Men's Hoops Hosts No. 10 Arizona Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 22, 2002
SUN DEVILS HOST I-10 MATCHUP: The Arizona State men's basketball team (10-7, 3-5 in Pac-10), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, plays host to the tenth-ranked Arizona Wildcats (13-4, 6-2) at 8:30 p.m. MST on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in a game televised by Fox Sports Net. Tim Healey and ASU Hall of Famer Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network while Barry Tompkins and Dan Belloumini have the call on Fox Sports Net. ASU lost a pair of close games to ranked teams last weekend as it fell to ninth-ranked UCLA 82-79 on Thursday and then lost to No. 18 USC 81-73 on Saturday. Against UCLA , ASU had just seven turnovers, matching the total for the second-fewest in Rob Evans 108 games as ASU coach, but was outrebounded 50-35 and shot just 39 percent (30-of-77) from the field and just 6-of-27 (.222) from the three-point stripe. Against USC, the Sun Devils outrebounded the Trojans 43-36 and held USC to just .413 from the field (26-of-63), but ASU was just 18-of-34 (.529) from the foul line and USC was 22-of-26 (.846) at the charity stripe. UA leads the overall series 126-72 and has won the past 12. The last time ASU beat Arizona was on March 11, 1995, a 103-98 double-overtime game in Tucson. UA enters the game ranked tenth and the last time the Sun Devils beat a top-10 team in Tempe was that same year, as No. 15 ASU beat No. 9 UA 53-52 on Jan. 5. Another UA twist is the last time an unranked ASU team beat a ranked team at home was on March 12, 1994, when the Sun Devils beat seventh-ranked Arizona 94-87. The Sun Devils are led by Jan. 7 Pac-10 Player of the Week Chad Prewitt, who tallied back-to-back career highs in the sweep of the Oregon schools (Jan. 4-6) with 25 vs. Oregon State and 27 vs. Oregon. He also set a career-high with 12 boards vs. the Ducks, as ASU gave UO its only Pac-10 loss this year. He has led ASU in scoring in eight of the past nine games and is averaging 20.5 points and 7.8 boards in Pac-10 play.
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 more than '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 981 career points, is averaging 17.5 points per game this year and is shooting .560 from the field (102-of-182). He is averaging 20.9 points and 8.3 boards in the past nine games. Prewitt has nine 20-point games on the year (17 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games). A final note on his improvement: Prewitt scored more points in the Jan. 4-6 weekend sweep of the Oregon schools (52 points) than he did his whole Pac-10 season in his freshman year back in 1998-99 (46 points in 18 games). He is sixth in the Pac-10 at 17.5 points per game and tied for the league lead with his nine 20-point games.
ETC.: ASU is 23-3 (.885) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including a 13-1 (.929) mark in the past two seasons...after fouling out of 20 games in his first three seasons (89 games), Chad Prewitt has yet to foul out of a game this year...Kyle Dodd has 46 assists and just 10 turnovers on the year. In the past nine games, he has 24 assists and just four turnovers (190 minutes)...sophomore Kenny Crandall is 30-of-68 (.441) from the three-point stripe on the year, good enough for eighth in the Pac-10. In Pac-10 games, he is 17-of-36 (.472)...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 20-of-24 (.333) free throws this year. He played a season-high 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 12 and posted eight points. He also had seven assists vs. UCLA on Jan. 17...sophomore Justin Allen played a season-high 11 minutes at Washington State and scored five points...freshman point guard Jason Braxton has started the past eight games...ASU leads the Pac-10 in assists (16.8 per game) but does not have anyone ranked in the top 10 in assists individually...ASU is 10-1 when it leads at the half but 0-6 when it trails.
IMPACT: Junior Curtis Millage is making his mark in his initial ASU season. Millage is just one of three players to start all 17 games (Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are the others) and leads the team in minutes per game at 28.4. He is averaging 13.2 points (14.1 in Pac-10). In his past 12 games, he is averaging 14.2 points, including a season-high 24 at Washington State on Jan. 12. After starting the season 3-of-19 (.158) from the three-point stripe, he is shooting 13-of-32 (.406) from beyond the arc in his past 10 games and leads the team with 28 steals.
