The Sydney Comets Streak into Corvallis Sunday

Nov. 14, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -

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FINAL TUNEUP: Oregon State plays its final exhibition game Sunday before having nearly a week to prepare for the season opener, Nov. 22 vs. Prairie View. Beaver head coach Jay John played 10 of the available 11 players in last Tuesday's overtime loss to EA Sports. Junior forward David Lucas (18 pts, 15 reb), and freshman forward Kyle Jeffers (12 pts, 11 reb) posted double-doubles. Junior guard J.S. Nash led OSU in scoring with 19 points.

ABOUT THE COMETS: The Comets compete in the 59-team Australian Basketball Association. The Comets concluded the 2003 season with a record of 14-6, tied for third in the Waratah Division. The team is in the U.S. to play four games, ending in Corvallis. St. Mary's of California defeated the Comets 74-60, Nov. 11, followed by a loss to Arizona (109-66) Nov. 12, and an overtime victory at Utah (75-74) Nov. 13.

POTTER OUT: Beaver junior center Derek Potter will likely not play in Sunday's game. He has been hampered by back spasms and has missed most of preseason practice. No timetable has been set for his return.

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 there are injury issues.

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 Sunday's game 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.

IT STARTS FOR REAL SATURDAY: Civil War Saturday will conclude with the men's basketball team hosting defending Southwestern Athletic Conference foe Prairie View. The Panthers were 17-12 last season, and 14-4 in conference action. Prairie View will be the first of 17 home games, the most in modern history (since 1950) for the program.

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