ASU Wins Final Game Of Australian Tour 96-92
May 25, 2001
Cairns, Australia--The Arizona State men's basketball team finished itsAustralian Tour 5-0 with a wild 96-92 win over the Cairns Marlins on Fridaynight, as ASU watched Cairns go to the free throw line 56 times, including38 times in the first half. ASU, playing in front of a loud crowd in a tinyand humid gymnasium, had some questionable calls go against it early,irritating head coach Rob Evans so much he was ejected with 4:33 remainingin the first half after receiving his second technical foul.
ASU had four fouls called against it in the first 1:53 of the game,including a third on Chad Prewitt. ASU had 38 fouls, while Cairns waswhistled for just 22 fouls, including a few that were called late as theMarlins were attempting to foul.
Awvee Storey led ASU with 19 points and 18 rebounds, while Shawn Redhagecame off the bench to post 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added sevenboards. Redhage had nine points in the second half as the ASU benchoutscored the Marlin bench 38-7. ASU also had 24 points off of Cairnsturnovers.
ASU held Cairns to just 22-of-70 (.314) from the field, including 9-of-31(.290) from the three-point stripe.
Tommy Smith added 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including eight in thefirst half before fouling out. He also posted three blocks.
Some questionable calls were late in the game. At the end of the thirdquarter, ASU forced the Marlins into a shot-clock violation yet thereferees called a jump ball even though no one explained the rule to ASUassistant coaches Russ Pennell, Dan O'Dowd and Ron DuBois. Then, with ASUleading by five with under two minutes remaining, the referees issuedTanner Shell a technical when he told his teammates while a Marlin wasshooting a free-throw that the shot was 'coming off short, box out.'
Cairns outscored ASU by 30 points at the free throw line, as it was39-of-56 (.696) and ASU was 9-of-17 (.529). Despite the game was played in12-minute quarters, ASU had just 10 turnovers.
Donnell Knight came off the bench and had a key bucket late, shaking offthe effects of a mild concussion suffered in ASU's fourth game. Knight hadfive points.
Cairns led after the first period 28-23 but ASU had a 49-45 lead at thehalf. Cairns was aided by two players, Aaron Grabau and 7-0 center TonyRampton, who joined their team for the game despite they play for theCairns top level team, the National Basketball League's Cairns Tapains.Rampton, who had 25 points, played at Iowa State.
ASU returns to Phoenix on Saturday, May 26. And if anyone thinks they havea long day ahead of them think of Kyle Dodd, who after going through a26-hour travel day will get off the plane in Los Angeles and go directly tohis sister's wedding.
ASU 96, Cairns Marlins 92
ASU Box Score
G-Kyle Dodd, 2-6 FGs, 4 assists, no turnovers, 4 points
G-Tanner Shell, 5-14 FGs, 2-8 3-Pters, 2-2 FTs, 14 points
F-Tommy Smith, 6-13 FGs, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks, 12 points
F-Awvee Storey, 9-16 FGs, 1-5 FTs, 18 rebounds, 19 points
C-Chad Prewitt, 3-6 FGs, 5 rebounds, 6 points
Donnell Knight, 2-8 FGs, 1-2 FTs, 5 points
Brad Nahra, 2-6 FGs, 1-3 3-Pters, 4-4 FTs, 9 points
Tyson Johnston, 0-1 FGs
Jonathan Howard, 1-2 FGs, 2 rebounds, 2 points
Justin Allen, 4-9 FGs, 2-6 3-Pters, 3 rebounds, 10 points
Shawn Redhage, 7-10 FGs, 1-2 FTs, 7 rebound, 3 blocks, 15 points