Men's Basketball Travels To Seattle And Pullman

Jan. 8, 2002

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ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (9-4, 2-2) TRAVELS TO SEATTLE AND PULLMAN

Sun Devils on four-game win streak and have won eight of past 10

Thurs., Jan. 10 - at Washington (6-8, 0-4) - 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST - Seattle, Wash. - No TV

Sat., Jan. 12 - at Washington State (4-8, 0-4) - 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MST - Pullman, Wash. - KUSK

All games on radio in Phoenix on KFYI 550 AM.

SUN DEVILS HEAD NORTH AGAIN: The Arizona State men's basketball team (9-4, 2-2 in Pac-10), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, travels to the state of Washington this weekend to take on the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. ASU first takes on the Huskes at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST (no television) on Thursday, Jan. 10, in Seattle and then travels to Pullman to take on the Cougars at 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 12, in a game broadcast by Fox Sports Arizona and shown on KUSK-TV. ASU is on a four-game win streak and has won eight of its past ten. Tim Healey has the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network while Tom Dillon and Tim Kempton will call the game on KUSK on Saturday. ASU is led by Pac-10 Player of the Week Chad Prewitt, who tallied back-to-back career highs in the sweep of Oregon schools with 25 vs. Oregon State and 27 vs. Oregon and also had a career-high 12 boards vs. the Ducks. On the weekend he was 17-of-29 (.586) from the field and 16-of-19 (.842) from the free throw line and averaged 26 points and 10 boards. He has led ASU in scoring in the past five games.

EXHIBIT A: Chad Prewitt is the first four-year player in Rob Evans' tenure at ASU and it is tough to remember any Pac-10 player improving as much as 'Big Red' from a freshman season to a senior season. 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 on Dec. 29 and has 901 career points, is averaging 16.7 points per game this year and is shooting 58.6 percent from the field (75-of-128). He is averaging 21.6 points and 8.2 boards in the past five games and is 35-of-41 (.854) from the free throw line in that time. Prewitt has six 20-point games on the year (13 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games). A final note on his improvement: Prewitt scored more points last weekend (52 points) than he did his whole Pac-10 season in his freshman year back in 1998-99 (46 points in 18 games).

ETC.: Arizona State made 18-of-24 (.750) shots in the second half to beat Oregon and held the Ducks to just 4-of-20 (.200) from the three-point stripe...ASU had just seven turnovers vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4, the second fewest in Rob Evans' 104 games as head coach at ASU. The low was on Feb. 6, 1999, when ASU had just five at Washington...Kyle Dodd has 36 assists and just seven turnovers on the year. In the past five games, he has 14 assists and just one turnover (101 minutes)...sophomore Kenny Crandall is 23-of-48 (.479) from the three-point stripe on the year, good enough for fifth in the Pac-10...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...ASU is 22-3 (.880) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent (12-1 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 17-of-20 (.850) free throws this year...freshman point guard Jason Braxton has started the past four games and has 18 steals on the year...ASU is third in the Pac-10 in steals per game at 8.31 per contest.

IMPACT PLAYER: Junior Curtis Millage is making his mark in his initial ASU season. Millage is just one of three Sun Devils to start in all 13 games (Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are the others) and leads the team in minutes per game at 28.6, as no other Sun Devil averages more than 27. 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 eight games, he is averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and has 11 steals. After starting the season 3-of-19 (.158) from the three-point stripe, he is shooting 7-of-15 (.467) from beyond the arc in his past six games and is 33-of-70 (.471) from the field in his past seven contests. He also leads the team with 23 steals.

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' 104 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

THE UW SERIES: Arizona State holds a 30-19 lead in the UW series that began in 1978...the two teams split the seasons series last year with Washington posting a 70-68 overtime win on Jan. 11 in Seattle and the Sun Devils winning 89-57 on Feb. 10 in Tempe...ASU and Washington have met 24 times in Seattle and the series is tied 12-12...Rob Evans is 4-2 against Washington and Bob Bender...the Sun Devils have won five of the past seven against the Huskies...ASU outrebounded Washington by 44 in its two games last year...Kyle Dodd has 17 assists and just two turnovers in four career games vs. UW...Donnell Knight is averaging nine points and seven boards against UW in four career games...Tommy Smith is 20-of-28 (.714) from the field against UW.

