Men's Basketball Travels to Eugene for the First of Three Straight Road Games

Jan. 4, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (6-6) opens Pac-10 Conference action Sat., Jan. 6 at the University of Oregon (9-1). Tipoff from McArthur Court, in a game presented by your local NW Dodge Dealers, will be 6:05 p.m. The game will be televised by the Oregon Sports Network. This is the fourth time in the last six years these two rivals have met to open Pac-10 play -- next year's slate has both schools opening at home against the Arizona schools Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 due to the implementation of the tournament.

BRUTAL STRETCH: Oregon State continues through a stretch of five games where its opponents have a combined record of 42-8 (.840) through contests of Jan. 2. The second game of the sequence is at the UO (9-1), followed by games at Stanford (11-0/No. 2), at California (8-3), and at home vs. Washington State (6-3). The five-game stretch started vs. LSU (8-1), Dec. 28.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.3 pts, 4.5 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.2 pts, 5.5 rebG--25	Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 8.7 pts, 1.5 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 12.9 pts, 4.0 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 9.0 pts, 4.7 reb

Off the BenchG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 6.6 pts, 1.7 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 0.6 pts, 1.0 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.9 pts, 0.9 astF--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 2.2 pts, 2.1 reb

OREGONF--20 Frederick Jones, 6-4, Jr., 15.1 pts, 5.8 rebF--42 Bryan Bracey, 6-7, Sr., 19.5 pts, 7.7 rebC--21 Julius Hicks, 6-8, Sr., 8.2 pts, 5.5 rebG--13 Luke Ridnour, 6-2, Fr., 8.2 pts, 4.0 astG--34 Anthony Norwood, 6-3, Jr., 14.1 pts, 3.2 ast

OSU-OREGON SERIES: Oregon State leads the series 176-136, but Oregon has won 13 of the last 14 and has won seven in a row at McArthur Court. The last Beaver victory in Eugene was March 6, 1993, 54-48. Last year No. 25 Oregon beat OSU in the season finale 83-65 (see box on page 6) with A.D. Smith scoring a game-high 21 points. Deaundra Tanner's 19 points led OSU. UO held a 38-32 halftime lead, and then went on an 11-2 run to open the second half. The two teams combined to shoot .528 from the field in the second half, UO hit 14 of 26 from the field, and OSU 14 of 27. The Beavers also nailed 9 of 16 three-point field goals for the game. The two schools also opened conference play last season, in Corvallis, with Oregon posting a 67-49 win. Smith scored 22 for the Ducks, with Brian Jackson adding 17 for OSU.

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 6-6 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 67-58 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.

McKAY ON THE TEAM: 'We have some games to makeup, I hoped to have eight wins at this point in the season. We had a tough loss at home against UC Riverside and at Denver, in each case we didn't execute down the stretch, we have to find a way to win some games back, and that certainly won't be easy in the Pac-10 Conference schedule. We have our work cut out for us this week at Oregon, the Ducks are playing as well as anybody in the league. I think our team has a great sense of pride and will go to Eugene and hopefully execute our plan. We have shown signs of being a good team all year, but we have to find a way to put it together and sustain our effort for 40 minutes. We have played well defensively for the most part all season, but we need to be more consistent on offense.'

DEFENSIVE DATA: Through games of Jan. 2, Oregon State ranked sixth in the nation and first in the Pac-10 Conference for scoring defense, allowing 56.8 points per game. The Beavers have held five of their 12 opponents to 50 points or fewer, including the first three. Arkansas-Little Rock leads the nation allowing 53.2, followed by Baylor (55.6), Northwestern (55.6), Ohio State (56.0), and Wisconsin (56.3).

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.  Also must be taken off plane in Portland due to passing out from an illness.*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 at Eugene airport nine hours late.

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 made 91 of 264 (.345) 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) for one year -- the team is on target to make 227 this season. The Beavers are averaging 22 attempts per game. The team is coming off its best three-point shooting game of the season, making 11 of 22 (.500) vs. LSU in the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic. 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).

REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State has gone eight consecutive games finishing on the negative side of the rebounding ledger. For the season OSU is being outrebounding 31.3-27.9, which includes a minus-23 vs. Wyoming, minus-16 vs. UC Riverside, and minus-13 vs. Oklahoma. The minus-3.3 rebounding margin is last in the Pac-10. The biggest discrepancy in the rebounding numbers has been on the offensive side, where OSU is minus 34 for the season.

A GOOD SIGN: Ritchie McKay has been saying all along that if his team could only bring their shooting touch from practice to the games -- the LSU contest might have been a sign of things to come, as OSU shot .480 from the field (its best since Nov. 26 vs. Okla.), including .536 in the second half. Even at .460 for the season, the Beavers rank fifth in the conference.

LACK OF DEPTH CAUSING FOUL PROBLEMS: Head Coach Ritchie McKay has been forced to juggle players in and out of games with significant foul problems. Over the last seven games, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 19 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out twice during that stretch and Adam Masten once. In this day and age of the 'tight' officiating in college basketball, OSU actually has less personal fouls (211) than it had last year at this time (234).

