Men's Hoops Hosts UC Riverside Sunday At 7 p.m. As Ike Diogu Leads Nation In Scoring

Dec. 10, 2004

SUN DEVILS CONTINUE HOMESTAND: The Arizona State men's basketball team, 6-1 for the first time since 1992-93, hosts three games before the holiday break beginning with a 7 p.m. contest against UC Riverside on Sun., Dec. 12. ASU then takes a week off before playing Big Ten member Northwestern on Mon., Dec. 20, and Santa Clara on Tues., Dec. 22. The Sun Devils played seven games in 16 days, including two games in the Las Vegas Invitational and a contest at Temple, to start the season and play five more non-conference games before opening Pac-10 play at Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 2. ASU is led by junior Ike Diogu, who is averaging 25.0 points (tops in the nation as of Dec. 10) and 10.3 rebounds and has posted a double-double in the past four games, averaging 26 points and 12.5 rebounds in that time. He is shooting 50-of-77 (.649) from the field and is 75-of-84 (.893) from the free throw line, as he has made more free throws than any other player in the nation has attemped. Diogu already is tenth on the Pac-10 career free throws made list and with two more makes he will become just the tenth Pac-10 player to make 500 career free throws.

MORE DIOGU NOTES: Ike Diogu averaged 22.8 points per game in 2003-2004, which not only led the Pac-10 but was ninth in the his career he now has eight 30-point games, 34 20-point games, 19 double-doubles and 11 other games with nine 498-of-627 (.794) from the free throw line in his career...entered 2004-2005 season as the nation's third-leading returning scorer and is the first Pac-10 scoring leader to be back on campus the following season since Reggie Miller won the honors in 1985-86 and returned in 1986-87...also averaged a Pac-10 best 36.9 minutes per game and grabbed 8.9 rebounds per game (second in the Pac-10) last year...has scored in double digits in all 66 career games, the best active streak in the nation...Garland, Texas, native averaged 11.03 free throw attempts per game last year and broke the 40 year-old Pac-10 season record for free throws made with 243.

THROUGH SEVEN GAMES: Jason Braxton is averaging 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the past two games. He tied a career-high with eight boards against Cal State Northridge and has 26 assists and just nine turnovers on the year. His 129 career steals is tenth on the ASU career chart...sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger had a season-high 14 points against Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 6 and had 12 vs. UTEP on Nov. 26...sophomore Kevin Kruger is 13-of-30 (.433) from the three-point stripe and has notched double digits in three games...sophomore Serge Angounou is averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the past four games. He already has posted eight more rebounds (47) than he did in 15 games last year (39) and has as many field goals through seven games (24) as he did last year...Steve Moore has two 20-point games on the year and is shooting 79.6 percent (109-of-137) from the free throw line in his 34-game career.

NEWCOMERS: ASU's experience (and depth) this year is a lot better, as last year at this time Rob Evans was trying to play up to seven newcomers. ASU's seven newcomers combined to average 118.1 minutes per games played last year, compared to just 45.8 minutes this year.

DEVIL DATA: ASU was third in the nation in free throw attempts at 27.56 per game, behind only Texas Southern (28.3) and Niagara (28.2). It is averaging 27.3 attempts per game this year...ASU shot 73.5 percent from the free throw line last year, the fifth-best mark in school history, second-best in the past 17 seasons and fourth in the Pac-10. It is shooting 71.7 percent this year, including 86-of-112 (.768) in the past four games...the Sun Devils are 33-16 (.673) in the past four seasons and are 66-37 (.641) under Evans in his seven years in Wells Fargo Arena....Kevin Kruger provided a spark in the final nine games last year, averaging 29.0 minutes, 12.4 points and shot 27-of-59 (.448) from the three-point stripe. He was the team's second-leading scorer in those nine games. After shooting 4-of-27 (.148) from the three-point stripe in the first 18 games of his career, he is 40-of-89 (.449) in his past 16 contests...ASU has outrebounded six of seven opponents on the year and is 6-0 in those games. It has outrebounded its past four opponents by 12.8 boards per game...only two Sun Devils have finished in the nation's top-10 in scoring. Eddie House was fourth in 1999-2000 (23.0 points per game), while Ike Diogu was ninth last year at 22.8.

