Men's Hoops Takes On No. 17 Stanford
Feb. 28, 2002
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (14-12, 7-10) GAME NOTES VS. #17 STANFORD (18-8, 11-6) - MARCH 2, 2002 - 4 P.M. MST - FOX SPORTS NET
ASU TAKES ON CARDINAL: The Arizona State men's basketball team (14-12, 7-10 in Pac-10) concludes its regular season by hosting No. 17 Stanford (18-8, 11-6) on Sat., March 2 at 4 p.m. MST on 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 fell to No. 21 California 91-80 on Thursday, as Tommy Smith led the Sun Devils with a season-high 22 points and 10 boards. Chad Prewitt added 19 points despite playing with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. Prewitt has led ASU in scoring in 13 of the past 18 games and is averaging 19.0 points and 7.3 boards in Pac-10 play. Prewitt also has shown the ability to shoot the three, as he is 20-of-39 (.513) from beyond the arc in the past 11 games. On the year, he is 30-of-71 (.423), after shooting 19-of-54 (.352) in his first three seasons. He hit 5-of-7 at Stanford on Jan. 31 and was 5-of-5 at UCLA on Feb. 16. Prewitt had a career-high 33 points vs. Washington on Feb. 9, the most points by a Sun Devil since Eddie House had 40 vs. UCLA on Feb. 17, 2000, a span of the past 63 games. ASU will try to avoid a three-game losing streak, as it has posted four two-game skids but has won the next game each time.
THE CAL RECAP: ASU led at the half 39-34 but Cal shot 18-of-23 (.783) in the second half to notch the win. Cal scored 57 points in the second half, the most by an ASU opponent under Rob Evans and the most since USC scored 67 in a 117-71 blowout in the second half on March 7, 1998. ASU junior guard Curtis Millage, who was coming off a career-high 27 points at Arizona on Feb. 20, had three fouls in the first five minutes and was held to six points, matching a season-low. Jason Braxton posted a season-high seven assists. Smith's 22 points was his first 20-point game of the season and his third double-double on the year. Smith entered the game scoring just 20 points in his previous three games combined but was 10-of-15 from the field.
NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED: The three seniors who will be honored at today's senior day are all on pace to graduate or have graduated already. Awvee Storey earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's Dec. 15 mid-year commencement, while Chad Prewitt and Brad Nahra will both earn Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degrees with concentrations in communication and business in May.
DEVIL QUICK DATA: When the regular season concludes ASU's current stretch of games will mark the first time in school history it will have played five straight games ranked teams. ASU's 1974-75 team came close as it played four straight games against ranked teams, also to finish the season. ASU beat No. 19 Arizona 107-92 to conclude the regular season that year and then went on to the NCAA Tournament where it beat No. 10 Alabama 97-94 in Tempe. ASU then played in Portland where it beat No. 16 UNLV 84-81 before losing to top-ranked UCLA 89-75. ASU will probably play a sixth straight ranked team in the Pac-10 Tournament next week, as the Sun Devils will be the No. 7 seed and take on the No. 2 seed at 6:30 p.m. PT/7:30 MST at Staples Center on Thursday.
SHOOTING AND DEFENDING THE THREE BETTER: ASU already has made 31 more three-pointers in its 17 Pac-10 games (93) than it did the whole Pac-10 season last year (61). ASU is shooting 35.6 percent (93-of-261) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 play and is holding opponents to just 31.9 percent (86-of-270) 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.
THE STANFORD GAME (JAN. 31): ASU played one of its best games of the year in a 90-81 loss at No. 18 Stanford. ASU shot 52.5 percent from the field (31-of-59), including 59.3 percent (16-of-27) in the first half, but Casey Jacobsen poured in 49 points to lead the Cardinal. ASU was a season high 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the three-point stripe and had just 13 turnovers. The difference was at the free throw line, as Stanford was 30-of-47 (.638) and ASU was 10-of-14 (.714) and was whistled for a season-high 33 fouls. Stanford also matched an ASU opponent's season high with 50 percent shooting from the three-point stripe (8-of-16). Stanford leads the series 27-24 and the Cardinal has won the past eight and 12 of the past 13. ASU's only win in that time was on Jan. 31, 1998, when ASU topped at fourth-ranked Stanford 90-87 in overtime.
