Men's Hoops To Try And Snap 20-Game Home Win Streak Of BYU

Nov. 21, 2001


ASU tries to break 20-game home winning streak of 2001 Mountain West Tourney Champions

Sat., Nov. 24-at BYU (1-0) 4 p.m. Provo KUSK-TV

Tues., Nov. 27-vs. UC Riverside 7 p.m. Tempe No TV

All games on radio in Phoenix on XTRA 910 AM and KFYI 550 AM.

DEVILS FACE TOUGH ROAD CONTEST: The Arizona State men's basketball team (1-1), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, travels to Provo on Sat., Nov. 24, to take on the Brigham Young Cougars (1-0) in a 4 p.m. MST game televised by Fox Sports Arizona. ASU is 1-1 after a 79-69 home overtime loss to Portland State Tuesday, as it posted a 19-4 lead early before losing senior center Chad Prewitt to a hyperextended left knee for the remainder of the game. ASU shot just 35.2 percent (25-of-71) from the field, committed 22 turnovers, posted just nine assists and missed all five free throws in overtime. The Sun Devils will take on a BYU program which has won 20 straight at the Marriott Center, the nation's sixth-longest active home court winning streak, as the Cougars went 15-0 at home last year. Tom Dillon (play-by-play) and Tim Kempton (color) will call the action for KUSK-TV while Tim Healey has the radio call on the Sun Devil Sports Network.

VS. BYU: BYU leads the series 24-21 with ASU last winning in Provo on Dec. 12, 1990, 82-74. The teams have split the two meetings in the renewal of the series with the Cougars winning 78-67 on Dec. 7, 1999, in Provo and ASU topping BYU 80-52 on Dec. 2 last year in Tempe. ASU jumped out to a 37-22 halftime lead, led by as many a 44 in the second half and at one point had a 60-13 run in probably its best game of the season. The Cougars had just eight field goals in the first 30 minutes. Chad Prewitt had 20 points as ASU was 6-of-12 (.500) from the three-point stripe and grabbed a season-high 39 defensive rebounds. ASU held BYU to just 15-of-59 (.254) from the floor in the game.

SOLID DEFENSE: BYU's 15-of-59 (.254) shooting last year vs. ASU is the second-best defensive effort by a Rob Evans-coached team, dating to when he took over Ole Miss in 1992-93 (a span of 260 games). A look at the top five defensive efforts by an Evans' squad in his 10 years, six at Ole Miss and now in his fourth at Arizona State:

Rk.	Pct.	FG-A	Opponent/Evans' Team	Date

1. .200 13-65 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Ole Miss Nov. 24, 1997

2. .254 15-59 Brigham Young at Arizona State Dec. 2, 2000

3. .258 16-62 Alabama vs. Ole Miss Feb. 12, 1997

4. .271 16-59 Delaware State at Ole Miss Dec. 20, 1994

5. .273 15-55 Kent State at Arizona State Nov. 25, 2000

NOTES FROM THE FIRST TWO GAMES: Tommy Smith had a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Portland State...Shawn Redhage has made all eight of his free throws on the year...ASU had 22 offensive boards vs. PSU...ASU is just 6-of-32 (.188) from the three-point stripe...Chad Prewitt had 21 points vs. Stephen F. Austin, his third 20-point game of his career. His career high was 23 vs. Charlotte last year and his other 20-point outing was the 20-point game vs. BYU last year...Curtis Millage is 10-of-14 (.714) from the free throw line on the year...Jason Braxton has six steals through two games...Tommy Smith is 11-of-17 (.647) from the field on the year.

ON MISSIONS: Kenny Crandall, who was a freshman in 1998-99 and started in 23 games, went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene, Ore., and returned to the Sun Devils this year. Crandall, a native of Mesa, Ariz., and a 6-3 swingman who prepped at Mountain View High School, averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season. He has three years of eligibility. Also, Dewy DeWitt, a walk-on from Show Low, Ariz., who redshirted in 1999-2000 and received a full academic scholarship, left for his mission Aug. 30, 2000, to Trujill, Peru. He returns July 30, 2002, and will have four years of eligibility.

OPENING GAMES: ASU beat Stephen F. Austin 92-61 on Nov. 17, 2001, to win its 12th straight home opener. Rob Evans is now 8-2 in season openers in his 10 seasons (3-1 at ASU) as a head coach after falling to eventual NIT champion Tulsa last year 69-67 in the NABC Classic in Raleigh in the season lid-lifter. The last time ASU lost a home opener was on Dec. 5, 1989, when ASU fell to BYU 65-64.

