Final Home Game Saturday vs. USC

Feb. 28, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -

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SENIORS PLAY LAST GAME AT GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State University senior players Mike Cokley, Jimmie Haywood, Brian Jackson, and Philip Ricci are playing their final regular season game on Ralph Miller Court Saturday. Those four individuals have played a combined 318 games, scored 2,991 points, grabbed 1,167 rebounds, dealt 468 assists, and have played 7,729 minutes. Senior managers Kelly Knox and Craig Evans will also be honored. All six seniors will be announced in a special ceremony following Saturday's game.

STREAKS: Oregon State is looking to snap a four-game Gill Coliseum home losing streak. The Beavers are also trying to end what has truly been 'March Madness' as the program has lost six straight in March, dating back to a 70-69 overtime victory over then No. 3 Arizona March 2, 2000.

SERIES: USC leads the overall series 54-52, with the two programs splitting the last four games. Oregon State snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Trojans in L.A. with its 83-74 victory at the Sports Arena Jan. 30. Brian Jackson scored 26 points, his Pac-10 career-high, and Chris Stephens added 17 points in the victory. The Trojans shot just .375 from the field. OSU led 76-72 with 1:17 remaining, and finished the game on a 7-2 run. USC won last year in Corvallis 64-51, holding the Beavers to just 16 first-half points.

SIDELINED BEAVER: Senior guard Jimmie Haywood missed practice Friday due to a 'turf toe' injury on his left foot, suffered in Thursday's game vs. UCLA. Haywood is probable for Saturday's game. He is the first OSU player to miss a practice this season since Brian Jackson was held out by head coach Jay John in early December.

'IT'S A VERY SIMPLE GAME:' A quote from the late Ralph Miller, and it pretty much sums up Oregon State's struggles of late -- it's comes down to the simple fact that this team just doesn't shoot very well. The Beavers have shot 37 percent or less in four of their last five games. OSU is 0-7 when it shoots under 40 percent. The Beavers are tied for seventh (UW) in the Pac-10 with a .428 overall field goal percentage, and are last for three-point field goal percentage at .307.

IT'S HARD TO DEFEND THAT: Six of the last seven opponents vs. Oregon State have shot better from three-point range than their overall season percentage. Here is a closer look:

			vs. OSU		Season Pct.UCLA			.462 (6-13)	.362Washington State        	.583 (7-12)	.354Washington		.375 (6-16)	.350Oregon			.500 (14-28)	.395Stanford        		.421 (8-19)	.365California		.381 (8-21)	.384UCLA			.500 (7-14)	.362

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 33.3 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 31.5. Hurd will likely end the season as the first freshman to lead OSU in minutes played since Carson Cunningham (30.8) during the 1996-97 season, and average the most minutes by a Beaver freshman since Gary Payton (37.2) in 1987.

EIGHTY IS A GOOD GOAL TO HAVE: Oregon State has scored 80-plus points in four conference games this season, the most since the 1995 team had 10. The Beavers are 4-0 when they hit 80-plus.

PRIZED POSSESSIONS: Oregon State enters Saturday's game with the lowest turnovers per game average in the Pac-10 Conference at 13.6. The Beavers are also averaging a league-low 12.7 turnovers in conference action only, California is second at 13.7.

SIX PAC-10 WINS? A win Saturday would give the Beavers their sixth conference win of the season, the most since the 1998-99 team had seven.

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 (17.1), first for rebounding (8.5), ninth for field goal percentage (.519), 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 Saturday's contest third in the Pac-10 Conference for blocked shots, averaging 3.83 per game. The Beavers are on pace to register 101 rejections this season, which would be the most since the 1992-93 team had 111.

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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