Men's Basketball Returns Home to Face Eastern Washington

Dec. 18, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (4-5) returns home after a lengthy road trip to host the Eastern Washington Eagles (4-4). Tipoff from Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum is 7:37 p.m. The game will be televised live via For Sports Net Northwest with Scott Lynn and Todd McKim calling the action.

OSU LOOKS TO END RARE SKID: The Beavers enter the game attempting to break a five-game non-conference losing streak, its longest since a six-game streak over the 1977 and `78 seasons.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.7 pts, 4.7 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 12.8 pts, 5.6 rebG--25	Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 9.3 pts, 1.7 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 13.1 pts, 4.0 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 9.1 pts, 4.8 reb

Off the BenchG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 7.0 pts, 1.8 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 0.0 pts, 0.5 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.9 pts, 1.1 reb.F--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 2.1 pts, 2.1 reb

EASTERN WASHINGTONF--24 Kareem Hunter, 6-6, Sr., 6.6 pts, 4.0 rebC--21 Chris White, 6-9, Sr., 9.6 pts, 5.8 rebG--14 Jason Lewis, 6-3, Jr., 6.6 pts, 3.9 astG--23 Jamal Jones, 6-0, Sr., 12.6 pts, 2.5 astG--31 Alvin Snow, 6-2, Fr., 12.5 pts, 3.9 reb

COKLEY RETURNS TO TEAM: Oregon State sophomore guard Mike Cokley has been reinstated to the team, head coach Ritchie McKay announced Monday. Cokley has missed the last two games after being suspended for violating a team policy. The Knappa, Ore., native has started six of the seven games he has appeared in and is averaging 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds.

OSU vs. EWU SERIES (see box page 5): This is the third meeting (OSU 2-0) on the hardwood between the two schools, and second in two years. The Beavers posted a 78-62 victory over the Eagles Dec. 15 of last year. Jason Heide scored a career-high 21 points, and added seven rebounds in the victory, while Deon Williams paced EWU with 16 points. The Beavers pulled away from a one-point lead early in the second half with a 13-2 run (41-40 to 54-42) to take control of the game. OSU built as much as a 17-point lead twice in the second half.

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 4-5 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 65-57 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.

THAT BLACK CLOUD....hovers over the Oregon State men's basketball team. Here is a list of some of the setbacks and oddities that have transpired this season:

*Phillip Ricci, Jr., Forward -- arthroscopic knee surgery -- redshirting this year.*Emonte Jernigan, So., G -- broken 'little' toe on his right foot -- missed seven games.*Derek Potter, Fr., C -- same injury as Jernigan -- redshirting this year.*James Jones, Jr., F -- ruled ineligible by NCAA -- has left the program.*Mike Cokley, So., G -- missed two games while serving a team suspension for violating a team policy.*Jason Heide, Sr., C -- elbowed in practice prior to Wyoming game -- right eye swells shut before regaining partial vision -- plays only 14 minutes in loss to Cowboys.*Jimmie Haywood, So., G -- hobbled the first two weeks of practice with a sprained ankle, returns, then suffers partially separated shoulder in his only start of the year (San Diego).*Brian Jackson, So., F -- suffers from 24-hour virus the day before Wyoming game -- vomits entire practice.*Kelly Knox, Jr., Manager -- knocked unconscious briefly in practice Dec. 16 after being hit in the head with a basketball.*Ritchie McKay, Head Coach -- sprains hand during the Oklahoma game in Hilo.*Several team members have residences burglarized while on road trips the month of December.*Team's commercial flight from Denver to Eugene Dec. 17 returns to Denver after landing gear problem is indicated in the cockpit -- circles DIA for two-plus hours burning fuel before landing safely -- team arrives in Eugene nine hours late.

NINE TO SUIT: As of the conclusion of Monday's practice, Oregon State expects nine players to be on the 'active' roster for Tuesday's game vs. Eastern Washington. The nine players represent the highest number this season for the Beavers.

THE GREEN LIGHT: Every OSU player has the green light to attempt three-point field goals as long as the opportunities come within the framework of the offense. With that in mind, the Beavers have already made 71 of 211 (.336) 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 237 this season. The Beavers are averaging 23 attempts per game. 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).

PRODUCTION IS UP, BUT THE RELIEF ISN'T: The numbers are generally better for Oregon State's returning players, but the constant problem is the lack of depth and production from the bench. Here is a comparison of OSU's 'active' returning players compared to last year's numbers:

			2001 Season			2000 Season	Jason Heide	12.8 pts, 5.6 reb, .595 FG%	12.5 pts, 5.1 reb, .495 FG%	D. Tanner*	13.1 pts, 4.0 reb, .466 FG%	14.2 pts, 3.8 reb, .412 FG%	*averaging two less fg attempts this season compared to 2000.	Brian Jackson	10.7 pts, 4.7 reb, .457 FG%	12.5 pts, 5.1 reb, .441 FG%	Adam Masten	9.1 pts, 4.8 reb, .556 FG%	4.5 pts, 2.1 reb, .382 FG%	Josh Steinthal	9.3 pts, .420 FG%, .417 3FG%	9.0 pts, .407 FG%, .399 3FG%	J. Haywood	7.0 pts, .382 FG%, 		4.9 pts, .362 FG%	Mike Cokley	2.9 pts, 1.1 reb, 1.1 ast	0.8 pts, 0.0 reb, 0.5 ast	The Bench	11.3 pts, 4.8 reb, 3.0 ast	23.4 pts, 7.5 reb, 6.0 ast

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game 10 of the season shooting .717 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. 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.

