Washington vs. Oregon State preview

After a less than stellar performance on Thursday against the Oregon Ducks, the Huskies look to leave the state of Oregon with at least one win when they take on the Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon on Saturday, January 25th. Corvallis was the last Pac-10 arena the Dawgs won a game at on the road when they defeated the Beavers 68-63 on February 21, 2002 of last season.

Oregon Revisited

This game was all about the Ducks. Oregon's James Davis scored 18 points, mostly coming from his hot shooting from behind the arc. Davis was 6 of 7 for three pointers as the Ducks defeated the Huskies by a score of 91-66. Washington (7-9, 2-5) was led by Nate Robinson's 18 points, and got some decent output from Mike Jensen, who scored a career-high 13 points. Doug Wrenn dropped in 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and shot a "fair" 4 for 10 from the floor, and made both of his free throws.

Looking at Oregon State

The Beavers (8-7, 1-5) and first year coach Jay John are coming off of their first conference win after defeating Washington State by a score of 63-48 on Thursday. Oregon State has been playing good defense as of late, and have held three of their last four opponents to under .410 shooting, which does not look good for the Huskies, who are shooting just that (.416) as their average for their entire season. The Beavers held Stanford to .400 on January 9th, held Oregon to .409 last Saturday, and Washington State only managed .266 on Thursday.

The Beavers are led by a trio of seniors in Phillip Ricci, Jimmy Haywood, and Brian Jackson. Ricci is making a case for an All Pac-10 selection. Ricci is averaging 17.8 points per contest, (5th in Pac-10) and 8.5 rebounds. (2nd in Pac-10) Ricci also has 12 double-doubles in his career, which only trails Arizona's Luke Walton's 13 for active players in the conference.

Haywood, a 6'2" guard from Seattle's Franklin HS, is averaging 12.0 points, and is the team's designated three-point shooter. Jackson is a 6'9" forward who averages 11.6 points per game, is second on the team behind Ricci in rebounding, and leads the team with 21 blocked shots.

Expected Starters

F	Bobby Jones		Fr
F	Doug Wrenn		Jr
C	Anthony Washington	         Fr
G	Will Conroy		         So
G	Curtis Allen		         Jr

Oregon State
F	Brian Jackson		Sr
F	Phillip Ricci		Sr
F/G	Floyd North III		So
G	Jimmy Haywood		So
G	Lamar Hurd		Fr
Game Time
Saturday, January 25th 2003
Gill Coliseum – Corvallis, OR
7:00pm – TV: Fox Sports NW

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