Men's Basketball Hosts Oregon Schools On Friday-Sunday
Jan. 2, 2002
Fri., Jan. 4 - vs. Oregon State (8-4, 1-1), 6:30 p.m. MT (No TV)
Sun., Jan. 6 - vs. Oregon (9-3, 2-0), 6:30 p.m. MT (No TV)
All games on radio in Phoenix on KFYI 550 AM.
SUN DEVILS RETURN TO PAC-10 PLAY: The Arizona State men's basketball team (7-4, 0-2 in Pac-10), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, returns to Pac-10 play this weekend when it hosts the Oregon State Beavers on Friday, Jan. 4, and the Oregon Ducks on Sunday, Jan. 6. Both games begin at 6:30 p.m. MT (no local television for either game). Although Pac-10 games are normally a Thursday-Saturday format, the league is playing Friday-Sunday due to the Pac-10 Conference hosting the Rose Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 3. ASU is coming off two wins in its holiday tournament on Dec. 28-29, as it beat Canisius 77-54 and Northwestern 77-60. Chad Prewitt won tournament MVP honors after averaging 19 points in the two games, including 15-of-18 (.833) from the free throw line. Junior Curtis Millage earned all-tournament honors after posting a season-high 19 points vs. Northwestern. Tim Healey has the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network with ASU Hall of Famer Lionel Hollins doing color commentary.
EXHIBIT A: Chad Prewitt is the first four-year player in Rob Evans' tenure at ASU and his improvement since 1998-99 has been solid. ASU has been void of four-year players in its recent history, with only Eddie House (1996-2000), Jeremy Veal (1994-98), Quincy Brewer (1992-97) and Ron Riley (1992-96) playing four seasons beginning with the 1992-93 season. Prewitt, who played his 100th career game vs. Northwestern and has 849 career points, is averaging 15.0 points per game this year and is shooting 58.6 percent from the field (58-of-99). He is averaging 18.7 points and seven boards in the past three games and is 19-of-22 (.864) from the free throw line in that time. Prewitt has four 20-point games on the year (11 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games).
IMPACT PLAYER: Junior Curtis Millage is beginning to make his mark in his initial ASU season. Millage is just one of three Sun Devils to start in all 11 games (Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are the others) and leads the team in minutes per game at 28.3, as no other Sun Devil averages more than 25. He is averaging 12.6 points, and his recent play suggests he is beginning to become comfortable with the Division I game. In his past six games, he is averaging 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and has 10 steals. After starting the season 3-of-19 (.158) from the three-point stripe, he is shooting 7-of-13 (.538) from beyond the arc in his past four games and is 25-of-48 (.521) from the field in his past five contests. He also leads the team with 22 steals.
ETC.: ASU was 18-of-20 (.900) from the free throw line against Canisius on Dec. 28, its best mark since Jan. 24, 1998, when it went 15-of-16 (.938) at Oregon...Kyle Dodd has 30 assists and just six turnovers in 226 minutes. He has not committed a turnover in the past three games (64 minutes)...ASU is 21-3 (.875) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent (11-1 in the past two seasons)...Awvee Storey earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's Dec. 15 mid-year commencement...Shawn Redhage has made 16-of-18 (.889) free throws this year...freshman point guard Jason Braxton has started the past two games and has 17 steals on the year...sophomore Kenny Crandall is 19-of-43 (.442) from the three-point stripe and had 19 points vs. Prairie View A & M in the first half. He ended with a career-high 22 points...ASU has 95 steals on the year (8.64 per game).
THE OREGON ROAD TRIP (DEC. 20-22): ASU lost both games of the Oregon road trip to begin Pac-10 play on Dec. 20-22 as it fell to Oregon 103-90 and then lost 62-57 at Oregon State on Dec. 22. The 103 points by Oregon on Dec. 20 marked the first time in Evans' ASU era that an opponent had scored in triple-digits in regulation. The Ducks racked up ASU opponent season highs in points (103), field goals made, attempted and percentage (32-of-56/.571), free throws made, attempted and percentage (35-of-39/.897), first-half points (48) and second-half points (55). Oregon also outrebounded ASU 31-24.
