Men's Hoops Travels South On Saturday
Feb. 21, 2006
SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team(10-14; 4-11) travels southeast on I-10 Saturday (Feb. 25) for acontest in Tucson with the Arizona Wildcats at 2 p.m. MST on FoxSports Net. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson will call the action,as ASU is coming off a split in the Bay area as it lost at Stanfordon Feb. 16 82-69 but topped league-leading California 65-64 in doubleovertime on Saturday, improving to 7-4 Rob Evans' record in roadovertime games at ASU. Freshman Jeff Pendergraph continues to impressand improve, as he is averaging 17.4 points in the past five gamesand 15.5 points and 7.6 boards in the past eight contests. ASUadvanced to the postseason for the third time in the past fourseasons last year under Evans as it finished 18-14 behind Pac-10Player of the Year and consensus second-team All-American Ike Diogu.ASU leads the Pac-10 in three-point percentage at 38.3 percent(132-of-345), its best mark since the 1988-89 squad set the schoolmark with a .430 clip, and is holding opponents to 69.7 points pergame, its best mark since the 1991-92 allowed just 69.1 points percontest.
BIG-TIME FROSH: Jeff Pendergraph, a leading candidate for Pac-10All-Freshman honors, is finding himself in good shape after missingall of the fall conditioning and most of November due to surgery toremove a benign tumor in his left leg. Pendergraph leads the Pac-10in field goal percentage in league games, shooting 53.2 percent(74-of-139). Among Pac-10 freshman, he is second in the league inpoints per game (10.9), third in rebounds per game (5.9), second infield goal percentage (.516) and first in blocks per game (0.87).Pendergraph has 12 double-figure scoring games and averaged 16.5points and 10 boards on the Bay area road trip. Since the calendarturned to 2006, Pendergraph is averaging 13.0 points and 6.4 reboundsin those 13 games and is shooting 53.4 percent (70-of-131).
IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Jeff Pendergraph has 20 blocks, the sixth-most inSun Devil history by a freshman, and is 51.6 percent shooting fromthe floor ranks among the best in ASU freshman history. A look atPendergraph on ASU freshman lists:
ASU FRESHMAN BLOCKS (1978-79 to present)Rk. Name, Season Blocks1. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 552. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 333. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 314. Shawn Redhage, 1999-2000 245. Tommy Smith, 1999-2000 216. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 207. Ron Riley, 1992-93 178. Jim Deines, 1981-82 13T9. Sylvester Seay, 2005-06 12T9. Chris Sandle, 1984-85 12
ASU FRESHMAN REBOUNDINGRk. Name, Season RPG1. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 7.82. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 6.83. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 6.24. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 5.95. Johnny Nash, 1976-77 5.86. Chris Sandle, 1984-85 5.2
ASU FRESHMAN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE(minimum 100 attempts)Rk. .Pct. Name, Season (FGM-FGA)1. .608 - Ike Diogu, 2002-03 (209-of-344)2. .574 - Mario Bennett, 1991-92 (159-of-277)3. .570 - Dwayne Fontana, 1990-91 (102-of-179)4. .568 - Eric Holloway, 1983-84 (79-of-139)5. .520 - Shawn Redhage, 1999-2000 (103-of-198)6. .516 - Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 (99-of-192)6. .500 - Byron Scott, 1979-80 (66-of-132)8. .492 - Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 (189-of-384)9. .487 - Mark Carlino, 1985-86 (55-of-113)10. .479 - Steve Beck, 1983-84 (116-of-242)
KRUGER LEADING: Junior Kevin Kruger is among the Pac-10 leaders inminutes per game (38.96/first), three-point field goals made per game(2.88/first), free throw percentage (.813/sixth), assist-to-turnoverratio (1.47/seventh), steals (1.38 pg/eighth), three-point percentage(.413/fifth) and scoring (14.7 ppg./tied for ninth). Kruger andWashington's Brandon Roy are the only players to be ranked in the topten in seven of the Pac-10's 13 individual statistical categories. Hehas played nine 40-minute games on the year, including five of thepast seven contests, and is averaging 40.8 minutes in his past 10games after Saturday's 50-minute effort at California in doubleovertime. He is 19-of-38 (.500) from the three-point stripe in thepast five games and his 38.96 minutes per game is second in thenation (as of Feb. 19). He has played 935 out of 980 possible minutesthis year (95.4 percent), also second in the nation entering gamesthis week.
