Men's Basketball Attempts to Return to Winning Ways Saturday

Dec. 6, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (4-2) returns from a break for final exams to host the University of California-Riverside (2-4) Highlanders, Sat., Dec. 9. Tipoff from Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum is 7:05 p.m.

STARTING LINEUP: Head Coach Ritchie McKay has announced the following tentative starting lineup:

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 13.3 pts, 5.7 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 12.2 pts, 5.8 rebG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 7.3 pts, 1.8 astor 12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 3.3 pts, 1.2 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 13.5 pts, 3.2 astG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 11.8 pts, 4.5 reb

Off the BenchG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 3.3 pts, 1.2 rebG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 8.2 pts, 1.8 rebF--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 1.7 pts, 2.5 reb

UC RiversideF--32 Aaron Hands, 6-7, So., 6.0 pts, 4.5 rebF--34 Mark Miller, 6-6, So., 14.3 pts, 4.2 rebC--44 Vili Morton, 6-8, Fr., 7.2 pts, 6.2 rebG--20 Trenell Eddings, 5-10, So., 7.7 pts, 3.0 astG--23 Jason Labagh, 6-4, Sr., 7.8 pts, 2.3 ast

THE SERIES': This is the first meeting between the two schools in men's basketball.

MOVIN' UP: UC Riverside is in its first year as a Division I program and is a member of the Big West Conference. The Highlanders' A.D. is former USC head coach Stan Morrison.

THE HEAD COACH: Ritchie McKay is the 18th head coach in the program's history, and only the sixth since 1929. McKay has a record of 4-2 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 65-54 in five years as a head coach. He was 37-23 in two years at Colorado State (1999 & 2000), and 24-29 in two years at Portland State (1997 & `98). He has also served as an assistant at Washington, Bradley, Queens College (NC) and his alma mater, Seattle Pacific University. At 35 years of age, McKay is the youngest head coach in the Pac-10 Conference, and among the youngest in all of Division I.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH -- WELL, MAYBE SEVEN? Oregon State will have either seven or eight players available for Saturday's game. The newest addition to the long list of injured players is sophomore guard Jimmie Haywood. Haywood partially separated his right shoulder against San Diego and is listed as day-to-day as of Wednesday. Injuries have also removed three players from the 'active' roster, one has been declared ineligible due to NCAA rules (James Jones), and another is ineligible due to NCAA transfer regulations (Brandon Payton). Sophomore guard Emonte Jernigan is the only player expected to be added to the 'active' roster in the near future, he is recovering from a broken 'little' toe on his left foot.

THE INJURY SITUATION: Three of the following four players are definitely out for this week and or season:

Player	        Injury	                Time FrameJimmie Haywood	Separated RT shoulder	Day-to-DayPhilip Ricci    arthro. knee surgery	2000-2001 RedshirtEmonte Jernigan	broken bone LT foot	mid-December returnDerek Potter	broken bone LT foot	mid-Dec. return (expected redshirt)

DO THEY EVER MISS? Oregon State has shot a respectable .480 (48-100) from the field over the last two games, but that hardly compares to what Oklahoma and San Diego have combined to shoot. The Sooners and Toreros combined for a percentage of .590 (59-100) from the field, including an amazing .607 (17-28) from three-point range. Over the same two games, OSU is minus-17 in the rebound category.

THE GREEN LIGHT: Every OSU player has the green light to attempt three-point field goals as long as they come within the framework of the offense. With that in mind, the Beavers have already made 51 of 143 (.357) from behind the arc, including a school record tying 13 vs. Southern Colorado Nov. 20. At this rate, OSU would shatter the school record for converted threes (206 in 2000) -- the team in on target to make 255 this season. Incidentally, head coach Ritchie McKay's Colorado State team of last year led the NCAA for three-point field goal percentage at .440 (255-579).

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game seven of the season shooting .726 from the free throw line, and while that certainly is not going to set any records, it is a noticeable improvement for a program that has finished at the bottom or close to it in recent Pac-10 Conference history. OSU entered the week second in the conference for free throw percentage. The Beavers haven't finished over 70 percent from the charity stripe since 1995 (.707), and have been only 70 percent or better four times since 1985.

