Men's Hoops Travels To Bay Area
March 7, 2001
ASU TRAVELS TO BAY AREA: The Arizona State men's basketball team (13-14, 5-11 in Pac-10), under third-year head coach Rob Evans, travels to the Bay Area to take on the California Golden Bears (March 8 at 7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. MST) and the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal (March 10 at 1 p.m PT/2 p.m. MST). The games will be carried on KFYI 550 AM in Phoenix, with Tim Healey (play-by-play) and Vic Cegles (color) calling the action. Arizona State finished a season sweep of the Oregon schools last weekend in Tempe and after starting the Pac-10 season 0-7, the Sun Devils have gone 5-4 since February 1.
A LOOK BACK AT THE OPPONENTS: A look back at ASU's 11 non-conference opponents shows that seven of them have already won 18 games with several conference tournaments still on tap. Three teams have already won 20 games, as Kent (20-9) won the MAC East title, BYU (21-8) tied for the Mountain West title with a 10-4 mark and is the top seed in the tournament and Southern Utah (25-5) is going to the NCAA Tournament after beating Valparaiso in the Mid-Continent finals. ASU's first two opponents in the NABC Classic also are having solid seasons, as Tulsa is 19-10 entering the WAC Tournament and Winthrop is 18-12 and also heading to the NCAAs for the third straight season after winning the Big South Tournament. ASU's two opponents in its holiday tournament were Ohio (18-10) and Charlotte (18-10), and San Diego State is 14-13. Only Colgate, Mercer and Belmont were under .500 as they all finished with 13-15 marks.
HISTORY LESSON: ASU gets an opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the nation when it plays defending Pac-10 champion and current No. 1 Stanford on March 10. It marks the fifth time ASU has played against the top-ranked team. ASU is 1-3, with the win coming almost exactly 20 years to the day (March 7, 1981) in one of the greatest wins in Sun Devil history. ASU, coached by Ned Wulk, travelled to Corvallis and led 40-20 at the half against top ranked Oregon State and won 87-67 on the final day of the regular season. All five ASU starters (Sam Williams, Paul Williams, Alton Lister, Byron Scott and Fat Lever) in that game were future NBA first- or second-round draft picks. A look at ASU vs. No. 1:
Arizona State vs. the No. 1 Team in the Associated Press Poll
Score Date Site
#1 Stanford 86, Arizona State 67 Jan. 6, 2000 Palo Alto, Calif.
#1 Arizona 99, Arizona State 59 Jan. 28, 1988 Tucson, Ariz.
#5 Arizona State 87, #1 Oregon State 67 Mar. 7, 1981 Corvallis, Ore.
#1 UCLA 98, #16 Arizona State 81 (West Regional) Mar. 15, 1973 Los Angeles, Calif.
TOMMY SMITH: Tommy Smith matched a Pac-10 record for field goal percentage by making all 11 shots against Washington on Feb. 10, and has been playing well since mid-January. Smith, a 6-9 sophomore, is averaging 12.2 points in the past 13 games and had a career-high 24 points vs. the Huskies. His 11-of-11 effort put him in the Pac-10 record book with Steve Johnson of OSU (13-of-13 vs. Hawaii-Hilo on Dec. 5, 1979), Marques Johnson of UCLA (11-of-11 vs. Cal on Feb. 27, 1976) and Bryan Bracey of Oregon (10-of-10 vs. UW on Jan. 20, 2000). Smith has scored in double-digits in 11 of the past 13 games after posting double digits in just five games last season (just two Pac-10 games). He had 15 points at UO on Feb. 4, then had his first double-double with 11 points and 12 boards vs. WSU on Feb. 8 before his 24-point, seven-rebound and five-assist effort against UW. In his past eight games, Smith is 41-of-62 (.660) from the field and is averaging 12.6 points. He also ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 1.44 blocks per game (39 total).
VS. STANFORD: Stanford leads the series 25-24, but the Cardinal has won the past six and 10 of the past 11. ASU's only victory in that time was on Jan. 31, 1998, when ASU shocked fourth-ranked Stanford 90-87 in overtime in Palo Alto. Stanford won both games last year, including a 65-57 win in Tempe to close the regular season. In the Pac-10 opener this year, the Cardinal scored an opponent's season high 94 points en route to a 94-77 win on Jan. 4. Stanford jumped out to a 51-32 halftime lead in that game.
