Exhibition Slate Opens Tuesday

Nov. 10, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -

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THE DEBUT: Second-year head coach Jay John unveils his vastly new-look team Tuesday. The Beavers are senior-less for the first time since the 1978-79 season, and return just one starter in sophomore point guard Lamar Hurd. The youthful team has four freshmen, and a total of six players on the 14-member roster who have not played a Div. I game.

ABOUT EA SPORTS: Oregon State will be hosting the EA Sports SW All-Stars. The team is 1-5 on its 13-game schedule that began Nov. 1 at UC Irvine. EA Sports lost to UCI (94-91), defeated CS-Northridge (88-82), and since have been defeated by Loyola Marymount (84-78), UC Riverside (86-79), Washington (89-78), and UTEP (88-75). EA continues on to Arizona State Wednesday, followed by games at Texas Tech, TCU, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, and New Mexico State. This team has no former Pac-10 players. Former University of Utah guard/forward Tony Harvey leads the club in scoring at 15.2 points, while former Penn standout forward Koko Archibong averages 13.5.

POTTER OUT: Beaver junior center Derek Potter will not play in Tuesday's game. He has been hampered by back spasms and has missed practice recently.

REDSHIRT QUESTION: Head coach Jay John has not made a decision on the status of players, with regards to redshirting this season. If a player competes in just one game, he is unable to regain a year of eligibility, unless their are injury issues.

COMMENTS FROM JOHN: 'Our team wants to play a game. We are going to play a team that is made up of good college players, so they know how to shoot and pass. This team will present challenges for us defensively. The attitude that I'm taking into this game is the more we play games the more we will improve. This is the first step toward improving.'

TICKETS: Tickets are available on-line at osubeavers.com, by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, or in person at the Gill Coliseum ticket window. Tickets for Tuesday's game as well as Sunday's are $9 or $5. Regular season games, except the Dec. 12 contest vs. Willamette, are $17/10. All seats are reserved.

EXPERIMENTAL RULES: For the two exhibition games, the NCAA Rules Committee is experimenting with an extended three-point line and the trapezoid lane. The three-point line will be 20' 6.25', which is what the college game is expected to adopt next year.

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