Men's Basketball Looks to End Skid Saturday vs. Arizona

Feb. 2, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (8-12, 2-6 in Pac-10) hosts the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats (14-6, 7-2), Sat., Feb. 3 at 7:07 p.m. The game will air live over Fox Sports Net NW and Fox Sports Net Arizona. Scott Lynn and Todd McKim call the action for Fox NW, and Dave Sitton and Bob Elliott for Fox Arizona.

STARTING LINEUPS: Here is the tentative starting lineup for Oregon State:

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 9.8 pts, 4.3 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 12.5 pts, 5.3 rebG--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 7.4 pts, 1.8 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 12.3 pts, 4.5 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.1 pts, 4.3 reb

Off the Bench:G--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 6.9 pts, 2.3 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.1 pts, 0.6 astG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 6.7 pts, 1.4 reb

ARIZONA (stats do not include game at Oregon):F-- 2 Michael Wright, 6-7, Jr., 16.5 pts, 8.0 rebF--44 Richard Jefferson, 6-7, Jr., 11.1 pts, 5.1 rebC--3 Loren Woods, 7-1, Sr., 13.5 pts, 6.6 rebG--0 Gilbert Arenas, 6-3, So., 15.8 pts, 3.8 rebG--22 Jason Gardner, 5-10, So., 12.6 pts, 4.3 ast

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 three games, and played two minutes in the UCLA game, with sprains in both ankles.*Brian Jackson -- playing with an avulsion fracture in his left foot.*Chris Manker -- out two-to-six weeks with a stress reaction in his lower left leg.*Emonte Jernigan -- missed the first seven 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. ARIZONA SERIES: Arizona has a 33-15 advantage according to Pac-10 Conference Office records. The teams have split the last four games, and the last three at Gill Coliseum have been decided by one point. Deaundra Tanner hit a baseline three-pointer at the buzzer last year to give Oregon State a 70-69 victory at Gill Coliseum over the No. 3 Wildcats. Oregon State came back from six down in overtime for the victory, after Arizona forced an extra period with three free throws from Jason Gardner with seven seconds left. Tanner had 20 points for OSU, while Michael Wright had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Wildcats. Arizona posted a 90-73 victory at the McKale Center last year.

IT DOESN'T GET ANY CLOSER: The last three games between Oregon State and Arizona at Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum have been decided by one point. Here is a closer look at those games.

March 2, 2000 -- OSU 70, UA 69 (OT). Deaundra Tanner hits a three-point basket at the buzzer to defeat the No. 3 Wildcats. Jason Gardner hit a three with 3:31 left in overtime to give UA a 66-60 lead, but Michael Wright's three free throws were the only other `Cat points of the extra stanza. Josh Steinthal made a three with 2:13 left in OT to close the gap to 66-65, Jason Heide hit a shot with 1:35 to go to again bring OSU to within a point at 68-67. The Wildcats had a chance to control the game, but Jason Gardner's shot with 14 seconds left was blocked by Heide, setting up Tanner's heroics. Brian Jackson made two free throws with 16 seconds left in regulation to give the Beavers a 60-57 lead, but Jimmie Haywood fouled Gardner on a three-point attempt with seven seconds left giving Gardner the opportunity to tie the game. OSU did not attempt a shot in the last seven seconds.

Jan. 23, 1999 -- OSU 60, UA 59. Oregon State outscored Arizona 30-21 in the second half to edge the No. 9 team in the country. OSU trailed 57-51 with under four minutes left, but ended the game on a 9-2 run. Deaundra Tanner gave OSU the lead 60-59 with a two-point jumper with 27.4 seconds left in the game. Arizona had a chance to take the lead back when Jason Heide fouled A.J. Bramlett with :03.1 seconds left in the game, but Bramlett missed both tosses and Clifton Jones secured the rebound for the Beavers.