VS. CALIFORNIA: The ASU-Cal series had been predictable the past decade, with the home team winning almost every game, but ASU broke that streak with its 111-108 double OT win at Cal on Jan. 8, 2000, when Eddie House scored 61 points, and then Cal returned the favor this year with its 82-67 win on Jan. 6 in Tempe. ASU leads the overall series 29-21. ASU swept the Golden Bears last year for the first time since 1994-95 and Rob Evans is 3-2 against Cal and its head coach, Ben Braun. In the game on Jan. 6, Cal shot 58.3 percent from the field (28-of-48), an opponent's season high against ASU this year. The 58.3 percent also is the fifth-best shooting mark against any Rob Evans-coached team in his 256 games as a head coach.
IN THE CLASSROOM: The Sun Devil men's hoops team had one of its best semesters last fall. Seven Sun Devils posted at least a 3.0 grade point average last semester. One player's academic effort that is worth noting is sophomore Justin Allen, who passed all nine hours with a 3.33 grade point average. Sophomore Shawn Redhage, a construction science major, is an All-Academic candidate with a 3.28 cumulative GPA. Overall, the 14 players on the team had a 2.7 grade point average.
GOOD STOREY: Awvee Storey, a 6-6 junior who led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds last year, leads the Pac-10 at 9.0 boards per game. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 1-4) after averaging 20 points and 9.5 rebounds the Oregon road sweep. Storey also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds at WSU and had 16 again vs. UCLA. The 16 boards is the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 18 in triple-overtime at Texas A & M on Dec. 19, 1998. His 9.0 rebounds per game is the best by a Sun Devil since Alton Lister averaged 9.7 rebounds in 1980-81 and Lester Neal also had 9.0 boards per game in 1992-93, as Neal is the only Sun Devil to lead the league in boards. He also leads the Pac-10 in double-doubles with 10.
DEVIL THREE-DOT DATA: ASU is outrebounding Pac-10 foes by 6.1 boards per game, the second-best mark in the loop, and has outrebounded 20 of its 27 opponents...Alton Mason has made 74-of-91 (.810) free throws in the past 17 games. He made 17-of-19 (.890) against Oregon on March 1, which was one make shy of the school record set by Eddie House last year when he made 18-of-19 en route to his 61 points at California on Jan. 8...sophomore Shawn Redhage is shooting 83.0 percent (135-of-163) from the free throw line in his 59-game career...ASU shot .613 (38-of-62) from the field against Washington on Feb. 10, the fourth-best mark by any Rob Evans-coached team in his 256 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...ASU is averaging 14.81 offensive rebounds this year, the best mark in the league. ASU led the Pac-10 last year at 15.78 per game...junior Brad Nahra is averaging 10 points and 22.7 minutes in the past three games.
SHELL AND ALLEN REDSHIRTING: Two Sun Devils who played solid roles as freshman last year must redshirt this season due to injuries. Tanner Shell, who averaged 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 games including a 24-point effort at USC, broke his left hand in practice in late December and will miss the remainder of the year. Shell had played in just the season opener due to a bulging disc in his back but was practicing for ASU's holiday tournament and was expected to return to the rotation. Last year he had six double-figure scoring games and averaged seven points per game. His 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 play was third on the team. Also, sophomore Justin Allen is redshirting after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease in late September. Allen's treatments have been going well and he is expected to return to the court next season.
AT THE LINE: Sophomore Shawn Redhage has established himself as one of the best free throw shooters in ASU history 59 games into his young career. Redhage is shooting 76-of-92 (.826) this year and is 135-of-163 (.830) in his career. A look at Redhage on ASU career FT list:
CAREER FREE THROWS
Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.
1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 135-163 .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
5. Isaac Burton (1993-95) 208-257 .809
6. Eddie House (1996-2000) 268-336 .789
PREWITT BACK IN ACTION: The Sun Devils received a boost on Jan. 24 at Arizona when 6-9 junior Chad Prewitt (10.3 ppg. and 4.9 rpg.), who badly sprained his right ankle on Jan. 9, returned to the lineup 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. He added six rebounds 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. In the weekend sweep at the Oregon schools, Prewitt averaged 12.5 points and 14 minutes. A look at some ASU stats with and without Prewitt.
