Men's Basketball Faces Crucial Road Games at WSU and Washington

Jan. 22, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

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THE NEXT GAME: Oregon State (8-9, 1-6 Pac-10) hits the road this week for games at Washington State (4-12, 0-8) and Washington (7-11, 1-7). The Beavers open the trip in Pullman against the Cougars at Friel Court.

STREAK ENDS: Oregon State's streak of leading in every game this season ended last Saturday in its loss to No. 22 Oregon. The Beavers have still led in 16 games and in the second half of 15.

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE SLIPS: Oregon State has ranked as high as second (now third at .464) recently in the Pac-10 for field goal percentage, but the team has slipped into a shooting slump over the last three games. The Beavers have connected on .374 (52-139) from the field in the setbacks to Stanford, Cal, and Oregon. Included in that percentage is a combined mark of .326 (15-46) from three-point range. Prior to the recent shooing slump, the team had a five-game stretch of shooting .522 (128-245), including .493 (36-73) from three-point range.

TOUGH STRETCH: Oregon State enters its toughest stretch of games this season, playing five of its next seven on the road. The team's next home game is Jan. 31 vs. USC, which marks another difficult run of playing four of five games against nationally ranked opponents (USC, UCLA, @ Stanford, @ Oregon).

NUMBERS INDICATE IMPROVEMENT: The following is look at statistics from recent OSU seasons through seven Pac-10 games:

				2002	2001	2000Points Per Game		62.0	57.0	64.7Opponents Points Per Game	69.1	70.9	72.6Field Goal Percentage		.464	.415	.405Opponents Field Goal Pct.	.424	.478	.4863-Pt Field Goal Pct.		.394	.297	.301Opponents 3-Pt Field Goal Pct.	.331	.359	.485Free Throw Percentage		.754	.739	.669Total Assists			93	82	99Blocked Shots			20	4	16

INCREASED INSIDE SCORING: Oregon State enters the game with 27 percent of its field goals coming from three-point range, compared to 34 percent last year, and 29 percent in 2000.

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. UCLA has 1,502 victories entering the week, followed by OSU (1,500). The rest of the conference stands at Washington (1,430), Arizona (1,399), Washington State (1,343), USC (1,328), Oregon (1,279), California (1,260), Stanford (1,182), and Arizona State (1,052).

COSTLY TURNOVERS: Oregon State has committed a combined 84 turnovers in its last six losses compared to 59 for its opponents.

TURNOVERS, OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS LEAD TO OPPORTUNITIES: Oregon State has 237 field goal attempts *over the last five games, compared to 294 for its opponents. The previously stated turnover figure is a large part of the reason in the discrepancy, but the team has also allowed 61 offensive rebounds (OSU has 30) in the same span.

FREE THROW PERCENTAGE INCREASES UNDER McKAY: Oregon State enters the week third in the Pac-10 Conference for free throw percentage at .726. The team shot .727 last year in Ritchie McKay's first year, marking the highest percentage since 1992 (.729). Oregon State has shot .720-plus from the line for the season only 10 times since 1954.

LONG RANGE ACCURACY: Oregon State is fifth in the Pac-10 for three-point field goal percentage entering this week at .363. If that percentage holds through the year it would be the highest since the 1989 season (.380).

RETURN TO SENDER: Oregon State has rejected a modest 49 shots (7th in Pac-10) this season, three more than all of last season.

DEFENSIVE DATA: Oregon State enters this week second in the Pac-10 for scoring defense allowing 64.8 points per game. The Beavers are also fifth for field goal percentage defense at .412.

OSU VS. WSU: Oregon State has a 152-108 lead in the series, and has won four of the last five. Washington State ended OSU's five-game winning streak in the series with a 57-53 victory in Pullman last season. The Beavers trailed the entire game, thanks in part to a .222 shooting effort in the first half, before rallying to take the lead 50-47 with 2:35 remaining. The Cougars made 8 of 10 free throw attempts in the last 2:18, while OSU made just one field goal. For the game, OSU shot .356 from the field. Fremecio Little scored 16 points to lead WSU, while OSU's Jason Heide had a game high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Oregon State won its first conference game of the season last year over WSU in Corvallis, 67-62. The victory marked the first Pac-10 victory for head coach Ritchie McKay.

OSU VS. WASHINGTON: Washington leads the series 137-130, but OSU has won four straight. Oregon State won in Seattle last season 83-69 behind Jason Heide's 16 points. The Beavers had just seven players compete in the game, six of them scored in double figures (Heide, Adam Masten 15, Josh Steinthal 14, Jimmie Haywood 13, Brian Jackson 12, Deaundra Tanner 11). The 83 points represented the second-highest scoring output of the 2001 season. The Beavers used a .615 (16-26) shooting effort in the first half to build a 13-point halftime lead. Oregon State won last season's game in Corvallis 63-56.

McKAY VS. BENDER: Beaver head coach Ritchie McKay was an assistant under current UW head coach Bob Bender for the 1994 and '95 seasons, and this will mark McKay's fourth game against his former employer. McKay won both contests last season against Washington, and lost his first meeting when he was at Portland State during the 1997 season.

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