Men's Basketball Attempts for Second Straight Victory

Jan. 19, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (7-9, 1-3 in Pac-10) concludes a brief two-game homestand hosting the University Washington Huskies (8-9, 2-3). The game will tip at 7:07 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20 and will air live over Fox Sports Net Northwest with Scott Lynn and Bill Krueger calling the action, Bob Akamian will produce the show.

HEIDE'S STATUS: Senior center Jason Heide remains questionable for Saturday's game. He was not in uniform against Washington State Thursday, after suffering a sprained his right ankle with 1:57 left in the game at Stanford Jan. 11.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.7 pts, 4.6 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.2 pts, 5.7 reb*or 44 Chris Manker, 6-10, Fr., 1.9 pts, 2.3 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 4.4 pts, 1.2 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 13.5 pts, 4.0 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.8 pts, 4.3 reb*sprained right ankle Thurs., -- status questionable.

Off the BenchG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 6.9 pts, 1.6 rebG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 7.3 pts, 1.4 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.7 pts, 0.7 ast

WASHINGTON:F--1 Will Perkins, 6-8, Sr., 14.6 pts, 7.8 rebF--42 Thalo Green, 6-7, Sr., 11.6 pts, 4.8 rebC--44 Marlon Shelton, 6-10, Jr., 5.4 pts, 5.2 rebG--20 Curtis Allen, 6-0, Fr., 4.6 pts, 1.6 rebG--23 Michael Johnson, 6-4, Sr., 8.1 pts, 3.6 reb

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR ROSTER? The 2000-2001 media guide lists 14 players on the roster -- here is a breakdown of what has happened to that 14-man list:

*Mike Cokley -- missed two games while serving a team suspension.*Tim Euhus -- tight end on the FB team, elected not to play BB.*Jimmie Haywood -- missed two games while serving a team suspension.*Jason Heide -- missed the last two games with a right ankle sprain.*Chris Manker -- nursing an inflamed peroneal tendon in his left leg*Emonte Jernigan -- missed the first 7 games with broken toe.*James Jones -- declared ineligible by NCAA.*Brandon Payton -- redshirting due to transferring from UCSB.*Derek Potter -- redshirting after suffering broken toe in preseason.*Phillip Ricci -- redshirting partially due to arthroscopic knee surgery.

OSU VS. UW SERIES: Washington leads 137-128, according to conference office records. Oregon State swept the series last season, and in the process snapped a seven-game series win streak by the Huskies. The Beavers won in Corvallis 71-47 last year, with Josh Steinthal scoring 16 points and Jason Heide adding 15 points and 10 boards. Thalo Green had 13 to lead UW. The Beavers jumped out to a 42-24 halftime lead, shooting .630 from the field in the first half. OSU won in Seattle last year 74-57.

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 7-9 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 68-61 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.

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 11 contests, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 30 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out six times during that stretch and Adam Masten three times. At California Jan. 13, OSU ended the game with five available players, and two of them had four fouls. Here is a closer look at some of the foul difficulties over the last four games:

*Brian Jackson fouls out with :08 left vs. WSU.*Brian Jackson fouls out with 46 seconds left at California.*Adam Masten fouls out with 4:45 left at California.*Emonte Jernigan commits his fourth foul with 13:32 left in the game at Cal.*Chris Manker commits his fourth foul with :07 left in the game at California.*Brian Jackson fouls out with 18:05 left in the game at Stanford.*Jason Heide commits his fourth foul with 16:25 left at Stanford.*Adam Masten commits his fourth foul with 6:07 left at Stanford.*Jason Heide commits his fourth foul with 51 seconds left in the 1st half at UO.*Adam Masten commits his fourth foul with 10:55 left in the game at UO -- fouls out 1:25 later. 

