Men's Hoops Takes On Washington In Seattle On Saturday

Feb. 7, 2003

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The Arizona State men's basketball team (14-7; 6-4) plays the Washington Huskies (8-11; 3-7) on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Net. ASU opened Pac-10 play with five of its first seven on the road and will play seven of its first 11 in opponent's arenas. ASU has played 10 games away from Tempe this year and is 6-5 in those games, including neutral site wins over Utah (Maui Invitational) and Big Ten leading Purdue (Las Vegas Showdown). ASU has already matched its victory total (14) from last season.

The Sun Devils topped Washington State 87-54 on Thursday behind Ike Diogu's 26 points and 10 boards as the Sun Devils had the sixth-best shooting night in school history with a 34-of-52 (.654) performance, including a school-record matching 8-of-11 (.727) from the three-point stripe. ASU was 19-of-28 (.679) from the field in the first half, including 6-of-6 from three-point land, and led 52-36. ASU led 61-47 at the 15:50 mark, but held the Cougars to just one field goal in the next 12:41 and outscored the Cougars 24-4 in that time. ASU outrebounded WSU 30-17 and forced 20 turnovers. The Sun Devils got 29 points from their bench, including 18 in the first half, as Jamal Hill notched 11 and Shawn Redhage nine. Tommy Smith had a season-high 17 points.

Arizona State topped No. 20 California 75-70 and fell to Stanford 58-57 in Tempe last week to finish the first half of the Pac-10 season at 5-4. It marked the first time ASU had a winning record in the first half of the Pac-10 season since the 1994-95 Sweet Sixteen team went 6-3 en route to a 12-6 league mark.

ASU ranks first in the Pac-10 in FG percentage (.484), scoring defense (65.2 ppg.) and blocks per game (4.86). The 65.2 opponent ppg. is the best by an ASU defense since the 1983-84 team also gave up 65.2 ppg.

Also, ASU freshman Ike Diogu, Cal seniors Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers and Oregon junior Luke Ridnour are the only Pac-10 players who have posted double digits in every game this year. Senior Tommy Smith needs just 19 points to become the 28th member of the ASU 1,000 point-club.

EVERYONE LIKES IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu leads the team at 18.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and is averaging 31.1 minutes. The Garland, Texas, native has already been to the line a Pac-10-leading 182 times and is shooting .731 percent from the charity stripe (133-of-182). He also is shooting 59.3 percent from the field (124-of-209) and is at 63.2 percent (60-of-95) in Pac-10 games. He is shooting 65.6 percent (42-of-64) in ASU's seven road contests.He could become the first freshman since Cal's Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1995-96 to finish in the league's top 10 in scoring and rebounding (Abdur-Rahim was the league's Player of the Year). He could become just the ninth freshman to earn all-league honors since Arizona and Arizona State joined the loop in 1978-79 (25 seasons ago). No freshman has earned All-Pac-10 since the trio of Jason Gardner (Arizona), Casey Jacobsen (Stanford) and Jason Kapono (UCLA) in 1999-2000 (the only freshmen to earn all-league in the past six seasons).

MAKING HIS THROWS: Diogu's 182 free throw attempts (8.67 per game) is on pace to break the ASU single-season mark of 234 (7.1 pg) set by Mario Bennett in 1994-95. Diogu's 182 attempts topped the ASU freshman record of 140 set by Bennett in 1991-92. If he keeps this pace, he would crack the Pac-10 single-season list and would register the most free throws since Harold Miner attempted 286 in 1991-92, which is third on the Pac-10 single-season list. He has made more free throws this year than any other Pac-10 player has attempted.

DIOGU SCORING: Diogu posted 27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4 and vs. Lafayette on Nov. 30, which matches the fourth-best scoring mark by an ASU freshman and is the most since Bennett set the school mark with 35 against Arizona in 1992. Diogu also is the first Sun Devil freshman to post back-to-back 20-point games since Bennett in 1991-92. He posted 26 points at Washington State on Thursday and is averaging 19.6 points in ASU's seven road games and is shooting 42-of-64 (.656) from the field.

UW SERIES NOTES: ASU holds a 32-20 lead in the series and the teams have split the past two seasons. Rob Evans is 6-3 against Washington, as the Sun Devils have won seven of the past 10. ASU has outrebounded Washington by 17.0 boards per game in the past five contests and senior Kyle Dodd has 28 assists and just five turnovers in his seven games vs. Washington.

