will be played at 9 a.m. PST.

ABOUT THE BCA: The Black Coaches Association (BCA) is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of minorities at all levels of sport both nationally and internationally. The tournament was not held last year. Colorado State hosted the 2002 event in Fort Collins and won the title, and North Carolina State captured the 2001 event at the RBC Center. East Carolina and Fairleigh Dickinson played in the 2001 event as well.

TOURNAMENT FIELD: The host North Carolina State Wolfpack finished 21-9 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Vanderbilt. The Wolfpack are No. 19 in the first Associated Press Poll of the season. The Siena College Saints of Loudonville, NY of the Metro Atlantic Conference posted a 14-16 overall mark last season and 9-9 (6th) in the league. The Pepperdine Waves were 15-16 a year ago and tied for second in the West Coast Conference with a record of 9-5. The East Carolina Pirates were 13-14 last year and 5-11 (11th) in Conference USA. The New Orleans Privateers were 17-14 and 9-6 (2nd) in the Sun Belt's West Division. The Elon University Phoenix of Elon, NC were 12-18 last season and finished 7-9 in the Southern Conference. The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights of Madison, NJ posted a 17-12 mark a year ago and finished third in the Northeast Conference at 11-7.

BCA BRACKETNov. 17 (First Round)Game 1 -- Pepperdine vs. East Carolina -- 9 a.m. PSTGame 2 -- Siena vs. Oregon State -- 11 a.m. PSTGame 3 -- N.C. State vs. New Orleans -- 4 p.m. PSTGame 4 -- Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Elon -- 6 p.m. PSTNov. 18 (Second Round)Winners of games 1 and 2 -- 6 p.m. PSTLosers of games 1 and 2 -- 9 a.m. PSTWinners of games 3 and 4 -- 4 p.m. PSTLosers of games 3 and 4  -- 11 a.m. PST

OSU VS. THE FIELD: Oregon State has never played Siena, Fairleigh-Dickinson, East Carolina or Elon. The Beavers are 4-0 vs. Pepperdine, 4-1 vs. New Orleans and 1-4 vs. North Carolina State. The Beavers and Waves haven't played since OSU won 70-51 in the second round of the 1982 NCAA Tournament. OSU last played New Orleans on Dec. 18, 1995 and beat the Privateers on their home court 68-61. OSU and UNO also played in the second round of the 1983 NIT, an 88-71 OSU win. N.C. State defeated OSU at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis in the last meeting, 66-58 Dec. 22, 1993. The last time OSU played in Raleigh was Dec. 19, 1992 with the Wolfpack rallying from a 19-point second half deficit to post a 69-68 victory.

INTERESTING CONNECTIONS: N.C. State assistant coach Larry Harris was an assistant for former head coach Jim Anderson at Oregon State for the 1993-95 seasons. Former East Carolina head coach Eddie Payne left the school to become Oregon State's head coach from 1996-2000.

EAST COAST VISIT: Oregon State hasn't ventured to the East Coast Time Zone since opening the 2000 season at the So-Con Holiday Hoops Tournament in Greenville, SC. The Beavers won two of three games in the tournament, defeating Clemson and South Carolina State, and falling to eventual tournament champion Mississippi State.

FOUR IN A ROW ON THE ROAD: Oregon State hasn't played its season opener outside of Corvallis since playing Santa Clara in Portland to open the 1995-96 season. The last time the program opened the season with four straight on the road was the 1977-78 campaign -- at No. 2 North Carolina (twice), Wake Forest and vs. Oregon (in Portland).

ON THE BENCH: Oregon State enters the 2004-2005 campaign with three major contributors on the bench. Senior starting forward David Lucas, a 2004 1st team All-Pac-10 and 2005 postseason honors candidate, is out for an indefinite time after having surgery on his right big toe (Oct. 28) to repair tendon damage. Sophomore shooting guard Angelo Tsagarakis, one of the first players off the bench last season, is out until approximately Dec. 15 after dislocating his right shoulder prior to the start of practice. Junior forward Nick DeWitz, potentially a starter or sixth man, is not eligible until Dec. 11 due to NCAA mid-year transfer rules. DeWitz started the season last year at Iowa.

HANCHETT EXPECTED TO MAKE TRIP: Senior forward Jim Hanchett, the team's top defender in the paint and arguably the team's premier rebounder is expected to be available for all three games at the BCA Invitational. He is scheduled to return to Corvallis in time for Saturday's Civil War rivalry game vs. Oregon at 4 p.m. PST. Hanchett is a tight end/special teams performer for the football team and his decision to become a member of the football team opened the availabiility of a scholarship for basketball -- Sasa Cuic from Rijeka, Croatia was added to the roster in late Septemeber.

WHEN AT FULL STRENGTH: If Oregon State didn't have injury issues -- the program would have all five starters and 11 lettermen available 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 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.

THE NEW CLASS: Head coach Jay John signed three student-athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period (Nov. 10-17). Joining the program for 2005-2006 will be guards Josh Tarver (6-3, Jesuit HS, Portland, OR) and Wesley Washington (6-3, Compton CC, Compton CA), and power forward Calvin Hampton (6-9, New Hampton Prep School, NH). Tarver's brother Zach is a true freshman receiver on the OSU football team and his oldest brother Shon was a standout guard at UCLA (1991-94).

BEAVERS IN THE NBA: Three former Beavers resided in the National Basketball Association in 2003-2004. NBA all-star Gary Payton is in his 15th year in the league and first with the Boston Celtics. Brent Barry is in his 10th year in the league and first with the San Antonio Spurs. A total of 26 former Beavers have played in the NBA.

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