Men's Hoops Tries End Pauley Streak On CBS

Feb. 16, 2001

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ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (11-12, 3-9) VS. #24 UCLA BRUINS (16-6, 9-2)

Saturday, February 17, 2001 - 1 p.m. PST/2 p.m. Arizona Time (KFYI 550 AM & CBS/KPHO-5 in Phoenix)

ASU TAKES ON UCLA: The Arizona State men's basketball team (11-12, 3-9 in Pac-10), under third-year head coach Rob Evans, plays at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday (Feb. 17) against the No. 24 (Associated Press) UCLA Bruins at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MST. CBS will broadcast the UCLA game with Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (color) calling the action. After going winless in its first seven conference games, ASU has won three of its past five by margins of 15 (73-58 at Oregon State on Feb. 1), 27 (99-72 at Oregon on Feb. 4) and 32 (89-57 vs. Washington on Feb. 10). Saturday's game is ASU's first on CBS since Jan. 11, 1997, when it fell 92-84 to seventh-ranked Arizona in Tempe.

Probable Starters '00-01

Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES

#1 Alton Mason G 6-1 Sr. 13.1 3.2 46-of-55 (.840) FTs in past 13 games/only senior on team

#3 Kyle Dodd G 6-0 So. 5.0 2.5 10 points vs. USC on Thursday/15 points vs. Charlotte

#11 Awvee Storey F 6-6 Jr. 13.7 9.2 Averaging 13.0 points and 10.3 boards in Pac-10

#42 Shawn Redhage F 6-7 So. 9.3 4.5 73-88 (.830) free throws on season

#52 Chad Prewitt F 6-9 Jr. 10.4 5.0 11-22 (.500) 3-Pters on season

Off the Bench '00-01

Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES

#2 Donnell Knight F 6-7 So. 11.0 5.2 15 points and 13 rebounds at Washington on Jan. 11

#4 Tommy Smith C 6-9 So. 8.7 4.3 12.8 points per game in past nine/14 vs. UCLA on Jan. 18

#20 Brad Nahra G 6-4 Jr. 1.1 1.1 Former walkon who has played in 19 games

#23 Jonathan Howard G 6-4 Fr. 2.4 0.8 13 minutes at Oregon/14 games played on season

#22 Tyson Johnston C 7-0 So. 1.6 1.5 4 blocks at UW on Jan. 11 in first career start

INJURY UPDATE: ASU was hit by the injury bug this year, as three lettermen have missed games, including two sophomores who are out for the season. Tanner Shell, who averaged 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 play last year and was ASU's third-leading scorer in league play, missed all but the season opener with a bulging disc in his back. He was expected to return for Pac-10 before breaking a bone in his left hand in practice in late December. Justin Allen, also a sophomore, is redshirting this year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease in September. Allen's treatments have been going very well and he is expected to return to the court next season. Chad Prewitt, who had started 45 straight games before the Washington game on Jan. 11, injured his right ankle in practice on Jan. 9 and had missed most of the next four games before playing 18 minutes at Arizona on Jan. 24.

TOMMY COMING ON STRONG: Tommy Smith matched a Pac-10 record for FG percentage by making all 11 shots against Washington on Feb. 10. Smith, a 6-9 sophomore, is averaging 12.8 points in the past nine games and had a career-high 24 points vs. the Huskies. His 11-of-11 effort puts him in the Pac-10 record book with Steve Johnson of Oregon State, Marques Johnson of UCLA and Bryan Bracey of Oregon. Steve Johnson was 13-of-13 vs. Hawaii-Hilo on Dec. 5, 1979. In Pac-10 games, Marques Johnson was 11-of-11 vs. California on Feb. 27, 1976, and Bracey was 10-of-10 vs. Washington on Jan. 20, 2000. He had 15 points at Oregon on Feb. 4, then had his first double-double with 11 points and 12 boards vs. Washington State on Feb. 8 before his 24-point, seven-rebound and five-assist effort against Washington. In his past four games, Smith is 25-of-37 (.676) from the field and is averaging 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds.

