Men's Hoops Travels To Washington Schools

Jan. 27, 2004

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SUN DEVILS OFF TO WASHINGTON: The Arizona State men's basketball team (8-8 and 2-5 in the Pac-10), coming off its first 20-win season since 1995 and just its second in the past dozen years, plays at Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST then plays in Seattle against the Washington Huskies on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MST, which will be broadcast by Fox Sports Arizona. The Sun Devils, with six first-year players currently in the rotation and another out with injury for the past nine games, are led by preseason All-American Ike Diogu, who is averaging a Pac-10 best 23.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game (second in Pac-10) and has scored in double digits in all 48 games of his career, the best active streak in the nation. The sophomore is averaging 11.7 free throw attempts per game on the year and is now 334-of-432 (.773) from the free throw line in his career. He has 23 career 20-point games, 12 career double-doubles (five this year) and nine other games with nine rebounds. This season, he has four 30-point games, 11 20-point games and 35 blocks after posting 31 in 32 games last year. The Garland, Texas, native is second in the league in offensive boards (3.56 per game) and blocks (2.19) and tenth in the league in free throw percentage at .824 (154-of-187).

ASU fell to Oregon 83-76 on Jan. 22, but came back with an 83-79 win over Oregon State on Saturday. Junior point guard Jason Braxton has posted double digits in each of the past four games, averaging 12.5 points, six assists and shooting 19-of-32 (.594) from the field in that span. ASU is shooting 72.5 percent from the free throw line on the year, currently the seventh-best mark in school history, while junior college transfer Stevie Moore has made 37 three-pointers, the most by a Sun Devil since Eddie House hit 73 in 1999-2000. Ike Diogu has continued his steady play, averaging 25 points and 10.3 boards in the past three games.

A MIXED BUNCH: Ten players getting a starting nod through 16 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 early season 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 nine 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.

DEVIL DATA: ASU shot 71.4 percent from the three-point stripe at USC (10-of-14) on Jan. 17, the fourth-best mark in school history...ASU is fourth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage at 72.5 percent...Jason Braxton is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.36, fourth in assists with 5.31 per game and third in steals with 1.94...ASU has held all but three opponents under 50 percent from the field this year...Moore had 20 second-half points at Nebraska on Dec. 3, including five three-pointers, the most by a Sun Devil since Chad Prewitt hit five at UCLA on Feb. 16, 2002...ASU's top two scorers (Ike Diogu and Stevie Moore) are shooting 215-of-260 (.826) from the free throw line.

VS. WASHINGTON STATE: ASU has won four straight against the Cougars and 10 of the past 12. Last year, ASU won 96-55 in Tempe and 87-54 in Pullman, as the average margin of victory in the past three contests has been 42 points. ASU also has won five of the past six in Pullman. Ike Diogu averaged 21.5 points and was 16-of-24 (.667) from the field last year against the Cougars, while Jamal Hill averaged 12.5 points and was 9-of-13 (.692). ASU shot 64.2 percent (68-of-106) from the field in those two games and held the Cougars to 36.4 percent (39-of-107). ASU leads the series 30-23 and Rob Evans is 8-2 against WSU. ASU also is 5-1 in six overtime games against the Cougars.

VS. WASHINGTON: ASU leads the series 33-20 and has won three straight, six of the past eight and eight of the past 11 against Washington. ASU won 89-57 in Tempe last year and then won 79-77 in overtime in Seattle. Jamal Hill averaged 14 points in the two games last year while Ike Diogu averaged 12.5, but was 11-of-13 (.846) from the field. Rob Evans is 7-3 against Washington. ASU has outrebounded Washington by 15.3 boards per game in the past six contests.

VS. OREGON STATE: ASU topped Oregon State for the ninth time in the past ten games and for the sixth straight time in Tempe with an 83-79 win on Jan. 24. Ike Diogu led the Sun Devils with 24 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, while Jamal Hill added 17 points off the bench. Jason Braxton added 12 points and six assists and Keith Wooden added a dozen points in his fifth start. ASU made nine straight free throws to clinch the win and was 22-of-28 (.786) in the second half from the line.

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 on Jan. 22, its first win in Tempe since Feb. 5, 2000. Ike Diogu had 24 points, nine boards and five assists while Jason Braxton had 13 points, eight boards, five assists and four steals. ASU led 60-56 at the 10:25 mark but Luke Jackson had 21 points and 12 assists and Oregon 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). Oregon's 58.5 percent shooting is the second-best mark against a Rob Evans' team in Tempe (91 games).

A BUILDER: When Rob Evans arrived in the spring of 1998, many talked about his final two years at Ole Miss when he went 42-16 (.724) and won two SEC West titles with a program that had been to just one NCAA Tournament. Before those seasons, Evans took a program many called 'below ground' and had a 44-65 (.403) mark in his first four years. At ASU, Evans was 60-60 in his first four years before going 20-12 last year. Evans is 104-125 (.454) in his first four years of building a program and is now 70-36 (.660) after the rebuilding process.