Feb. 19, 1998 -- UA 71, OSU 70. The most heartbreaking loss in the Eddie Payne coaching regime at OSU came to the No. 3 Wildcats when Miles Simon drove the length of the court and scored on a running jumper at the buzzer. The Beavers trailed by as many as eight points in the second half before rallying to take as much as a four point lead with 7:25 left. Former Beaver Nick Greene (now at San Diego) made two free throws with 30.7 seconds left to give OSU a 70-69 lead. Simon was then whistled for traveling with :06.6 seconds remaining, forcing the Wildcats to foul Todd Marshall. Marshall missed both free throw attempts, giving Simon the opportunity to win the game.

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 8-12 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 69-64 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.

OUCH! Here is a breakdown of OSU's overall statistics and the statistics during the three-game losing streak:

				Season		Last 3 Games	Points Per Game	        62.1		48.3	Opp. Points Per Game	62.5		71.0	Field Goal Pct.		.440		.340	Field Goal Pct. Defense	.452		.474	3-Point FG Pct.		.323		.235	Free Throw Pct.		.732		.579	Opp. Reb. P/G		32.2		39.3	Individual Shooting Percentages	Emonte Jernigan	        .418		.390	Brian Jackson		.444		.438	Deaundra Tanner	        .416		.276	Adam Masten		.531		.400	Jimmie Haywood	        .414		.235	Josh Steinthal		.331		.222	Jason Heide		.579		.462

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 15 contests, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 34 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. The team has played with more intelligence regarding fouls of late, with no players fouling out over the last four contests.

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 left 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 and WSU game Jan. 18 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.  Heide then sprains his right ankle vs. UW Jan. 20.*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.  He suffers an avulsion fracture in his left foot Jan. 20 vs. Washington.*Chris Manker, Fr., F -- out indefinitily with stress reaction in left leg.*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.*Charter bus had a dead battery as team is preparing to leave the hotel for the game at Pauley Pavilion. Concierge drives his Toyota to the bus to jump start it.

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 146 of 452 (.323) from behind the arc, including a school record tying 13 vs. Southern Colorado Nov. 20. The Beavers have also attempted a school record tying 30 three-point attempts (CSUF, @ USC) twice this season. 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 219 this season. The Beavers are averaging 23 attempts per game, compared to 18 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-seven percent of OSU's field goal attempts have come from behind the three-point arc, followed by Oregon (39%), USC (33%), Washington State (33%), Stanford (32%), Washington (30%), UCLA (29%), California (28%), Arizona (28%), and Arizona State (20%).

REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State has been outrebounded in 15 of the last 16 games, and for the season is losing the board wars by an average of 32.2-27.7. The minus 4.5 rebounding margin is last in the Pac-10. OSU was a minus-23 vs. Wyoming, minus-17 vs. Oregon, minus-16 vs. UC Riverside, minus-13 vs. Oklahoma, and minus-12 at USC. The biggest discrepancy in the rebounding numbers has been on the offensive side, where OSU is minus-58 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 entered the week second in the Pac-10 for fewest turnovers per game at 13.3. Of the 265 turnovers for the season, only 104 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, tied for the third-highest percentage in the conference with USC entering the week. California leads the Pac-10 with 63%, followed by Stanford with 62%.

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, No. 28 by Bob Gibbons Scouting Service, and in the 'top-35' by Joining the program as true-freshmen for the 2001-2002 season:

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 249 minutes in 18 games, after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado...shooting .462 (12-26) 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: Jimmie has started five games for the season...he scored a career-high 16 points vs. Washington Jan. 20...has scored in double figures in four games for the season, and is averaging 6.9 points for the year...played a career-high 39 minutes vs. Washington...separated his right shoulder at San Diego, his first start of the season...suffered a sprained ankle that limited his participation the first two weeks of practice...Ritchie McKay has tabbed him one of the quickest players he has ever coached...missed the Bay Area games while serving a team suspension...averaging 11.0 (8-11 fgs) vs. Arizona, his highest average vs. a conference opponent.