AT THE LINE: Shawn Redhage has established himself as one of the best free throw shooters in ASU history 63 games into his career. Redhage shot 80-of-98 (.816) last year, the fourth-best mark in the Pac-10, and is 147-of-177 (.831) in his career. A look at Redhage on ASU career FT list as he currently stands first on the list:


Rk.	Name (Year)	FT-A	Pct.

1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 147-177 .831

2. Alex Austin (1986-90) 255-313 .815

3. Rick Taylor (1974-78) 253-311 .814

4. Dennis Hamilton (1963-66) 261-321 .813

5. Isaac Burton (1993-95) 208-257 .809

DEVIL THREE-DOT DATA: ASU outrebounded Pac-10 foes by 5.4 boards per game and outrebounded 21 of its 29 opponents last year...ASU averaged 14.83 offensive rebounds, the best mark in the league last year. ASU led the Pac-10 in 1999-2000 at 15.78 per game...the last ASU opponent to score 100 points in Tempe was third-ranked Arizona on Feb. 27, 1988 (101-73). The current streak of an ASU opponent not scoring 100 points in Tempe stands at 223 games...ASU's game vs. Portland State was the first overtime game in Tempe since the 1996-97 season. ASU had played 11 overtime games away from Wells Fargo Arena before the PSU game (eight on the road and three at neutral sites).

PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: A look at various preseason Pac-10 predictions for ASU:

6th--Street & Smith's, Basketball News, Basketball America, The Sporting News, Lindy's

7th--Pac-10 Media Poll, Athlon's, Basketball Times

PAC-10 MEDIA POLL: ASU was picked to finish seventh by the Pac-10 Media in a preseason poll, announced on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The results, with first-place votes in parentheses: 1. UCLA (24), 2. Stanford (1), 3. USC, 4. Arizona (2), 5. California, 6. Oregon, 7. Arizona State, 8. Oregon State, 9. Washington State, 10. Washington.

ARIZONA STATE 2001-2002 roster

Pos # Name Yr. Ht./Wt. PPG RPG Notes

G	1	Jason Braxton	Fr.	6-2/180	3.0	3.0	Top 50 recruit byThe Hoop Scoop/23 minutes per game

F 2 Donnell Knight Jr. 6-7/200 4.0 4.5 Averaged 28.4 minutes per game last year and started 25 games

G 3 Kyle Dodd Jr. 6-0/175 1.5 3.0* Has played in 63 games in two-year career/25.9 minutes per game last year

F 4 Tommy Smith Jr. 6-10/215 12.5 9.0 Career-high 14 boards vs. PSU/averaged 12.9 points in final 10 games

F 11 Awvee Storey Sr. 6-6/225 11.5 6.0 Pac-10 top rebounder last year at 9.1 per game

G 12 Kenny Crandall So. 6-3/195 3.5 0.5 Returns from Mormon Mission after averaging 28.4 minutes in 98-99

G 14 Curtis Millage Jr. 6-2/175 13.5 3.0 Played at Los Angeles Southwest J.C. last year/16 points vs. PSU

G 15 Tanner Shell So. 6-6/216 5.5 4.5 Redshirted last year with broken bone in left hand/9.1 ppg. in Pac-10 in 99-00

G 20 Brad Nahra Sr. 6-4/217 1.5 0.0 7.8 ppg. and 20.0 minutes per game in final five contests last year

C 22 Tyson Johnston Jr. 7-0/264 -- -- 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 24 minutes at San Diego St. last year

G 23 Jonathan Howard So. 6-4/200 3.5 2.5 Local product from Phoenix Preparatory/18 games played last year

F 24 Justin Allen So. 6-7/225 1.0 0.5 Redshirted last year as he battled Hodgkin's Disease

G 32 Brandon Goldman Jr. 5-9/165 1.0 0.5 Two-year walkon who played vs. Stephen F. Austin

F-C 33 Chris Osborne Jr. 6-9/240 -- -- Wrist injury has kept him on the sideline this preseason

F 42 Shawn Redhage Jr. 6-7/225 8.5 0.5 147-177 (.831) from the FT line in his career, best mark in ASU history

F-C 52 Chad Prewitt Sr. 6-9/241 10.5 3.5 21 points vs. SFA/hyperextended knee vs. PSU after 8 minutes

* - denotes assists.

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