Men's Hoops Faces Oregon State Saturday At 7 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2004
ASU MEETS BEAVERS: The Arizona State men's basketball team (7-8 and 1-5 in the Pac-10), coming off its first 20-win season since 1995 and just its second in the past dozen years, plays host to the Oregon State Beavers at Ned Wulk Court on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. MST in a game which will be broadcast by Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Northwest and HDNet. The Sun Devils, with six first-year players currently in the rotation and another out with injury, are led by preseason All-American Ike Diogu, who is averaging a Pac-10 best 23.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and has scored in double digits in all 47 games of his career, the best active streak in the nation. He has 22 career 20-point games and 11 career double-doubles (four this year) and nine other games with nine rebounds. This season, he has four 30-point games, 10 20-point games and 33 blocks after posting 31 in 32 games last year.
VS. OREGON: Oregon shot 17-of-22 (.773) in the second half after jumping out to a 13-point lead in the first half to top ASU 83-76, its first win in Tempe since Feb. 5, 2000. Ike Diogu had 24 points, nine boards and five assists to lead ASU, which also got 13 points, eight boards and five assists from Jason Braxton. ASU led 60-56 at the 10:25 mark but the Ducks, led by Luke Jackson's 21 points and 12 assists, hit five-of-eight three-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws in the second stanza. Oregon posted ASU opponent's season-highs of 58.5 percent (31-of-53) and second half points (49). Braxton added an ASU season-high four steals. Oregon's 58.5 percent shooting is the second-best shooting night against a Rob Evans' team at Well Fargo Arena (90 games.
A MIXED BUNCH: Ten players getting a starting nod through 15 games, eight starting lineups, seven newcomers playing significant minutes, a player who has not played in 15 months notches 50 minutes in his first two games in early January and a starting freshman guard who was averaging 21.6 minutes per game breaking his nose has contributed to ASU's struggles. ASU lost 477 games of experience from last year when its six seniors graduated, as those players accounted for 117 minutes per game and Ike Diogu is the only returning starter from the NCAA win over Memphis. Tron Smith, a guard who had started six of the first seven games, broke his nose in practice over the holiday break and had surgery on Jan. 6 and has missed the past eight games recovering from the surgery and pneumonia. Serge Angounou, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, returned for his first game action on Jan. 8 vs. Stanford after rehabbing since his injury on Nov. 13, 2002, in an exhibition game. He had a season-high 10 points vs. Oregon on Jan. 22.
VS. OREGON STATE: ASU has won eight of the past nine against the Beavers overall and five straight at Ned Wulk Court. Last year, ASU won in Corvallis 67-47, tied for the fifth-best defensive performance by a Sun Devil team in Pac-10 play, on Jan. 2 and then topped the Beavers 74-64 in the season finale on March 8 to clinch fourth-place in the league with an 11-7 record. Ike Diogu shot 14-of-22 (.636) from the field against the Beavers and averaged 16 points and eight boards.
DEVIL DATA: Jason Braxton has posted double-digit scoring numbers in the past three games for the first time in his career. In those three games, he is averaging 12.7 points and six assists, is 15-of-26 (.577) from the floor, and has eight steals and just five turnovers...ASU is 16-0 in the past two seasons when it shoots 50 percent from the floor...ASU has trailed at the half in 10 games this year, including all six Pac-10 games...ASU has outshot its opponent from the free throw in all but one game this year. ASU is shooting 72.6 percent from the line this season, currently the seventh-best mark in school history...Diogu's 138 free throws made already is sixth on the ASU single-season list. He set the school mark with 180 made freebies last year...Diogu's 318 career free throws made is fifth-best in school history...ASU is being outscored 40.2/29.6 in the first half in its six Pac-10 games but has outscored the opponents 42.3/37.2 in the second half.
Rob Evans: Rob Evans (173-161/.518) is in his sixth season at Arizona State (12th 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, winning two SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1937-38. The 57-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time team. He is 87-80 (.521) at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as tough man-to-man teams which ranked 13th in the nation in 1997-98 in rebounding at +6.6. 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 130-92 (.586) in the past seven seasons.
