Fourth Consecutive Victory on the Line Saturday at Pauley Pavilion
Jan. 31, 2003
Los Angeles -
SERIES: The series dates back to the 1924-25 season with UCLA leading 72-30, according to Pac-10 Conference records. UCLA has won seven straight since OSU's 65-63 victory over the then No. 7 Bruins Jan. 7, 1999 in Gill Coliseum. UCLA's streak at Pauley Pavilion is 14 games. The Bruins held OSU to just .328 (19-58) from the field in their 65-57 victory Feb. 28 of last season at Pauley. Matt Barnes led UCLA with 14 points, with Billy Knight adding 13. Brian Jackson and Philip Ricci each had 13 points for the Beavers, Ricci added 10 rebounds. OSU trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half, but rallied to within two points four times in the last seven minutes, including at the 2:19 mark. UCLA closed the game on a 6-0 run. The Bruins won last season's earlier encounter in Gill 70-48, with Jason Kapono scoring 19 points, while Philip Ricci was the lone Beaver in double figures with 11 points. OSU once again shot the ball poorly (.353), while the Bruins blistered the Ralph Miller Court nets at .615.
WINNINGEST PROGRAMS COLLIDE: Oregon State and UCLA enter Saturday's game as the Pac-10 Conference's winningest programs with 1,514 victories each. The two programs rank 11th among Division I schools.
BEAVER DEFENSE TOUGH OF LATE: Five of Oregon State's last six opponents have failed to reach the 41 percent mark from the field. USC shot .375 (27-72), Washington shot .338 (25-74), Washington State was at .266 (17-64), Stanford hit .400 (20-50) Jan. 9, and Oregon was at .409 (27-66) Jan. 18. For the season, OSU is first in the league for field goal percentage defense at .406. OSU's eight Pac-10 opponents have shot a combined .395.
FOUR IN A ROW? If Oregon State wins at UCLA Thursday it would be the school's first four-game win streak within Pac-10 Conference action since the 1992-93 club opened the slate with five straight victories over Stanford, California, USC, UCLA, and Washington.
A GOOD NIGHT TO BE A JACKSON: Brian of OSU and Luke of Oregon had two of the best games of their careers last Thursday in L.A. Brian hit 7 of 10 field goals, 8 of 8 free throw attempts for 26 points against the Trojans. Luke made 9 of 14 and 7 of 8 from the line for 27 points at UCLA.
SHOOTING TWO: Oregon State has been earning numerous trips to the free throw line of late, attempting 94 (31 avg.) over the last three games, converting 64 (.688). By contrast, OSU's opponents are 25 of 48 (.521) over the same span.
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 30.6, Richard Midgley of California is third at 24.6, the Huskies' Mike Jensen is fourth at 21.9, and teammate Nate Robinson is fifth at 21.6.
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 (17.4), second for rebounding (8.8), eighth for field goal percentage (.561), and seventh for blocked shots (1.3). He is tied for first in the Pac-10 for active players with double-doubles with 13 -- Luke Walton (Arizona) has 13.
RETURN TO SENDER: Oregon State enters this week second in the Pac-10 Conference for blocked shots, averaging 4.00 (now 3.9) per game (ASU 4.8). The Beavers are on pace to register 104 rejections this season, which would be the most since the 1992-93 team had 111. Oregon State had nine blocked shots vs. Washington last Saturday, one shy of the school record.
BLOCK OUT!: Oregon State continues to look for improvement at keeping the opposition off the boards. The Beavers have allowed 68 offensive rebounds over the last four games; thus the opposition in those four games has attempted an average of 15 more field goal attempts.
PUT THEM IN THE BOOK: Unlike recent seasons, Oregon State has been consistent with its starting lineup. Beaver head coach Jay John has used the same five players to start the game for the last 15 contests (Ricci, Jackson, North, Haywood, Hurd).
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 398 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.