Men's Hoops Takes On Huskies At 4 p.m. Saturday
Feb. 8, 2002
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (12-9, 5-7) GAME NOTES
VS. WASHINGTON HUSKIES (8-14, 2-10)
Feb. 9, 2002 - 4 p.m. MST -- Wells Fargo Arena
ASU VS. UW: The Arizona State men's basketball team (12-9, 5-7), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, plays host to the Washington Huskies (8-14, 2-10) at 4 p.m. MST on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Wells Fargo Arena. Tim Healey and Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network, while Barry Tompkins and Dan Belloumini have the call for Fox Sports Net. ASU posted its biggest victory margin in its 24 Pac-10 seasons with a 51-point win (96-45) over Washington State on Thursday, while Washington fell at Arizona 91-82. ASU was able to rest its starters as Chad Prewitt played 19 minutes (just four in the second half), the second-fewest minutes on the year, as he played just nine against Portland State before missing the rest of the game with a knee injury. Awvee Storey suffered a strain of his lower back two minutes into the game and did not return and is questionable for Saturday. Donnell Knight played his best game of the year, notching season-highs with 14 points and 10 boards, including eight points and six boards in the first half. The Sun Devils are 9-3 at home after going 10-7 last year in Wells Fargo Arena. ASU has won 13 of the past 14 against Washington in Tempe.
VS. WASHINGTON STATE: ASU jumped out to a 51-21 halftime lead and cruised to a 96-45 win over Washington State on Thursday. ASU matched a season-high with 24 assists and put five players in double-figures scoring. ASU held Washington State to just 13-of-49 (.265) from the field, the fourth-best defensive effort by any Rob Evans' team in his 279 games as a head coach, while the victory margin also was the biggest in his career. All fourteen players saw action and scored for ASU. Chad Prewitt had 16 points, all of them in the first half, to lead ASU. ASU held Washington State to opponent season-lows in points (45), field goals (13), field goal percentage (13-of-49 for 26.5 percent), three-point shooting percentage (3-of-25 for 12 percent) and first-half points (21). WSU matched ASU opponent season-lows in second-half points (24) and defensive rebounds (12). ASU also outrebounded the Cougars by 26 (48-22), the third-best rebounding margin by an Evans' team. ASU swept the Cougars for the ninth time in 24 Pac-10 seasons.
THE UW SERIES AND LAST MEETING: ASU holds a 30-20 lead in the series (18-6 in Tempe) with the teams splitting last year, including an 89-57 Sun Devil win on Feb. 10, 2001, as Tommy Smith matched the Pac-10 record by making all 11 shots from the field. Rob Evans is 4-3 vs. Washington. ASU has outrebounded Washington by 52 (17.3 per game) in the past three games against the Huskies, including a 41-33 margin this year in Seattle. ASU grabbed a season-high 23 offensive rebounds but shot a season-low 32.4 percent (23-of-71) and did not register a blocked shot for the only time this year. Washington torched the nets for 60 percent shooting (30-of-50), the third-highest mark by any team against Rob Evans in his 279 games as a head coach, and also had ASU opponent season highs for assists (22) and blocks (10). ASU shot just 12-of-41 (.293) in the second half and was just 17-of-32 (.531) from the free throw line, including just 7-of-15 (.467) in the first half.
LIKE A HOCKEY TEAM: ASU entered this week as one of the top assist teams in the Pac-10 and is averaging 16.9 per game on the year, despite not having a player ranked in the top 10 in assists entering games this week. ASU matched a season-high with 24 against Washington State. ASU is averaging 17.5 assists in its 12 Pac-10 games. ASU had 13 assists in the first half against Washington State alone.
THIS HURTS: ASU is without 6-3 swingman Kenny Crandall who sprained a ligament in his right foot on Jan. 31 at Stanford and will be out 4-6 weeks. Crandall is averaging 19.6 minutes per game and is 31-of-70 (.443) from the three-point stripe on the year, which was fifth in the league entering play this week. In Pac-10 play he is 18-of-38 (.474) from the three-point stripe, which was third in the league entering play this week.
SHOOT IT, PREWITT: Chad Prewitt's stats took a backseat on Thursday as he posted 16 points in just 19 minutes. He had all 16 points in the first half and played just four minutes in the second half. Prewitt has 10 20-point games on the year and is averaging 19.5 points in the past 12 games. He also is 11-of-22 (.500) from the three-point stripe in the past six games, including a 5-of-7 effort against Stanford. Prewitt has managed to avoid foul trouble this year which is one reason for his improvement, as he has yet to foul out of a game this year after fouling out of 20 in his first three seasons (89 games).
