Sun Devils Men's Hoops Takes On Oregon Sunday At 2 p.m. MST On Fox Net
Feb. 2, 2001
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (9-10, 1-7) VS. OREGON DUCKS (12-6, 3-5)
Sunday, February 4, 2001 - 1 p.m. PST/2 p.m. Arizona Time - Eugene, Ore.
(Live on KFYI 550 AM & Fox Sports Net)
SCENE SETTER: Arizona State takes on the Oregon Ducks on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MST in a game broadcast by Fox Sports Net. ASU topped Oregon State 73-58 Thursday in Corvallis for its first Pac-10 win. Arizona State is without at least two of its nine returning lettermen from last year (Tanner Shell and Justin Allen) while junior Chad Prewitt, one of just two Sun Devils with two years of experience, is getting back to playing shape after an ankle sprain kept him out of the better part of four games in January. The 15-point win (73-58) at Oregon State on Thursday was ASU's largest road win in over five years, since it beat OSU 93-75 on Jan. 27, 1996. ASU was led by Awvee Storey with 17 points, as Storey is averaging 12.4 points and 10.8 rebounds in the eight Pac-10 games this year.
ASU VS. UO: ASU and Oregon have split the last six meetings in Eugene and ASU leads the overall series 27-22, although the Ducks have won the past three. Last year's game in Eugene saw ASU outrebound the Ducks (37-31), force eight more turnovers (ASU had 16 to Oregon's 24) and have 18 more field goat attempts (66 for ASU to 48 for Oregon), but a Darius Wright three-point shot with no time on the clock was the difference. Oregon threw the ball the length of the court and Eddie House stepped in front of it, but the ball glanced off his hands and Wright threw it in from about 25 feet.
Probable Starters '00-01
Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES
#1 Alton Mason G 6-1 Sr. 12.6 3.4 34-of-39 (.870) FTs in past nine games
#2 Donnell Knight G 6-7 So. 11.9 5.2 10 second-half points at OSU/14 games of double digits
#11 Awvee Storey F 6-6 Jr. 13.5 9.2 Averaging 12.4 points and 10.8 boards in Pac-10
#42 Shawn Redhage F 6-7 So. 9.5 4.6 67-78 (.859) free throws on season
#4 Tommy Smith C 6-9 So. 7.5 3.6 11.6 ppg. in past five games/14 vs. UCLA on Jan. 18
Off the Bench '00-01
Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#3 Kyle Dodd G 6-0 So. 5.0 2.0 Averaging 26.0 minutes pergame/15 points vs. Charlotte
#20 Brad Nahra G 6-4 Jr. 1.1 0.9 Former walkon who has played in 15 games
#23 Jonathan Howard G 6-4 Fr. 3.0 1.0 13 minutes at Oregon/11 games played on season
#22 Tyson Johnston C 7-0 So. 1.7 1.7 4 blocks at UW on Jan. 11 in first career start
#52 Chad Prewitt F 6-9 Jr. 9.9 5.2 16 minutes at Oregon State onThursday.
INJURY UPDATE: Arizona State has been hit by the injury bug this year, as three lettermen have missed games, including two sophomores who are out for the season. Tanner Shell, who averaged 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 play last year and was ASU's third-leading scorer in league play, missed all but the season opener with a bulging disc in his back. He was expected to return for Pac-10 before breaking a bone in his left hand in practice in late December. Justin Allen, also a sophomore, is redshirting this year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease in September. Allen's treatments have been going very well and he is expected to return to the court next season. Chad Prewitt, who had started 45 straight games before the Washington game on Jan. 11, injured his right ankle in practice on Jan. 9 and had missed most of the next four games before playing 18 minutes at Arizona on Jan. 24 and then played 16 minutes and had 10 points at Oregon State on Thursday.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans, the 1997 SEC Coach of the Year, is 128-120 (.516) in his nine seasons as a head coach and 42-39 (.519) in his third season at Arizona State. He is 1-3 against Oregon, with the win a 64-60 victory in Eugene on Jan. 23, 1999, his first season at Arizona State. ASU had just 10 turnovers in that game. Evans was 32-50 (.390) in his first three years at Ole Miss and was 44-65 (.404) after four years before going 42-16 (.724) in his final two years as Ole Miss won consecutive SEC Western Division titles.
ABOUT THE OSU GAME: Oregon State did not register a block against the Sun Devils as ASU shot 50 percent from the field (25-of-55 for .509) for the first time in a Pac-10 game this year. Tommy Smith played a career-high 28 minutes against the Beavers.
ARIZONA STATE QUICK NOTES:
*ASU is outrebounding Pac-10 foes by 6.1 boards per game and has outrebounded 14 of its 19 opponents.
*Sophomore Tommy Smith has scored in double-digits in the past five games and is averaging 11.6 points per game in that time. He posted double digits in just five games last season and in just two Pac-10 games. He played a career-high 28 minutes at Oregon State.
*ASU's lone senior, Alton Mason, is shooting 87.2 percent (34-of-39) from the free throw line in the past nine games.
*Sophomore Shawn Redhage is shooting 84.6 percent (126-of-149) from the free throw line in his career.
*ASU is averaging 15.63 offensive rebounds this year. ASU led the Pac-10 last year at 15.78 per game.
*ASU has had six different players lead the team in scoring (Prewitt, Storey, Smith, Mason, Redhage and Knight).
*Awvee Storey has four 20-point games. The only Sun Devils to post 20-point games last year were Storey (3), Pac-10 Player of the Year Eddie House (17) and Tanner Shell (1). Including Storey, five Sun Devils have posted 20-point games, as Alton Mason has three, Chad Prewitt two and sophomores Donnell Knight and Tommy Smith one each.
*ASU is now 23-7 in the past two years when it leads at the half. The only Pac-10 games where it led at the half this year were at Washington and at Oregon State.
*Awvee Storey is averaging 13.4 points and 12.0 rebounds in the past seven games.
*Seven Sun Devils posted a 3.0 grade point average last semester and the 14 players had a 2.7 cumulative GPA.
*ASU will be trying to sweep a Pac-10 road trip for just the second time since the 1996 season. ASU swept the Washington schools last year on the road, its first Pac-10 road sweep since it won at the Oregon schools in 1996. Going back to the 1995-96 season, ASU's two wins at the Washington schools last year is its only Pac-10 road sweep in the past 18 attempts.