Men's Hoops Hosts WSU And Will Honor Some Past Greats

March 4, 2006

SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (10-16; 4-13) plays host to the Washington State Cougars on Saturday (Mar. 4). Fox Sports Net Arizona will broadcast the game at 6 p.m. with Trey Bender and Tim Kempton calling the action. Freshman Jeff Pendergraph continues to impress and improve, as he is averaging 16.0 points in the past seven games and 14.9 points and 8.4 boards in the past ten contests. ASU led 40-38 at the half on Thursday but Washington's depth was too much as it outscored ASU 53-26 in the second half and won 91-66. Kevin Kruger had 19 first-half points and ended with 23 in 38 minutes, while Jeff Pendergraph added his fifth double-double (and third straight) with 15 points and 11 boards. UW outrebounded ASU by 10 (38-28) and ASU shot 15-of-26 (.577) in the first half but was just 11-of-30 (.367) in the second half.

1980-81 FLASHBACK: Some members of the 1980-81 Sun Devil team that beat top-ranked Oregon State 87-67 on the final day of the regular season will be on hand today, as well as others from that era. Among those expected to be in attendance are Kurt Nimphius, Sam Williams, Alton Lister and Fat Lever, along with others. The team went 24-4 that year and when it defeated Oregon State, the Beavers were undefeated heading into the final regular season game.

MORE PENDERGRAPH: Jeff Pendergraph, a leading candidate for Pac-10 All-Freshman honors, is finding himself in good shape after missing all of the fall conditioning and most of November due to surgery to remove a benign tumor in his left leg. Pendergraph is shooting 51.9 percent (82-of-158). Among Pac-10 freshman, he is second in the league in points per game (11.0), third in rebounds per game (6.3), third in field goal percentage (.507) and first in blocks per game (0.88). Pendergraph has 14 double-figure scoring games and is averaging 14.5 points and 10.8 boards in the past four games. Since the calendar turned to 2006, Pendergraph is averaging 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in those 15 games.

KRUGER LEADING: Junior Kevin Kruger is among the Pac-10 leaders in minutes per game (38.96/first), three-point field goals made per game (2.77/first), free throw percentage (.805/eighth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33/tenth), steals (1.38 pg/eighth) and scoring (14.5 ppg./tied for ninth). He has played 10 40-minute games on the year, including six of the past nine contests, and is averaging 40.5 minutes in his past 12 games after the Feb. 18 50-minute effort at California in double overtime. His 38.96 minutes per game is second in the nation (as of Feb. 26). He has played 1,013 out of 1,060 possible minutes this year (95.6 percent), which is tied for second in the nation entering games this week.

VS. WASHINGTON STATE: ASU has won five of the past nine against the Cougars and 11 of the past 17 and leads the series 31-27...Rob Evans is 9-6 against WSU...ASU is 5-1 in six overtime games against the Cougars.

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