TURNOVERS AREN'T AN ISSUE AT FIRST LOOK, BUT THEY ACTUALLY ARE: Oregon State is averaging a respectable 12.9 turnovers per game (tied for first in the Pac-10), but the timing of those turnovers has been critical. For example, OSU scored only two points in the last 5:45 of the first half vs. LSU, committing six turnovers in that stretch, and missing just three field goal attempts. While it's hard to document, OSU has been plagued by turnovers it bunches in most of its games this season, and most of the time those bunches have come in the first half. If the season ended today, the 12.9 average would be the lowest for an OSU team since the 1990 season (11.1). Here is a closer look at some of the turnover oddities of the season.

					Game Turn.	2nd Half Turn.	Dec. 28 vs. LSU			16 		5	Dec. 16 vs. Wyoming		8 		2	Dec. 13 vs. San Diego		14 		3	Nov. 25 vs. Long Beach St.	15		6	Nov. 24 vs. Appalachian St.	10 		3	Nov. 20 vs. Southern Colorado	11 		4

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game 13 of the season shooting .739 (tied for 1st in Pac-10) from the free throw line, 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.

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 179 minutes in 10 games, an average of 17.9 minutes -- after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .526 (10-19) from the field, all but three 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...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, also started vs. South Carolina State...only 1 of 14 (.071) from three-point range over the last six games...has made eight consecutive free throws.

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 times		        S-H Stls: 1, many times

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason averaging team-highs of 13.2 points and 5.5 rebounds...shooting .598 (58-97) from the field, fourth in the Pac-10...for his career he is shooting .526 (304-578) from the field...coming off his worst shooting game of the season, hitting 3 of 8 field goal attempts vs. two career games in Eugene, he has averaged 12.5 points and shot .733 (11-15) from the field...struggling in the turnover category with team-high 39...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career -- needs to average 10.9 points over the rest of the season...has made 3 of 8 three-point field goal attempts this season...has 50 career blocked shots, and needs just one to crack the top-10 all-time at OSU...scored a season-high 18 points vs. Denver and South Carolina State.

C-H Pts: 21, three times		C-H Reb: 11 at Cal (1/4/99)S-H Pts: 18, twice			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 (10.3 pts)...has made just 13 of 38 (.342) from the field over the last six games -- averaging 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds during that stretch...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last of two Beavers to start every game...through the first seven games he averaged 10 field goal attempts, over the last five he has averaged just over five field goal attempts...scored just four points on 2 of 10 from field at McArthur Court 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: 34 vs. UC Riverside (12/9)

EMONTE JERNIGAN, SO., G: Emonte missed the first seven games while recovering from a broken 'little' toe on his right foot...has played a total of 22 minutes this season, scoring three points...all five of his field goal attempts have come from beyond the three-point arc.

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 2.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game...averaging 13.4 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)

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is the most improved player on the team...shooting .552 (32-58) from the field, including 16-38 (.421) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...also has hit 28 of 36 (.778) free throw attempts...second for the team in assists with 35...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...he is just 10 points short of tying his entire point total of last year (118)...tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Denver...he has not scored against Oregon in three 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, twice			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 140 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 8.7 points per game for the season...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...has nailed at least one three in every game this season, and has an overall streak of 19 games...has 26 threes for the season (5th in Pac-10)...his shooting percentage has improved the last two games, and has hit 5-10 (.500) from three-point range during that stretch...started five consecutive games...attempted 10 three-point field goals in games vs. Cal State-Fullerton and Wyoming.

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 times		        S-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. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.) 163 2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 4413. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 160 3. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 140 4. Brent Barry (1992-95) 377 5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 361

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 25 points vs. LSU, and had a 22-point effort vs. Long Beach State at the Big Island Invitational, where he was named to the all-tournament team...buried 4 of 6 from three-point range vs. LSU after entering the game only 4 of 24 (.167) from behind the three-point stripe in seven contests...he is 13th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,249 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...needs 2 points to move into 12th place ahead of Cliff Crandall (1946-49) and 41 points to move past Ray Blume (1978-81) into 11th...eighth all-time at OSU for career assists with 398...sixth for career steals with 167 and is second for career three-point field goals with 163...started 63 of the last 67 games and 79 of 99 career contests...averaging a team-high 33.4 minutes per game...failed to make a field goal vs. Eastern Washington -- only the second time since his freshman season without a basket...has 17 steals for the season, 10 of those in the last four games...had a streak of 23 consecutive free throws before missing vs. LSU -- he is the team leader for percentage at .833 (4th in Pac-10)...he made 10 of 10 charity stripe attempts vs. Eastern Washington -- matching a school record for percentage (Steve Johnson 14-14 vs. UW in `81/Scott Haskin 10-10 vs. Stanford in `92)...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: 25 vs. LSU (12/28/00)C-H 3's: 5 vs. USC (1/9/99)S-H 3's: 4 vs. LSU (12/28/00)C-H Stls: 7 at Hawaii-Hilo (12/28/97)S-H Stls: 4 vs. EWU (12/19/00)C-H Ast: 10 vs. Wyoming (12/20/99)S-H Ast: 5, twiceC-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H Min: 39 vs. LSU (12/28/00)

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:

Scoring10. Brent Barry (1992-95) 1,30411. Ray Blume (1978-81) 1,28812. Cliff Crandall (1946-49) 1,25013. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,249

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1783. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 163

Steals4. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1716. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 167

Assists6. Charlie Neal (1973-75) 4177. Mark Radford (1978-81) 4018. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 398

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