THE WSU SERIES: ASU leads the WSU series 26-23 and has won six of the past eight...Rob Evans is 4-2 against WSU and 2-2 against Paul Graham...ASU is 5-1 in six overtime games against the Cougars.

LAST MEETING VS. UW: Tommy Smith came off the bench and scored a career-high 24 points and tied a Pac-10 record by making all 11 of his shots from the field in ASU's 89-57 win at Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 10, 2001, which was the worst loss of the season for the Huskies. Smith matched the record of UCLA's Marques Johnson who made 11 field goals without a miss against California in 1976. Smith scored 10 points to ignite a 19-2 ASU run during which Washington went without a field goal for 6:48. The final 32-point margin was the largest of the game as ASU tallied the game's final 10 points. The Sun Devils shot 61 percent from the field and outrebounded UW 45-25.

THE LAST MEETING IN SEATTLE: Will Perkins and C.J. Massingale each tallied 13 points, helping UW snap a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime win over ASU at Bank of America Arena on Jan. 11, 2001. The Huskies hit 11-of-24 shots from 3-point range, including a string of six straight treys in the second half that helped erase a nine-point deficit. ASU extended a 32-27 halftime lead to 43-34. The margin was 46-38 before reserve Grant Leep began a 20-8 UW run on a 3-pointer with 10:31 left in regulation. Leep made another trey while Massingale and Michael Johnson each hit two during the run that ended at 2:55 with the Huskies ahead 58-54. ASU scored four straight points, including a put-back by Donnell Knight with seven seconds left, to force overtime. UW converted 9-of-15 free throws during overtime, taking the lead for good at 69-66 on a pair by Thalo Green with 42 seconds to play. For the game, Leep hit all three of his 3-points attempts and Massingale was 3-of-4. Knight finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Awvee Storey had 10 points and led a 55-31 Sun Devil rebounding advantage with 15 boards. Perkins had 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double.

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 19.8 minutes per game and is 23-of-48 (.479) from the three-point stripe on the year.

ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (141-130/.520) 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 55-49 (.529) 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 97-65 (.599) 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.)	156-189	.8252.	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

#1 JASON BRAXTON: A top 50 recruit from last year...ASU is 4-0 with him in the starting lineup...has at least one steal in nine games...has played at least 20 minutes in 10 of 14 games...earned first start vs. Canisius on Dec. 28...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 8-of-11 (.727) free throws in his past seven games...posted five points and six boards in season-high 22 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...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...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 eight games...has 14 assists and one turnover in his past five games (101 minutes)...in his 74-game career, he has 171 assists and just 70 turnovers, a 2.44-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 23.6 minutes in his career (1649 minutes and 70 turnovers)...six points and five assists vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...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 five dunks in career (two this year)...notched 15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 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: Posted 18 points, eight boards and six assists vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4...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 73-game ASU 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: Averaging 14.0 points, shooting 9-of-11 (.818) from the floor, 4-of-5 (.800) from the three-point stripe and has made all six free throws in the past two games...is 23-of-48 (.479) from the three-point stripe on the year...14 points on 5-of-5 shooting vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...14 points in season-high 33 minutes vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4...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 13.8 points in past eight games...has 23 steals on the year...is 33-of-70 (.521) from the field in the past seven games...7-of-15 (.467) from beyond the arc in his past six games...17 points vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...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 55 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 156-of-189 (.825) free throws in his three-year career...seven points in 15 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...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: Averaging 21.6 points and 8.2 boards in the past five games and is 35-of-41 (.854) from the free throw line in that time...has six 20-point games on the year (13 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games)...has seven career double-doubles and three this year...is 35-of-41 (.854) from the free throw line in the past five games...tallied back-to-back career highs in the sweep of Oregon schools with 25 vs. Oregon State and 27 vs. Oregon and also had a career-high 12 boards vs. the Ducks on Jan. 6...was 17-of-29 (.586) from the field and 16-of-19 (.842) from the free throw line and averaged 26 points and 10 boards in Oregon schools sweep...has led ASU in scoring in the past five 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.

SHELL AND ALLEN UPDATES: 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 last year and missed the remainder of the 2000-2001 season and took a medical redshirt. In 1999-2000, 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. Shell took an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Nov. 27 this year for personal reasons. Also, Justin Allen redshirted last season as he recovered from Hodgkin's Disease and is back on the court this season.

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