Men's Hoops Takes On Washington Saturday at 6 p.m. On Fox Net
Feb. 9, 2001
ASU HOSTS HUSKIES: The Arizona State men's basketball team (10-11, 2-8 in Pac-10), under third-year head coach Rob Evans, plays host to the Washington Huskies on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. MST. The game will be carried on KFYI 550 AM in Phoenix, with Tim Healey (play-by-play) and Vic Cegles (color) calling the action. Fox Sports Net will broadcast the game with Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Reggie Theus (color). After going winless in its first seven conference games, ASU was the only Pac-10 team to win two games last weekend, sweeping the Oregon road trip by beating Oregon State 73-58 and then topping Oregon 99-72 on Sunday, but ASU fell to Washington State 58-57 on Thursday. ASU committed a season-high 25 turnovers and had a 32-15 lead with 5:13 to go in the first half. The Sun Devils had season lows in points (57), free throws made (6) and second-half points (22), while Washington State was credited with 16 steals, the most by an ASU opponent since UCLA had 18 on Jan. 21, 1995, a span of 188 games. ASU led 57-48 with but did not score a point in the final 5:50.
Probable Starters '00-01
Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES
#1 Alton Mason G 6-1 Sr. 12.6 3.3 .844 (38-of-45) from the FT line in the past 11 games.
#2 Donnell Knight G 6-7 So. 11.3 5.1 14 games of double digit points
#11 Awvee Storey F 6-6 Jr. 14.1 9.1 Averaging 13.8 points and 10.7 boards in Pac-10
#42 Shawn Redhage F 6-7 So. 9.7 4.4 67-78 (.859) FTs on season and 85 percent in career
#52 Chad Prewitt F 6-9 Jr. 10.1 5.1 16 minutes at Oregon State on Thursday.
Off the Bench '00-01
Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES
#3 Kyle Dodd G 6-0 So. 4.8 2.6 26.5 minutes per game/15 points vs. Charlotte
#4 Tommy Smith C 6-9 So. 8.0 4.0 12 ppg. in past seven games
#20 Brad Nahra G 6-4 Jr. 1.2 1.1 5 points and 22 minutes at Oregon
#23 Jonathan Howard G 6-4 Fr. 2.8 0.8 13 minutes at Oregon/11 games played onseason
#22 Tyson Johnston C 7-0 So. 1.7 1.7 4 blocks at UW on Jan. 11 in first career start
VS. UW: ASU leads the Washington series 29-19 that began in 1978 and swept the Huskies last year for the first time since 1994-95. ASU is 17-6 vs. Washington at home and has won 12 of the past 13 against Washington in Tempe. Rob Evans is 3-2 against Washington and Bob Bender and the Sun Devils have won four of the past six against the Huskies.
LAST MEETING VS. WASHINGTON (JAN. 11): The Huskies topped ASU in overtime in Seattle 70-68. ASU had a 55-31 advantage on the boards and had 24 offensive rebounds, but also committed a season-high 24 turnovers. Washington made 11-of-24 three-pointers, a season high for an ASU opponent, while ASU was just 1-of-11 (.091) from the three-point stripe. ASU led 32-27 at the half and then 43-34, but the Sun Devils scored just 26 second-half points. The game was the first that Chad Prewitt missed due to his ankle sprain suffered on Jan. 9. The rebounding margin of 24 is the fourth-largest by any Rob Evans-coached squad in his 250 games as a head coach and the third-biggest in his three-year career at Arizona State. Awvee Storey had 10 points and 15 rebounds and Donnell Knight had 15 points and 13 rebounds in 42 minutes, including eight offensive rebounds.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans, the 1997 SEC Coach of the Year, is 129-121 (.516) in his nine seasons as a head coach and 43-40 (.518) in his third season at Arizona State. 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.
