Men's Basketball Ready For Washington State

Feb. 16, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (9-15, 3-9 in Pac-10) concludes a two-game roat trip at Washington State (10-12, 3-9) Sat., Feb. 17. Tipoff is at 7:07 p.m. from Friel Court. The game will be televised live via Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc and Kurt Rambis calling the action.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 9.5 pts, 4.3 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.4 pts, 5.2 rebG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 8.3 pts, 2.4 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.4 pts, 0.6 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.7 pts, 4.2 reb

Off the Bench:G--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 6.6 pts, 1.7 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 12.0 pts, 4.3 rebG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 6.3 pts, 1.4 reb

OSU VS. WSU SERIES: Oregon State has a 152-109 advantage, and has won four straight vs. the Cougars. OSU won its first Pac-10 game of the season and in the process gave new head coach Ritchie McKay his first Pac-10 win at OSU in the team's 67-62 triumph Jan. 18 at Gill Coliseum. Deaundra Tanner scored a team-high 17 for OSU, and three other players added 12 each in the win. WSU was led by the game-high 20 points from Mike Bush, the only Cougar in double figures. OSU led by eight at halftime and pushed the lead to as many as 15 twice (the last at 9:14) in the second half, before WSU rallied to within four with 1:03 left. The Cougars had an opportunity to move even closer, but Bush missed a three-point field goal attempt with 34 seconds remaining, and OSU nailed 5 of 6 free throw attempts to put the game away. The Beavers won their first conference game last season over WSU in Pullman, 77-73.

BEAVERS LOOK FOR SWEEP: A win Saturday at Washington State would give Oregon State a four-game sweep of the Cougars and Washington Huskies for the second consecutive season.

LENGTHY ROAD LOSING STREAK SNAPPED: Oregon State's 83-69 victory in Seattle Thursday snapped an 11-game Pac-10 Conference road losing streak. OSU's 77-73 victory at WSU Jan. 20 of last year ended a 10-game conference road losing skid.

BENCH PRODUCTION: It has been well documented that Oregon State has played somewhere between six and nine players all season, and thus has severely lacked in bench production on most nights. During the Pac-10 season, OSU's bench has been outscored 237-134, and outrebounded 132-36.

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.*Deaundra Tanner -- missed two games while serving a team suspension.

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 9-15 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 70-67 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 19 contests, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 41 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out eight 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.

THREE-POINT THREAT: Oregon State has made 178 of 525 (.339) 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-pointers (CSUF, @ USC) twice this season. At this rate, OSU would break the school record for converted threes (206 in 2000) for one year -- the team is on pace to make 223 this season. The Beavers are averaging 22 attempts per game, compared to 18 for their opponents. OSU has been 50 percent or better three times this season, two of which came last week in a .524 (11-21) effort vs. Cal and a .588 (10-17) touch vs. Stanford. 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 OWSU 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 (35%), USC (32%), Stanford (32%), Washington State (31%), Washington (29%), UCLA (29%), California (29%), Arizona (27%), and Arizona State (19%).

REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State has been outrebounded in 19 of the last 20 games, and for the season is losing the board wars by an average of 32.2-26.5. The minus 5.7 rebounding margin is last in the Pac-10. OSU was a minus-23 vs. Wyoming, minus-19 vs. Arizona, minus-17 vs. Oregon, minus-16 vs. UC Riverside, minus-13 vs. Oklahoma and Stanford, and minus-12 at USC. The biggest discrepancy in the rebounding numbers has been on the offensive side, where OSU is minus-81 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 317 turnovers for the season, 127 or 40% have been committed in the second half. There have been only three games where OSU has had more miscues in the second half.

A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS: Sixty-two percent of OSU's field goals have had a credited assist, the second-highest percentage in the conference entering the week. California leads the Pac-10 with 63%, followed by Stanford (60%), USC (59%), Arizona (59%), Arizona State (58%), Oregon (57%), Washington (54%), UCLA (52%), and Washington State (44%).

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 reb (junior stats)J.S. Nash, 6-3, G, Moreno Valley, CA (Rancho Verde), 28 pts, 9.0 reb (junior stats)Joe See, 6-0, G, Concord, CA (De La Salle), 16.6 pts, 5.5 ast (junior stats)

MIKE COKLEY, SO., G: Cokley has played 344 minutes in 22 games, after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado and vs. Stanford...shooting .500 (16-32) 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 eight games for the season...scored a career-high 20 points vs. Stanford Feb. 10, after posting a career-high 17 points two nights earlier vs. Cal...he and Jason Heide played all 45 minutes of an overtime game vs. California...over the last three games he has shot shot .621 from the field (18-29), including 6 of 11 (.545) from beyond the stripe...was OSU's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee after the UW-WSU series last month, when he averaged 14.0 points and shot .769 (10-13) from the field...out of a possible 125 minutes over the last three games, he has played 119...has four games where he has made three three-pointers...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.