Statistic With Chad (23 games) Without Chad (4 games) Total (27 games)
Points PG 74.3 67.2 73.3
Opp. Points PG 67.7 79.8 69.4
FG% 630-1375 (.458) 98-252 (.389) 728-1627 (.447)
3-PT FG% 88-278 (.317) 9-43 (.209) 97-321 (.302)
GREAT SHOOTING NIGHTS: Arizona State has had two of the top five shooting nights by a Rob Evans-coached team against both Oregon (Feb. 4) and Washington (Feb. 10). Against Oregon, ASU was 39-of-63 (.619) from the field, including 20-of-31 (.645) in the second half. Against Washington, ASU was 38-of-62 (.613) from the field, including 20-of-30 (.667) in the second half. Those games are the second and fourth-best shooting nights by an Evans-coached team in his 256 games as a head coach dating to his first season at Ole Miss (1992-93). The best shooting night was on Feb. 15, 1995, when Ole Miss shot 62.5 percent (35-of-56) in a 102-90 victory over LSU. A look at the top five shooting nights by an Evans-coached team:
Rk. Pct. FG-A Evans' Team/Opponent Date
1. .625 35-56 Ole Miss vs. LSU Feb. 15, 1995
2. .619 39-63 Arizona State at Oregon Feb. 4, 2001
3. .618 34-55 Arizona State vs. Washington Jan. 7, 1999
4. .613 38-62 Arizona State vs. Washington Feb. 10, 2001
5. .609 28-46 Ole Miss vs. LSU Jan. 23, 1993
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (132-124/.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 46-43 (.517) 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 88-59 (.597) in the past five seasons.
MILEAGE: The ASU program has logged some serious air miles within the past year. It started last year with a trip to the Puerto Rico Shootout, as ASU travelled 6,032 miles for its first road trip with its six freshmen. Then came trips to BYU (1,016), Bay Area (1,292), Los Angeles (750), North Carolina St. (3,776), Seattle/Pullman (2,216), Oregon/Oregon St. (2,020) and NCSU again (3,776). Add this year's Nov. 9-12 trip to the NABC Classic in Chapel Hill (3,776), the Dec. 16 game at San Diego State (750) and the trips to Seattle/Pullman (2,216), UO/Oregon State (2,020) and USC/UCLA (750) and ASU has flown 30,390 miles since the beginning of last season.
QUICKLY ABOUT LAST YEAR: The ASU men's basketball team (19-13, 10-8 in Pac-10) posted its best season since 1994-95 in Rob Evans second year at the helm of the program in 1999-2000. The young ASU team, with six true freshmen combining for nearly 96 minutes per game and at least one freshman starting in every game, posted a Pac-10 road sweep for the first time since 1996 to begin the second half at WSU/UW and notched a home sweep of the LA schools for the first time since 1986 a week later. It was ASU's first four-game Pac-10 win streak since 1995. ASU also was 3-1 in overtime (all Pac-10 road contests). The Sun Devils posted 19 wins for just the fourth time in the past 17 seasons, as ASU was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 media poll but finished in a tie for fourth with NCAA-bound UCLA (a team ASU beat 104-75 on Feb. 17 to end a 22-game losing streak to the Bruins) at 10-8, sweeping four teams along the way (Cal, WSU, UW and OSU).
SOLID DEFENSE: ASU held BYU (Dec. 2) and Kent State (Nov. 25) to just 30-of-114 (.263) from the floor. BYU is 21-8 and Kent State is 20-9, and both teams are at the top of their conferences. The 15-point loss was the worst for Kent State since it fell at Dayton in its season opener 89-73 on Nov. 14, 1998, while the 28-point loss was the worst for BYU since it fell at Oregon 93-62 on Dec. 5, 1998. The defensive efforts were among the best by a Rob Evans-coached team. Dating to when he took over Ole Miss in 1992-93, those two games rank second and fifth for field goal percentage defense. A look at the top five defensive efforts by an Evans' squad in his nine years, six at Ole Miss and three at Arizona State.
Rk. Pct. FG-A Opponent/Evans' Team Date
1. .200 13-65 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Ole Miss Nov. 24, 1997
2. .254 15-59 Brigham Young at Arizona State Dec. 2, 2000
3. .258 16-62 Alabama vs. Ole Miss Feb. 12, 1997
4. .271 16-59 Delaware State at Ole Miss Dec. 20, 1994
5. .273 15-55 Kent State at Arizona State Nov. 25, 2000
DOUBLE FIGURES: ASU placed all five starters in double digits in the home opener against Southern Utah, a 94-72 win. It marked the first time all five starters notched double-digit points since an 87-66 win over Oregon St. on Feb. 20, 1999. ASU also had five players reached double-digits in its 91-78 win over Charlotte on Dec. 30. Last season, ASU had five players reach double digits just twice (at American-P.R. and vs. Cal). ASU also had six players (and all five starters) reach double digits in the 99-72 win at Oregon on Feb. 4.
