First Road Game Of The Young Season Monday

Nov. 30, 2003

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THEME: Oregon State makes its first road trip of the season, traveling to Big 12 Conference member Colorado. The game is the home opener for the Buffaloes after the team opened the season with victories at Northwestern and Cal Poly, and a loss at Pepperdine. The Buffaloes complete the two-game contract traveling to Corvallis next season.

SERIES: Oregon State is winless in four attempts vs. Colorado. The two programs haven't met since Dec. 3, 1956 when the Buffaloes recorded a 67-58 victory in Boulder. Colorado's other victories have been 63-52 Dec. 3, 1955 in Corvallis, and twice during the 1940-41 season by scores of 38-29 and 42-41.

OSU VS. BIG 12: Oregon State last played a Big 12 Conference team Dec. 22 of last season, falling to Kansas State in Manhattan 90-72. The Beavers have lost eight consecutive games to Big 12 foes -- the last victory was Dec. 3, 1988 at Kansas State, 66-48.

OVERTIME: Counting the two exhibition games, Oregon State has played three overtime periods in five games. The Beavers have lost five straight regular season overtime games.

STRESSFUL SITUATIONS: The last two games have featured down to the wire finishes. Chris Stephens hit a jumper in the Nov. 25 game vs. Portland with six seconds left that ultimately sent the game to its first overtime. Portland's three-point artist Adam Quick missed a long-range jumper with two seconds left and his teammate Donald Wilson had his tip attempt rim out. The Pilots' Eugene Jeter forced the game to its second overtime when he made a layin with seven seconds remaining. The Beavers didn't clinch Saturday's victory over IPFW until J.S. Nash converted two free throw attempts with five seconds remaining.

YOUTHFUL LOOK: Three true-freshmen have played this season, with the trio combining for five starts. 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: Oregon State players haven't had too much to complain about regarding 'their' minutes. Six players are averaging 19-plus minutes, and a total of eight are averaging in double figures.

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

THREE-POINT TROUBLES: Oregon State will be looking to improve on its three-point shooting as it embarks on its first road trip of the season. The Beavers have connected on just 12 of 44 (.273) from beyond the arc, with Angelo Tsagarakis (6) and Chris Stephens (4) accounting for 10 of the 12. The current percentage would be the lowest for the season in the program's history, after it shot a Pac-10 low .300 last season.

CREDIT THE DEFENSE: Oregon State has forced an average of 23.0 turnovers per game through three contests, while averaging 15.3 -- plus 7.7. The school record for forced turnovers per game is 22.9 in 1979.

HUGHES TO REDSHIRT: Freshman center 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 peek 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, after a lengthy pro career. A total of 26 former Beavers have played in the NBA.

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