Gill Coliseum to Host Civil War Saturday

Feb. 12, 2003

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SERIES: The two rivals have met 317 times, the most in all of Division I according to the NCAA Records Book. The two schools first met in 1903, with Oregon Agricultural College (now OSU) defeating Oregon 32-2 and 24-22. The series is not the oldest overall; Columbia and Yale, and Princeton and Yale first played during the 1902 season.

Oregon State leads the overall series 176-141, but Oregon has won eight straight and 18 of the last 19. The last Beaver victory was 48-45 Jan. 30, 1999 in Corvallis.

Oregon won this season's previous encounter 79-68 Jan. 18 at McArthur Court in Eugene. Luke Ridnour scored 28 points while Luke Jackson added 19. The Beavers were led by the 24 points and 11 rebounds from Philip Ricci. The game was tied at 42-42 with 17:01 remaining, but the Ducks went on a 20-10 run over the next 10 minutes to take control.

QUITE THE CONTRAST: Through games of Jan. 10, Oregon State is 281st in the country for three-point field goals made per game at 4.9. Oregon is sixth at 9.2. The NCAA ranks 325 Division I programs.

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 33.2 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 31.3, Richard Midgley of California is third at 25.1, the Huskies' Nate Robinson is fourth at 23.9, and teammate Mike Jensen is fifth at 23.0.

I THOUGHT THEY WERE SUPPOSE TO BE 'FRIENDLY' RIMS: The last three opponents (UW, Cal, Stan) to play in Gill Coliseum have combined to shoot .543 (19-35) from three-point range in the first half -- OSU has shot .207 (6-29) over the same period.

PRIZED POSSESSIONS: Oregon State enters the week with the lowest turnovers per game average in the Pac-10 Conference at 14.0. The team has averaged just 11.0 over the last three games, while forcing an average of 15.7.

SCORING UP: Oregon State is last in the conference for scoring at 69.6 points per game, but the team has upped its output to 78.4 over the last five contests.

FIVE WOULD BE NICE: A win Saturday would give the Beavers their fifth conference win of the season, equaling Eddie Payne's 2000 total. The program has won more than five in Pac-10 play only once over the last seven seasons (7/1999).

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 sixth in the conference for scoring (17.4), first for rebounding (8.9), seventh for field goal percentage (.543), and fifth for blocked shots (1.4). He leads the Pac-10 for active players with double-doubles with 14.

RETURN TO SENDER: Oregon State enters this week fourth in the Pac-10 Conference for blocked shots, averaging 3.83 per game. The Beavers are on pace to register 102 rejections this season, which would be the most since the 1992-93 team had 111. Oregon State had nine blocked shots vs. Washington Jan. 23.

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 18 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 417 three-point field goals for the season, a number that would be the lowest since the 1994-95 team had 343 attempts. The Beavers' .314 percentage is last in the conference.

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.

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