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Jackson latest to leave struggling Beavers

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Brian Jackson left the Oregon State
basketball team on Wednesday, the second player to leave the
program in three days.

Jackson, a junior forward, is the team's second-leading scorer
at 11.7 points per game. The team's third-leading scorer, Jimmie
Haywood, left the team Monday, citing personal reasons.

"Brian indicated to me that he was leaving because he felt
there was too much pressure being put on him by the fans, and he
desired more of a heightened role in our offensive scheme," coach
Ritchie McKay said.

Jackson started 70 of 76 career games at Oregon State. He missed
three games this season -- including Monday's win over Portland --
because of an abdominal injury.

Jackson ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders in field goal
percentage and free throw percentage. He had a problem with fouls,
getting disqualified from 17 of 52 games over the last two seasons.

Jackson, from Knappa High School, was recruited by McKay's
predecessor, Eddie Payne. He has one year of eligibility if he
decides to transfer to another school.

Oregon State (11-14, 3-11 Pacific-10) hosts Washington on
Thursday. The teams are fighting for the final berth in next
month's conference tournament.