Against Oregon State, the Beavers jumped out to a 38-28 halftime lead but ASU held OSU to just 24-second half points. ASU outrebounded the Beavers 37-24, grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and posted 20 more field goal attempts but was just 22-of-59 (.373) from the field compared to OSU's 20-of-39 (.513). ASU got just five points from its bench in the game, all of them from Jason Braxton. The other six ASU players off the bench played a total of 38 minutes but missed four field goals and grabbed just one rebounds.
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 before losing in Corvallis on Dec. 22...in 1999-2000, then-freshman Tommy Smith posted six blocks in a 75-64 win in Tempe...ASU is 14-5 vs. OSU in the past 10 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...Rob Evans is 5-2 against the Beavers, including a 3-0 in Tempe...OSU leads the series 33-24.
VS. UO: ASU leads the series 29-23 and swept the Ducks for the first time since 1992-93 last year, which was the second-longest drought among ASU Pac-10 foes (ASU has swept UCLA just once, in 1979-80)...ASU is 4-4 in its past eight seasons in Eugene, the Ducks are 5-2 against ASU in Tempe in those same seasons...in the game in Eugene on Feb. 4 last year, ASU had season highs in points (99), field goals made (39), field goal percentage (.619), and points in a half (51 in the second half) in the 99-72 win...Donnell Knight is averaging 8.2 points per game against the Ducks in his five career games...Tommy Smith is averaging 13.2 points and is 28-of-41 (.683) from the field agianst UO...Rob Evans is 3-4 vs. the Ducks and Ernie Kent.
SOLID DEFENSE: ASU held Canisius to just .271 from the floor (13-of-48) on Dec. 28, the second-best defensive mark in Rob Evans' 102 games at ASU (1998-present). BYU's 15-of-59 (.254) shooting on Dec. 2, 2001, is the second-best defensive effort by any Rob Evans-coached team, dating to when he took over Ole Miss in 1992-93 (a span of 269 games). A look at the top five defensive efforts by an Evans' squad in his 10 years, six at Ole Miss and now in his fourth at Arizona State:
Rk. Pct. FG-A Opponent/Evans' Team Date1. .200 13-65 Ark.-Pine Bluff at Ole Miss Nov. 24, 19972. .254 15-59 BYU at ASU Dec. 2, 20003. .258 16-62 Alabama vs. Ole Miss Feb. 12, 19974t. .271 13-48 Canisius vs. ASU Dec. 28, 20014t. .271 16-59 Delaware St. at Ole Miss Dec. 20, 1994
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 18.5 minutes per game and is 19-of-43 (.442) from the three-point stripe on the year.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (139-130/.517) 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 53-49 (.520) 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 95-65 (.594) 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. A look at Redhage on ASU career FT list:
ASU CAREER FREE THROWS
Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 155-187 .8292. 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
#1 JASON BRAXTON: A top 50 recruit from last year...has at least one steal in eight games...has played at least 20 minutes in eight of 11 games...earned first start vs. Canisius on Dec. 28...after going 3-of-11 (.273) from the free throw line at Oregon, he has made 5-of-6 (.833)...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.
#2 DONNELL KNIGHT: Has made 7-of-8 (.875) free throws in his past five games...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: Has made 12-of-14 (.857) free throws in his past six games...has eight assists and no turnovers in his past three games (64 minutes)...in his 72-game career, he has 165 assists and just 69 turnovers, a 2.39-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 23.4 minutes in his career (1612 minutes and 69 turnovers)...had seven points vs. Utah on Dec. 4...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.
#11 AWVEE STOREY: Has 16 double-doubles in ASU 71-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 pl ay 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 19-of-43 (.443) from the three-point stripe on the year...nine points in season-high 32 minutes vs. Northwestern on Dec. 29...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 14.2 points in past six games...has 22 steals on the year...is 25-of-48 (.521) from the field in the past six games...has made 8-of-16 (.500) from the three-point stripe in the past five games...named to the all-tournament team of ASU's holiday tournament after scoring 19 vs. Northwestern on Dec. 29...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...16 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.
#20 BRAD NAHRA: Former walkon who has appeared in 54 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 155-of-187 (.829) 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 six 20-point games in career, four of them this year...has six career double-doubles and two this year...is 19-of-22 (.864) from the free throw line in the past three games...posted 22 points on 7-of-8 (.875) shooting from the field on Dec. 29 vs. Northwestern in ASU holiday tournament final which earned him tourney MVP honors...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.