Men's Basketball Continues Grueling Four-game Stretch this week at No. 1 Stanford and California

Jan. 9, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (6-7, 0-1 in Pac-10) travels to the Bay Area this week for contests against No. 1 Stanford (13-0, 2-0 in Pac-10) and California (9-4, 1-1). The Beavers and Cardinal will meet at Maples Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 11. OSU at Cal is scheduled for 5:05 from Haas Pavilion in Berkeley and will be televised live by Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini calling the action.

BRUTAL STRETCH: Oregon State continues through a stretch of four consecutive road games where its opponents have a combined record of 41-7 (.854) through contests of Jan. 7. The third game of the sequence is at Stanford, followed by Cal. The first game was against LSU (now 9-2), followed by Oregon (10-1). The four-game stretch is arguably the toughest in the program's history.

STARTING LINEUPS: 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., 13.5 pts, 5.6 rebG--25	Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 8.7 pts, 1.5 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 13.5 pts, 4.1 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.5 pts, 4.3 reb

Off the BenchG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 6.5 pts, 1.5 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 0.5 pts, 0.8 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.6 pts, 0.9 astF--44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 2.0 pts, 2.2 reb

STANFORDF--31 Jarron Collins, 6-11, Sr., 14.2 pts, 7.8 rebF--32 Ryan Mendez, 6-8, Sr., 12.6 pts, 3.3 rebC--34 Jason Collins, 7-0, So., 11.8 pts, 9.1 rebG-- 4 Michael McDonald, 6-1, Sr., 7.3 pts, 5.1 astG--23 Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, So., 17.8 pts, 3.6 ast

CALIFORNIAF--21 Sean Lampley, 6-7, Sr., 18.4 pts, 6.2 rebF--25 Brian Wethers, 6-5, So., 7.8 pts, 2.2 rebC--32 Nick Vander Laan, 6-10, So., 6.7 pts, 6.2 rebG--12 Shantay Legans, 5-10, So., 10.2 pts, 4.5 astG--42 Ryan Forehan-Kelly, 6-5, Jr., 8.7 pts, 3.3 reb

OSU VS. STANFORD SERIES: Oregon State leads the series 65-43, according the Pac-10 Conference Office records. Stanford has won two straight, and six of the last seven. The Beavers enter this game trying to snap a seven-game losing streak at Maples Pavilion, in which the margin of defeat has averaged 22 points. The Cardinal were ranked No. 2 at the time of last year's 82-56 victory on The Farm, and No. 3 in their 73-45 victory in Corvallis. Mark Madsen had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Jarron Collins added 14 points and 10 rebounds in Stanford's victory last season at home -- Deaundra Tanner led OSU with 15 points. OSU shot just .269 (7-26) in the second half, and for the game hit just .333. Stanford connected on .522 of its field goal attempts in the second half.

VS. NO. 1: This is the first meeting for Oregon State against the top-ranked team in the country since March 9, 1995 at UCLA (UCLA 86-67). Oregon State's all-time record vs. the No. 1 ranked team in the country is 2-17. Here is a closer look at those games.

Jan. 14, 1988 vs. Arizona (UA 70-48) in CorvallisMarch 20, 1975 vs. Indiana (IU 81-71) 2nd Round of NCAA Tourn.Feb. 15, 1974 vs. UCLA (OSU 61-57) in CorvallisFeb. 9, 1974 at UCLA (UCLA 80-75) in Los AngelesFeb. 24, 1973 vs. UCLA (UCLA 73-67) in CorvallisJan. 6, 1973 at UCLA (UCLA 87-61) in Los AngelesFeb. 26, 1972 at UCLA (UCLA 91-72) in Los AngelesJan. 7, 1972 vs. UCLA (UCLA 78-72) in CorvallisFeb. 13, 1971 vs. UCLA (UCLA 67-65) in CorvallisFeb. 19, 1971 at UCLA (UCLA 94-64) in Los AngelesFeb. 20, 1970 vs. UCLA (UCLA 71-56) in CorvallisJan. 10, 1970 at UCLA (UCLA 72-71) in Los AngelesFeb. 21, 1969 at UCLA (UCLA 91-69) in Los AngelesJan. 11, 1969 vs. UCLA (UCLA 83-64) in CorvallisFeb. 18, 1967 vs. UCLA (UCLA 72-50) in CorvallisFeb. 10, 1967 at UCLA (UCLA 76-44) in Los AngelesJan. 9, 1965 vs. UCLA (UCLA 83-53) in CorvallisDec. 22, 1963 vs. Indiana (OSU 67-51) in EugeneDec. 21, 1963 vs. Indiana (IU 76-72) in Corvallis

OSU VS. CAL SERIES: Cal has a 59-54 advantage in the series, according to Pac-10 Conference Office records. The Bears have won four straight in the series since OSU won in Oakland 46-43 during the 1998 season. OSU rallied from as many as 17 points down in the second half to get within one with six seconds left last year at the Haas Pavilion. The Beavers had the ball, down two, but failed to get a shot off before the buzzer and lost 70-68. Donte Smith of Cal and OSU's Deaundra Tanner shared the game honors for scoring with 19 points. The Bears won in Corvallis last year 71-65 with Ryan Forehan-Kelly scoring a then career-high 17 points. Tanner had a career-high 28 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 6-7 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 67-59 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.

