Men's Hoops Takes On No. 20 UCLA
Feb. 15, 2002
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (13-10, 6-8) GAME NOTES
AT #20 UCLA (17-7, 9-4)
FEB. 16, 2002 - 12:30 P.M. PT/1:30 P.M. MST
SUN DEVILS VS. UCLA: The Arizona State men's basketball team (13-10, 6-8 in Pac-10), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, takes on the No. 20 UCLA Bruins (Sat., Feb. 16, at 12:30 p.m. PT/1:30 p.m. MST on ABC/KNXV-15 in Phoenix) at Pauley Pavilion. Tim Healey and ASU Hall of Famer Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network. ABC (KNXV-15 in Phoenix) has the broadcast from Pauley Pavilion with Terry Gannon doing the play-by-play and Len Elmore providing the color commentary. The Sun Devils are led by 6-9 senior Chad Prewitt, who has led ASU in scoring in 12 of the past 15 games and is averaging 19.1 points and 7.3 boards in Pac-10 play. Prewitt also has shown the ability to shoot the three, as he is 12-of-26 (.461) from beyond the arc in the past eight games. On the year, he is 22-of-58 (.379) after shooting 19-of-54 (.352) in his first three seasons. He hit 5-of-7 at Stanford on Jan. 31. Prewitt had a career-high 33 points vs. Washington last Saturday, the most points by a Sun Devil since Eddie House had 40 vs. UCLA on Feb. 17, 2000, a span of 59 games.
TOP TEAM BEATER: The only team to beat both Pac-10 leading Arizona (10-4) and second-place Oregon (9-4) is seventh-place Arizona State (6-8). ASU beat Oregon 95-88 on Jan. 6 and beat No. 10 Arizona 88-72 on Jan. 23. ASU might have as much say about who wins the Pac-10 title as the six teams still in the hunt, as ASU began a five-game streak this week to conclude the season against teams still contending for the title. ASU travels to UA next Wednesday (Feb. 20) before finishing with home games against Cal (Feb. 28) and Stanford (March 2).
THURSDAY VS. USC: ASU fell behind early and never got back into the game as it suffered its worst defeat of the year, an 83-61 setback at No. 25 USC. ASU fell behind 34-21 at the half, its fewest points in a half this year, and trailed by as many as 24. The Sun Devils shot a season-low 9-of-19 (.474) from the free throw line and were just 9-of-31 (.290) from the field in the first half. USC matched an ASU opponent season high with 10 blocks. Jason Braxton led ASU with 12 points and played a season-high 34 minutes.
THE UCLA SERIES/LAST MEETING: UCLA outrebounded ASU by 15 (50-35) and held ASU to 39.0 percent from the floor (30-of-77) in topping ASU 82-79 on Jan. 17 in Tempe. ASU set season-highs in field goal attempts (77) and three-point attempts (27) in the game and had just seven turnovers, matching the second-fewest by a Sun Devil squad under Rob Evans (114 games). UCLA's 50 total and 36 defensive rebounds were ASU opponent season-highs. ASU shot just 12-of-34 (.353) in the first half, including 0-of-7 from the three-point stripe. Chad Prewitt led ASU with 22 points and eight boards while Curtis Millage added 15 points and seven caroms. The 50-35 rebounding margin by UCLA was the fourth-best rebounding effort against an Evans' coached team (281 games).UCLA leads the series 47-10 and has won 25 of the past 26 and 15 straight in Pauley Pavilion. ASU last win in Pauley Pavilion came 16 years ago on Feb. 16, 1987, a 67-64 win.
CLOSE LOSSES: The three losses ASU has had under Rob Evans in Pauley Pavilion have been decided by an average of 4.7 points. ASU lost by three in overtime (88-85) in 1999, by six (83-77) in 2000 and by five last year (73-68). ASU is 1-6 under Rob Evans vs. UCLA, but none of the losses have been by more than eight points. There have been three three-point losses, a five-point loss, a six-point loss and an eight-point loss.
STREAK BUSTER: ASU will try to end a 15-game losing streak at Pauley and Rob Evans is a coach who knows about ending a road losing streak. Almost five hoop seasons to the day (Feb. 14, 1998), Evans' Ole Miss Rebels went to Lexington and beat seventh-ranked Kentucky 73-64, the first win for Ole Miss in Lexington since Feb. 11, 1927. That victory broke a 41-game road losing streak at Kentucky.
