Men's Basketball Entertains USC and UCLA

Feb. 20, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (9-16, 3-10 in Pac-10) hosts the Southern California Trojans (17-7, 7-5) and the No. 15 UCLA Bruins (17-6, 10-2) this week. OSU and USC will tip at 7:37 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 22 and the Bruins are in town Sat., Feb. 24 for a 3:07 p.m. game. Both contests will be played at Ralph Miller Court at Gill Coliseum (10,400), and both will be televised by Fox Sports Net. Barry Tompkins and Marques Johnson call Thursday's game, and Tompkins and Dan Belluomini handle Saturday's duties.STARTING LINEUPS: Here is the tentative starting lineup for Oregon State:

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 9.4 pts, 4.2 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.6 pts, 5.4 rebG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 8.3 pts, 2.4 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.3 pts, 0.6 astG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.6 pts, 4.3 reb

Off the Bench:G--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 6.3 pts, 1.6 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 11.6 pts, 4.1 rebG--25 Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 6.4 pts, 1.4 reb

OSU VS. USC SERIES: Southern California has a 52-50 advantage in the series, according to conference office records, and has won four straight. The Trojans won 82-69 in Corvallis last season in one of the most memorable games in Gill Coliseum history. The Trojans set a Pac-10 Conference record by hitting 20 three-point field goals (29 att.) and shot .592 from the field (.652 in 2nd half) in the win. Brandon Granville, who scored a game-high 21 points, and his teammate David Bluthenthal each made five threes. Deaundra Tanner scored 17 points to lead OSU. The two schools met earlier this season (Jan. 27) in the Sports Arena with USC taking a 73-47 victory in what may have been OSU's worst performance of the season. OSU shot a season low .315 (17-54) from the field. Emonte Jernigan was the only Beaver in double figures with 18 points, while Brian Scalabrine paced USC with 16. Over the last four games in this series, USC has made 48 three-point field goals.

OSU VS. UCLA SERIES: UCLA leads the series 69-30, according to conference records, and has a four-game win streak. The Bruins built a 27-18 halftime lead Jan. 25 at Pauley Pavilion, and then opened the second half on a 16-5 run to seize control of the game. Jason Kapono scored a game-high 19 points for UCLA, while Emonte Jernigan tallied 18 for the Beavers. The two teams played a competitive game Jan. 27 of last year in Gill Coliseum, with UCLA pulling away at the end to post an 85-74 win. OSU led 37-33 at halftime, and built the lead to as many as 11 points with 11 minutes remaining, but the Bruins ended the contest outscoring OSU over those final 11 minutes 40-18. UCLA shot .586 in the second half. Kapono had 16 for UCLA, while Deaundra Tanner had a game-high 17.THE LAST OPPORTUNITY: Saturday's game will mark the last opportunity of the season for Oregon State to keep its streak of defeating at least one nationally ranked team per year at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers beat No. 3 Arizona last year, and knocked off No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 UCLA, and No. 9 Arizona in 1999.

BENCH PRODUCTION: It has been well documented that Oregon State has played between six and nine players all season, and thus has severely lacked in bench production in most games. During the Pac-10 season, OSU's bench has been outscored 243-145, and outrebounded 138-39.

GOOD SHOOTING ENDS IN THE PALOUSE: Oregon State entered last Saturday's game on a hot shooting roll, hitting 52 percent or better in games vs. Cal, Stanford, and at Washington. The Beavers hit just .356 at WSU. Prior to the Feb. 8 game vs. Cal, OSU went four straight games shooting 38 percent or less.

BACK IN STRIDE: Oregon State was among the national leaders for free throw percentage through games of Jan. 20, shooting .752. The team then went six games at .579 (44-76) before making last week's trip through Washington at .780 (39-50).

VALUING EVERY POSSESSION: Oregon State enters this week averaging 13.1 turnovers per game, second in the Pac-10 Conference (Stanford/13.0). The team will likely finish the year with the lowest turnover average since 1990 (11.1). Of the 328 turnovers for the season, 132 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.