C-H Pts: 20 vs. Stanford (2/10/01)	C-H Ast: 6, three timesS-H Pts: Same				S-H Ast: 6, at  UW (2/15/01)C-H 3's: 4 at Arizona (2/5/00)		C-H Min: 45 vs. Cal (2/8/01)S-H 3's: 3, four times			S-H Min: SameC-H Stls: 3 vs. Arizona (2/3/01)		S-H Stls: Same 

JASON HEIDE, SR., C: Jason is playing with sprains in both ankles, suffered one Jan. 11 at Stanford, and the second Jan. 20 vs. Washington...averaging a team-high 13.4 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds...shooting .571 (108-189) from the field, sixth in the Pac-10 Conference entering the week...for his career he is shooting .528 (354-670)...averaging 17.2 points over the last five games...has 51 career blocked shots, tied for 10th all-time at OSU...scored a career-high 23 points in the Feb. 8 Cal game...fouls have been an issue for him, in 11 of his last 16 games he has either been disqualified or ended the contest with four fouls...did not play vs. WSU earlier this year due to injuries...has a career scoring average of 12.5 vs. WSU -- has missed three WSU games for his career with various ailments...has 926 career points, and needs to average 12.3 points over the remainder of the season to become the 29th individual in OSU history to reach the 1,000-point plateau...played all 45 minutes in the overtime game vs. Cal.

C-H Pts: 23 vs. Cal (2/8/01)		C-H Reb: 11 at Cal (1/4/99)S-H Pts: Same				S-H Reb: 9 vs. S. Colo. (11/20/00)C-H Blks: 3, four times			C-H Ast: 6 vs. Cal (2/8/01)S-H Blks: 3 vs. App. State (11/24/00)	S-H Ast: SameC-H Min: 45 vs. Cal (2/8/01)		S-H Min: Same

BRIAN JACKSON, SO., F: Brian will play the rest of the season 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 (9.5)...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...fouled out of eight games for the season...scored 21 points at Cal Jan. 13, a career-high within conference action and a 2001 season high...may have broken out of a shooting slump hitting 10 of 15 (.667), including 3 of 5 threes over the last two games, after shooting 10-for-34 (.294) from the field over the previous six games...had a streak of making 18 consecutive free throws through the Jan. 25 game vs. UCLA, but since has gone 10-for-22 (.455) of two Beavers to start every game...failed to make a field goal vs. Arizona Feb. 3, the first time in his OSU career...averaging 12.7 points for his career vs. WSU.

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, twiceS-H Blks: 3, twice			S-H Ast: 5, twiceC-H Min: 43 vs. Cal (2/8/01)		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 6.6 points for the season...arguably OSU's best long range shooter...has shot just 4 of 18 (.222) from the field over his last three games.

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 .545 (66-121) from the field, including 32-73 (.438) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...also has hit 45 of 61 (.738) free throw attempts...has hit 13 of 20 (.650) from three-point range over the last five contests...second for the team in assists with 69...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado (11/20/00) and vs. California (2/8/01)...his 209 points for the season is his highest one-year total ever...has had four games with seven rebounds this season...has played 120 out of a possible 125 minutes over the last three games...he and Brian Jackson are the only players to start every game...played a career-high 44 minutes vs. Cal on Feb. 8...tied a career-high with seven assists vs. Stanford Feb. 10.

C-H Pts: 19 vs. S. Colo (11/20/00)	C-H Ast: 7, twiceS-H Pts: Same				S-H Ast: 7 vs. Stanford (2/10/01)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 150 career threes at OSU, fourth in school history...hit 5 of 10 field goals, including 3 of 6 from three-point range vs. Washington to possibly break out of a big shooting slump -- entered Thursday's game hitting just 10 of 53 (.189) from the field over the previous 11 games, including 7 of 41 from three-point range...his 14 points at Washington was the first time he has scored in double figures since Dec. 16 vs. Wyoming...scored a season-high 16 points in the opener vs. Cal State-Fullerton...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: 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.) 174 2. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 4773. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 160 3. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 4064. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 150

DEAUNDRA TANNER, SR., G: In terms of numbers, Deaundra Tanner is the best guard at Oregon State since Gary Payton (1987-90)...missed the last two games while serving a team suspension for violating team rules...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 1,358 points...needs 33 points to move past Mark Radford (1978-81) into eighth...fourth all-time at OSU for career assists with 441...fifth for career steals with 172 and is second for career three-point field goals with 174...has hit just 2 of his last 19 (.105) from beyond the arc...started 72 of his last 77 games and 87 of 107 career contests...averaging a team-high 34.2 minutes per game...averaging 12.0 points for the season...tied for second for the team in rebounding at 4.3 per game...corralled 10 rebounds in two of his last four games...scored 17 points vs. Washington State in last month's meeting...averaging 13.0 points in seven games vs. WSU...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.) 1,358

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 174

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.) 441

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