PLAYER NOTES/SEASON AND CAREER HIGHS
#1 ALTON MASON: ASU's lone senior...hit game-winning shot vs. Oregon State with four seconds remaining on Mar. 3...had 25 points, including 17-of-19 (.895) from the free throw line, in win over Oregon on Mar. 1...has made 74-of-91 (.810) free throws in the past 17 games...only Sun Devil to start in all 25 games...16 points at USC on Feb. 15...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...season-high four steals at Washington on Jan. 11...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.
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), FIELD GOALS MADE: 10 vs. California (1/6/01), FIELD GOALS 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: 17 vs. Oregon (3/1/01), FTS ATT.: 19 vs. Oregon (3/1/01).
#11 AWVEE STOREY: Six 20-point games and 10 double-doubles on year...averaging 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in Pac-10 play...five straight double-figure rebounding games from Jan. 6-20...26 points and 15 rebounds on 12-of-18 shooting at #24 UCLA on Feb. 17...11 points and 11 rebounds (seven offensive) vs. USC on Feb. 15...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...11 boards vs. USC on Jan. 20...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...26 points vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 17.
CAREER HIGH AWVEE STOREY SEASON HIGH
26, twice, at #24 UCLA (2/17/01) POINTS16, twice, vs. UCLA (1/18/01) REBOUNDS8, three times, at Oregon (3/2/00) OFF. REBS. 7, three, at USC (2/15/01)10, four times, at Oregon (2/4/01) DEF. REBS.5 vs. Belmont (12/22/00) ASSISTS40 at California (1/8/00) MINUTES 37 vs. USC (1/20/01)12 at #24 UCLA (2/17/01) FIELD GOALS MADE21 vs. Ohio (12/29/00) FIELD GOALS ATT.3, five times, Belmont (12/22/00) STEALS7 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 12.2 points in the past 13 games ...had a career-high 24 points vs. Washington on Feb. 10...41-of-62 (.660) from the field and is averaging 12.6 points in his past eight games...12 points, eight boards and five blocks vs. OSU on Mar. 3...17 points and four blocks vs. Oregon on Mar. 1...10 points at #24 UCLA on Feb. 17...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...posted 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting vs. Belmont on Dec. 22...11 points in 14 minutes vs. BYU on Dec. 2...season-high three blocks vs. Colgate on Nov. 21...posted six blocks vs. Oregon St. on Feb. 3, 2000, the most by a Sun Devil since Bobby Lazor had six vs. Texas A & M on Dec. 19, 1997.
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: 33 vs. Oregon State (3/5/01), 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 17 games...11 points vs. Oregon on March 1...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...11 points at Washington State on Jan. 13...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...13 points, seven boards and seven assists vs. Belmont on Dec. 22...18 points vs. Kent State on Nov. 25...posted career-high 21 points vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 17...had 15 points vs. Tulsa and 13 vs. Winthrop in NABC Classic games in early November...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. 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 St. (11/25/00), FT ATT.: 8 at Washington (1/11/01).
#22 TYSON JOHNSTON: Has three years of eligibity remaining 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: An excellent student-athlete who has a 3.3 GPA in construction science...has made 135-of-163 (.830) free throws in his two-year career...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...earned ASU Holiday Classic All-Tournament honors...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) REBOUNDS7 vs. Washington State (1/15/00) ASSISTS 6, twice, at San Diego St. (12/16/00)37, twice, vs. Ohio (12/29/00) MINUTES8 vs. Washington (1/13/00) FIELD GOALS MADE 6, three, vs. UCLA (1/18/01)13 vs. UCLA (1/18/01) FIELD GOALS ATT.3 at USC (2/15/01) STEALS9, twice, vs. Mercer (12/20/00) FTS MADE10 vs. Winthrop (11/11/00) FTS ATT.5, twice, vs. #2 Stanford (1/4/01) BLOCKS
#3 KYLE DODD: Averaging 27.2 minutes per game in Pac-10 play, tied for third on the team...has started four games this year...10 points at USC on Feb. 15 including a two-handed dunk...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...in his final 24 games in 1999-2000, he posted 56 assists and just 16 turnovers in 466 minutes, an average of one turnover every 29 minutes and he did not turn the ball over in the final six games of the year (62 minutes).
