Men's Basketball Hosts 35th Holiday Tournament

Dec. 27, 2001

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Fri., Dec. 28--azcentral.com Hoops Classic First Round

La.-Lafayette (5-4) vs. Northwestern (7-2) 6 p.m. Tempe No TV

Canisius (1-5) vs. Arizona State (5-4) 8:30 p.m. Tempe Fox Sports Arizona

Sat., Dec. 29--azcentral.com Hoops Classic Consolation/Finals

Consolation Game 5:30 p.m. Tempe No TV

Championships 8 p.m. Tempe No TV

All ASU games on radio in Phoenix on KFYI 550 AM.

ASU HOSTS HOLIDAY TOURNEY: The Arizona State men's basketball team (5-4, 0-2 in Pac-10), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, plays host to its annual holiday tournament, the azcentral.com Hoops Classic, this Friday (Dec. 28) and Saturday (Dec. 29) at Wells Fargo Arena. Louisiana-Lafayette (5-4) takes on Northwestern (7-2) in the opening round at 6 p.m., while ASU takes on Canisius (1-5) in the second game at 8:30 p.m. in a game televised by Fox Sports Net Arizona. Tom Dillon (play-by-play), Tim Kempton (color) and former ASU player Sam Williams (sideline) have the call on the screen, while Tim Healey has the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network with ASU Hall of Famer Lionel Hollins doing color commentary. The azcentral.com Hoops Classic is in its 35th year in 2001 and is a joint effort of the Fiesta Bowl, azcentral.com (the online edition of the Arizona Republic) and Arizona State University. Last year, Pepperdine, Ohio and Conference USA Tournament champion Charlotte visited ASU as 2001 NBA first-round draft picks Brandon Armstrong of Pepperdine and Rodney White of Charlotte competed in the event. Pepperdine won the title.

Arizona State has won 25 of the 34 events (including nine of the past 12) including championship victories against Georgia, Texas, Northwestern, Detroit Mercy, Villanova, Vanderbilt, Eastern Michigan and Penn State. ASU has advanced to the championship 26 of the past 27 years, and 31 of 34 overall (the only exceptions in 1966, 1969 and 2000). ASU's all-time record in the Tournament is 56-12 (.824). Next year, the 2002 Hoops Classic will feature Big 12 member Nebraska, University of California-Santa Barbara and Bucknell.

ASU 1-0 against Canisius, winning 67-63 in 1962-63. The Sun Devils are 2-1 against Northwestern as ASU beat the Wildcats 81-62 in the 1991 Holiday Tournament. ASU is 1-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette, with the teams last meeting in 1978-79.

MORE TOURNAMENT NOTES: Through the years, the Classic has operated under six names, including the Sun Devil Classic (1963-'69 and 1974-'76), the Fiesta Classic (1977-'83), the Kactus Klassic (1984-'88), The Tribune Classic (1989-1997) and the Fiesta Bowl Classic (1998-2000). ASU's annual tourney began in 1963 and has run continuously since 1974. Over the last 34 Classics, a number of outstanding players from around the nation have competed in the Tempe tradition. Top names include 2001 NBA first-round draft picks Brandon Armstrong of Pepperdine and Rodney White of Charlotte, Kerry Kittles of Villanova, Earl Boykins of Eastern Michigan, Erick Dampier of Mississippi State, Rick Mount of Purdue, Greg Ballard of Oregon, current Houston Rocket head coach Rudy Tomjanovich of Michigan, Greg Anderson of Houston, Byron Larkin of Xavier, and Alec Kessler and Litterial Green of Georgia. Sun Devils like Eddie House, Mario Bennett, Jumpin' Joe Caldwell, Fat Lever, Lionel Hollins, Ron Riley and Byron Scott have all been chosen tournament MVPs. Current Sun Devils who have earned all-tournament honors include Shawn Redhage (2000) and Awvee Storey (1999).

QUICK NOTES THROUGH MID-DECEMBER: Junior college transer Curtis Millage is averaging 14.3 points in the past four games, has 16 steals on the year and leads the team in minutes per game at 27.6...Awvee Storey earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's December commencement on Dec. 15...Shawn Redhage has made all 12 of his free throws on the year...Chad Prewitt has three 20-point games on the year...Jason Braxton has 16 steals through nine games...Kyle Dodd has 25 assists and just six turnovers in 189 minutes...sophomore Kenny Crandall is 15-of-29 (.517) 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 78 steals on the year, an average of 8.67 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.

BACK FROM OREGON MISSION: 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 15.8 minutes per game and is 15-of-29 (.532) from the three-point stripe on the year.

ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (137-130/.513) 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 51-49 (.510) 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 93-65 (.589) 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 10 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

PLAYER NOTES/SEASON AND CAREER HIGHS

#1 JASON BRAXTON: A top 50 recruit from last year...has at least one steal in seven games...has played at least 20 minutes in seven of the first nine games...had seven points and four steals at Oregon on Dec. 20 in Pac-10 opener...posted eight points in 27 minutes vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 27.

CAREER HIGHS FOR JASON BRAXTON

POINTS: 8 vs. UC Riverside (11/27/00), REBOUNDS: 8 vs. UC Riverside (11/27/00), ASSISTS: 5 vs. Prairie View A & M (12/1/01), MINUTES: 27 vs. UC Riverside (11/27/00), FG MADE: 3 vs. UC Riverside (11/27/00), FG ATT.: 9 vs. UC Riverside (11/27/00), FT MADE: 3 at Oregon (12/20/01), FT ATT.: 11 at Oregon (12/22/01).