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE: To say Oregon State 'has seen it all' this season would be just a slight exaggeration. Here is a list of some of the almost unbelievable and ridiculous things 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.  He later misses the Cal game Jan. 13 after spraining his right ankle with 1:57 left in the game -- a time when he likely wouldn't have been in the game with a deeper roster.*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).  He later misses the games at Stanford and Cal while serving a team suspension.*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.*Mike Parker's (radio play-by-play announcer) daughters Lydia and Ellie require 18 stitches between them after colliding on Ralph Miller Court after the victory over Washington State Jan. 18.*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.*Valet parking attendant shoots delivery person in the head as the team is boarding a bus for practice Jan. 10 at the team's hotel.  Delivery person is on life support at last report.*The Gill Coliseum main scoreboards mysteriously malfunction seconds before tip-off vs. South Carolina State Dec. 23 -- they never return to operation during the game.

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 121 of 349 (.347) 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 227 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).

WE'RE NOT SHY: As noted earlier Oregon State is on school record pace for three-point field goals -- in addition OSU entered the week leading the Pac-10 in percentage of three-point field goal attempts compared to overall field goal attempts. Forty-six percent of OSU's field goal attempts have come from behind the three-point arc, followed by Oregon (38%), USC (33%), Washington State (32%), Stanford (31%), UCLA (29%), Washington (29%), California (29%), Arizona (26%), and Arizona State (20%).

REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State has gone 12 consecutive games finishing on the negative side of the rebounding ledger. For the season OSU is being outrebounded 30.9-27.0, which includes a minus-23 vs. Wyoming, minus-17 vs. Oregon, minus-16 vs. UC Riverside, and minus-13 vs. Oklahoma. The minus-3.9 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-45 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.

TURNOVER NUMBERS DOWN, PARTICULARLY IN THE SECOND HALF: Oregon State enters Friday's game averaging a Pac-10 Conference low 12.4 turnovers per game. Of the 211 turnovers, only 82 or 39% have been committed in the second half. The first two games of the year are the only contests where OSU has had more miscues in the second half.

A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS: Sixty percent of OSU's field goals have had a credited assist, the third-highest percentage in the conference entering the week. California leads the Pac-10 at 64%, followed by Stanford with 62%.

FREE THROW ACCURACY: Oregon State enters game 17 of the season shooting .752 (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. If the season ended today, the .752 mark would be the highest for the program in modern history (since 1954)...over the last three games the team has connected on 34 of 40 (.850).

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 229 minutes in 14 games, an average of 16.4 minutes -- after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .480 (12-25) 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 suffered 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...tied his career-high for points with 12 Jan. 18 vs. Washington State...played a season-high 32 minutes vs. WSU...started his first game of the season at San Diego, also started vs. South Carolina State...buried 5 of 5 three-point field goal attempts over his last two games, ending a six-game span of going 1 of 14 (.071)...missed the Bay Area games while serving a team suspension.

C-H Pts: 12, three times		C-H Ast: 6, twiceS-H Pts: 12, vs. WSU (1/16/01)		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, twice			S-H Min: 32 vs. WSU (1/16/01)C-H Stls: 2, many times		        S-H Stls: 2 vs. WSU (1/16/01)

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason is averaging 13.2 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds...shooting .588 (70-119) from the field, fourth in the Pac-10 entering the week...for his career he is shooting .527 (316-600) from the field...struggling in the turnover category with a team-high 46...on pace to be the 28th individual in OSU history to score 1,000 points for a career -- currently has 830 and needs to average 12.1 points over the rest of the season...has made 3 of 8 three-point field goal attempts this season...has 51 career blocked shots, tied for 10th all-time at OSU...scored a season-high 18 points vs. Denver and South Carolina State...fouls have been an issue for him, in seven of the last nine games he has either been disqualified or ended the contest with four fouls...questionable this week with a right sprained ankle, an injury that forced him out of last week's Cal game...averaging 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games vs. UW in Gill.