Rob Evans: Rob Evans (174-161/.519) 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 88-80 (.523) 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 131-92 (.587) in the past seven seasons.

PLAYER QUICK NOTES

#0 Allen Morill: Posted nine points in 19 minutes vs. Oregon State on Jan. 24...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 games against Nebraska, Temple, Northwestern, San Diego and Western Michigan but played just three minutes due to illness against McNeese State...20-of-28 (.714) from the free throw line...seven points vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 20...six points and five boards at Northwestern on Dec. 17...eight points and eight boards vs. Temple on Dec. 9...sophomore newcomer with a strong physical presence...one of three Texans on scholarship...five boards in 16 minutes at Nebraska on Dec. 3...played nine minutes in season opener vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 22.

#1 Jason Braxton: Has played in all 77 games in career and started in 61...averaging 30.6 minutes per game this year after averaging 21.5 his first two seasons...has posted double digits in each of the past four games, averaging 12.5 points, six assists and shooting 19-of-32 (.594) from the field in that span...13 points, eight boards, five assists and four steals vs. Oregon on Jan. 22...12 points and six assists vs. Oregon State on Jan. 24...12 points and career-high 12 assists (tied for ninth-best in school history) 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...seven assists vs. fourth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 3...15 points and 10 assists vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...10 points, seven assists and six boards vs. Arkansas-Little Rock in season opener on Nov. 22.

#2 Keith Wooden: Had 12 points and seven boards vs. Oregon State on Jan. 24...13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes at USC on Jan. 17 in first start since Nov. 24...has started in five games...one of four Sun Devil freshmen to start the opening game of the season in the past 11 years, joining classmate Tron Smith (2003-04), Ike Diogu (2002-03) and Donnell Knight (1999-2000)...six points in 17 minutes vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...six points vs. McNeese State on Dec. 22...six points and six boards in 17 minutes in vs. UA-LR on Nov. 22.

#5 Ike Diogu: A 2004 Associated Press Preseason All-American, the first in Sun Devil history and just the 11th in Pac-10 history...averaging 24.2 points and 10.0 boards in past five games...31 points and 13 boards vs. California on Jan. 10...13 points, six boards and a career-high six assists vs. Stanford on Jan. 8...matched school records with 18 made free throws and 23 attempts vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 30...11 20-point games on the year...2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and an All-Pac-10 selection...has scored in double digits in all 48 career games, the best current mark in the nation...23 20-point games and 12 career double-doubles...four 30-point games...Pac-10 Tournament record 18 rebounds vs. Oregon on March 13, 2003.

#12 Kenny Crandall: Has made 33-of-38 (.868) of his free throws in Pac-10 games in his career and is 53-of-69 (.768) overall...averaged 7.5 minutes in his final 13 games last year...played 20 minutes at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22, 2003, and made 4-of-7 three-pointers and had season-high 12 points...17-of-20 (.850) free throws last year...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...14-of-18 (.778) from the free throw line on the year...increased his minutes in each of the first six games, beginning with one minute in the season opener and then playing 27 in the sixth game at Northwestern on Dec. 17...dependable and sturdy guard...six points and five assists vs. fourth-ranked Arizona in 17 minutes...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: Is 35-of-39 (.897) from the free throw line in the past 11 games...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...three 20-point games...15 points and seven boards vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 30...16 points in 33 minutes on 6-of-8 shooting vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 29...14 points, nine boards and five assists in 30 minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 24...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: Averaging 30.6 minutes in past three games...has made 15-of-16 (.938) free throws in past 14 games...17 points off the bench vs. Oregon State on Jan. 24...posted a career-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting at USC on Jan. 17...double-digit scorer in seven games in 2003-2004...15 points vs. fourth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 3...18 points vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...both a starter (four games) and first player off the bench in 2002-2003...averaged 12.5 points on the 2003 Washington road trip and played 31 minutes without a turnover in the overtime win at Washington...41-of-52 (.788) from the free throw line in his career...was in double figures in 10 games last year.

#23 Tron Smith: Freshman who has started six games and is averaging 21.6 minutes per game, but has missed the past nine games with a broken nose (suffered in late December) and pneumonia...had nose surgery on Jan. 6...posted eight points vs. McNeese State (Dec. 22), vs. Temple (Dec. 9) and vs. Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 24)...also had five boards vs. Temple.

#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 87 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: Slowly working his way back into shape after missing all of last year with a knee injury suffered on Nov. 13, 2002...posted 10 points against Oregon on Jan. 22...first game back from injury was Jan. 8 against fourth-ranked Stanford...a three-game starter.

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