Men's Basketball Season Review
April 4, 2002
Corvallis, Ore. -
THE FINAL NUMBERS: Oregon State concluded its 101st season of intercollegiate basketball with a record of 12-17 overall and 4-14 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The team finished ninth in the league, one game out of eighth place (Washington).
TOUGH COMPANY: All 10 Pacific-10 Conference members concluded the year with a strength of schedule rating in the top-40, according to the Jeff Sagarin Rankings. Arizona finished first in the nation, followed by Washington (4), UCLA (6), Stanford (13), USC (17), Washington State (26), Oregon (32), Oregon State (37), Arizona State (38), and California (39).
YOUTHFUL CONFERENCE: Eleven freshmen in the Pac-10 Conference averaged 20-plus minutes per game for the season. Here is a list of the top-15 freshmen (includes redshirts) in the conference: 1. Salim Stoudamire (UA), 30.1, 2. Errick Craven (USC), 27.7, 3. Jamal Sampson (Cal), 24.9, 4. Amit Tamir (Cal), 24.3, 5. Channing Frye (UA), 23.9, 6. Cedric Bozeman (UCLA), 23.4, 7. Joe See (OSU), 23.1, 8. Jason Braxton (ASU), 23.0, 9. Josh Childress (Stan), 21.5, 10. J.S. Nash (OSU), 21.3, 11. Erroll Knight (UW), 20.5, 12. Will Bynum (UA), 18.8, 13. Floyd North III (OSU), 18.3, 14. Shaminder Gill (WSU), 17.2, 15. Thomas Kelati (WSU), 17.0.
STARTING LINEUP SHUFFLE: Oregon State shuffled its starting lineup in the second half of the season due to injuries and performance. The team announced seven different starting combinations in the last nine games, and used a total of 12 lineups for the season. Oregon State did not have a player who started all 29 games, and had only three (Joe See, Adam Masten, Floyd North III) who played in every contest.
TEAM AWARDS: Former Oregon State head coach Ritchie McKay announced the following team awards for the 2001-2002 campaign:
Ralph Miller Award (MVP) -- Philip RicciJim Anderson Award (Most Improved) -- Brian JacksonEd Lewis Award (Leadership) -- Adam MastenPaul Valenti Award (Desire/Determination) -- Mike CokleyLew Beck Award (Outstanding Newcomer) -- J.S. NashSlats Gill Award (Commitment) -- Floyd North III
FREE THROW PERCENTAGE ESCALATES: Oregon State finished the season third in the Pac-10 for free throw percentage at .725. The percentage is the second-highest at OSU since the 1992 season, and represents the second consecutive season of back-to-back percentages of .725 of higher (.727 in 2001).
YOUTH OF THE NATION: Oregon State finished second in the Pac-10 Conference for the number of minutes its freshmen (includes redshirts) played per game. Here is a look at the conference breakdown -- Arizona (105.1), OSU (80.1), Washington (61.4), UCLA (59.6), USC (52.7), Stanford (51.2), California (49.2), Washington State (34.2), Arizona State (23.0), and Oregon (0).
POSITIVE SIGN: Oregon State won four road games in 2001-2002 (UW, WSU, Portland State, UA-Anchorage) -- the most since 1998 (Cal, ASU, UC Irvine, UH-Hilo). Oregon State hasn't won more than four on the road since the 1990 season (7).
LEARNING HOW TO WIN: Oregon State led in 24 of the 29 games this season and in the second half of 19 of those contests.
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 1,510 victories, followed by OSU (1,504). The rest of the conference stands at Washington (1,434), Arizona (1,410), Washington State (1,345), USC (1,336), Oregon (1,292), California (1,270), Stanford (1,190), and Arizona State (1,056).
DEFENSIVE DATA: Oregon State finished the year first in the Pac-10 for scoring defense allowing 66.5 points per game. The program ended its fifth consecutive season of allowing less than 70 points per game. The Beavers held Portland State (46 pts), San Diego (56), Arizona State (57), and IPFW (59) to those programs lowest point total of the season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE CLUB: Junior forward Philip Ricci recorded five double-doubles this season. Ricci 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. Texas Philip Ricci, 17 points, 11 reb. vs. San Diego Philip Ricci, 23 pts, 10 reb at Cal Poly Philip Ricci, 24 pts, 11 reb vs. IPFWBrian Jackson, 16 pts, 10 reb at WSU Philip Ricci, 19 pts, 11 reb at USCPhilip Ricci, 13 pts, 10 reb at UCLA
HOOPS RECRUITS ADDED: Oregon State 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 two remaining scholarships to offer during the late signing period April 10-May 15. A quick glance at the projected roster for next year (as of April 3) includes three seniors, two juniors, six sophomores, and two freshmen.
HEAD COACH RITCHIE McKAY: Ritchie McKay ended his two-year reign at Oregon State and his sixth overall with a career record of 83-89, 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. His two-year mark at Oregon State was 22-37.