DEVIL THREE-DOT DATA: ASU shot .613 (38-of-62) from the field against Washington, the fourth-best mark by any Rob Evans-coached team in his 252 games as a head coach. The 61.3 percent was two games removed from the 61.9 percent effort at Oregon on Feb. 4, which is the second-best effort by any Evans squad...junior Awvee Storey is averaging 13.7 points and 11.2 rebounds in the past 11 games...sophomore Shawn Redhage is shooting 83 percent (132-of-159) from the free throw line in his 55-game career...ASU has outrebounded 18 of its 23 opponents...ASU's 27-point win at Oregon on Feb. 4 (99-72) was its largest Pac-10 road win since it beat Washington 90-62 on Jan. 10, 1981, a streak of 223 road tilts...ASU's 61.9 field goal percentage (39-of-63) at Oregon is its best since it shot 62 percent (31-of-50) at California on Jan. 14, 1995, a span of 191 games...the game at Oregon was the first start since Jan. 6 vs. California for Chad Prewitt, who sprained his ankle on Jan. 9...ASU is averaging 15.34 offensive rebounds this year, the best mark in the league. ASU led the Pac-10 last year at 15.78 per game.

A GOOD OMEN?: ASU will try to end a 14-game losing streak at Pauley and Rob Evans is a coach who knows about ending a road losing streak. Almost four hoop seasons to the day (Feb. 14, 1998), Evans' Ole Miss Rebels went to Lexington and beat seventh-ranked Kentucky 73-64, the first win for Ole Miss in Lexington since Feb. 11, 1927. That victory broke a 41-game road losing streak at Kentucky. ASU's last win in Pauley was on Feb. 16, 1987 (67-64).

DEJA VU?: ASU will hope Feb. 17 is special against UCLA again this year. The Sun Devils broke a 22-game losing streak to the Bruins last year on Feb. 17 in convincing style, a 104-75 win in Tempe. The skid to the Bruins dated to Feb. 16, 1989. The 104 points is the fifth-most by any Rob Evans-coached team in his 252 games as a head coach. ASU had one of its best games in a decade in last year's win, as it matched the school record for three-point shooting with an 8-of-11 (.727) performance. ASU's bench contributed 34 points on 11-of-16 (.688) shooting, including 5-of-6 (.833) from the three-point stripe and 7-of-8 (.875) from the free throw line. ASU was 19-of-29 (.655) from the field in the second half after going 7-of-9 (.778) from the three-point stripe in the first half. ASU forced 24 turnovers and committed just 11. UCLA leads the series 45-10, and last year's 29-point win easily was the biggest victory margin for ASU. Rob Evans is 1-4 against UCLA, with two of the losses by three-point margins and another loss was a six-point game at UCLA last year (83-77).

LAST MEETING VS. UCLA: UCLA was one of just five teams to outrebound ASU on the year as it held off ASU's late rally and topped the Sun Devils 91-83 on Jan. 18. UCLA was 31-of-45 (.689) from the free throw line, including 21-of-30 (.700) in the second half. Awvee Storey had one of the best games of his career with 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Alton Mason had 20 points, five assists and just one turnover in 40 minutes. Shawn Redhage added 16 points and Tommy Smith had 11 off the bench for ASU. Jason Kapono had 25 points, including 8-of-8 from the free throw line to lead UCLA. ASU had just 17 turnovers to UCLA's 18 and the Sun Devils also had 10 steals. UCLA had ASU opponent season highs in three-point percentage (.500) on 6-of-12 shooting and offensive rebounds (17).

AT THE LINE: Sophomore Shawn Redhage has established himself as one of the best free throw shooters in ASU history 55 games into his young career. Redhage is shooting 73-of-88 (.830) this year and is 132-of-159 (.830) in his two-year career. A look at Redhage on ASU career free throw shooting list:

CAREER FREE THROWS

Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.

1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 132-159 .830

2. Alex Austin (1986-90) 255-313 .815

3. Rick Taylor (1974-78) 253-311 .814

4. Dennis Hamilton (1963-66) 261-321 .813

PREWITT BACK IN ACTION: ASU received a boost on Jan. 24 at Arizona when junior Chad Prewitt (10.4 ppg. and 5.0 rpg.), who badly sprained his right ankle on Jan. 9, returned to the rotation after playing just 16 minutes the previous four contests. Prewitt missed the Washington (Jan. 11) and USC (Jan. 20) games and played just 12 minutes at Washington State (Jan. 13) and just four minutes vs. UCLA (Jan. 18). At Arizona, Prewitt had 18 points on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting, including two three-pointers in 31 minutes. Prewitt averaged 10.2 points in Pac-10 play last year, second on the team, and had started 45 straight games before missing the Washington game. A look at some ASU stats with and without Prewitt.