A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS: Oregon State is averaging 17.0 assists per game (1st in Pac-10), while committing 11.6 turnovers - a 1.6:1 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Pac-10). OSU has been on the minus side of that ratio for six of the last seven seasons.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: The following are some random notes you might have missed from this season:

*OSU led Southern Colorado 23-0, and its 91-23 victory was its biggest margin of victory ever.*OSU allowed just 12 points to CSUF in the second half, the fewest in Titan history.*OSU finished second at the City Bank Aloha Airlines Big Island Invitational.

McKAY ON THIS WEEK: 'We need to step our defensive play this week, we certainly didn't play the kind of defense we played in our first five games against San Diego last week -- that has been addressed in practice. We need to pay more attention to our opponents perimeter players and make it harder for them to penetrate our defense. UC Riverside has an excellent player in forward Mark Miller, he is capable of having a big game because of his ability to score at a variety of places on the court. John Masi is a terrific coach and his teams have had excellent success at the Division II level -- It's just a matter of time before the Highlanders experience a high level of success at this level.'

BEAVERS INK THREE PLAYERS: Oregon State signed three players during the early signing period. The class is ranked No. 22 by Frank Burlison of Fox Sports. Joining the program as true-freshmen for the 2001-2002 season are:Floyd North, 6-5, G, San Diego, CA (St. Augustine), 19 pts, 7.5 rebJ.S. Nash, 6-3, G, Moreno Valley, CA (Rancho Verde), 28 pts, 9.0 rebJoe See, 6-0, G, Concord, CA (De La Salle), 16.6 pts, 5.5 ast

MIKE COKLEY, SO., G: Cokley has played 133 minutes in six games, an average of 22.2 minutes -- after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .500 (7-14) from the field, all but two attempts from three-point range.

C-H Pts: 9 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)		C-H Ast: 3 at San Diego (12/2/00)C-H 3's: 3 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)		C-H Min: 30 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Stls: 2, twice

JIMMIE HAYWOOD, SO., G: The sophomore guard has been injury plagued to this point in the season, suffering a sprained ankle that limited his participation the first two weeks of practice, and now his status is uncertain for this week's game after suffering a separated right shoulder at San Diego...Ritchie McKay has tabbed him one of the quickest players he has ever coached...shooting .406 (13-32) from the field for the season...scored a season-high 10 points vs. Appalachian State...started his first game of the season at San Diego.

C-H Pts: 12, twice				C-H Ast: 6, twiceS-H Pts: 10 vs. App. State (11/24/00)		S-H Ast: 4 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)C-H 3's: 4 at Arizona (2/5/00)			C-H Min: 37 vs. Denver (12/11/99)S-H 3's: 3 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)		S-H Min: 28 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Stls: 2, many timesS-H Stls: 1, many times

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason is off to a solid start, averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds (team-high)...shooting .569 (29-51) from the field...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career...has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine non-conference games...has made 2 of 3 three-point field goal attempts in the last two games.

C-H Pts: 21, three times			C-H Reb: 11 at Cal (1/4/99)S-H Pts: 16 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)		S-H Reb: 9 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Blks: 3, four times				C-H Ast: 4, twiceS-H Blks: 1, many times			        S-H Ast: 4 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)C-H Min: 36 vs. Ole Miss (11/28/99)S-H Min: 34 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)

BRIAN JACKSON, SO., F: Brian is one of the premier players at his position, power forward, in the Pac-10 Conference...he was a member of the conference's all-freshmen team last year...earned all-tournament honors at the Big Island Invitational, where he averaged 14.7 points...second for the team for scoring (13.3 pts) and rebounding (5.8)...averaging 15.0 points for his career in non-conference games...has scored in double figures in five consecutive games...has attempted 27 three-point field goals, tied with Josh Steinthal for the most on the team...shooting .517 for the season, but has made 11 of 19 (.579) over the last two contests...he made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season.

C-H Pts: 32 vs. Tex. A&M-CC (1/4/00)	C-H Reb: 12 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)S-H Pts: 18 vs. LBSU (11/25/00)	        S-H Reb: SameC-H Blks: 3, twice			C-H Ast: 5 vs. LBSU (11/25/00)S-H Blks: 3, twice			S-H Ast: 5, sameC-H Min: 36 vs. Oregon (1/8/00)S-H Min: 33 vs. LBSU (11/25/00)

CHRIS MANKER, FR., F/C: While Chris is one of the tallest players on the team, he plays facing the basket a majority of the time...averaging 1.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game...averaging 13.5 minutes per game.