DIOGU REBOUNDING: Diogu posted 13 boards vs. Cal on Jan. 30 and then had 14 boards vs. Stanford on Feb. 1, the most by an ASU freshman since Mario Bennett set the school freshman record with 17 vs. Oregon on Feb. 1, 1992. His double-double at Oregon State (14 points and 10 boards) was only the second double-double by an ASU freshman in the past 12 seasons and the first since Chad Prewitt in December of 1998. He now has posted three straight double-doubles and is averaging 20.0 points and 12.3 rebounds in the past three games.

SUN DEVIL DATA: Curtis Millage is averaging 15.2 points per game in his 17 career road games...ASU is 85-of-113 (.752) from the free throw line in the past five games...Tommy Smith has posted a Pac-10 leading 52 blocks on the year and has 49 assists in the past 13 games. He posted a career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27. He had a season-high 17 points vs. Washington State on Thursday...ASU is 26-4 (.867) when it leads at the half in the past two seasons...ASU has held nine opponents to under 40 percent shooting...Curtis Millage has seven 20-point games in his career, but his 21-point effort vs. California on Jan. 30 was his first in Wells Fargo Arena. Millage is 19-of-24 (.792) from the free throw line in the past six games...ASU's win over Cal snapped a 17-game losing streak when ASU trailed at the half. The last time ASU had come back from a halftime deficit was March 3, 2001, when it trailed Oregon State 31-30 before winning 61-59.

VS. UW (JAN. 9): Tommy Smith posted 13 points, a career-high 16 boards, matched a career-high with six blocks and had five assists in an 89-57 win over Washington. ASU led by 11 at the half but outscored the Huskies 46-25 in the second half. Curtis Millage led ASU with 16 points while Ike Diogu had 14 points and nine boards and Jamal Hill had 14 off the bench. ASU got 32 points from its bench and shot 35-of-63 (.556) from the field and held Washington to just 20-of-59 (.339), including 8-of-28 (.286) in the second half. ASU set season-highs in field goals attempted (63), defensive rebounds (32) and blocks (13). The 13 blocks was the most since at least 1987-88, as the ASU record book doesn't have blocks, but a decent point of reference is the Pac-10 record is 16 set by Arizona vs. Oregon in 2000. UW had three steals against ASU, the lowest by a Sun Devil opponent this year.

SMITH VS. UW: Tommy Smith has played seven games against the Huskies is 33-of-61 (.541) from the field and has averaged 10.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. He posted a monster game against the Huskies on Jan. 9 with 13 points, a career-high 16 boards, six blocks and five assists. He also posted his career high on Feb. 10, 2001, with 24 points and entered the Pac-10 record book in that game with an 11-of-11 effort from the field as a sophomore.

LAST SEASON AT UW: ASU did not have a block at Washington in an 81-68 loss on Jan. 10. ASU shot a season-low 32.4 percent (23-of-71) while UW shot 60 percent (30-of-50), the third-highest mark by any Rob Evans opponent, and had ASU opponent season-highs for assists (22) and blocks (10). ASU shot just 12-of-41 (.293) in the second half and was 17-of-32 (.531) from the free throw line, including 7-of-15 (.467) in the first half.

MAKING HIS SCORING MARK: Ike Diogu's 27-points at Oregon on Jan. 4 and against Lafayette on Nov. 30 are tied for the fourth-best freshman scoring mark in ASU history. It is the best scoring mark by a freshman since Mario Bennett set the mark with 35 against fifth-ranked Arizona on Feb. 20, 1992.

ASU FRESHMAN SINGLE-GAME POINTS

Rk. Pts. Player1. 35 Mario Bennett vs. #5 Arizona, Feb. 20, 19922. 31 Byron Scott vs. #18 Arizona, Feb. 23, 19803. 29 Jamal Faulkner vs. #2 Arkansas (NCAA), March 17, 19914. 27 Ike Diogu at #9 Oregon, Jan. 4, 2003 27 Ike Diogu vs. Lafayette, Nov. 30, 2002 27 Jamal Faulkner at Oregon, Feb. 28, 1991 27 Byron Scott vs. Arizona, Dec. 27, 19798. 26 Ike Diogu at Washington State, Feb. 6, 20039. 25 Ike Diogu vs. Nevada, Dec. 10, 2002

ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (160-148/.519) is in his fifth season at Arizona State in 2002-2003 (11th 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 after going 44-65 (.403) in his first four 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 56-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State and is 74-67 (.525) at ASU.

