Men's Basketball (5-1) Plays Seventh Game in 16 Days Monday Night
Dec. 6, 2004
ASU VS. FDU: The Arizona State Sun Devils (5-1) will try go 6-1 for the first time since 1992-93 when they host Fairleigh Dickinson Monday at 7 p.m. MST at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU has won three straight and Monday's game is the final one in a seven-games in 16-days schedule to start the season. The Sun Devils are led by junior Ike Diogu, who is averaging 23.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. The nation's third-leading returning scorer this year, Diogu is shooting 64.5 percent from the field (40-of-62) and is 61-of-69 (.884) from the free throw line. Diogu is getting help from a supporting cast that includes senior Steve Moore (15.8 points per game) and sophomore Serge Angounou (10.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in the past three games).
NATIONALLY: Diogu leads the nation in free throws made (61) and attempted (69), with Ronny Turiaf of Gonzaga second in both categories (53-of-63). Diogu is tied for ninth in scoring (23.5 points per game) and eighth in free throw percentage (.884).
VS. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (DEC. 4): ASU fell behind by as many as 14 in the second half but rallied for a 67-66 win over Cal State Northridge on Dec. 4. Ike Diogu led ASU with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Steve Moore had 20 points, including three game-winning free throws with just 14 seconds left. ASU was down 55-41 at the 9:47 mark before outscoring the Matadors 26-11. ASU shot 18-of-22 (.818) from the free throw line and held CSN to 38.5 percent from the field (25-of-65). Jason Braxton tied his career-high with eight rebounds and added seven assists. CSN had 14 steals, the most by an ASU opponent since Feb. 8, 2001, when Washington State had 16, a span of the past 102 games.
IKE NOTES: Ike Diogu has now scored in double digits in every game of his 65-game career...has seven 30-point games and 33 20-point games in career...is averaging 20.9 points per game in career...he is 484-of-612 (.791) from the free throw line in his career, as he averages 7.44 makes and 9.42 attempts per game.
QUICK NOTES: Jason Braxton has started 76 games in his career and has 291 assists...ASU has used the same starting lineup (Angounou, Braxton, Diogu, Krueger and Moore) in each of its five games. ASU used 13 starting lineups last year...senior Steve Moore is 106-of-133 (.797) from the free throw line in his career and has made 63 three-pointers (1.90 per game)...ASU is holding its opponents to just 34-of-120 (.283) from the three-point stripe...ASU has outrebounded its opponents by 13.7 boards per game in the past three games.
50 TO GO: Ike Diogu's national-best double-figure scoring streak of 65 games still has a ways to go until it reaches NCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's Lionel Simmons from 1987-90. Diogu's lowest point total in his career was 10 against Morehead State on Nov. 22, 2003, the first game of his career. Diogu has been held to less than 15 points just nine times in that span.