Men's Hoops Hosts USC Saturday At 8:30 p.m. MST on FSN Arizona.
Feb. 11, 2005
ASU FACES TROJANS: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (16-8; 5-7 in the Pac-10 Conference) plays at the USC Trojans on Saturday, Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m. PT) on Fox Sports Net Arizona, with Tom Dillon and Tim Kempton calling the action. ASU is coming off a 95-76 loss to hot-shooting UCLA on Thursday, as the Bruins shot 60.4 percent from the field (32-of-53) and 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from the three-point stripe. ASU split home games with the Bay Area schools last weekend, completing a season sweep of Stanford for the first time since 1993-94 with a 74-67 win behind Ike Diogu's career-high 39 points, but fell to California 84-82 on Saturday, as Diogu posted 35. ASU is 4-3 on the road this year, with all four wins at RPI top-100 teams (Temple, Stanford, California and Oregon).
AGAINST THE BRUINS: Dijon Thompson scored 27 points in the first half and finished with 39 on 13-of-18 shooting, including 7-of-9 from the three-point stripe, in the UCLA win over ASU. Steve Moore posted a career-high 31 points to lead ASU, including eight three-pointers, as ASU tied a season-high with 13 three-pointers. Moore's eight three-pointers is the most by a Sun Devil since Stevin Smith tied his own school record by making 10 vs. Oregon State on Jan. 27, 1994. However, UCLA's 13-of-21 (.619) three-point shooting tied an ASU opponent's record for best three-point percentage (minimum 20 attempts) and its 60.4 percent field goal shooting is the fifth-best by an opponent against a Rob Evans'-coached team (370 games).
IKE NOTES: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (22.5 ppg.) and rebounding (10.0 rpg.). Only A.C. Green of Oregon State (1984-85) and Mark McNamara of California (1981-82) have led the Pac-10 in both categories. He entered play this week as one of only two players in the nation who is averaging at least 20 points and 10 boards, joining Juan Mendez of Niagara (23.9/10.5). Diogu also has played nine 40-minute games this year, including four of the past six contests. He has posted a Pac-10 leading 12 double-doubles and leads the nation in free throws made (187) and attempted (228). His national-best consecutive games in double-figures scoring streak is up to 83 games (every game of his career). He has 10 30-point games (five this year), 44 20-point games (15 this year), 27 double-doubles (12 this year) and 13 other games with nine rebounds. Should he stay at a double-digit rebounding pace, he would be come the first Sun Devil to average 10 boards since Mark Landsberger (14.4 rpg.) in 1976-77.
LAST MEETING VS. USC (JAN. 15): USC shot 60 percent in the first half (18-of-30) and got 42 points from its bench in a 98-94 win in Tempe. The 98 points was the most scored against ASU at home since a 101-73 loss to third-ranked Arizona on Feb. 27, 1988, as the Trojans shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from the three-point stripe. Nick Young led USC with 22 points, while six Sun Devils scored in double digits, led by a career-high 20 points by Serge Angounou. USC shot 55.2 percent from the field and posted 52 second-half points. ASU led 60-59 at the 10:29 mark but USC posted 39 points in just more than 10 minutes to notch its first Pac-10 win.
OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore sixth-man Kevin Kruger is one of four Sun Devils who is averaging double-digit scoring in ASU's Pac-10 contests (12.3 points per game) and has 13 double-digit scoring games overall. He is averaging 12.6 points in the past five games, has made 104-of-128 (.813) free throws in his 51-game career and is 44-of-49 (.898) from the foul line in Pac-10 games this year.
SURGING: Sophomore Serge Angounou has posted his best scoring game twice in the past eight outings, as he scored 20 vs. USC on Jan. 15 and at Oregon on Jan. 22. Angounou is averaging 12.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, is shooting 45-of-81 (.556) from the floor and 14-of-16 (.875) from the free throw line in the past nine games and has five double-doubles on the year, including his 18-point, 10-rebound game against Washington State on Jan. 27 when he was perfect in seven field goal attempts.USC SERIES NOTES: USC leads the ASU series 41-28 as the team's have split the series the past two years, as the visiting team has won the past three games. Ike Diogu is 32-of-48 (.667) from the floor against USC, 6-of-9 (.667) from the three-point stripe and 41-of-47 (.872) from the free throw line and is averaging 22.2 points in his five career games. Jason Braxton is averaging nine points and 5.3 assists in seven career games.
LAST GAME AT SPORTS ARENA (JAN. 17, 2004): Last year, ASU broke a seven-game losing streak at the Sports Arena with a 100-85 win on Jan. 17, 2004, its first win at USC since Feb. 15, 1996. ASU had season-highs for points (100), field goal percentage (.612), three-point percentage (.714) and second-half points (55) as it trailed by 14 late in the first half before outscoring USC 55-37. Ike Diogu led ASU with 27 points, including perfection in 12 free throw attempts and three three-pointers. ASU had five players in double figures as Jason Braxton dished out a career-high 12 assists, tied for the ninth-best mark in ASU history. ASU's 10-of-14 (.714) mark from the three-point stripe is the fourth-best in school history.
ANOTHER KRUEGER: Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played forassistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is 24-of-46 (.522) from the three-point stripe in his past 17 games and 16-of-30 (.533) in the past 10 contests. He has seven double-digit scoring games on the year and posted his Pac-10 high with 16 points against UCLA on Jan. 13.
MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of 83 games still has a ways to go until it reaches Pac-10 and NCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's Lionel Simmons from 1987-90, while Sean Elliott of Arizona (1985-89) scored in double digits in the final 108 games of his career. Diogu's lowest point total in his career was 10 against Morehead State the first game of his career on Nov. 22, 2003, and then he hit two free throws with 21 seconds left to reach 10 points at Oregon on Jan. 22, 2005. The next longest active streak in the Pac-10 belongs to Stanford's Dan Grunfeld with 15. Two Pac-10 notables never reached 70 games, as Lew Alcindor posted double digits in 69 straight games while Don MacLean, the Pac-10's career scoring leader, had his streak stopped at 68.