Men's Basketball Hosts Nationally Ranked Stanford Thursday

Jan. 8, 2002

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THE NEXT GAME: Oregon State (8-6, 1-3 Pac-10) hosts the No. 11 (USA Today)/No. 14 (AP) Stanford Cardinal (8-3, 1-1) Thurs., Jan. 10 at 7:05 p.m. at Ralph Miller Court in Gill Coliseum.

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE CLIMBS: Oregon State has improved to .485 from the field for the season, and has eclipsed the .500 mark three times in the last five games. The .485 percentage ranks second in the Pac-10. The program has not finished in the top three of the conference for field goal percentage since the 1992 season (3rd/.486).

MAKING STRIDES: Oregon State has led in every game this season, including in the second half of 13 of the 14 games. The last time OSU led in each of its first 14 contests was the 1995 season.

HAYWOOD QUESTIONABLE: Junior guard Jimmie Haywood has been listed as questionable for Thursday's game by team athletic trainer Michael Sandago . Haywood suffered a groin injury in the second half at Arizona attempting to draw an offensive foul.

INSIDE SCORING IMPROVING: Oregon State enters game 15 of the season with 26 percent of its field goals coming from three-point range, compared to 34 percent last year, and 29 percent in 2000.

HOW THEY COMPARE: Another sign that Oregon State continues to make strides is comparing this year's and last year's Pac-10 Conference stats through four games:

			2002	2001	Diff.Points Per Game	70.0	62.2	+7.8Field Goal Pct.		.513	.458	+5.5%Field Goal Pct. Def.	.424	.505	+8.1%Rebounds Per Game	27.8	24.3	+3.5Assists Per Game	16.0	12.5	+3.5

1,500 MILESTONE: Oregon State earned its 1,500 NCAA recognized men's basketball victory in the New Year's Eve Day triumph over Lehigh. OSU and UCLA each have 1,500 wins, tied for the highest mark in the conference. The rest of the conference stands at Washington (1,429), Arizona (1,395), Washington State (1,343), USC (1,326), Oregon (1,276), California (1,257), Stanford (1,178), and Arizona State (1,051).

TURNOVER ISSUE: Oregon State has committed a combined 46 turnovers in its last three losses (vs. UA (2), @ ASU), compared to 25 for its opponents.

OSU VS. STANFORD: Oregon State has a 65-45 advantage, but Stanford has won the last four encounters. The Cardinal shot .604 from the field in last year's 82-63 victory at Ralph Miller Court (Feb. 10). Jason Collins scored 21 to lead then No. 2 Stanford, with Ryan Mendez and Casey Jacobsen each adding 18. Jimmie Haywood scored 20 to lead Oregon State. Then No. 1 Stanford defeated Oregon State at Maples Pavilion last year (Jan. 11) 73-49 behind Jacobsen's 19 points. The Beavers last victory in this series was 59-45 in Corvallis during the 1999 season.

JUST PLAIN '2': Senior guard Brandon Payton will wear jersey number '2' for the remainder of the season. Payton wore '02' the first six games in honor of his brother Gary Payton (#20), but the number has been declared ineligible by the NCAA (Sect. 5, Art. 12).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE CLUB: Junior forward Philip Ricci has already recorded four double-doubles this season. He is the first Beaver to have more than two in one season since Mustapha Hoff achieved seven in 1995.

Philip Ricci, 15 pts, 10 reb. vs. TexasPhilip Ricci, 17 points, 11 reb. vs. San DiegoPhilip Ricci, 23 pts, 10 reb at Cal PolyPhilip Ricci, 24 pts, 11 reb vs. IPFW

A FULL BENCH: Head coach Ritchie McKay hasmany options this year when he turns to his bench, unlike last season. He has 14 'active' players for most games. McKay didn't have a game where he had more than nine available players in 2000-2001, and at times during the year had only seven.

STARTING STREAK: OSU senior Adam Masten enters Thursday's game with 44 consecutive starts. Brian Jackson has a streak of 43 starts in games that he has played -- he missed the Jan. 4 game at Arizona State (concussion). For Jackson, he has started 94 percent (63 of 67) of his career college appearances.

HOOPS RECRUITS ADDED: Ritchie McKay and his staff signed three athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period. Joining the program for the 2002-2003 season are Kerbrell Brown (6-7, F) from Dodge City Community College in Kansas, Kevin Field (6-10, C) from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., and Justin Holt (6-6, F) from Lincoln High School in Tacoma. The program has one remaining scholarship to offer during the late signing period April 10-May 15. A quick glance at the projected roster for next year (as of Nov. 15) includes four seniors, two juniors, seven sophomores, and two freshmen.

HEAD COACH RITCHIE McKAY: Ritchie McKay is in his second year at Oregon State, and is in his sixth overall as a head coach. McKay's record stands at 79-78, which includes an injury riddled 2001 season at OSU (10-20) and the first year of college basketball in 15 years at Portland State University (9-17). McKay spent two years at PSU and finished with a record of 24-29, then led Colorado State University for two of the program's most successful years ever, leaving with a mark of 37-23.

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