SERIES VS. UC RIVERSIDE: ASU is 3-0 against UCR, as it beat UCR 96-87 on Dec. 4, 1971, and has played them twice in the Rob Evans era. ASU won 73-64 on Nov. 27, 2001, and 77-68 on Nov. 29, 2003. In last year's game ASU trailed 37-31 at the half as Ike Diogu had 31 points while Wilried Fameni had 13 rebounds, including 10 on the defensive end which matched a Sun Devil season-high. In the 73-64 win on Nov. 27, 2001, ASU took a 17-point first-half lead but UCR cut it to three at the half and led by 10 in the second half. Freshman Jason Braxton came off the bench and played 27 minutes and had eight points in 29 minutes.

NORTHWESTERN SERIES: ASU is 3-2 against the Wildcats with all of the games except last year's contest taking place in Tempe, including a 77-60 Sun Devil victory on Dec. 29, 2001, in the final of ASU's holiday tournament. ASU forced 24 turnovers in that game and had 14 offensive rebounds. ASU is 3-1 against Big Ten teams under Rob Evans, as it beat Penn State in 1999-2000, Northwestern in 2001-2002 and Purdue in 2003-2004.

AT NORTHWESTERN (DEC. 17, 2003): ASU trailed at the half for the fourth straight game and fell behind by as many as 13 before taking the lead, but a T.J. Parker jump shot with no time remaining gave Northwestern a 63-61 win in Evanston on Dec. 17, 2003. Ike Diogu led ASU with 23 points and 14 rebounds and was the only Sun Devil in double digits. ASU matched a season-low with eight turnovers, outrebounded Northwestern 43-35 and had 15 more field goal attempts than the Wildcats but made just one of its first 10 three-pointers. Northwestern had 20 assists and led 40-27 early in the second half. ASU was just 5-of-22 (.227) from the three-point stripe. Diogu matched season-highs with 17 field goal attempts and seven offensive boards. Northwestern had ASU opponent lows in fouls (13) and bench points (six).

Ike Diogu, Arizona St., 2002-pres.

Ike Diogu's 30-point games (8)Opponent, Date PointsMcNeese State, 12/22/03 38Fairleigh Dickinson, 12/6/04 34@California, 2/7/04 33Delaware State, 11/23/04 32California, 1/10/04 31UC Riverside, 11/29/03 31vs. Vanderbilt, 11/27/04 30Western Michigan, 12/30/03 30

ASU CAREER SCORING CHART1.	2,044	- Eddie House, 1996-20008.	1,515	- Joe Caldwell, 1961-649.	1,455	- Paul Williams, 1979-8310.	1,397	- Ike Diogu, 2002-present

Ike Diogu's DOUBLE-DOUBLES (19)Opponent, Date	Pts./Rebs.Fairleigh Dickinson, 12/6/04	34/10Cal St. Northridge, 12/4/04	25/13@Temple, 11/30/04	15/16vs. Vanderbilt, 11/27/04	30/11@#22 Arizona, 3/7/04	19/14@Oregon, 2/21/04	23/12UCLA, 2/12/04	27/13Oregon State, 1/24/04	24/15California, 1/10/04	31/13#4 Arizona, 1/3/04	18/11Western Michigan, 12/30/03	30/10@Northwestern, 12/17/03	23/14vs. Oregon, 3/13/03	27/18Oregon, 3/6/03	17/14@#1 Arizona, 2/22/03	15/10@Washington State, 2/6/03	26/10Stanford, 2/1/03	16/14#20 California, 1/30/03	18/13@Oregon State, 1/2/03	14/10
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