ROAD SWEEP: ASU had just one road sweep in its previous 19 trips prior to its sweep at the Oregon schools last weekend. ASU swept the Washington trip last year but before that had not swept a road trip since January of 1996 when it swept the Oregons. The wins at the Oregon schools marked just the second Pac-10 road sweep in ASU's past 20 attempts.
*ASU's 27-point win at Oregon last Sunday (99-72) was its largest Pac-10 road win since it beat Washington 90-62 on Jan. 10, 1981, a streak of 223 road tilts.
*ASU's 61.9 field goal percentage (39-of-63) at Oregon is its best since it shot 62 percent (31-of-50) at California on Jan. 14, 1995, a span of 190 games.
*The .619 shooting mark also was the second-best performance by a Rob Evans-coached squad in his 250 games as a head coach.
*Oregon was the first start since Jan. 6 vs. California for Chad Prewitt, who sprained his ankle on Jan. 9.
*ASU is averaging 15.29 offensive rebounds this year. ASU led the Pac-10 last year at 15.78 per game.
*ASU is outrebounding Pac-10 foes by 6.1 boards per game and has outrebounded 16 of its 21 opponents.
SMITH KEEPS IMPROVING: Tommy Smith has scored in double-digits in the past seven games and is averaging 12.0 points per game in that time. He posted double digits in just five games last season and in just two Pac-10 games. He had 15 points at Oregon on Feb. 4. He had his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 boards vs. Washington State on Feb. 8. He also played a career-high 30 minutes vs. the Cougars.
STOREY ON THE BOARDS: Awvee Storey, a 6-6 junior who led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds last year, is averaging 14.8 points and 11.8 rebounds in his past nine contests. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week last week after averaging 20 points and 9.5 rebounds in a road sweep of the Oregon schools. Storey grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds at Washington State and had 16 again vs. UCLA. The 16 boards is the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 18 in a triple-overtime win at Texas A & M on Dec. 19, 1998. Storey is averaging a league-leading 9.3 rebounds per game and has 74 (3.5 per game) on the offensive end. Storey also is averaging a double-double in Pac-10 play (13.8 points and 10.7 rebounds).
PREWITT BACK IN ACTION: The Sun Devils received a boost on Jan. 24 at Arizona when 6-9 junior Chad Prewitt (10.1 ppg. and 5.0 rpg.), who badly sprained his right ankle on Jan. 9, returned to the lineup after playing just 16 minutes the previous four contests. Prewitt missed the Washington (Jan. 11) and USC (Jan. 20) games and played just 12 minutes at Washington State (Jan. 13) and just four minutes vs. UCLA (Jan. 18). At Arizona, Prewitt had 18 points on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting, including two three-pointers. He added six rebounds in 31 minutes. Prewitt averaged 10.2 points in Pac-10 play last year, second on the team, and had started 45 straight games before missing the Washington game. In the weekend sweep of the Oregon schools, Prewitt averaged 12.5 points and 14 minutes.
SHELL AND ALLEN OUT FOR SEASON: Two Sun Devils who played solid roles as freshman last year must redshirt this season due to injuries. Tanner Shell, who averaged 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 games including a 24-point effort at USC, broke his left hand in practice in late December and will miss the remainder of the year. Shell had played in just the season opener due to a bulging disc in his back but was practicing for ASU's holiday tournament and was expected to return to the rotation. Last year he had six double-figure scoring games and averaged seven points per game. His 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 play was third on the team. Also, sophomore Justin Allen is redshirting after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease in late September. Allen's treatments have been going well and he is expected to return to the court next season.
IN THE CLASSROOM: The Sun Devil men's hoops team had one of its best semesters last fall. Seven Sun Devils posted at least a 3.0 grade point average last semester. One player's academic effort that is worth noting is sophomore Justin Allen, who passed all nine hours with a 3.33 grade point average. Sophomore Shawn Redhage, a construction science major, is an Academic All-American candidate with a 3.28 cumulative grade point average. Overall, the 14 players on the team had a 2.7 grade point average.