Washington State Visits Gill Coliseum Thursday

Jan. 21, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -

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SERIES: The series dates back to the 1906-07 season when the then known Oregon State College Aggies defeated Washington State 30-14 in Pullman. Overall, Oregon State has won 154 games in the series, to the Cougars' 110. The Beavers have won three straight and six of the last seven. Oregon State has a four-game win streak at Gill Coliseum, including last year's 91-55 victory. Former Beaver Brandon Payton scored a career-high 21 points in the victory, with J.S. Nash and Philip Ricci adding 14. Thomas Kelati had 17 points for the Cougars, in a game where WSU shot just. 292 from the field -- OSU hit .556. Earlier last season, OSU won at WSU 74-72. OSU guard Jimmie Haywood made three free throws and had a clutch steal in the last six seconds to lift OSU to the win.

PERIMETER DEFENSE ONE OF THE KEYS: Oregon State, which ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference for scoring defense allowing 65.1 points per game, will be tested on the perimeter this week. Washington State leads the league for three-point field goals made per game at nearly 10. WSU attempted 61 threes in two games last week -- in contrast, OSU has attempted exactly 61 over the last four contests. The Beavers are ninth in the Pac-10 for threes made per game at just under five. Oregon State's season-high makes from beyond the arc is 9 (at California & at Kansas State).

THIS CLOSE! Oregon State has not helped itself from the free throw line in the rather close losses the last two weeks. The Beavers are a combined .640 (32-50) from the charity stripe in the last three games while their opponents have hit .750 (45-60).

FRESHMEN IN THE PAC-10: Beaver point guard Lamar Hurd leads the Pac-10 Conference for average minutes played by a freshman at 32.6 per game. Hurd has played at least 30 minutes in every contest this season, except at California where he fouled out after playing 21 minutes. Arizona State's Ike Diogu is second in the conference at 30.1, Richard Midgley of California is third at 24.4, the Huskies' Mike Jensen is fourth at 22.0, and teammate Nate Robinson is fifth at 21.5.

RICCI CONTINUES HIS STELLAR PLAY: Beaver senior forward Philip Ricci continues to make a case for being the school's first all-conference selection since Deaundra Tanner in 1999. Ricci is fifth in the conference for scoring (17.9), second for rebounding (8.1), seventh for field goal percentage (.568), and ninth for blocked shots (1.1). He is second in the Pac-10 for active players with double-doubles with 11 -- Luke Walton (Arizona) has 13.

THESE GUYS WOULD MAKE A GOOD TEAM: Five Pac-10 Conference players have scored in double figures in every game entering Thursday's tilts. Beaver senior Philip Ricci is joined by fellow conference mates Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers of California, and Luke Ridnour of Oregon.

LOOK INSIDE FIRST: Oregon State's perimeter players are looking for the big guys inside first for the most part. The Beavers are on pace to attempt 387 three-point field goals for the season, a number that would be the lowest since the 1994-95 team had 343 attempts.

OKAY, ENOUGH OF THE CAREER BESTS ALREADY! Seven individuals have achieved career-highs for points vs. Oregon State this season. Dwayne Williams (Idaho) 23 points; Eugene Jeter (Portland) 20 points; Tony Champion (Sacramento State) 16 points; Gilson DeJesus (Kansas State) 21 points; Matt Lottich (Stanford) 23 points; Joe Shipp (California) 35 points, and Luke Ridnour (Oregon) 28 points. DeJesus, Lottich, Shipp, and Ridnour combined for a staggering 16 of 23 (.696) from three-point range.

REBOUNDING MARGIN HURTS: Oregon State enters Thursday's game -9.2 for rebounding margin (10th) within Pac-10 Conference play. Recent efforts have yielded -16 vs. Arizona, -15 vs. Arizona State, and -12 at Oregon.

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