KNIGHT STEPS UP: Donnell Knight posted his first double-double of the season and the second in his career on Thursday vs. Washington State. Knight had 14 points and 10 boards in a season-high 26 minutes off the bench and was perfect in six free throw attempts. It marked the second double-digit scoring game for Knight this year, as he had 12 vs. Utah on Dec. 4.
REDHAGE PLAYING VERY WELL: Shawn Redhage has been playing very well off the bench for the Sun Devils recently. Redhage had a season-high 13 points at California on Feb. 2 and is averaging 20.1 minutes and 8.1 points in the past seven games and is 26-of-45 (.578) from the field. He posted 12 points vs. Washington State on Saturday, the first time this season he has posted back-to-back double-digit scoring games. Redhage also is the best free throw shooter in ASU history, as he has hit 161-of-197 (.817) at the line. On the season he has played as few as three minutes (vs. Utah on Dec. 4) and as many as 24 (at Washington State on Jan. 12).
MILEAGE OUT OF MILLAGE: Junior college transfer Curtis Millage is one of the top candidates for the Fred Hessler Award, given annually to the league's top non-freshman newcomer. He is averaging 13.9 points in Pac-10 play and has been hitting the boards as of late. Millage has led ASU in rebounding in three of the past four games and is averaging 7.5 rebounds in his past six games.
MORE QUICK PLAYER NOTES
*Freshman Jason Braxton (#1) is averaging 8.5 points and is 22-of-45 (.489) from the field in the past six games and had a season-high 13 points vs. Washington State. He also posted 10 points against UCLA and against Arizona. He has started the past 12 games at point guard and had a career-high six assists at Stanford on Jan. 31.
*Junior Kyle Dodd (#3) has 50 assists and just 12 turnovers on the year. In the past 13 games, he has 28 assists and just seven turnovers (257 minutes). In his 82-game career, he has 185 assists and just 76 turnovers (2.43-to-1 ratio).
*Junior Tommy Smith (#4) was averaging 15.5 points his past six games entering the WSU game but he played just 24 minutes (six in the second half) and dished out five assists to go along with four points. He has 89 blocks in his career, already fifth on the ASU career list and four away from matching Kurt Nimphius (1976-80).
*Senior Awvee Storey (#11) had 12 points and three boards at No. 18 Stanford on Jan. 31 in 20 minutes, and he posted eight points and seven boards in 19 minutes vs. tenth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 23.
SUN DEVIL TEAM NOTES
*ASU has already made more three-pointers in its 12 Pac-10 games (65) than it did in all of last year's 18 Pac-10 games (61). Just as important is that ASU is holding opponents to just 52-of-181 (.287). Last year, ASU was last in the league in Pac-10 play as opponents shot 37.6 percent (109-of-290).
*ASU is 25-4 (.862) under Evans when it shoots 50 percent from the field, including a 15-2 (.882) record in the past two seasons...12-2 (.857) when it leads at the half this year, 0-6 when it trails and 0-1 when it is tied (California)...10-2 (.833) when it shoots better from the the field than its opponent.
*Arizona State is coming its second-best defensive effort under Rob Evans, as it held Washington State to just 26.5 percent on Thursday. However, one of its poorest efforts was on Jan. 10, 2002, against Washington when the Huskies shot 60 percent. (30-of-50). Here's a look at where those games stand among Rob Evans' 279 career games.
BEST OPPONENT SHOOTING NIGHTS VS. A ROB EVANS TEAM (1992-PRESENT/279 GAMES)
Rk. Pct. FG-A Team/Opponent Date1. .673 33-49 Washington vs. Arizona State Feb. 6, 19992. .608 31-51 USC at Arizona State Mar. 6, 19993. .600 30-50 Washington vs. Arizona State Jan. 10, 2002
WORST OPPONENT SHOOTING NIGHTS VS. A ROB EVANS TEAM
Rk. Pct. FG-A Team/Opponent Date1. .200 13-65 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Ole Miss Nov. 24, 19972. .254 15-59 Brigham Young at Arizona State Dec. 2, 20003. .258 16-62 Alabama vs. Ole Miss Feb. 12, 19974. .265 13-49 Washington State at Arizona State Feb. 7, 2002