#2 DONNELL KNIGHT: Posted 12 points in 19 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...posted double digits 18 times last year...10 points and six boards at Cal on Mar. 8...averaged 11 points and four assists on Oregon road trip last year (Feb. 1-4, 2001)...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 a double-double...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...18 points vs. Kent State on Nov. 25.

#3 KYLE DODD: Had seven points vs. Utah on Dec. 4...has made 9-of-10 (.900) free throws in his past four games...in his 70-game career, he has 160 assists and just 69 turnovers, a 2.32-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 22.8 minutes in his career (1575 minutes and 69 turnovers)...averaged 26.3 minutes per game in Pac-10 play last year, tied for third on the team...has four dunks in career (one this year)...notched 15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...eight points and six boards in 31 minutes vs. Kent State on Nov. 25, 2000...showed poise in his rookie year (1999-2000), nailing the winning three-pointer in overtime as ASU won at Washington St. 81-79 and began its first four-game Pac-10 win streak since 1995.

#4 TOMMY SMITH: Had 16 points at Oregon on Dec. 20...posted 19 points and nine boards at BYU on Nov. 27...had 14 points and career-high 14 boards vs. Portland State on Nov. 20...voted Most Improved Player at the team's banquet last year...matched a Pac-10 record for FG% by making all 11 shots against Washington on Feb. 10, 2001, and played well from mid-January through the end of last season...averaged 12.5 points in the final 15 games...scored in double-digits in 12 of the final 15 games after posting double digits in just five games in his freshman season (1999-2000)...52-of-78 (.670) from the field and averaged 12.9 points in his final 10 games...shot 58.5 percent from the field (79-of-135) In Pac-10 games last year.

CAREER HIGHS FOR TOMMY SMITH

POINTS: 24 vs. Washington (2/10/01), REBOUNDS: 14 vs. Portland State (11/20/01), BLOCKS: 6 vs. Oregon State (2/3/00), ASSISTS: 5 vs. Washington (2/10/01), MINUTES: 36 at California (3/8/01), FGS MADE: 11 vs. Washington (2/10/01), FGS ATT.: 12, twice, at BYU (11/24/01), STEALS: 3, six times, at BYU (11/24/01), FTS MADE: 9 vs. Portland State (11/20/01), FTS ATT.: 11 vs. Portland State (11/20/01).

#11 AWVEE STOREY: Has 16 double-doubles in ASU 69-game career...had 16 points and 10 boards vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 27...Pac-10 top rebounder last year at 9.1 per game...averaged 12.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in Pac-10 play last year...his 9.7 rebounds per game in Pac-10 games was a conference best...honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...five straight double-figure rebounding games from Jan. 6-20, 2001.

#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Is 15-of-29 (.517) from the three-point stripe on the year...had 10 points and seven boards in first start of season on Dec. 22 at Oregon State...had 22 points vs. Prairie View A & M on Dec. 1, including 19 in the first half...played in 1998-99, Rob Evans' first year, and then went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene, Ore.

#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Averaging 14.3 points in past four games...has 16 steals on the year...had 13 points and eight boards at Oregon State on Dec. 22...had 15 points at Oregon on Dec. 20 in Pac-10 opener...led ASU with 18 points, including 10-of-13 from the free throw line, against Utah on Dec. 4...had 12 points at BYU on Nov. 24...11 points in 34 minutes at Portland State on Nov. 20...16 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.

CAREER HIGHS FOR CURTIS MILLAGE

POINTS: 18 vs. Utah (12/4/01), REBOUNDS: 8 at Oregon State (12/22/01), ASSISTS: 4, twice, at Oregon (12/20/01), MINUTES: 34 vs. Portland State (11/20/01), FG MADE: 6 at BYU (11/24/01), FG ATT.: 14 at BYU (11/24/01), FT MADE: 10 vs. Utah (12/4/01), FT ATT.: 13 vs. Utah (12/4/01).

#20 BRAD NAHRA: Former walkon who has appeared in 53 games in three-year career...averaged 7.8 points and 20.0 minutes in final five games of 2001...had team-high 12 points in 19 minutes vs. #8 Arizona on Feb. 21, 2001...had 11 points in career-high 26 minutes in win over Oregon on March 3, 2001...made 9-of-10 free throws to end last year and averaged 11.4 minutes per game in Pac-10 play...made 13-of-17 FTs in Pac-10 play in 2001.

#22 TYSON JOHNSTON: Played 15 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...transferred from Utah after 1998-99...started both games of 2001 Washington trip due to ankle injury to Chad Prewitt...six points, five boards and four blocks at UW 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.

#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: An excellent student-athlete who has a 3.3 GPA in construction science...2001 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...has made 151-of-181 (.834) free throws in his three-year career...16 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 18, 2001...14 points and seven boards vs. Stanford on Jan. 4, 2001...19 points and 12 boards vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...earned ASU Holiday Classic All-Tournament honors in 2000.

#52 CHAD PREWITT: Has five 20-point games in career, three of them this year...has six career double-doubles and two this year...had 18 points and eight boards at Oregon State on Dec. 22...20 points at BYU on on Nov. 24 (7-10 FGs)...played just eight minutes vs. Portland State on Nov. 27 after hyperextending his left knee, as ASU was winning 19-4 when he went out of the game...21 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.

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