DEVIL THREE-DOT DATA: ASU is 26-4 (.867) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including a 16-2 (.889) mark in the past two seasons. ASU shot 52.5 percent at Stanford (31-of-59) on Jan. 31, including 16-of-27 (.593) in the first half, but fell 90-81. ASU has shot at least 50 percent in four of its past six games...after fouling out of 20 games in his first three seasons (89 games), Chad Prewitt has yet to foul out in 23 games this year....Justin Allen played a season-high 17 minutes vs. USC on Thursday...ASU is 12-2 (.857) when it leads at the half but 0-7 when it trails and 0-1 when tied...ASU has outrebounded its past three opponents by 14.5 per game.
THIS HURTS: Senior Awvee Storey has joined sophomore Kenny Crandall on the injury list. Storey was poked in the eye on Saturday (Feb. 9) against Washington and has a swollen left retina and a laceration of the lower left eyelid. Medication to help stop bleeding beneath the retina and the healing process will have Storey out of action for a minimum of two weeks. Storey has started 13 games and is averaging 15.6 minutes per game. He had started the past six games and has notched seven double-figure scoring games this year. He led the Pac-10 in rebounding last year at 9.1 caroms per contest. ASU also is without the 6-3 swingman Crandall for 4-6 weeks as he sprained a ligament in his right foot on Jan. 31 at Stanford. Crandall, who was a freshman in 1998-99 and started 23 games, went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene and returned this season. Crandall is averaging 19.6 minutes per game and is 31-of-70 (.443) from the three-point stripe on the year, sixth in the Pac-10. In Pac-10 play, he is 18-of-38 (.474), the best mark among the league's long-range shooters. He also is averaging 7.6 points and is shooting 52.1 percent from the field in Pac-10 tilts. With Crandall and Storey out, ASU statistically is without 35.6 minutes, 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Players stepped up last week, as Storey actually only played two minutes vs. Washington State on Feb. 7 due to a lower back sprain. Curtis Millage, who leads the team in minutes played at 29.6 per game, became the first Sun Devil to play 40 minutes when he went the distance against Washington on Feb. 9. Donnell Knight played a season-high 26 minutes vs. Washington State while Chad Prewitt played a career-high 38 vs. Washington en route to his career-high 33 points.
SHOOTING IT BETTER: ASU already has made more three-pointers in its 13 Pac-10 games (71) than it did the whole Pac-10 season last year (61). ASU is shooting 35.0 percent (71-of-203) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 play and is holding opponents to just 29.5 percent (64-of-201) from beyond the arc. Last year, the Sun Devils shot just 26.3 percent from beyond the arc in Pac-10 play (61-of-232) and its opponents shot 37.6 percent (109-of-290). Both marks were last in the Pac-10 in 2000-2001.
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 any more than 'Big Red' from a freshman 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 is the 27th Sun Devil to score 1,000 points with 1,084, is averaging 17.4 points per game this year. He is averaging 19.4 points and 7.7 boards in the past 15 games. Prewitt has 11 20-point games on the year (23 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games). A note on his improvement: Prewitt scored more points in the Jan. 4-6 weekend sweep of the Oregon schools (52 points) when he earned Pac-10 Player of the Week than he did his whole Pac-10 freshman season (1998-99), as he had 46 points in 18 games.
FINAL PREWITT IMPROVEMENT NOTE: How big of a scoring improvement has Prewitt made to become the 22nd leading scorer in ASU history with at least five games to play? Only one other player in ASU's top 25 scoring chart scored less in his first year. ASU 1988 Hall of Fame inductee Fat Lever is currently 18th on the ASU scoring chart with 1,137 points but averaged just 3.6 points in his freshman year of 1978-79. Lever ended up averaging 9.2 points in his sophomore year, 11.6 in his junior year and 16.6 in his senior year for a 10.1 career average. Prewitt averaged just 4.1 points in his freshman year.
