Men's Hoops Travels To Pullman For Saturday 2 p.m. PT Contest
Feb. 25, 2005
SUN DEVILS AT WAZZU: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (18-10; 7-9 in the Pac-10 Conference) makes the trek to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, Feb. 26 (2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MST). ASU lost a hard-fought 90-82 game at Washington Thursday after winning two in Tempe last weekend, topping Oregon State 75-73 and then completing a season sweep of Oregon with a come-from-behind 66-56 win as ASU trailed by 13 in the second half. ASU is 4-5 on the road this year with wins over Temple, Stanford, Cal and Oregon. One more win will give ASU its sixth 19-win season in the past 22 seasons (and third under Rob Evans) while two more wins will mark 20 wins for just the fourth time in 20 years (second time under Evans). ASU has swept Oregon and Stanford (first time since 1994-95) and has a chance to sweep WSU for the fifth time under Evans, as it topped the Cougars 68-62 on Jan. 27.
VS. WASHINGTON STATE: ASU has won five of the past seven against the Cougars and 11 of the past 15. Ike Diogu is averaging 19.8 points on 32-of-55 (.582) shooting against the Cougars, while Jason Braxton is shooting 48.1 percent from the field (13-of-27). ASU leads the series 31-25 and Rob Evans is 9-4 against WSU. ASU also is 5-1 in six overtime games against the Cougars. In the Jan. 27 game this year, ASU jumped out to a 33-23 halftime lead and led by as many as 13 in the second half in topping WSU 68-62. ASU made 81.8 percent of its free throws (18-of-22). The Sun Devils outrebounded the Cougars 37-23 and posted 20 assists on 22 made field goals. Ike Diogu added 15 points and 13 boards while Bryson Krueger had 13 points, all of them in the second half. Kevin Kruger had 12 of his 14 points in the first half, including four three-pointers.
PAC-10 NOTE: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (22.5 ppg.) and rebounding (9.9 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. Diogu also leads the league in blocks at 2.33 per game. Since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78, no player has led the league in all three categories. He also has played 11 40-minute games this year and has posted a Pac-10 leading 13 double-doubles and leads the nation in free throws made (222) and attempted (280). He has 11 30-point games (six this year), 47 20-point games (18 this year), 28 double-doubles (13 this year) and 15 other games with nine rebounds.
AT WASHINGTON (FEB. 24): ASU played well enough to win a lot of games but came up short in a 90-82 loss at No. 13 Washington on Thursday. Ike Diogu posted 31 points and 15 rebounds, while Kevin Kruger hit five three-pointers en route to 17 points. Steve Moore and Jason Braxton added 10 points each. ASU made 29-of-32 (.906) free throws, including 17-of-18 (.944) from Ike Diogu and outrebounded the Huskies 36-26, but UW hit 11-of-16 (.688) from the three-point stripe and 31-of-56 (.554) from the field.
NEED MOORE: Senior Steve Moore gave ASU a huge second-half lift in lastSaturday's 66-56 win over Oregon, as he posted 17 second-half points (7-of-10 from the field) en route to a 22-point game, his fourth 20-point game of the season. He posted 50 points on the Los Angeles road trip Feb. 10-12, including a 31-point outing at UCLA when he hit eight three-pointers, the most by a Sun Devil since Stevin Smith tied his own school record with 10 vs. Oregon on Jan. 27, 1994. Moore is averaging 17.0 points in the past five games, as he now comes off the bench after starting the first 23 games.
Kevin Kruger: Sophomore Kevin Kruger is one of three Sun Devils who is averaging double-digit scoring in ASU's Pac-10 contests (12.0 ppg.) and has 15 double-digit scoring games overall. He is averaging 12.0 points in the past nine games, has made 122-of-149 (.819) free throws in his 55-game career and is 62-of-70 (.886) from the foul line in Pac-10 games this year.
SURGING: Sophomore Serge Angounou has five double-doubles on the year and eight double-figure rebounding games, including his 18-point, 10-rebound game against Washington State on Jan. 27 when he was perfect in seven field goal attempts.
ANOTHER KRUEGER: Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger is 30-of-56 (.536) from the three-point stripe in his past 21 games and 22-of-40 (.550) in the past 14 contests. He has eight double-digit scoring games on the year and posted his Pac-10 high with 21 points against Oregon State on Feb. 17, including five three-pointers.
Tyrone Jackson: Tyrone Jackson is averaging 16.9 minutes in the past 10 games and has 30 assists and just 13 turnovers in that time, including a career-high six on Feb. 5 vs. California. He posted eight points at Oregon (Jan. 22) and vs. Stanford (Feb. 3). A high school teammate of Stanford's Chris Hernandez, he is 18-of-25 (.720) from the free throw line in the past 10 games.
MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of 87 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.
NEED MOORE AT THE LINE: Three times this season Steve Moore has iced a close game with his late-game free throw shooting. On Nov. 30 at Temple, ASU led 61-60 when Moore made to free throws to make it 63-60 with 30 seconds left, and then hit two more to make it 65-62 with seven seconds left as ASU topped Temple. Against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 4, Moore was fouled while shooting a three-pointer with 14 seconds left and ASU down 66-64, but he sank all three to give ASU a 67-66 win. At California on Jan. 8, Moore hit two free throws with 46 seconds left and ASU leading 75-70 to give ASU a seven-point cushion as it would win 79-70. In its past five wins, ASU is 74-of-96 (.771) from the free throw line in the second half as it has sealed all five games (@Oregon, WSU, Stanford, Oregon State and Oregon) with solid efforts at the line. At Oregon on Jan. 22, ASU made 13-of-17 (.764) in the final three minutes, it made 13-of-16 (.813) against Washington State on Jan. 27 (including four straight in the final 50 seconds) and was 18-of-20 (.900) in the second half against Stanford on Feb. 3. ASU's 20-of-22 (.909) mark for the game against Stanford is tied for the third-best mark in school history for a minimum of 20 attempts. Against Oregon State on Feb. 17, ASU led 71-68 with 33 seconds left but hit 5-of-6 to put the game away. Then on Feb. 19 against Oregon, ASU led 61-56 with with 30 seconds left but hit six straight to finish the game.