Statistic With Chad (19 games) Without Chad (4 games) Total (23 games)

Points PG 75.6 67.2 74.2

Opp. Points PG 66.4 79.8 68.7

FG% 533-1158 (.460) 98-252 (.389) 631-1410 (.448)

3-PT FG% 75-227 (.330) 9-43 (.209) 84-270 (.311)

STOREY ON THE BOARDS: Awvee Storey, a 6-6 junior who led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds last year, is averaging 13.7 points and 11.2 rebounds in his past 11 contests. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 1-4) after averaging 20 points and 9.5 rebounds in a road sweep of the Oregon schools. Storey grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds at Washington State and had 16 again vs. UCLA. The 16 boards is the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 18 in a triple-overtime win at Texas A & M on Dec. 19, 1998. Storey is averaging a league-leading 9.2 rebounds and has 82 (3.6 per game) on the offensive end. Storey also is averaging a double-double in Pac-10 play (13.0 points and 10.3 rebounds).

NOT TO DRAG THIS OUT, BUT...: The loss of Tanner Shell to a broken left hand is magnified when looking at his numbers vs. UCLA and USC last year. Shell played a huge part in the first home sweep of the LA schools since 1986, as he was 10-of-13 (.769) from the field, 4-of-5 (.800) from the three-point line and made all four free throws in the sweep of UCLA and USC on Feb. 17-19. He had 17 points, 14 of them in the second half, vs. USC and had 12 vs. UCLA. He posted 24 points at USC on Jan. 20 and also had 13 at UCLA on Jan. 22. Shell was 8-of-16 (.500) from the floor and 3-of-6 (.500) from the three-point stripe and had 17 points in the second half at USC. In Los Angeles, he was 12-of-24 (.500) from the field, 6-of-12 (.500) from the three-point stripe and 7-of-9 (.777) from the FT line and averaged 18.5 points (24 at USC and 13 at UCLA). He also did not make a turnover in 50 minutes.

ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (130-122/.516) is in his third season in 2000-2001 (ninth overall) as the head basketball coach at Arizona State after being hired on April 7, 1998. The 1997 SEC Coach of the Year spent six seasons at Ole Miss, compiling an 86-81 (.515) record. He led the Rebels to a 42-16 record in his final two seasons, winning two SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1937-38. The 54-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the NMSU Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time Basketball team. He is 44-41 (.518) in his his third year at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as a tough man-to-man teams which ranked 13th in the nation and second in the SEC in 1997-98 in rebounding at +6.6, despite no player was in the top 30 in rebounding. Ole Miss held opponents to just 30 percent from the three-point stripe, best in the SEC, and to just 40.6 percent from the field. He is 86-57 (.601) in the past five seasons. Evans was 32-50 (.390) in his first three years at Ole Miss and was 44-65 (.404) after four years at Ole Miss.

PLAYER NOTES/SEASON AND CAREER HIGHS

#1 ALTON MASON: ASU's lone senior...has made 46-of-55 (.837) free throws in the past 13 games...16 points vs. USC on Thursday...20 points and seven assists vs. Washington on Feb. 10...17 points at Oregon on Feb. 4...20 points, including 7-of-9 (.778) from the free throw line, vs. UCLA on Jan. 18...25 points vs. California on Jan. 6...30 points vs. #2 Stanford on Jan. 4...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...18 points vs. Winthrop on Nov. 11...one of two Sun Devils (Shawn Redhage is the other) to start in all 22 games.

CAREER HIGHS FOR ALTON MASON

POINTS: 30 vs. #2 Stanford (1/4/01), REBOUNDS: 8 vs. Winthrop (11/11/00), ASSISTS: 12 vs. Southern Utah (11/17/00), MINUTES: 44 at Washington (1/11/01), FG MADE: 10 vs. California (1/6/01), FG ATT.: 18 vs. California (1/6/01), STEALS: 6 at California (2/27/99), 3-PTERS MADE: 6 vs. #2 Stanford (1/4/01), 3-PTERS ATT.: 9 vs. #2 Stanford (1/4/01), FTS MADE: 11 vs. Winthrop (11/11/00), FTS ATT.: 14 vs. Winthrop (11/11/00).

#11 AWVEE STOREY: Five 20-point games and nine double-doubles on year...averaging 13.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in Pac-10 play...averaging 13.7 points and 11.2 rebounds in the past 11 games...16 points and nine boards vs. Washington State on Feb. 8...Pac-10 Player of the Week after notching 17 points and seven boards at Oregon State on Feb. 1 and 23 points and 12 boards on Feb. 4...21 points and 16 boards vs. UCLA on Jan. 18...10 points and 15 boards at UW on Jan. 11...13 points and 16 boards at WSU on Jan. 13...17 points and 13 boards vs. Cal on Jan. 6...18 points and 14 rebounds vs. Ohio on Dec. 29...21 points and 11 boards at SDSU on Dec. 16...suffered a partially torn lateral rectus muscle in the left eye the week of the SDSU game...posted 21 points and 12 boards vs. Kent State on Nov. 25.