IMPACT RECRUIT: Junior Curtis Millage is making his mark in his initial season, as he is one of three players to start all 23 games (Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are the others) and leads the team in minutes per game at 29.6. He is averaging 13.6 points in Pac-10. In his past 18 games, he is averaging 13.8 points, including a season-high 24 at Washington State on Jan. 12. He is 26-of-32 (.813) from the free throw line in the past 10 games and is averaging 6.5 boards in his past eight games. He has led the team in rebounding in three of the past six games, including 11 at California on Feb. 2. He played 40 minutes vs. Washington on Feb. 9 and is averaging 32.5 minutes in the past four games.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (145-136/.516) 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 59-55 (.518) at ASU and is 101-70 (.587) in the past six seasons.
ADDITIONAL QUICK PLAYER NOTES
#1 JASON BRAXTON: A top 50 recruit from last year...has started the past 14 games...has played at least 20 minutes in 16 of 23 games...averaging 23.4 minutes in the past seven games...averaging 7.9 points and is shooting 45.0 percent (27-of-60) from the field in the past eight tilts...19-of-40 (.475) from the field and is averaging 8.6 points in the five games against ranked opponents...had 12 points in season-high 34 minutes vs. No. 25 USC on Feb. 14...posted season-high 13 points vs. Washington State on Feb. 7...had season-high six assists at #18 Stanford on Jan. 31...had 10 points vs. No. 10 Arizona on Jan. 23...had seven points vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19...had 10 points in 27 minutes vs. No. 9 UCLA on Jan. 17...seven points and four steals at Oregon on Dec. 20 in Pac-10 opener.
#2 DONNELL KNIGHT: Entered this week with back-to-back scoring games for the first time this year but had just two points vs. USC...has made 18-of-21 (.857) free throws in his past 17 games...has made 10 straight free throws...10 points in Feb. 9 win over Washington...14 points and 10 boards (second career double-double) in Feb. 7 win over Washington State in season-high 26 minutes...posted five points and six boards in 22 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...12 points in 19 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...posted double digits 18 times last year.
#3 KYLE DODD: Has 34 assists and nine turnovers in his past 15 games (301 minutes)...in his 84-game career, he has 191 assists and just 78 turnovers, a 2.45-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 23.7 minutes in his career (1849 minutes and 78 turnovers)...had five assists in 24 minutes vs. Washington on Feb. 9...had 10 points at Washington on Jan. 10...six points and five assists vs. Oregon on Jan. 6...has five dunks in career (two this year).
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Has scored in double digits in seven of the past nine games...7-of-8 (.875) from the free throw line in the past four games...entered the year 2-of-11 (.182) from the three-point stripe, but is 8-of-24 (.333) from beyond the arc and 8-of-21 (.381) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 play... posted 15 points and seven boards in career-high 37 minutes at California on Feb. 2...had 16 points vs. No. 10 Arizona on Jan. 23...posted 18 points and 10 boards vs. No. 18 USC on Jan. 19 for second double-double of season...had 19 points, nine boards and three blocks at Washington State on Jan. 12...had 16 points at Oregon on Dec. 20.
#20 BRAD NAHRA: Former walkon who has appeared in 63 games in four-year career...has played in the past five games...averaged 7.8 points and 20.0 minutes in final five games of 2001 and averaged 11.4 minutes per game in Pac-10 play...made 13-of-17 FTs in Pac-10 play in 2001.
#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: Excellent student-athlete who has a 3.4 GPA in construction science...2001 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...has made 25-of-32 (.781) from the free throw line this year...season-high 13 points at Cal on Feb. 2...20.0 minutes and 7.3 points in the past nine games and is shooting 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the field in that time...matched a season high with 24 minutes vs. UW on Feb. 9 and had six points and six boards...had 12 points and five boards vs. WSU on Feb.7...also had seven assists and six boards vs. UCLA on Jan. 17...set season-high with 24 minutes at WSU on Jan. 12 and posted eight points...seven points in 15 minutes vs. UO on Jan. 6.
ASU CAREER FREE THROWS
Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 164-201 .8162. 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
POINTS: A look at where Chad Prewitt stands on the ASU career points list:
18. Fat Lever (1978-82) 1,13719. Mike Batiste (1996-99) 1,12020. Dwayne Fontana (1990-94) 1,11321. Scott Lloyd (1973-76) 1,09322. Chad Prewitt (1998-present) 1,084