C-H Pts: 16 vs. UW (1/20/01)		C-H Ast: 6, twiceS-H Pts: Same				S-H Ast: 4 vs. Oklahoma (11/26/00)C-H 3's: 4 at Arizona (2/5/00)		C-H Min: 39 vs. Washington (1/20/01)S-H 3's: 3, twice			S-H Min: SameC-H Stls: 2, many times		        S-H Stls: 2 vs. WSU (1/16/01)

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason played 32 minutes last Thursday, the most since the Jan. 11 game at Stanford...playing with sprains in both ankles, suffered one Jan. 11 at Stanford, and the second Jan. 20 vs. Washington...averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds...shooting .579 (81-140) from the field, fourth in the Pac-10 Conference entering the week...for his career he is shooting .527 (327-621)...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 8 of his last 11 games he has either been disqualified or ended the contest with four fouls...averaging 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in six games vs. Arizona.

C-H Pts: 21, three times		C-H Reb: 11 at Cal (1/4/99)S-H Pts: 18, three times		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 has played the last three games with an avulsion fracture in his left foot, suffered against Washington Jan. 20...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...third for the team for scoring (9.8)...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...fouled out of six games for the season...scored 21 points at Cal Jan. 13, a career-high within conference action and a 2001 season high...had a streak of making 18 consecutive free throws through the Jan. 25 game vs. UCLA, but since has gone 5-for-12 (.417) of two Beavers to start every game...averaging 11.0 points vs. Arizona.

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 left foot...scored a career-high 20 points at Cal, hitting 8 of 11 field goal attempts, including 4 of 7 from three-point range...averaging 7.4 points for the season, but has averaged 14.0 points over the last six games...started the last four games...arguably OSU's best long range shooter...has attempted six or more three-point field goals in six of the last seven games...averaging 11.3 field goal attempts over the last six contests.

C-H Pts: 20 at Cal (1/11/01)		C-H Ast: 1, many timesC-H 3's: 4, twice			C-H Min: 34 at USC (1/27/01)C-H Stls: 1 at USC (1/27/01)		C-H Reb: 4, twice

CHRIS MANKER, FR., F: While Chris is one of the tallest players on the team, he plays facing the basket a majority of the time...out for possibly the rest of the season with a stress reaction injury in his left leg...averaging 1.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game...averaging 12.8 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...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 .531 (52-98) from the field, including 21-55 (.382) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...also has hit 36 of 48 (.750) free throw attempts...second for the team in assists with 54...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado...his 161 points for the season is his highest one-year total ever...has had four games with seven rebounds this season...he and Brian Jackson are the only players to start every game...played a career-high 40 minutes at USC.

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: 40 at USC (1/27/01)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, four  timesS-H Stls: 3, twice			S-H Reb: 7, three times

JOSH STEINTHAL, SR., G: Josh has 146 career threes at OSU, 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 9 of 45 (.200) from the field over the last eight games, including 6 of 36 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 Jan. 18 vs. WSU...attempted 10 three-point field goals in games vs. Cal State-Fullerton and Wyoming...has a career scoring average of 13.3 points vs. Arizona.

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.)	173		2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)	4723. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	160		3. Charles McKinney (1990-93)	4004. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.)	146		4. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres)	395

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 ninth for all-time scoring at OSU with 1,340 points...needs 51 points to move past Mark Radford (1978-81) into eighth...fourth all-time at OSU for career assists with 434...fifth for career steals with 172 and is second for career three-point field goals with 173...has hit just 1 of his last 14 (.071) from beyond the arc...started 71 of the last 75 games and 86 of 105 career contests...averaging a team-high 34.8 minutes per game...averaging a team-high 12.3 points for the season...second for the team in rebounding at 4.5 per game...corralled 10 rebounds in two of the last three games...averaging 17.8 points vs. Arizona...notched his third double-double for his career and first of the season with a 11-point, 10-rebound effort vs. Washington...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 Reb: 12, twiceS-H Reb: 10, 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. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 1,340

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 173

Steals3. Ray Blume (1978-81) 1804. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 172

Assists3. Darryl Flowers (1983-86) 4574. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 434

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