Men's Basketball Makes Final Road Trip of the Season

Feb. 27, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

SCHEDULE: The Oregon State University men's basketball team (10-17, 4-11 in Pac-10) is on the road this week for the final time of the 2000-2001 season, traveling to the state of Arizona. The Beavers will play at the McKale Center, Thurs., March 1 against the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats (19-7, 11-3). Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PST, and the game will be broadcast live via Fox Sports Net Northwest with Scott Lynn and Todd McKim calling the action. Oregon State will conclude its road schedule Sat., Mar. 3 at the Wells Fargo Arena versus the Arizona State Sun Devils (11-14, 3-11) on a Fox Sports Net game. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. PST, with Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini announcing.

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

F--3 Brian Jackson, 6-9, So., 10.1 pts, 4.1 rebC--40 Jason Heide, 6-9, Sr., 13.8 pts, 5.4 rebG--13 Deaundra Tanner, 6-1, Sr., 11.4 pts, 4.3 rebG--1 Jimmie Haywood, 6-2, So., 8.6 pts, 2.8 rebG--32 Adam Masten, 6-5, Jr., 8.4 pts, 4.4 rebOff the Bench:G--2 Emonte Jernigan, 6-3, So., 5.9 pts, 1.5 rebG--12 Mike Cokley, 5-8, So., 2.2 pts, 0.7 rebG--25	Josh Steinthal, 6-4, Sr., 6.1 pts, 1.4 reb

OSU VS. ARIZONA SERIES: Arizona has a 34-15 advantage and has won 18 straight in Tucson, the second longest active streak at one locale in the conference -- WSU has never won at Pauley Pavilion. The Wildcats won this season's earlier encounter (Feb. 3) at Gill Coliseum, 68-41. Arizona shot .773 (17-22) in the second half to pull away from a 24-18 halftime advantage. Michael Wright had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, while Jason Heide scored 16 points in the loss. The then No. 5 Wildcats won last season's game at the McKale Center 90-73, with Wright scoring 22 points. Brian Jackson had 18 in his first ever visit to Tucson.

OSU VS. ARIZONA STATE SERIES: Oregon State leads the series 32-23, but the Sun Devils have won four straight. Five ASU players scored in double figures, with Awvee Storey leading the way with 17 points in last month's 73-58 victory at Gill Coliseum. Jason Heide led OSU with 18 points. ASU won last season's game in Tempe 75-64, with Eddie House scoring 19 points. Brian Jackson had 19 for the Beavers.

ON THE ROAD VS. TOP-25: Oregon State has lost 23 consecutive games vs. Top-25 teams away from Gill Coliseum. The last road win over a nationally ranked team was Jan. 9, 1993 at No. 19 California (64-63).HOLY TOLEDO! A glance at Oregon State's cumulative statistic page finds just nine players listed -- that's tied for the fewest in all of Division I men's basketball. The University of Toledo of the Mid-American Conference also has nine players on its statistic page.

BUILDING MOMENTUM? Oregon State hopes to build some momentum toward the 2001-2002 campaign by closing this season strong. The Beavers have been 1-4 over their last five games in each of the last five years.

DEFENSIVE DATA? Oregon State has held its opponents to a combined shooting percentage of .398 (88-221) over the last four games, including .235 (16-68) from three-point range. USC shot just .302 from the field Feb. 22, the lowest percentage against the Beavers since Appalachian State hit .283 Nov. 24 in Hilo.

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 253-164, and outrebounded 144-54.

VALUING EVERY POSSESSION: Oregon State is averaging 12.9 turnovers per game, second in the Pac-10 Conference (Stanford/12.7). The team will likely finish the year with the lowest turnover average since 1990 (11.1).

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 10-17 at Oregon State and an overall mark of 71-69 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! 'I'm pleased with the effort of late, we have done a nice job on both ends of the court, and that has given us an opportunity to be close at the end of recent games with an opportunity to win. We have to continue to take things one day at a time and make steady improvement. This is a difficult trip this week, Arizona is sizzling hot and Arizona State gives us difficult matchups. I'm anxious to see if we can keep this momentum we have built through the rest of the season.'

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 22 contests, Beaver players have concluded the game disqualified or with four fouls 48 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.

IMPROVING NUMBERS: After bottoming out in an early February home stand against the Arizona schools, Oregon State has played its best basketball in the last six games. Here is a closer look at the numbers in which OSU has posted a 2-4 record, which includes overtime losses to Cal and UCLA, and a five-point setback at WSU:

			OSU	OPPField Goal Pct.		.473	.4523-Pt Field Goal Pct.	.427	.318Free Throw Pct.		.701	.661Assists Per Game	16.5	11.0Points Per Game	        66.7	66.7

THREE-POINT THREAT: Oregon State has made 200 of 586 (.341) 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. The team is six short of last year's recordl of 206, and on pace to make 222. 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). This is the first time in school history that every 'active' player on the roster has made a three.