C-H Pts: 6 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)	C-H Ast: 2 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)C-H 3's: 1 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)	C-H Min: 28 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)C-H Stls: 1 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	C-H Reb: 5 vs. App. State (11/24/00)

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is a candidate for the most improved player on the team...shooting .656 (21-32) from the field, including 9-19 (.474/best on the team) from three-point range...also has hit 20 of 23 (.870) free throw attempts, the top percentage on the team...has better than a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and leads the team with 23 assists...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...he is just 47 points short of tying his entire point total of last year (118).

C-H Pts: 19 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)	C-H Ast: 7 vs. South Car. St. (11/26/99)S-H Pts: Same				S-H Ast: 6 vs. App. State (11/24/00)C-H 3's: 3, three times			C-H Min: 35 at Washington (1/23/00)S-H 3's: 3 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Min: 33 vs. LBSU (11/25/00)C-H Stls: 4 vs. Texas A&M-CC (1/4/00)S-H Stls: 3 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)

JOSH STEINTHAL, SR., G: Josh is one of the premier three-point shooters in the Pac-10 Conference...he has made 57 three-point field goals in each of his two seasons at OSU...his 125 career threes at OSU is the fifth-highest total in school history...he will likely finish his career among the top three at OSU for all-time three-point field goals...averaging 8.2 points per game for the season...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...has buried 7 of 14 (.500) from three-point range over the last four games.

C-H Pts: 23 at Arizona (2/18/99)	C-H Ast: 7 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H Pts: 16 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Ast: 3, twiceC-H 3's: 7 at Arizona (3/2/00)		C-H Min: 40 vs. Stanford (3/6/99)S-H 3's: 3 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Min: 28 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)C-H Stls: 2, many timesS-H Stls: 1, twice

Steinthal in the OSU Record Book:Three-Point Field Goals Three-Point Field Goals Attempted1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 178 1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 4822. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 160 2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 4203. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.) 156 3. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 4004. Brent Barry (1992-95) 130 4. Brent Barry (1992-95) 3775. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 125 5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 323

DEAUNDRA TANNER, SR., G: In terms of sheer numbers, Deaundra Tanner is the best guard at Oregon State since Gary Payton (1987-90)...scored a season-high 22 points vs. Long Beach State at the Big Island Invitational, where he was named to the all-tournament team...Tanner is shooting .500 (29-58) from the field for the season...he averaged 7.3 field goal attempts over the first three games, and has averaged 12 field goal attempts over the last three...he is 17th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,175 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...he needs just two points to move into 16th place ahead of Don Smith (1974-77) and 24 points to move past Earl Martin (1986-90) into 15th...eighth all-time at OSU for career assists with 378...tied sixth for career steals with 157 and is third for career three-point field goals with 156...started 58 of the last 61 games and 74 of 91 career contests...selected to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team...named to the Pac-10 Conference's second team by preseason publications Athlon's Magazine and Basketball of the top 15 guards in the nation, according to Dick Vitale's College Basketball.

C-H Pts: 28 vs. California (1/15/00)	C-H Ast: 10 vs. Wyoming (12/20/99)S-H Pts: 22 vs. LBSU (11/25)		S-H Ast: 4 vs. S. Colo. (11/20)C-H 3's: 5 vs. USC (1/9/99)		C-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H 3's: 3 vs. S. Colo (11/20)		S-H Min: 37 vs. Oklahoma (11/26)C-H Stls: 7 at Hawaii-Hilo (12/28/97)S-H Stls: 3 vs. CS-Full (11/17)

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:Scoring Three-Point Field Goals14. Freddie Boyd (1970-72) 1,221 1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 17815. Earl Martin (1986-90) 1,198 2. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 16016. Don Smith (1974-77) 1,176 3. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 15617. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 1,155

Steals4. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1716. Will Brantley (1988-91) 157 Mark Radford (1978-81) 157 Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)157

Assists7. Mark Radford (1978-81) 4018. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 378

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