Men's Basketball Pounds Slovakian Team
Nov. 7, 2000
Corvallis, Ore. - Senior point guard Deaundra Tanner scored 20 points, and injury-riddled Oregon State showed off the uptempo offense of first-year coach Ritchie McKay in a 92-52 exhibition rout of Start Bratislava on Monday night.
It was the first game for McKay, hired away from Colorado State to replace Eddie Payne after five straight losing seasons. McKay's season appeared to fall apart before it even began, as several players were sidelined with injuries during the preseason.
Junior forward Philip Ricci will redshirt after having surgery on his left knee, sophomore guard Emonte Jernigan will be out more than a month with a broken left toe, and freshman center Derek Potter has a stress fracture in his left foot.While McKay used only eight players, the Beavers started fast against their overmatched Slovakian opponents. Oregon State jumped to a 24-6 lead, shot 63 percent and forced 21 turnovers.
Sophomore forward Brian Jackson brought the Gill Coliseum crowd to its feet when he dunked over three Bratislava players for a 32-15 lead midway through the first half.