THIS HURT: Senior Awvee Storey and sophomore Kenny Crandall played their first games in the past few weeks against Cal. Storey gave ASU eight points in 17 minutes while Crandall also had eight points in 22 minutes, including two three-pointers. Storey was poked in the eye on Feb. 9 against Washington and has a swollen left retina and a laceration of the lower left eyelid and missed three games. Storey has started 13 games and had started the previous six games and has notched seven double-figure scoring games this year. He led the Pac-10 in rebounding last year at 9.1 per contest. ASU also was without Crandall for six games as he sprained a ligament in his right foot on Jan. 31 at Stanford. Crandall averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season. Crandall is 33-of-76 (.434) from the three-point stripe on the year. In Pac-10 play, he is 20-of-44 (.455).
COMBINE THE TWO: With Crandall and Storey out of the rotation, ASU statistically was without 35.6 minutes, 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game (stats before Thursday's game vs. California). Players stepped up, as Storey actually only played two minutes vs. Washington State on Feb. 7 due to a lower back sprain. Curtis Millage is the only Sun Devil to play 40 minutes when he went the distance against Washington on Feb. 9. Donnell Knight played a season-high 28 minutes at Arizona while Chad Prewitt played a career-high 38 vs. Washington en route to his career-high 33 points. Knight posted back-to-back double-digit points for the first time this year with 14 points and 10 boards vs. Washington State and 10 points vs. Washington. He has made his past 10 free throws. Also, senior Brad Nahra played a career-high 32 minutes at UCLA and had four assists.
QUICK NOTES: ASU is 14-3 (.824) when it leads at the half but 0-8 when it trails and 0-1 when tied (at California, tied at 29)...in the absence of Kenny Crandall and Awvee Storey, senior Brad Nahra played a career-high 32 minutes at UCLA...ASU has topped Arizona and UCLA in the same season for the first time since 1985-86...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 outrebounded its past six opponents by eight per game...sophomore Justin Allen played a season-high 16 minutes vs. Washington State on Feb. 9. He is 5-of-12 (.417) from beyond the three-point stripe in the past six games...ASU is 16.65 assists per game overall, but an even more impressive stat is that ASU is averaging 16.94 per game in Pac-10 play, second in the loop... ASU is 10-4 at home on the year.
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 1,140, is averaging 17.6 points per game this year. He is averaging 19.4 points and 7.6 boards in the past 18 games. Prewitt has 12 20-point games on the year (26 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games).
SHAWN REDHAGE: Junior Shawn Redhage, the best free throw shooter in ASU history, has made 29-of-36 (.806) from the line this year and is playing very well off the bench recently. Redhage had a season-high 13 points at California on Feb. 2 is averaging 18.9 minutes and 7.0 points in the past 12 games and is shooting 55.3 percent (36-of-65) from the field in that time. He played a season-high 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 12 and posted eight points and also played 24 minutes vs. Washington on Feb. 9. He had seven assists vs. UCLA on Jan. 17 and had eight points and six boards at UCLA on Feb. 16 in 15 minutes.
ASU CAREER FREE THROWSRk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 166-203 .8182. 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
ONE MORE PREWITT IMPROVEMENT NOTE: How big of a scoring improvement has Prewitt made to become the 18th leading scorer in ASU history with at least two 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 19th 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.
CURTIS MILLAGE: Junior Curtis Millage is making his mark in his initial season, as he is one of three players to start all 26 games (Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are the others) and leads the team in minutes per game at 29.5. He is averaging 13.8 points in Pac-10. He had a season-high 27 at Arizona on Feb. 20 and 24 at Washington State on Jan. 12. He is 34-of-42 (.810) from the free throw line in the past 13 games. He has led the team in rebounding in three of the past nine games, including 11 at California on Feb. 2.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (146-138/.514) 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 60-57 (.513) 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 102-72 (.586) in the past six seasons.
JASON BRAXTON: Freshman point guard Jason Braxton is averaging 8.5 points in the eight games against ranked opponents and is averaging 24.7 minutes in the past 11 games. Braxton had a career-high seven assists vs. California on Thursday. He has started the past 17 games at point guard and is averaging eight points in the past 11 games.
KYLE DODD: Junior reserve point guard Kyle Dodd has 64 assists and just 19 turnovers on the year, a ratio of 3.37-to-1. In the past 18 games, he has 42 assists and just 13 turnovers. In his 87-game career, Dodd has 199 assists and 82 turnovers (2.43-to-1).