DEFENSIVE DATA: Through games of Jan. 7, Oregon State ranked seventh in the nation and first in the Pac-10 Conference for scoring defense, allowing 58.8 points per game. The Beavers have held five of their 13 opponents to 50 points or fewer, including the first three. Wisconsin leads the nation for scoring defense at 55.3 points.

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 96 of 285 (.337) 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 pace to make 221 this season. The Beavers are averaging 22 attempts per game, compared to 17 for their opponents. 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 nine consecutive games finishing on the negative side of the rebounding ledger. For the season OSU is being outrebounded 31.9-27.5, which includes a minus-23 vs. Wyoming, minus-17 vs. Oregon, minus-16 vs. UC Riverside, and minus-13 vs. Oklahoma. The minus-4.4 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-40 for the season. It should be noted that OSU does not regularly 'crash' the offensive boards due to lack of depth and the potential for creating foul problems.

A GOOD SIGN: While not exactly sizzling the nets, Oregon State has shown signs of improving in the field goal percentage category -- the team shot .480 vs. LSU and .463 vs. Oregon, the two best performances since a .545 effort Nov. 26 vs. Oklahoma.

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 eight games, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 22 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out three times during that stretch and Adam Masten twice. In this day and age of the 'tight' officiating in college basketball, OSU actually has less personal fouls (230) than it had last year at this time (253).

TURNOVER NUMBERS DOWN, PARTICULARLY IN THE SECOND HALF: Oregon State is averaging a Pacific-10 Conference low 12.8 turnovers per game and has a total of 166. Of those 166 turnovers, only 63 or 38% have been committed in the second half. The first two games of the season are the only contests where OSU has had more miscues in the second half than in the first.

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game 14 of the season shooting .735 (3rd 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 192 minutes in 11 games, an average of 17.5 minutes -- after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .476 (10-21) 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...buried 2 of 2 three-point field goal attempts at Oregon, ending a six-game span of going 1 of 14 (.071)...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 is averaging team-highs of 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds...shooting .600 (66-110) from the field, fifth in the Pac-10...for his career he is shooting .528 (312-591) from the field...averaging 4.8 points per game for his career vs. Stanford, his lowest average vs. a Pac-10 foe...struggling in the turnover category with a team-high 42...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career -- currently has 820 and needs to average 10.6 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...fouls have been an issue for him, he has yet to foul out, but has ended six of the last eight games with four personals...he is a career .667 (12-18) shooter at California in three games and for his career averages 7.4 points and 6.6 rebounds vs. the Bears.

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, three times

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)...showing signs of shaking out of a slump, averaging 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and shooting .429 (6-14) over the last two games, after shooting just .194 (6-31) over the previous five games...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 under six field goal attempts...averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two games vs. Stanford last season, and 9.0 points and 8.5 boards in two games vs. Cal.

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 29 minutes this season, scoring three points...all five of his field goal attempts have come from beyond the three-point arc...arguably OSU's best long range shooter.

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 2.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game...averaging 13.6 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 .550 (33-60) from the field, including 16-39 (.410) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...also has hit 29 of 37 (.784) free throw attempts...second for the team in assists with 36...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...he is just seven points short of tying his entire point total of last year (118)...tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Denver...did not play last year at Stanford, but as a freshman he had one of his best career games with 11 points (4-4 Fgs, 3-3 3pt fgs) at Maples Pavilion...1.8 points and 2.3 rebound averages against Cal.

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 141 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 2.08 threes per game, fifth in the Pac-10...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 20 games...started six consecutive games...attempted 10 three-point field goals in games vs. Cal State-Fullerton and Wyoming...has a career 12.8 scoring average vs. Stanford and 6.8 vs. Cal, the lowest vs. any Pac-10 opponent.

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: 2 at Oregon (1/6/00

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.)	164		2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)	4463. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	160		3. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	141		4. Brent Barry (1992-95)	377			                        5. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	366

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...averaging 22.3 points and shooting .516 (16-31) from the field over the last two games...he is 12th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,269 points, and will likely finish among the school's top five all-time...needs 20 points to move past Ray Blume (1978-81) into 11th...tied for seventh all-time at OSU for career assists with 401...sixth for career steals with 169 and is second for career three-point field goals with 164...started 64 of the last 68 games and 79 of 98 career contests...averaging a team-high 33.7 minutes per game...failed to make a field goal vs. Eastern Washington -- only the second time since his freshman season without a basket...has 19 steals for the season, 12 of those in the last five games...had a streak of 23 consecutive free throws before missing vs. LSU -- he is the team leader for percentage at .811 (9th 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)...averaging 11.3 points for his career vs. Stanford, including a 15.0 average in three games at Maples Pavilion --- his .264 career shooting percentage vs. Stanford is his lowest vs. any conference opponent...averaging 13.8 points in six games vs. Cal...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:Scoring8. Mark Radford (1978-81) 1,3909. Scott Haskin (1989-93) 1,31910. Brent Barry (1992-95) 1,30411. Ray Blume (1978-81) 1,28812. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,269

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 164

Steals4. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1716. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 169

Assists6. Charlie Neal (1973-75) 4177. Mark Radford (1978-81) 401 Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 401

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