CAREER HIGH AWVEE STOREY SEASON HIGH

26 vs. Southern Utah (11/17/00) POINTS

16, twice, vs. UCLA (1/18/01) REBOUNDS

8, three times, at Oregon (3/2/00) OFF. REBS. 7, twice, at Washington St. (1/13/01)

10, four times, at Oregon (2/4/01) DEF. REBS.

5 vs. Belmont (12/22/00) ASSISTS

40 at California (1/8/00) MINUTES 37 vs. USC (1/20/01)

11 at Oregon (2/4/01) FIELD GOALS MADE

21 vs. Ohio (12/29/00) FIELD GOALS ATT.

7 at #25 UCLA (1/22/00) FTS MADE 6, twice, vs. Colgate (11/21/00)

9 vs. Colgate (11/21/00) FTS ATT.

#4 TOMMY SMITH: Averaging 12.8 points in the past nine games and had a career-high 24 points vs. Washington...shooting .621 from the field (23-of-37) and is averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the past four games...matched Pac-10 record for field goal percentage by making all 11 shots vs. Washington...first career-double with 11 points and 12 boards vs. WSU on Feb. 8...15 points at Oregon on Feb. 4...10 points and eight boards at OSU on Feb. 1...13 points at #12 Arizona on Jan. 24...10 points and eight boards vs. #24 USC on Jan. 20...posted 11 points and six boards vs. UCLA on Jan. 18...led ASU with 14 points, including 8-of-10 from the free throw line, at WSU on Jan. 14.

CAREER HIGHS FOR TOMMY SMITH

POINTS: 24 vs. Washington (2/10/01), REBOUNDS: 12, vs. Washington State (2/8/01), BLOCKS: 6 vs. Oregon State (2/3/00), ASSISTS: 5 vs. Washington (2/10/01), MINUTES: 30 vs. Washington State (2/8/01), FIELD GOALS MADE: 11 vs. Washington (2/10/01), FIELD GOALS ATT.: 11, twice, vs. Washington (2/10/01), STEALS: 3, five times, vs. Washington (2/8/01), FTS MADE: 8, twice, at Washington State (1/13/01), FTS ATT.: 10 at Washington State (1/13/01).

#2 DONNELL KNIGHT: Has been in double digits in 16 games...11 points and seven boards vs. Washington on Feb. 10...averaged 11 points and four assists on Oregon road trip (Feb. 1-4)...12 points at #12 Arizona on Jan. 24...17 points and six boards vs. #24 USC on Jan. 20...15 points and 13 boards at Washington on Jan. 11 for first double-double...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...18 points vs. Kent State on Nov. 25...posted career-high 21 points vs. S. Utah on Nov. 17...had 15 points vs. Tulsa and 13 vs. Winthrop in NABC Classic games...averaged nine points, five rebounds and 19.6 minutes in a five-game stretch from Feb. 5-Feb. 19 last year and was a key part of ASU's four-game winning streak in that time.

CAREER HIGHS FOR DONNELL KNIGHT

POINTS: 21 vs. Southern Utah (11/17/00), REBOUNDS: 13 at Washington (1/11/01), BLOCKS: 2, twice, at Oregon (2/4/01), ASSISTS: 7 vs. vs. Belmont (12/22/00), MINUTES: 42 at Washington (1/11/01), FG MADE: 10 vs. Southern Utah (11/17/00), FG ATT.: 17 at San Diego St. (12/16/00), FT MADE: 6, five times, vs. Kent State (11/25/00), FT ATT.: 8 at Washington (1/11/01).

#22 TYSON JOHNSTON: Has three years of eligibity after transferring from Utah after 1998-99...started both games of Washington trip due to ankle injury to Chad Prewitt...six points, five boards and four blocks at Washington on Jan. 11 in first career start...21 minutes and four points vs. #2 Stanford on Jan. 4...nine points and five boards at SDSU on Dec. 16.