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 for possibly the rest of the year 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 9-16 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 70-68 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 THIS WEEK: 'Our program has taken on a more confident approach of late, especially on offense. We took a step back in the first half last weekend at Washington State, paying too much attention to the offense and not enough on defense -- those aspects will be addressed this week. We have a great opportunity this week against a team that is nationally ranked and a team that has been most of the season. We haven't played particularly well against the elite programs this season, but I believe our team is up to the challenge this week. We obviously have to play well to compete against the likes of USC and UCLA, but I know Oregon State won't make it easy for either team to come into Gill Coliseum and be successful. We have done a good job for the most part lately, and I know this team wants to end the season on a positive note.' About USC: 'We have to improve our rebounding from the previous meeting, and work to our strengths on the offensive end. We didn't have Jason Heide the last time, so that is a plus for us.' About UCLA: 'UCLA is playing great right now, and Coach Steve Lavin is not only a candidate for Pac-10 Coach of the Year, but certainly national coach of the year. He has been through adversity this year, yet has the team playing at a high level. The coaching staff deserves a lot credit on being just one game out of first place.'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 20 contests, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 44 times. Brian Jackson has fouled out nine 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 184 of 542 (.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 will break 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 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-five percent of OSU's field goal attempts have come from behind the three-point arc, followed by Oregon (36%), USC (32%), Stanford (32%), Washington State (30%), Washington (29%), California (29%), UCLA (29%), Arizona (26%), and Arizona State (19%).REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State has been outrebounded in 20 of the last 21 games, and for the season is losing the board wars by an average of 32.3-26.8. The minus 5.5 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-84 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 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 (60%), Arizona (59%), Arizona State (58%), Oregon (57%), UCLA (53%), Washington (51%), and Washington State (43%).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 355 minutes in 23 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 nine games for the season, including the last four...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 .553 (21-38) from the field, including 8 of 15 (.533) from beyond the stripe...out of a possible 165 minutes over the last four games, he has played 157...hit just 3 of 14 (.214) from the field in last month's L.A. trip...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 13.6 points (12th in Pac-10) and a team-high 5.4 rebounds...shooting .573 (114-199) from the field, sixth in the Pac-10 Conference entering the week...for his career he is shooting .529 (360-680)...averaging 17.3 points over the last six 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 12 of his last 17 games he has either been disqualified or ended the contest with four fouls...did not play vs. USC earlier this year due to injuries, and played just two minutes at UCLA...has 944 career points, and needs to average 11.2 points over the remainder of the season to become the 29th individual in OSU history to reach the 1,000-point plateau...recorded his first double-double of the season and sixth for his career in an 18-point, 10-rebound performance at WSU last Saturday...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: 10 at WSU (2/17/01)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 (9.4)...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...fouled out of nine games for the season, including the last two...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 12 of 20 (.600), including 4 of 7 threes over the last three 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. of two Beavers to start every game...failed to make a field goal vs. Arizona Feb. 3, the first time in his OSU career.

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

MEMONTE 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 6.3 points for the season...arguably OSU's best long range shooter...has shot just 4 of 19 (.210) from the field over his last four games...scored a team-high 18 points at UCLA last month, and had a team-high 17 at USC.

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

ADAM MASTEN, JR., G: Adam is the most improved player on the team...shooting .536 (67-125) from the field, including 33-76 (.434) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...also has hit 47 of 63 (.746) free throw attempts...has hit 14 of 23 (.609) from three-point range over the last six contests...second for the team in assists with 72...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado (11/20/00) and vs. California (2/8/01)...his 214 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 44 minutes vs. Cal on Feb. 8...tied a career-high with seven assists vs. Stanford Feb. 10...3-for-12 from the field in last month's L.A. trip.

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 152 career threes at OSU, fourth in school history...hit 8 of 19 field goals (.421), including 5 of 13 (.385) from three-point range in last week's Washington trip, after entering the week making 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.) 4783. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 160 3. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 4134. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 152

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 1,360 points...needs 31 points to move past Mark Radford (1978-81) into eighth...fourth all-time at OSU for career assists with 445...fifth for career steals with 174 and is second for career three-point field goals with 174...has hit just 2 of his last 20 (.105) from beyond the arc...started 72 of his last 78 games and 87 of 108 career contests...averaging a team-high 34.0 minutes per game...averaging 11.6 points for the season...corralled 10 rebounds in games vs. Washington and at USC...shot 5-for-18 (.278) from the field in last month's L.A. swing...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.)1,360

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.) 174

Assists3. Darryl Flowers (1983-86) 4574. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 445

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