Beaver Fans Select the 1980-81 Team as the Top Men's Basketball Squad in the History of the Program
Feb. 7, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. -
Oregon State University's 1980-81 men's basketball team has been voted the top club in the 102-year history of the program. The Homecoming Poll, asking Beaver fans to select their favorite team, was conducted via the athletic department's official website osubeavers.com.
The 1980-81 team, coached by the late Ralph Miller, finished the season with a record of 26-2. The Beavers captured the Pacific-10 Conference title with a record of 17-1, and won its first 26 games overall. Oregon State held the stature of No. 1 in the country in the United Press International Poll from Jan. 13 through March 3, a total of eight weeks, and in the Associated Press Poll for five of those weeks.
Highlights from that season included defeating UCLA twice, beating Oregon three times by a combined 54 points, downing St. John's in New York, winning a thrilling overtime game at Washington, and capturing the Far West Classic in Portland.
Senior center Steve Johnson earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year, after averaging 21.0 points and 7.7 rebounds. The center from San Bernardino, Cal., shot .746 from the field for the season, which is still a NCAA record.
Senior guards Mark Radford and Ray Blume, both Portland products, joined Johnson on the All-Pac-10 team. Radford was second on the team for scoring (13.0) and third for assists (3.3), while Blume was third for scoring (10.5) and second for assists (3.6). Junior guard Lester Conner, who would earn All-American acclaim the following season, led the team for assists at 4.0.
Miller was named the Associated Press, District 8, and Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year for his efforts.
The 1980-81 Midseason Roster
Alan Tait, Fr., G, Richmond, B.C.Ray Blume, Sr., G, Portland (Parkrose HS)Raymond Lankford, Fr., G, Oakland, CAMark Radford, Sr., G, Portland (Grant HS)Lester Conner, Jr., G, Oakland, CASteve Johnson, Sr., C, San Bernardino, CAWilliam Brew, So., G, Berkeley, CAJamie Stangel, So., F, Milwaukie, ORJeff Wilson, Fr., F, Atlanta, GABill McShane, Sr., F/C, Houston, TXRob Holbrook, Jr., F, Portland (Parkrose HS)Danny Evans, So., F, Flint, MIJeff Stoutt, Sr., F, Lake Oswego, ORCharlie Sitton, Fr., F, McMinnville, ORSteve Lankton, Jr., G, PortlandBrett Starr., So., G, Portland (Jackson HS)Scott McKie, Fr., G, West Linn, ORRalph Miller (Head Coach)Jim Anderson (Asst. Coach)Lanny Van Eman (Asst. Coach)Steve Seidler (Asst. Coach)Ken Schaudt (Manager)Bill Wojciechowskie (Equipment)