CAREER HIGH KYLE DODD SEASON HIGH
15 vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) POINTS6 vs. Kent State (11/25/00) REBOUNDS5 vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) FIELD GOALS MADE12 at USC (2/19/01) FIELD GOALS ATT.42 at Washington State (2/10/00) MINUTES 37 at Washington (1/11/01)4 vs. UCLA (2/17/00) STEALS10 vs. UCLA (2/17/00) ASSISTS 6, twice, vs. Washington (2/10/01)
#52 CHAD PREWITT: Posted eight assists vs. Oregon on March 1...14 points at USC on Feb. 15...13 points and five boards vs. Washington on Feb. 10...posted solid minutes on Oregon road trip with 10 points in 16 minutes at OSU on Feb. 1 and 15 points in 12 minutes at UO on Feb. 4...18 points on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting 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 UW 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...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...12 points and nine boards vs. Tulsa on Nov. 10.
CAREER HIGH CHAD PREWITT SEASON HIGH
23 vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) POINTS11 vs. Kent State (11/25/00) REBOUNDS8, twice, vs. Charlotte (12/30/00) FGS MADE13, twice, at USC (2/15/01) FGS ATT.37 at Washington State (2/10/00) MINUTES 35 vs. Oregon (3/1/01)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) STEALS8 vs. Oregon (3/1/01) ASSISTS3, twice, vs. Colgate (11/21/00) BLOCKS
FALL SIGNEE JASON BRAXTON: The Arizona State men's basketball program signed Jason Braxton (Moreno Valley, Calif./Canyon Springs High School) in the fall signing period. Braxton, a 6-3 guard who can play both the point and the wing, will join the Sun Devil roster in 2001-2002. 'Jason is a very versatile and smart player who can help us immediately next year,' says Rob Evans. 'This is a great signee for us. Our staff searched the country this past year and after watching Jason numerous times, we felt he was the best point guard prospect for our system. His toughness and leadership ability is tremendous. He pushes the ball in transition and is very smart. He committed to us early, so it was obvious that he wanted to be a Sun Devil. We only have two scholarships available because of the youth on the team so we had to be very selective. He is another piece of the puzzle that we now have in building this program into a great one. He joins freshmen and sophomores that were rated very highly in all the scouting services.' The Sporting News ranks Braxton as the 16th-best point guard prospect, calling him 'probably the most athletic point guard in the class' and he was rated by ESPN.com as the 41st-best overall prospect in the nation and by The HoopScoop as the 44th best player. He averaged 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his junior season. CNNSI.com also rates him as the 22nd-best point guard in the nation and Bob Gibbons has him as a top-100 player. Canyon Springs also is where current ASU linebacker Solomon Bates graduated from in 1999. Also, Kenny Crandall, who was a freshman in 1998-99 and started in 23 games, went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene, Ore., and will return to the Sun Devils in 2001-2002. Crandall, a native of Mesa, Ariz., and a 6-4 swingman who prepped at Mountain View High School, averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season. He will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2001-2002. Alton Mason is the lone senior on this year's Sun Devil squad. The spring signing period runs from April 11-May 15.
OLD THREE-DOT DATA: ASU had its flight cancelled from Seattle to Spokane in between the UW-WSU games and as a result arrived in Moscow at its hotel at 1:45 a.m. ASU took a 10 p.m. flight to Spokane and then took a two-hour bus trip to Pullman for its 3 p.m. game. The Sun Devil 'layover' for its 35-minute flight was close to 10 hours...The Sun Devils started at least one freshmen in every game last year...ASU is 25-8 (.758) in its past two seasons when it leads at the half compared to 10-9 in 1998-99, Rob Evans' first year in Tempe...the last ASU opponent to score 100 points in Tempe was third-ranked Arizona on Feb. 27, 1988 (101-73). The current streak of an ASU opponent not scoring 100 points in Tempe stands at 221 games...the 27-point defeat at Oregon on Feb. 4 (99-72) was the largest at McArthur Court since Arizona beat Oregon 92-60 in 1993...ASU is now 4-3 vs. Oregon at McArthur Court in the past seven years...the 32-point win against Washington on Feb. 10 was ASU's largest Pac-10 win since it beat Oregon State 82-44 on Jan. 25, 1995, a span of 104 games.