THE GOOD AND THE BAD: Here is a comparison between Oregon State's three Division I victories (S. Colo. not included) and its current five-game losing streak:

				OSU Wins	OSU Losses	FG Pct.			.487		.434	Opp. FG Pct.		.357		.496	3-Pt. FG Pct.		.352		.292	Reb. P/G		34.0		23.4	Opp. Reb P/G		29.6		35.2

A POINT OF EMPHASIS? A point of emphasis has been placed on physical play in college basketball this season, and while most believed tighter officiated games would lead to more personal fouls and free throws, it hasn't in Oregon State's case. Through nine games last season OSU was whistled for 176 fouls and had six players disqualified -- this year the numbers are 155 and three. OSU's opponents through nine games last year had 184 fouls and eight DQs, this year the total is 148 and two.

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 150 minutes in seven games, an average of 21.4 minutes -- after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .467 (7-15) from the field, all but two attempts from three-point range...missed the Denver and Wyoming games while serving a team suspension for violating a team policy.

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, then suffering a separated right shoulder at San Diego -- appears healthy for this week's action...Ritchie McKay has tabbed him one of the quickest players he has ever coached...scored a season-high 10 points vs. Appalachian State and at Denver...started his first game of the season at San Diego...only 1 of 12 (.083) from three-point range over the last four games.

C-H Pts: 12, twice				C-H Ast: 6, twiceS-H Pts: 10, twice				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: 31 at Denver (12/13/00)C-H Stls: 2, many timesS-H Stls: 1, many times

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason averaging 12.8 points and 5.6 rebounds (team-high)...did not start last Saturday at Wyoming due to an eye injury suffered in practice Dec. 15...should be at full strength for the EWU game...shooting .595 (44-74) from the field...for his career he is shooting .523 (290-555) from the field...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career -- currently 40 points short of reaching 800 for his career...has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 non-conference games...has made 3 of 6 three-point field goal attempts this season...has 48 career blocked shots, and needs just three to crack the top-10 all-time at OSU.

C-H Pts: 21, three times		C-H Reb: 11 at Cal (1/4/99)S-H Pts: 18 at Denver (12/13/00)	S-H Reb: 9 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Blks: 3, four times			C-H Ast: 4, twiceS-H Blks: 3 vs. App. State (11/24/00)	S-H Ast: 4 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)C-H Min: 36 vs. Ole Miss (11/28/99)S-H Min: 34, twice

BRIAN JACKSON, SO., F: Brian 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...third for the team for scoring (10.7 pts)...has attempted 33 three-point field goals, tied for second for the team...has made just 6 of 21 (.286) from the field over the last three games -- averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds during that stretch...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last of three Beavers to start every game.

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: 34 vs. UC Riverside (12/9)

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 2.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game...averaging 13.8 minutes per game...made his first collegiate start against Wyoming Dec. 16 -- responding with nine points and four rebounds...buried 3 of 8 from three-point range vs. Wyoming.

C-H Pts: 9 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)	C-H Ast: 2 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)C-H 3's: 3 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)	C-H Min: 31 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)C-H Stls: 1, many times		C-H Reb: 5 vs. App. State (11/24/00)>/pre>

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is the most improved player on the team...shooting .556 (25-45) from the field , including 11-28 (.393) from three-point range...also has hit 21 of 25 (.840) free throw attempts, the top percentage on the team...leads the team with 30 assists...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...he is just 36 points short of tying his entire point total of last year (118)...tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Denver...has made just 1 of 7 (.143) from the field over the last two games.

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, twiceS-H 3's: 3 vs. CS-Full. (11/17/00)	S-H Min: 35 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)C-H Stls: 4 vs. Texas A&M-CC (1/4/00)	C-H Reb: 7, twiceS-H Stls: 3, twice			S-H Reb: 7 at Denver (12/13/00)

JOSH STEINTHAL, SR., G: Josh is one of the premier three-point shooters in the Pac-10 Conference...his 134 career threes at OSU is fourth in school history...he will likely finish his career among the top three at OSU for all-time three-point field goals...averaging 9.3 points per game for the season...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...has buried 16 of 35 (.457) from three-point range over the last seven games...averaging 11.6 points over the last three games...attempted 10 three-point field goals in games vs. Cal State-Fullerton and Wyoming...has started the last two 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: 4 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)	S-H Min: 39 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)C-H Stls: 2, many timesS-H Stls: 1, many times

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.) 4303. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.) 159 3. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 134 4. Brent Barry (1992-95) 377 5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 344

DEAUNDRA TANNER, SR., G: In terms of 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...only 4 of 19 from behind the three-point stripe over the last five games...he is 15th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,212 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...needs 10 points to move into 14th place ahead of former OSU player (1970-72) and assistant coach (1988-92) Freddie Boyd (1970-72)...eighth all-time at OSU for career assists with 388...sixth for career steals with 159 and is third for career three-point field goals with 159...started 61 of the last 64 games and 77 of 94 career contests...averaging a team-high 33.3 minutes per game, and has played 37 in three of the last five 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)S-H Pts: 22 vs. LBSU (11/25)C-H 3's: 5 vs. USC (1/9/99)S-H 3's: 3 vs. S. Colo (11/20)C-H Stls: 7 at Hawaii-Hilo (12/28/97)S-H Stls: 3 vs. CS-Full (11/17)C-H Ast: 10 vs. Wyoming (12/20/99)S-H Ast: 5 at Denver (12/13/00)C-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H Min: 37, three times

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:

Scoring11. Ray Blume (1978-81) 1,28812. Cliff Crandall (1946-49) 1,25013. Steve Woodside (1983-86) 1,23614. Freddie Boyd (1970-72) 1,22115. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,212

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 1603. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 159

Steals4. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1716. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 159

Assists7. Mark Radford (1978-81) 4018. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 388

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