Men's Hoops Takes On No. 18 USC
Jan. 18, 2002
ASU VS. USC: The Arizona State men's basketball team (10-6, 3-4), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, meets the No. 18 USC Trojans (13-3, 5-1) at 4 p.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Wells Fargo Arena. Tim Healey and Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network, while Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas have the call for ABC (KNXV-15 in Phoenix). ASU fell to UCLA 82-79 on Thursday while USC lost at No. 15 Arizona 97-80. ASU is 9-4 after starting the season 1-2 and is the only Pac-10 team to defeat Oregon this year.
VS. UCLA (JAN. 17): Arizona State put up a season-high 77 field goal attempts but made just 30 (.390) in an 82-79 loss to No. 9 UCLA on Thursday. ASU matched a season-low with seven turnovers, but fell behind 23-16 at the 7:14 mark of the first half. ASU took the lead at 29-28, but the Bruins went on an 8-2 run to close the half and lead 36-31. UCLA led by as many as 14 in the second half but ASU cut the lead to four with :49 seconds left. Chad Prewitt led four ASU players in double figures, as he had 22 points and eight boards. Curtis Millage added 15 points and seven boards while Tommy Smith had 13. Jason Braxton and Awvee Storey added 10. Shawn Redhage matched a career-high with seven assists. ASU was just 6-of-27 (.222) from the three-point stripe, including 0-of-7 (.000) in the first half. The Bruins outrebounded ASU 50-35 and shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61), including 16-of-30 (.533) in the first half. The -15 rebounding margin marked just the fourth time in Rob Evans's 274 games as a head coach his team had been outrebounded by 15 or more boards.
NEW GROUP: Expect ASU to have a completely new starting five against USC compared to last year's game in Tempe. ASU should start freshman Jason Braxton and junior college transfer Curtis Millage in the backcourt, who are both in their first year. Kenny Crandall was on a Mormon Mission last year and Tommy Smith was coming off the bench. Chad Prewitt missed last year's USC game with a badly sprained ankle. ASU started Alton Mason, Donnell Knight, Shawn Redhage, Awvee Storey and Tyson Johnston in the game last year. Mason was a senior while the other four players are reserves.
SHOOT IT, PREWITT: Senior Chad Prewitt, the Pac-10 Player of the week on Jan. 7, is averaging 20.9 points and 7.9 boards in the past eight games and is 51-of-64 (.797) from the free throw line in that time. Prewitt has eight 20-point games on the year (16 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games). He has led ASU in scoring in seven of the past eight games. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 20.4 points per game. Prewitt is the first four-year player under Evans at ASU, as the ASU program has been void of four-year players in the past decade. Beginning with the 1992-93 season, ASU has had just four four-year players: Eddie House (1996-2000), Jeremy Veal (1994-98), Ron Riley (1992-96) and Quincy Brewer (1992-97). Prewitt has 960 career points and has averaged 9.1 points per game in his career. He averaged just 4.1 points per game in his freshman season.
CHAD PREWITT CAREER YEAR-BY-YEAR
Year G-GS Min.-PG FG-A FG% 3P-A 3P% FT-A FT% REB. PF-D A TO BL ST PTS-Avg.01-02 16-16 438-27.4 95-170 55.9 12-36 33.3 74-97 76.3 101-6.3 39-0 38 29 7 12 276-17.300-01 27-23 652-24.1 101-210 48.1 13-37 35.1 58-91 63.7 132-4.9 100-7 56 38 14 24 273-10.199-00 32-32 704-22.0 110-215 51.2 5-15 33.3 63-89 70.8 136-4.3 120-10 40 44 13 24 288-9.098-99 30-8 459-15.3 45-82 54.9 1-2 50.0 32-48 66.7 88-2.9 77-3 26 38 7 16 123-4.1Career 105-79 2253-21.5 351-677 51.8 31-90 34.4 227-325 69.8 457-4.4 336-20 160 149 41 76 960-9.1
MILEAGE OUT OF MILLAGE: Junior college transfer Curtis Millage has made quite an impact in his first season. Millage is averaging 14.9 points in the past 11 games, including a season-high 24 points at Washington State. After starting the season 3-of-19 (.158) from the three-point stripe, he is 13-of-31 (.419) from beyond the arc. He is averaging 17.8 points per game in his past four contests.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: ASU had seven turnovers vs. UCLA on Jan. 17 and vs. OSU on Jan. 4, the second-fewest in Rob Evans' 108 games as ASU coach. ASU is averaging just 12.3 turnovers in the past six games.
THE USC SERIES: USC leads the series 35-26 and has won six of the past seven games. ASU's lone win in that time was a 93-81 win in Tempe on Feb. 19, 2000.
BRAXTON A STARTER: Freshman Jason Braxton has started the past seven games at point guard and ASU is 5-2 in that time. He posted a season-high 10 points in the UCLA game on Thursday and matched a season-high with 27 minutes.
REDHAGE PUTS TOGETHER PAIR: Junior forward Shawn Redhage has made 158-of-191 (.827) free throws in his career, the best mark in ASU history. Redhage is 19-of-22 (.864) on the year. He also matched a career-high with seven assists vs. UCLA on Thursday. He had six points, six boards and seven assists in 18 minutes off the bench. Last Saturday against Washington State, Redhage played a season-high 24 minutes and notched eight points.
ASU QUICK PLAYER NOTES
*Kyle Dodd has 43 assists and just nine turnovers on the year. In the past eight games, he has 21 assists and just three turnovers (167 minutes). Dodd is 17-of-24 (.708) from the line in his past 10 games. In his 77-game career, he has 178 assists and just 72 turnovers (2.47-to-1 ratio).
*Donnell Knight has made 8-of-11 (.727) free throws in the past 10 games. He played a season-high 22 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6, which is Oregon's lone loss in Pac-10. He also had 12 points in 19 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4.
*Tommy Smith had 19 points and nine boards at WSU on Jan. 12 and had 13 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 17. He has scored in double figures in four of his past five games.
*Awvee Storey had his second-best rebounding game of the year at Washington with nine boards in 16 minutes. He posted 10 points in 17 minutes vs. UCLA on Thursday.
SUN DEVIL TEAM NOTES
*ASU is 23-3 (.885) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent (13-1 in the past two seasons).
*ASU's 10 three-pointers made at Oregon on Dec. 20 is the most since it made 10 at UCLA on Jan. 22, 2000. ASU also was 24-of-36 (.667) from the free throw line at Oregon, but Jason Braxton was 3-of-11 (.273). The rest of the Sun Devils were 21-of-25 (.840).
*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 10-1 this year when it leads at the half, 0-5 when it trails at the half.
*ASU 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.
*Chad Prewitt already has eight 20-point games this year, which already passes team leaders Awvee Storey and Alton Mason from last year who each had six in 2000-2001. Eddie House had 17 in 1999-2000.
*Shawn Redhage became the eighth ASU player to lead the team in assists this year with his seven on Thursday, which matched an ASU individual high.
*No team has scored 100 points vs. ASU in Tempe in the past 228 games. The last team to do so was third-ranked Arizona on Feb. 27, 1988 (101-73).
*The Sun Devils are in a stretch of game that has them playing four straight games against ranked opponents. ASU played No. 9 UCLA Thursday, plays No. 18 Saturday, hosts No. 15 Arizona Wednsday and then plays at #19 Stanford on Jan. 31.