Men's Basketball Looks to Continue Win Streak

Dec. 11, 2002

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SERIES: The Beavers and Sacramento State Hornets of the Big Sky Conference have competed only twice on the hardwood, with OSU capturing both victories. Oregon State defeated the Hornets 89-56 Nov. 29, 1997 in Gill Coliseum and 104-89 Jan. 2, 1992 in Corvallis. The two schools will meet next year at Gill Coliseum in hoops and in August at Reser Stadium (Aug. 30) in the football season opener.

WIN STREAK: A win Saturday would give Oregon State its fourth consecutive victory, the longest since Ritchie McKay debuted during the 2000-2001 season with four season opening victories over Cal State-Fullerton, Southern Colorado, Appalachian State, and Long Beach State. For future reference, Oregon State hasn't won five straight games since the 1992-93 team, under former head coach Jim Anderson, won seven in a row. The seven-game win streak included victories over top-25 clubs Brigham Young, California, and UCLA.

THERE'S A SHOCK: Through four games in the season Oregon State ranks first in the Pac-10 Conference for rebounding with a 43.5 per game average. Granted the competition will get stronger, but the program hasn't finished in the top-5 in the conference for rebounding since the 1989-90 season (5th), and has finished last five times during that period. Sacramento State entered the week allowing a Big Sky Conference high 40.5 per contest.

THANK YOU: Oregon State enters game five of the season having a credited assist on 69 percent of the team's converted field goals, the best percentage in the conference. Entering the week, California was second with 63 percent, and UCLA third at 62 percent. Freshman guard Lamar Hurd is third in the Pac-10 with a 5.0 per game average, with sophomore J.S. Nash tied for sixth at 4.3. For the season, OSU is averaging 18.0 assists per game (which includes a .319 shooting effort vs. Idaho), compared to 10.8 for its opponents. The 18.0 average would be the highest since the 1989-90 team averaged 18.6.

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