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#0 Allen Morill: Played sparingly at USC on Jan. 17 due to an ankle strain suffered in Jan. 15 UCLA game...has started in six games...averaged 20 minutes in the five December games against Nebraska, Temple, Northwestern, San Diego and Western Michigan...seven points vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 20...eight points and eight boards vs. Temple on Dec. 9.
#1 Jason Braxton: Has played in all 76 games in career and started in 60...averaging 29.9 minutes per game this year after averaging 21.5 his first two seasons...averaging 12.6 points in past three games...13 points, eight boards and five assists vs. Oregon on Jan. 22...12 points and career-high 12 assists at USC on Jan. 17...13 points in 34 minutes at UCLA on Jan. 15...13 points, all of them in the second half, vs. fourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 8...12 assists is tied for ninth-best in school history.
#2 Keith Wooden: Posted 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes at USC on Jan. 17 in first start since Nov. 24...has started four games...one of four Sun Devil freshmen to start the opening game in the past 11 years, joining classmate Tron Smith (2003-04), Ike Diogu (2002-03) and Donnell Knight (1999-2000).
#5 Ike Diogu: A 2004 Associated Press Preseason All-American, the first in Sun Devil history and just the 11th in Pac-10 history...54-of-62 (.871) from the free throw line in Pac-10 play this year...31 points and 13 boards vs. California on Jan. 10...matched school records with 18 made free throws and 23 attempts vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 30...nine 20-point games on the year.
#12 Kenny Crandall: Has made 33-of-38 (.868) free throws in Pac-10 games in his career and is 53-of-69 (.768) overall...broke right fibula on April 17, 2002, in a dirt-bike accident and played through pain all of 2002-2003.
#13 Kevin Kruger: Played season-high 29 minutes on Jan. 10 vs. California...12-of-16 (.750) from the free throw line on the year...27 minutes at Northwestern on Dec. 17 and had four assists...played 14 minutes, all in the second half, vs. Temple on Dec. 9 and had six points, two assists and zero turnovers...also had steal with under a minute to which led to game-winning shot...played 16 minutes in first four games.
#21 Stevie Moore: Posted 17 points vs. Oregon (including 14 in the second half)...averaged 17 points on Los Angeles road trip and was 15-of-18 (.833) from the free throw line...sixteen points vs. fourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 8...explosive wing who scored 20 second-half points at Nebraska and led ASU with 22 points...led Sun Devils with 23 points vs. fourth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 3...southpaw who posted 26 points in season opener vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 22, the most points by a Sun Devil in a debut since Isaac Burton had 28 vs. BYU on Nov. 27, 1993...went 10-of-10 from the free throw line vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 26.
#22 Jamal Hill: Posted a career-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting at USC on Jan. 17...double-digit scorer in six games in 2003-2004...15 points vs. fourth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 3...18 points vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...37-of-48 (.771) from the free throw line in his career.
#23 Tron Smith: Freshman who has started six games and is averaging 21.6 minutes per game, but has missed the past eight games with a broken nose (suffered in late December) and pneumonia...had surgery on Jan. 6.
#24 Justin Allen: Had five points and five boards in five minutes at USC on Jan. 17...started against both Stanford on Jan. 8 and vs. California on Jan. 10...five points and six rebounds in nine minutes vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...six points on two second-half three-pointers at Northwestern on Dec. 17...posted five points, six boards and 19 minutes, the most he has played since he learned he had Hodgkin's Disease in fall of 2000, vs. Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 24...redshirted 2000-2001 season with Hodgkin's Disease...recipient of the 2003 V Foundation Comeback Award, given annually to someone in all of college basketball who embodies the spirit and courage of Jimmy Valvano...has played in 86 games in three-year career.
#34 Wilfried Fameni: Posted 11 boards in 32 minutes at Nebraska on Dec. 3...yes, his first name is spelled with two 'i's', that is not a typo...became just the third Sun Devil freshman in the past 12 seasons to register a double-double with his 16-point, 13-rebound performance vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 29...13 rebounds vs. UC Riverside is tied for the sixth-most by a freshman in ASU history...11 points vs. Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 24...opened year with 11 points and eight boards vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 22 off the bench.
#45 Serge Angounou: Still recovering from knee surgeries that kept him out of the 2002-2003 season, as he has played in five games...had 10 points vs. Oregon on Jan. 22...injured knee in exhibition game on Nov. 13, 2002.