Men's Hoops Has Five-Game Win Streak Vs. Beavers
Dec. 21, 2001
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (5-3, 0-1) MEET OREGON STATE (5-4, 0-1)
Sun Devils have won five straight over the Beavers including past two in Corvallis
ASU VS. BEAVERS: The Arizona State men's basketball team (5-3, 0-1), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, meets the Oregon State Beavers (5-4, 0-1) at 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MST on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Gill Coliseum. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini have the call on Fox Net, as ASU is 1-0 on Fox Net this year with a 71-62 win over Utah on Dec. 4 at America West Arena. Tim Healey has the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network. With the Pac-10 Tournament reinstated for March 7-9 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, the Pac-10 schedule began Dec. 20 as ASU had its earliest league game since since Nov. 30, 1989, when it opened the regular season vs. Oregon on Thursday. The Sun Devils and the Ducks were tied at 52 at the 18:03 mark of the second half but Oregon went on a 14-0 run and held on for a 103-90 win. ASU is now 8-5 vs. the Oregon schools under Rob Evans, including a 4-3 mark on the road. The Pac-10 early schedule has not worked in Rob Evans' favor, though, as this year marked the third time in his four-year ASU career that the Sun Devils have opened on the road to start league play. The only home game in that time was last year against second-ranked Stanford.
QUICK NOTES THROUGH EIGHT GAMES: ASU has had five different players lead it in scoring in its eight games...Tommy Smith had a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Portland State...Shawn Redhage has made all 12 of his free throws on the year...Chad Prewitt has three 20-point games on the year...Curtis Millage has 14 steals on the year and had 15 points, including three three-pointers, against Oregon...Jason Braxton has 16 steals through eight games...Kyle Dodd has 22 assists and just six turnovers in 162 minutes...sophomore Kenny Crandall is 12-of-23 (.522) from the three-point stripe on the year and had 19 points vs. Prairie View A & M in the first half. He ended with a career-high 22 points...ASU has 71 steals on the year, an average of 8.86 per game...ASU is 21-3 (.875) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including an 11-1 mark in the past two seasons....Awvee Storey earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's December commencement on Dec. 15.
VS. OSU: ASU swept OSU in 1999-2000 for the first time since 1996, and then increased its win streak to five over the Beavers with another sweep last year. In 1999-2000, then-freshman Tommy Smith posted six blocks in a 75-64 win in Tempe. ASU is 14-4 vs. OSU in the past nine years and has won eight of the past nine in Tempe. In his first trip to Corvallis, Rob Evans and the Sun Devils lost by 30 (81-51) to the Beavers, matching the worst loss in Evans' four-year career at ASU, but Evans is 5-1 against the Beavers, including a 2-1 mark in Corvallis. OSU leads the overall series 32-24.
THE OREGON GAME: ASU shot 51.9 percent from the field (28-of-54) and was 10-of-19 (.526) from the three-point stripe but allowed the Ducks to shoot 57.1 percent (32-of-56) in their 103-90 loss on Thursday. In Rob Evans's 266 games as a head coach, it marked just the third time an opponent had scored in triple-digits in regulation and it is the most his ASU team has given up in regulation. Curtis Millage was 5-of-8 from the field and had 15 points in his first Pac-10 game, and Tommy Smith led ASU with 16 points.
BACK FROM OREGON: Kenny Crandall, who was a freshman in 1998-99 and started 23 games, went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene and returned to the Sun Devils this year. Crandall, a native of Mesa, Ariz., and a 6-3 swingman who prepped at Mountain View High School, averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season and has three years of eligibility. Crandall is averaging 14.4 minutes per game and is 12-of-23 (.522) from the three-point stripe on the year. His 51 career three-pointers already is 10th on the ASU career list.
ABOUT THE REBOUNDING: ASU was third in the Pac-10 in rebounding last year and has done a tremendous job of hitting the boards since Rob Evans became coach in 1998. ASU outrebounded 21 of its 29 opponents in 2000-2001 and has outrebounded 61 teams in 99 games under Evans. ASU outrebounded its opponents by six boards per game last year, the third straight season it has outrebounded its opponents. Before Evans arrived, ASU had not outrebounded its opponents on the year since 1987-88. However, ASU has been outboarded in three games already this season.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (137-129/.515) is in his fourth season at Arizona State in 2001-2002 (tenth overall) 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 55-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 51-48 (.515) 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 nationally. 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 93-63 (.596) in the past six seasons.
AT THE LINE: Shawn Redhage has established himself as the best free throw shooter in ASU history. Redhage shot 80-of-98 (.816) last year, fourth-best in the Pac-10, and has made all 12 free throws this year. A look at Redhage on ASU career FT list:
ASU CAREER FREE THROWS
Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 151-181 .8342. Alex Austin (1986-90) 255-313 .8153. Rick Taylor (1974-78) 253-311 .8144. Dennis Hamilton (1963-66) 261-321 .8135. Isaac Burton (1993-95) 208-257 .809
ROAD OPENERS: In its 24 Pac-10 seasons, ASU is now 6-18 (.250) in its first Pac-10 road game. ASU has not won its first Pac-10 road game since it beat WSU 95-86 on Jan. 16, 1992 (10 straight defeats). ASU won Pac-10 road openers in the 1991-92, 1987-88, 1984-85, 1980-81, 1979-80 and 1978-79 seasons.
QUICK NOTES...*ASU's 10 three-pointers made at Oregon on Thursday is the most since it made 10 at UCLA on Jan. 22, 2000.
*ASU was 24-of-36 (.667) from the line on Thursday, but Jason Braxton was 3-of-11 (.273). The rest of the Sun Devils were 21-of-25 (.840).
*Freshman Jason Braxton already has 16 steals on the year, an average of two per game. The ASU freshman record for steals in a season is 59 by Eddie House in 1996-97.
*Ten Sun Devils are averaging at least 10 minutes per game. Curtis Millage leads the team at 27.6 minutes per contest. Millage also is shooting 16-of-29 (.552) from the field in his past four games.
*Tommy Smith is shooting 54.9 percent from the field on the year (39-of-71). Dating to last year, Smith is 91-of-149 (.611) in his past 18 games.