CAREER HIGHS FOR TYSON JOHNSTON

POINTS: 9 at San Diego St. (12/16/00), REBOUNDS: 5, twice, at Washington (1/11/01), BLOCKS: 4 at Washington (1/11/01), MINUTES: 28 at Washington (1/11/01), FIELD GOALS MADE: 3, twice, at Washington (1/11/01), FIELD GOALS ATT.: 6 at San Diego St. (12/16/00), FT MADE: 3 at San Diego St. (12/16/00), FT ATT.: 7 at San Diego St. (12/16/00)

#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: Excellent student-athlete who has a 3.3 GPA in construction science...has made 132-of-159 (.830) free throws in his career...one of two Sun Devils to start in all 22 games (Alton Mason is the other)...12 points on 6-of-7 shooting against Washington on Feb. 10...10 points in 26 minutes at Oregon on Feb. 4...16 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 18...14 points and seven boards vs. Stanford on Jan. 4...19 points and 12 boards vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...18 points and eight boards, including 9-9 FTs, vs. Mercer on Dec. 20...10 points, eight rebounds and six assists at SDSU on Dec. 16...11 points and six assists vs. BYU on Dec. 2...had 19 points vs. Tulsa in season opener and then had 17 vs. Winthrop.

CAREER HIGH SHAWN REDHAGE SEASON HIGH

20 vs. Washington (1/13/00) POINTS 19 vs. Tulsa (11/10/00)

12 vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) REBOUNDS

7 vs. Washington State (1/15/00) ASSISTS 6, twice, at San Diego St. (12/16/00)

37, twice, vs. Ohio (12/29/00) MINUTES

8 vs. Washington (1/13/00) FIELD GOALS MADE 6, three, vs. UCLA (1/18/01)

13 vs. UCLA (1/18/01) FIELD GOALS ATT.

9, twice, vs. Mercer (12/20/00) FTS MADE

10 vs. Winthrop (11/11/00) FTS ATT.

5, twice, vs. #2 Stanford (1/4/01) BLOCKS

#52 CHAD PREWITT: Had 14 points vs. USC on Thursday...13 points and five boards vs. Washington on Feb. 10...posted solid minutes on Oregon road trip with 10 points in 16 minutes at Oregon State on Feb. 1 and 15 points in 12 minutes at Oregon on Feb. 4...18 points on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting, including 2-of-2 from the three-point stripe, in 31 minutes at #12 Arizona on Jan. 24...played just 16 minutes the previous four games due to sprained right ankle suffered on Jan. 9...played just four minutes vs. UCLA on Jan. 18...missed Jan. 11 game at Washington and Jan. 20 game vs. USC...played just 12 minutes at Washington St. on Jan. 13...23 points, including three three-pointers, vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...20 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 2...17-39 (.436) from the three-point stripe in his career...was the only Sun Devil to start in all 32 games last year and had started the previous 45 games prior to Washington game...four double-doubles in career...15 points and 11 boards vs. Kent State on Nov. 25...15 points and nine boards vs. Colgate on Nov. 21...had 12 points and nine boards vs. Tulsa on Nov. 10.

CAREER HIGH CHAD PREWITT SEASON HIGH

23 vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) POINTS

11 vs. Kent State (11/25/00) REBOUNDS

8, twice, vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) FGS MADE

13, twice, vs. USC (2/15/01) FGS ATT.

37 at Washington State (2/10/00) MINUTES 33 vs. Colgate (11/21/00)

7 at #1 Stanford (1/6/00) FTS MADE 5 vs. Colgate (11/21/00)

9, twice, at Oregon (3/2/00) FTS ATT. 8 vs. Colgate (11/21/00)

4, twice, vs. Mercer (12/20/00) STEALS

5, twice, vs. Mercer (12/20/00) ASSISTS

3, twice, vs. Colgate (11/21/00) BLOCKS

#3 KYLE DODD: Averaging 28.7 minutes per game in Pac-10 play...had 10 points in 33 minutes in second start of year against USC...first start of the year came on Feb. 10 vs. Washington and he posted six assists and no turnovers in 33 minutes...notched 15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...eight points and six boards in 31 minutes vs. Kent State on Nov. 25...showed tremendous poise in his rookie year, even nailing the game-winning three-pointer in overtime as ASU won at Washington State 81-79 and began its first four-game Pac-10 win streak since 1995.

CAREER HIGH KYLE DODD SEASON HIGH

15 vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) POINTS

6 vs. Kent State (11/25/00) REBOUNDS

5 vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) FIELD GOALS MADE

12 at USC (2/15/01) FIELD GOALS ATT.

42 at Washington State (2/10/00) MINUTES 37 at Washington (1/11/01)

4 vs. UCLA (2/17/00) STEALS

10 vs. UCLA (2/17/00) ASSISTS 6, twice, vs. Washington (2/10/01)

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