Men's Hoops Hosts Cal State Fullerton Monday At 7 p.m.
Nov. 23, 2003
SUN DEVILS FACE TITANS: The Arizona State Sun Devils try for a 2-0 start for the first time since 1997-98 when they play the Cal State Fullerton Titans (0-1) on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ASU opened the season with an 89-72 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday behind Steve Moore's 26 points and Ike Diogu's 24 points, eight boards and five blocks. ASU led 40-39 at the half but outscored UALR 49-33 in the second half.
QUICK HITTERS FROM SATURDAY: Moore's 26 points is the most by a Sun Devil newcomer in the first game of the season since junior college transfer Isaac Burton scored 28 on Nov. 27, 1993, in a 106-95 Sun Devil win over Brigham Young...ASU has now won 14 straight home openers...junior point guard Jason Braxton matched a career-high with seven assists...Diogu and freshman Wilfried Fameni led ASU with eight boards. Fameni had six boards in the second half...Diogu's 13 free throws made was the most by a Sun Devil since Chad Prewitt made 13-of-14 vs. Oregon on Jan. 6, 2002.
FRESHMAN NOTES: Both Tron Smith and Keith Wooden started Saturday vs. UALR, the first time two Sun Devil freshmen have started the opening game in the past 13 seasons, when Jamal Faulkner and Stevin Smith started on Nov. 23, 1990. ASU played four true freshmen on Saturday and they contributed 16 points and 16 boards in a combined 62 minutes. It also marked just the third time a freshman was in the opening day starting lineup in the past 11 seasons, as only Donnell Knight (1999-2000) and Ike Diogu (2002-2003) earned opening-day starts in that time.
FREE THROWS: Steve Moore went 10-of-10 from the line and Ike Diogu was 13-of-14 as the Sun Devils made 35-of-43 (.814) free throws on Saturday. The 35 free throws was the most by the Sun Devils since they went 38-of-49 vs. BYU on Nov. 27, 1993. It is tied for the fourth-most in ASU history.
ASU FREE THROWS MADE1. 46 vs. Arizona, Jan. 29, 19552. 39 vs. Boston College, Dec. 29, 19773. 38 vs. BYU, Nov. 27, 1993T4. 35 vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Nov. 22, 2003 35 vs. San Diego State, Dec. 4, 1987 35 vs. Oklahoma, Dec. 20, 1963
FINAL QUICK HITTERS: ASU is 13-3 (.813) at home in the past two seasons and 23-8 (.742) in the past three seasons at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU is 56-29 (.659) under Evans at home in his six years...Jamal Hill has 11 double-digit scoring games in his 33 games and is 24-of-31 (.774) from the free throw line...Diogu is now 193-of-259 (.745) from the free throw line in his career...Diogu now has 13 20-point games and has scored in double digits in all 33 games of his career...Rob Evans is now 167-153 (.522) in his 12 seasons and is 81-72 (.529) in his six years at ASU...ASU is now 17-3 (.850) in the past two seasons when outrebounding its opponent and is 30-4 in the past three seasons (.882) when leading at the half.
ALL UNDERCLASS LINEUP: ASU did not have a senior in the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 20, 2000, when senior Eddie House sat the first three minutes of an overtime loss at USC after missing the flight to Los Angeles the previous night. The only previous all-underclass lineup was on Dec. 28, 1992, when ASU topped Duqesne 103-81. Saturday's game was just the first in the past 107 games and just the second in the past 326 contests where no senior Sun Devil started.
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