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 attempts. Forty-five percent of OSU's field goal attempts have come from behind the three-point arc, followed by Oregon (37%), USC (32%), Stanford (32%), Washington State (31%), Washington (29%), California (29%), UCLA (28%), Arizona (27%), and Arizona State (20%).

REBOUND ISSUES: Oregon State has been outrebounded in 22 of the last 23 games, and for the season is losing the board wars by an average of 32.5-27.2. The minus 5.4 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-96 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-three percent of OSU's field goals have had a credited assist, the second-highest percentage in the conference. California leads the Pac-10 with 64%, followed by OSU, Stanford (61%), Arizona (59%), USC (58%), Arizona State (58%), Oregon (58%), Washington (53%), 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 378 minutes in 25 games, after playing a total of just eight minutes last season...scored a career-high nine points vs. Southern Colorado and vs. Stanford...shooting .472 (17-36) from the field, all but four 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 11 games for the season, including the last six...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 overtime games vs. Cal and UCLA...out of a possible 250 minutes over the last six games, he has played 241 (96%)...over the last six games he has shot .527 (29-55) from the field, including 12 of 23 (.522) from beyond the stripe...has four games where he has made three three-pointers...has scored in double figures in five of the last six games -- entered the second half of the conference season averaging 6.9 points, but since has averaged 13.8 points...averaging 10.5 points (2nd on the team), shooting .500 from the field, including .467 (21-45) from three-point range in Pac-10 action...grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. USC Feb. 22...from a year ago, he has improved his shooting percentage by 8.9%, his free throw percentage by 29.6%, and has eclipsed last season's point total by 72...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, twiceS-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 still recovering from sprains in both ankles, suffering one Jan. 11 at Stanford, and the second Jan. 20 vs. Washington...averaging a team-high 13.8 points (13th in Pac-10) and a team-high 5.4 rebounds...shooting .570 (126-221) from the field, sixth in the Pac-10 Conference...for his career he is shooting .530 (372-702)...averaging 17.0 points over the last eight games...has 53 career blocked shots, 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 19 games he has either been disqualified or ended the contest with four fouls...has 976 career points, and needs to average 8.0 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...out of a possible 125 minutes over the last three games, he has played 120 (96%)...played all 45 minutes in the overtime games vs. Cal and UCLA.

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, twice			S-H Min: Same

BRIAN JACKSON, SO., F: Brian is playing the remainder 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 (10.1)...made his college debut against Ritchie McKay and Colorado State last season...fouled out of nine games for the season, and has completed the last nine contests with at least four personals...scored 22 points vs. USC (2/22), a career-high within Pac-10 play and a 2001 season-high...also scored 21 points at Cal Jan. 13...has broken out of a shooting slump hitting 21 of 40 (.525), including 9 of 16 threes over the last five 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, and has made 20 of 23 over the last four 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: 22 vs. USC (2/22)		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 5.9 points for the season...arguably OSU's best long range shooter...has shot just 4 of 19 (.210) from the field over his last five 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, and a candidate for team MVP...shooting .537 (72-134) from the field, including 36-81 (.439) from three-point range -- he entered the season with a career shooting percentage of .399...his .439 three-point percentage ranks fourth in the Pac-10...has hit 17 of 29 (.586) from three-point range over the last eight contests...has a 1.76 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season, tied for fifth in the conference...has nearly a 4:1 assist-turnover ratio (26/7) over the last six games...second for the team in assists with 81...scored a career-high 19 points vs. Southern Colorado (11/20/00) and vs. California (2/8/01)...his 227 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...out of a possible 285 minutes over the last seven games, he has played 263 (92%).

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 154 career threes at OSU, fourth in school history...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...scored a career-high 23 points Feb. 18, 1999 at Arizona -- hit seven three-point field goals...averaging 15.0 points in two career games at the McKale Center.

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. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 4882. D. Tanner (1998-Pres.) 176 2. Gary Payton (1987-90) 4823. Charles McKinney (1990-93) 160 3. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 4194. Josh Steinthal (1999-Pres.) 154

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 1,378 points...needs 13 points to move past Mark Radford (1978-81) into eighth...fourth all-time at OSU for career assists with 453...fifth for career steals with 175 and is second for career three-point field goals with 176...has hit just 4 of his last 30 (.133) from beyond the arc...started 73 of his last 80 games and 89 of 110 career contests...averaging a team-high 34.3 minutes per game...averaging 11.4 points for the season, second for the team...corralled 10 rebounds in games vs. Washington and at USC...averaging 17.0 points in three games at the McKale Center...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:

Scoring6. Dave Gambee (1956-58) 1,4687. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1,4078. Mark Radford (1978-81) 1,3909. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.)1,378

Three-Point Field Goals1. Gary Payton (1987-90) 1782. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 176

Steals2. Brent Barry (1992-95) 1993. Ray Blume (1978-81) 1804. Eric Knox (1985-89) 1785. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 175

Assists2. George Tucker (1974-77) 5253. Darryl Flowers (1983-86) 4574. Deaundra Tanner (1998-Pres.) 453

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