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 20.9 minutes per game and is 30-of-68 (.441) from the three-point stripe on the year. In Pac-10 play, he is 17-of-36 (.472).
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (142-133/.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 56-52 (.519) 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 98-68 (.590) in the past six seasons.
TURNING 20: Here's the list of Pac-10 players that have turned in the most 20-point performances this season:
Player, Team 20-point gamesJason Gardner, ARIZ 9Casey Jacobsen, STAN 9Chad Prewitt, ASU 9Jason Kapono, UCLA 6Billy Knight, UCLA 6Doug Wrenn, WASH 6
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.) 159-193 .8242. 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...ASU is 5-3 with him in the starting lineup...has played at least 20 minutes in 11 of 17 games...had seven points vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19...had 10 points in 27 minutes vs. No. 9 UCLA on Jan. 17...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 11 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 24 assists and five turnovers in his past seven games (190 minutes)...in his 78-game career, he has 181 assists and just 73 turnovers, a 2.48-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 23.8 minutes in his career (1738 minutes and 73 turnovers)...had 10 points at Washington on Jan. 10...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 career-high 15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...showed poise in his rookie year (1999-2000), nailing the winning three-pointer in OT as ASU won at WSU 81-79 and began its first four-game Pac-10 win streak since 1995.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Posted 18 points and 10 boards vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19...had 19 points, nine boards and three blocks at Washington State on Jan. 12...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 76-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: Has scored in double figures in four games on the year...averaging 9.0 points, shooting 18-of-33 (.545) from the floor and is 5-of-6 (.833) from the free throw line in the past six games...is 30-of-68 (.441) from the three-point stripe on the year...12 points and six boards, including 3-of-5 from the three-point stripe, off the bench vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19...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 OSU...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 12 games...has 28 steals on the year...13-of-32 (.406) from beyond the arc in his past 10 games...14-of-15 (.933) from the free throw line in the past four games...15 points and seven boards vs. No. 9 UCLA on Jan. 17...24 points at Washington State on Jan. 12...15 points at Washington on Jan. 10...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 58 games in four-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...averaging 20.3 minutes, 6.3 points and four assists in past three games...had six boards and seven assists vs. No. 9 UCLA on Jan. 17...had eight points in season-high 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 12...has made 159-of-193 (.824) 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 20.9 points and 8.3 boards in the past nine games...has nine 20-point games on the year (17 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games)...has eight career double-doubles and four this year...21 points and 12 boards in 37 minutes vs. #18 USC on Jan. 19...22 points and eight boards vs. #9 UCLA on Jan. 17...posted 13 points, six boards and seven assists in Jan. 12 road win vs. WSU...had 24 points and eight boards at UW on Jan. 10...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 and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week...has led ASU in scoring in eight of the past nine 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. Allen posted a season-high 11 minutes and five points in the Jan. 12 win over Washington State.
OLD THREE-DOT DATA: 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 also had just seven turnovers vs. Oregon State on Jan. 4, the second fewest in Rob Evans' 108 games as head coach at ASU. The low was on Feb. 6, 1999, when ASU had just five at Washington...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'S SCOTT TO ENTER PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR: The Pac-10 Conference will honor 10 former coaches and student-athletes with their induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor during the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament. ASU's inductee is current New Jersey Net head coach Byron Scott. Scott, a 1988 inductee into the ASU Hall of Fame, was an Associated Press second-team All-American and All-Pac-10 pick in 1983 and led the Sun Devils in scoring in 1981 and 1983. He scored 1,572 points in his career, the fifth-best mark in ASU history. He was the fourth overall pick by San Diego in the 1983 NBA draft and played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (1985, '87, '88). Other individuals to be inducted include: Sean Elliott (UA), Pete Newell (Cal), John Dick (Oregon), Gary Payton (OSU), Hank Luisetti (Stanford), John Wooden (UCLA), Bill Sharman (USC), Bob Houbregs (Washington) and Craig Ehlo (Washington State).