Beavers and Pilots Meet for the 63rd Time

Nov. 24, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - THEME: Oregon State and Portland meet for the 63rd time in men's basketball Tuesday. Pilot head coach Michael Holton and assistant Rich Wold, were former assistants at OSU. Wold also lettered at OSU in 1989 and '90. The Pilots' play-by-play voice Darrell Aune also was the longtime OSU broadcaster. A victory would give Oregon State its first 2-0 start since the 2001 season.

SERIES: Oregon State has won 48 of the 62 meetings, including the last three. The two programs have played each of the last two seasons, with the Beavers winning at the Chiles Center last year 71-64. OSU went on an 11-0 run that began late in the first half to seize control of the game last season. The Beavers eventually pushed the lead to 20 points at the 6:37 mark. Five Beavers scored in double figures, with Derek Potter scoring a career-high 11 points off the bench. UP's Eugene Jeter had a game-high 20. The Beavers controlled the boards with a 42-19 advantage. In the last two games vs. OSU, the Pilots have shot a combined .390 (46-118), including .286 (14-49) from three-point range, meanwhile OSU has hit .484 (45-93) and .360 (9-25).

STREAKS: Oregon State has won its last five non-conference home games and 12 of its last 13. The streak includes victories over Prairie View, Cal Poly, Portland State, Coppin State, Northern Colorado, San Diego, Southern Utah, IPFW, Lehigh, South Carolina State, Seattle, and Eastern Washington.

YOUTHFUL LOOK: Oregon State started two true-freshmen (Kenny Hooks, Kyle Jeffers) in Saturday's season opener, the most since it started four (Ron Grady, J.B. Bickerstaff, Carson Cunningham, Nate Knight) to open the '97 season against -- Portland! Oregon State is one of only six schools in the nation without a senior on its roster, joining Pepperdine, Wake Forest, Tennessee, UNC-Asheville, and Harvard.

HOME SCHOOL: Oregon State's 17 regular season home dates are the most in the program's modern history. The team makes only two non-conference road trips this season, Dec. 1 at Colorado and Dec. 15 at Hawai'i.

MAJOR MINUTES: Counting the two exhibition games, Oregon State players haven't had too much to complain about regarding 'their' minutes. Six players have played 20-plus minutes in every game and nine have reached double figures in every contest.

REBOUND OPPORTUNITIES: Through three games, counting the exhibition contests, OSU's opponents are shooting .361 (75-208). The Beavers haven't exactly been sizzling on their end either, at .398 (86-216).

TEAM CAPTAINS: Junior guard J.S. Nash and sophomore guard Lamar Hurd have been elected team captains for this season.

POTTER QUESTIONABLE: Beaver junior center Derek Potter is questionable for Tuesday's game. He has slowly been returning to practice after missing most of preseason workouts with back spasms.

HUGHES TO REDSHIRT: Head coach Jay John announced this week that freshman Liam Hughes will redshirt this season. The 7-2, 306-pound center from Hullbridge, England is in his third year of organized basketball. Junior guard Jason Fontenet will also redshirt after transferring from New Mexico State.

THE MURAL OF THE STORY: A quick peak to the south rafters in Gill Coliseum will present you a look at a mural of some of the Oregon State University men's basketball greats. Once completed, expected to be at the end of December, the mural will include the 1980-81 team, plus individuals Ralph Miller, Paul Valenti, Slats Gill, Steve Johnson, Charlie Sitton, Gary Payton, Lester Conner, Brent Barry, Scott Haskin, Wally Palmberg, Ed Lewis, Cliff Crandall, Mel Counts, Dave Gambee, Jose Ortiz, Jim Jarvis, A.C. Green, Charlie White, and Red Rocha.

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: The Oregon State coaching staff signed one prospect to a national letter of intent during the November period. Joining the Beavers next season will be Marcel Jones from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. The 6-7 guard averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season for the California Interscholastic Federation champions.

BEAVERS IN THE NBA: Currently three former Beavers are residing in the National Basketball Association. NBA all-star Gary Payton is in his 14th year in the league and first with the Los Angeles Lakers. Brent Barry is in his ninth year in the league and fifth with the Seattle Sonics. Lester Conner is in his fifth year as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. A total of 26 former Beavers have played in the NBA.

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