PLAYER QUICK NOTES

#1 JASON BRAXTON: Nine points and five boards at UCLA on Jan. 16...six boards at USC on Jan. 18...did not turn the ball over in 47 minutes on Oregon road trip...11 points vs. Utah on Nov. 27.

#3 KYLE DODD: Shooting 31-of-56 (.553) from the field this year...19-of-33 (.57) from the field in the past 14 games...five turnovers in the past 11 games (185 minutes)...in his 111-game career, he has 257 assists and just 96 turnovers, a 2.68-to-1 ratio.

#4 TOMMY SMITH: Season-high 17 points (7-of-10 shooting) at Washington State on Feb. 6...14 points, seven boards and zero turnovers vs. WSU on Jan. 11...career-high 16 boards, 13 points, six bocks and five assists vs. Washington on Jan. 9...eight points and eight boards at OSU on Jan. 2...16 points, seven boards and six assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...six career doubles-doubles...13 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...eight points, 11 boards and six blocks vs. Utah on Nov. 27.

#5 IKE DIOGU: Has scored in double digits in every game...seven 20-point games...four double-doubles...26 points and 10 boards at Washington State on Feb. 6...16 points and 14 boards vs. Stanford on Feb. 1...18 points and 13 rebounds vs. No. 20 California...24 points (11-of-12 from free throw line) at USC on Jan. 18...16 points (7-of-9 from the field) at UCLA on Jan. 16...17 points vs. Washington State on Jan. 11...14 points and nine boards vs. Washington on Jan. 9...27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4...18 points and 10 boards in Pac-10 opener on Jan. 2 at Oregon State...21 points and seven boards vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28 which earned him ASU Classic MVP honors...18 points and nine boards vs. Purdue on Dec. 2 at Las Vegas Showdown...15 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4... 37 minutes vs. Utah on Nov. 27 and had 22 points, eight boards and zero turnovers.

#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Averaging 14.3 minutes in the past four games...played 20 minutes at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22 and made 4-of-7 three-pointers and had season-high 12 points...15-of-16 (.938) free throws on the year...broke right fibula on April 17 in a dirt-bike accident and is still recovering...has played double-digit minutes eight times this year.

#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Seven 20-point games in his career, all but one away from Tempe...51-of-96 (.531) from field in past nine games...averaging 15.6 points per game in Pac-10 play...21 points vs. No. 20 Cal on Feb. 3...20 points at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22...23 points at UCLA on Jan. 16, as he was 8-of-12 (.667) from the field...16 points vs. Washington on Jan. 9...18 points on 7-of-10 shooting at No. 9 Oregon on Jan. 4...led team with 16 points and added five boards at Oregon State on Jan. 2...13 points, four boards and five assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...26 points in his season debut vs. Utah on Nov. 27.

#21 DONNELL KNIGHT: Four career double-doubles...19-of-37 (.514) from the floor in his past six games...10 points in 26 minutes vs. No. 20 California on Jan. 30...13 points at USC on Jan. 18...13 points and eight boards vs. Washington State on Jan. 11...15 points vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...12 points and 10 boards vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...posted 15 points and 12 boards vs. Morehead State in season opener on Nov. 22.

#22 JAMAL HILL: Junior college transfer who has been both a starter (four games) and first player off the bench...posted 11 points, including three three-pointers, in Feb. 6 win at Washington State...14-of-18 (.778) from the free throw line on the year...14 points against both Washington (Jan. 9) and Washington State (Jan. 11)...seven points at Oregon on Jan. 4...eight points in 20 minutes in Pac-10 opener at Oregon State on Jan. 2...seven points vs. Purdue on Dec. 21...12 points vs. BYU on Dec. 4 on 5-of-7 shooting...has been in double figures in seven games...17 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...16 points vs. No. 15 Kentucky on Nov. 25 in season-high 37 minutes.

#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: Excellent student-athlete who has a 3.61 GPA in construction science...2001 and 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...9 points in 12 minutes at Washington State on Feb. 6...10 points in 17 minutes vs. No. 20 California on Feb. 3...10 points and six boards at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22...seven points and six boards at No. 9 Oregon on Jan. 4...has five double-figure scoring games this year after having three all of last year...posted 14 points in 15 minutes against Purdue on Dec. 21...has made 201-of-253 (.794) free throws in his four-year career...matched the ASU freshman record with 28 starts in 1999-2000.

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