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, twiceS-H Min: 36 at Stanford (1/11/01)

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) and second for rebounding (4.6)...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...fouled out of the last four games and six of the last nine...scored 21 points at Cal last Thursday, a career-high within conference action and a 2001 season high...working his way out of a shooting slump, hitting .447 (17-38) from the field over the last five games after shooting .323 (10-31) over the previous five contests...has made 18 consecutive free throws...leads the team for free throw percentage at .820 (41-50).

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: 21 at Cal (1/13/01)		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: 39 at Cal (1/13/01)S-H Min: Same

EMONTE JERNIGAN, SO., G: Emonte missed the first seven games while recovering from a broken 'little' toe on his right foot...scored a career-high 20 points at Cal, hitting 8 of 11 field goal attempts, including 4 of 7 from three-point range...shooting .519 (14-27) from the field for the season, including .591 (13-22) over the last three games...arguably OSU's best long range shooter...made his first collegiate start Jan. 18 vs. WSU.

C-H Pts: 20 at Cal (1/11/01)		C-H Ast: 1, three timesC-H 3's: 4 at Cal (1/11/01)		C-H Min: 28 at Cal (1/11/01)C-H Stls: 0				C-H Reb: 4 at Cal (1/11/01)

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...wore an air stirrup Thursday due to an inflammed tendon in his left leg...averaging 1.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game...averaging 14.4 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...matched his season-high with five rebounds at Cal.

C-H Pts: 9 vs. Wyoming (12/16/00)	C-H Ast: 2, twiceC-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, twice

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is the most improved player on the team...shooting .550 (44-80) from the field, including 18-45 (.400) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...also has hit 34 of 43 (.791) free throw attempts...second for the team in assists with 45...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...his 140 points for the season, is his highest one-year total ever...tied a career-high with seven rebounds at Denver and vs. WSU (1/18)...scored a then career-high 15 points at Washington State last season.

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: 39 at Stanford (1/11/01)S-H 3's: 3, twice			S-H Min: SameC-H Stls: 4 vs. Texas A&M-CC (1/4/00)	C-H Reb: 7, three timesS-H Stls: 3, twice			S-H Reb: 7, twice

JOSH STEINTHAL, SR., G: Josh has 142 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...mired in a shooting slump, hitting just 4 of 24 (.167) from the field over the last four games, including 2 of 19 from three-point range...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...had started eight consecutive games, before being replaced last Thursday vs. WSU...attempted 10 three-point field goals in games vs. Cal State-Fullerton and Wyoming...has a career 11.0 scoring average vs. UW.

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.) 171 2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 4583. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 160 3. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 142 4. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres) 378

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...he is 10th for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,310 points, and at his current pace would finish sixth all-time at OSU with 1,499 points...needs 10 points to move past Scott Haskin (1989-93) into ninth...fifth all-time at OSU for career assists with 421...averaging 3.9 assists per game, but has upped that average to 6.7 over the last three games...sixth for career steals with 170 and is second for career three-point field goals with 171...started 67 of the last 71 games and 82 of 101 career contests...averaging a team-high 34.8 minutes per game, and has played all 40 minutes of the last two games, and 39 Jan. 11 at Stanford...12 of his 23 threes this season have come in the last five games -- during that span he has shot .522 (12-23) from behind the arc...has shot 50% or better in four of the last five games, and during those five games has averaged 17.2 points per game...averaging a team-high 13.5 points for the season...averaging 12.7 points for his career vs. UW...failed to make a field goal vs. Eastern Washington -- only the second time since his freshman season without a basket...had a streak of 23 consecutive free throws before missing vs. LSU...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, twiceC-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: 7, twiceC-H Min: 41 vs. Arizona (3/2/00)S-H Min: 40, twice

Tanner in the OSU Record Book:

Scoring8.  Mark Radford (1978-81)	1,3909.  Scott Haskin (1989-93)	1,31910. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,310

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 171

Steals3. Ray Blume (1978-81) 1804. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Earl Martin (1987-90) 1716. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 170

Assists3. Darryl Flowers (1983-86) 4574. Dwayne Allen (1977-80) 4265. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 421

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