Northwest Rival Washington Visits Corvallis Saturday
Jan. 24, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. -
SERIES: The two schools have met 269 times, according to Pac-10 Conference records. Washington holds a 138-131 advantage. These two storied programs first met in February of 1904 with Oregon State winning a thiller (22-19) in what was termed at the time 'the greatest exhibition of the game ever seen in Corvallis.' Washington beat an Oregon State team (@ OSU) that was in the midst of team turmoil under former head coach Ritchie McKay, 68-63, in the last meeting. The victory all but clinched the final spot in the Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies led by as many as 14 points, and had a comfortable 34-22 advantage at the break. Oregon State closed to within three points with 32 seconds left, but UW made seven of eight free throw attempts in the final 31 seconds to preserve the victory. Curtis Allen scored 15 to lead the Huskies, while Philip Ricci had a game-high 24 points. The Beavers were playing without starters Jimmie Haywood and Brian Jackson. Haywood left the team the Monday of that week, while Jackson briefly quit the day prior to the contest. Oregon State did have a five-game win streak vs. the Huskies, thanks to a 68-53 victory in Seattle last season behind Philip Ricci's 21 points and nine boards.
BEAVER DEFENSE TOUGH OF LATE: Three of Oregon State's last four opponents have failed to reach the 41 percent mark from the field. Washington State was a miserable .266 (17-64) last Thursday, Stanford hit .400 (20-50) Jan. 9, and Oregon was at .409 (27-66) last Saturday.
FREE THROW FOLLIES: Oregon State, which started the season among the league leaders from the free throw line, has mysteriously struggled of late. Over the last five games, OSU has connected on just .605 (52-86) from the charity stripe. Over the same span Beaver opponents are a combined .725 (66-91).
FRESHMEN IN THE PAC-10: Beaver point guard Lamar Hurd entered the week leading 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 entered the week fifth in the conference for scoring (17.8), second for rebounding (8.5), seventh for field goal percentage (.575), and ninth for blocked shots (1.2). He is second in the Pac-10 for active players with double-doubles with 12 -- 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 Saturday'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.
THREE RECRUITS SIGNED: First-year head coach Jay John signed three individuals to national letters of intent during the early signing period in November. Joining the Beavers for the 2003-2004 season will be Liam Hughes (7-2, C) from Modesto Christian High School in California, Kyle Jeffers (6-8, F), from Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, Cal., and Jeffree Williams (6-9, F) from Roosevelt High School in Portland, Ore. John and his staff have two scholarships remaining to award during the late signing period, April 16-May 15.