IRON MAN: Kevin Kruger's 39.0 minutes per game is the top mark on theASU single-season chart. Here's a look at ASU's top single-seasonminutes per game numbers.
ASU MINUTES PER GAME (1962-63 to present)RK. Player, Season MPG1. Kevin Kruger, 2005-06 39.02. Stevin Smith, 1993-94 38.53. Fat Lever, 1981-82 38.24. Freddie Lewis, 1965-66 38.15. Alex Austin, 1989-90 37.9T6. Jeremy Veal, 1997-98 37.5T6. Paul Williams, 1981-82 37.58. Dwayne Fontana, 1993-94 37.3T9. Eddie House, 1999-2000 37.2T9. Seabern Hill, 1969-70 37.211. Fat Lever, 1980-81 37.1
HOGGING MINUTES: Kevin Kruger has played 935 out of a possible 980minutes, second-best percentage (.954) in the nation.National Leaders/Percentage of Minutes (through Feb. 19)Rk. Player, School Pct. of Minutes1. Jared Jordan, Marist 97.32. Kevin Kruger, Arizona St. 95.43. Keydren Clark, St. Peter's 95.34. Whit Holcomb-Faye, Radford 95.25. Mardy Collins, Temple 94.66. Andre Collins, Loyola (Md.) 94.5
MORE MINUTE STUFF: Kevin Kruger is averaging 39.0 minutes per game,second-most in the nation (numbers as of Feb. 19).National Leaders/Minutes Per GameRk. Player, School MPG1. Chris Quinn, Notre Dame 39.62. Kevin Kruger, Arizona St. 39.03. Jared Jordan, Marist 38.94. Keydren Clark, St. Peter's 38.75. James Holmes, South Florida 38.66. Quinton Day, UMKC 38.5
MORE FRESHMEN NOTES: Freshmen Jeff Pendergraph and Sylvester Seayhave stepped up in the past few weeks, as on Feb. 11 they each scored21 points in a 98-87 loss to Oregon, the first time in ASU historytwo freshmen have scored 20 points in the same game. Against Stanfordon Jan. 21, Pendergraph looked every bit of the part of a futurebig-time player with 14 points (on 7-of-8 shooting), three reboundsand two blocks in just 10 minutes. On the defensive end, Stanfordsenior Matt Haryasz, currently the conference's third-best scorer andsecond-best rebounder, was 1-of-4 from the floor and had one rebound,but at the 7:44 mark of the first half Pendergraph sprained his rightankle and would be done for the night. Haryasz went on to finish with27 points (8-of-12 after the injury) and 10 boards (nine after theinjury) as Stanford won 70-64.
OTHER FRESHMAN: Sylvester Seay also has been getting in on thefreshman-does-well act, as in the past nine games he is averaging 9.1points, 3.4 rebounds and 20.7 minutes. In that time he is shooting32-of-63 (.508) from the field, 10-of-28 (.357) from the three-pointstripe and 8-of-11 (.727) from the free throw line and also has nineblocks and seven steals. He played a season-high 30 minutes vs.Oregon on Feb. 11 and had 21 points and five boards and was 8-of-13(.615) from the floor. In the past five games, Seay is averaging 10.4points and 21.4 minutes and is 19-of-37 (.515) from the floor.
THREE TOUGH LOSSES/TWO NAIL-BITING WINS: After playing (but losing)back-to-back one-point games for the first time since 1982-83 on Jan.5-7, ASU got in the win column with its 65-63 overtime win at OregonState on Jan. 14 and then followed that up with a 65-64double-overtime win at California on Feb. 18, as Rob Evans is now 7-4in road overtime games at ASU. The Sun Devils lost 66-65 to USC onJan. 5 as Lodrick Stewart's only bucket was when he hit athree-pointer with seconds remaining to give the Trojans the win. ASUthen was leading UCLA 60-59 with under 10 seconds left on Jan. 7, butJordan Farmar hit a runner to give the No. 17 Bruins the 61-60 win.ASU's last back-to-back one-point games came on Jan. 10, 1983, (87-86loss to sixth-ranked UCLA) and Jan. 13, 1983, (75-74 at WashingtonState).
MAKING SHOTS: ASU ranks first in the league in three-pointpercentage, hitting 132-of-345 (.383), bolstered by Kevin Kruger's69-of-167 (.413) and Bryson Krueger's 40-of-102 (.392). The SunDevils are also knocking down free throws at a good pace, as KevinKruger is at 81.3 percent (91-of-112), Serge Angounou is at 75.5percent (40-of-53) while Bryson Krueger, after going to the line just28 times all of last year, is at 87.5 percent (42-of-48). ASU isfourth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage, hitting on 72.4percent of its freebies (369-of-510), currently the eighth-best markin school history.
POINT MAN: Sophomore Antwi Atuahene is averaging 7.6 points, 3.8boards and 4.2 assists in 26.7 minutes per game (third on the team).In the past 12 games he is averaging 32.7 minutes (second on theteam), 9.0 points and 5.4 assists, with a career-high 21 points atOregon on Jan. 12 and a career-high in minutes (42) at Oregon Stateon Jan. 14, including the game-winning shot with eight seconds leftin OT. He also had a career-high five steals against Arizona on Jan.25 and posted 10 assists vs. Oregon on Feb. 11, the most by a SunDevil in the previous 67 games (Jason Braxton had 12 at USC on Jan.17, 2004).
VS. CALIFORNIA (FEB. 18): ASU fell behind by 12 midway through thefirst half but battled back to top league-leading California 65-64 indouble overtime. Bryson Krueger had 19 points off the bench,including the game-winning three pointer with 10 seconds left, togive ASU the win. Jeff Pendergraph had 15 points and 16 boards whileKevin Kruger added 16 points. ASU outrebounded Cal 41-31 and held theBears to 2-of-13 (.154) from the field in the two overtimes. ASUcommitted just 12 turnovers and had just two in the second half andjust two more in the overtime periods as it won at Cal for the secondstraight year.
VS. STANFORD (FEB. 16): ASU fell at Stanford 82-69 as the Cardinalmade 31-of-35 (.886) free throws, including 18-of-22 (.818) in thefirst half and outrebounded ASU 31-23. Freshman Jeff Pendergraph hadanother solid game with 18 points and nine boards while Kevin Krugeradded 15 points, Bryson Krueger had 14 off the bench and AntwiAtuahene added 10.
UA SERIES NOTES: UA leads the series 135-73 and has won 21 of thepast 22, with the ASU win coming on Jan. 23, 2002, an 88-72 victoryover the tenth-ranked Wildcats in Tempe. The Wildcats topped ASU80-70 on Jan. 25 as Kevin Kruger led ASU with 23 points and JeffPendergraph had 17 points and 11 boards. Bryson Krueger added 14 offthe bench, as Arizona held ASU to just 20-of-58 (.345) from thefield, its worst shooting night in the past 17 games and second-worston the year (.340 at Iowa). Arizona led 35-28 at the half and postedeight blocks against the Sun Devils. ASU's last win in Tucson was onMarch 11, 1995, a 103-98 double-overtime contest on the final day ofthe regular season.
FREEBIES: ASU made free throws at a 73.5 percent rate in 2003-2004,the fifth-best mark in ASU history and the second-best in theprevious 17 seasons, and then came back with the tenth-best effortlast year. It is shooting 72.4 percent this year, currently theeighth-best mark in school history. A look at the best free throwteams in ASU annals.
ASU TOP SEASON FREE THROW PERCENTAGE1. 75.6 - 19782. 75.4 - 19553t. 74.6 - 19983t. 74.6 - 19875. 73.5 - 20046. 73.0 - 19577. 72.9 - 20008. 72.4 - 2006 (current)9. 72.1 - 198910. 72.0 - 198211. 71.6 - 2005