Men's Hoops Plays Montana State Thursday At AWA

Dec. 12, 2001

Thurs., Dec. 13-vs. Montana State 7 p.m. Phoenix, Ariz. No TV

Thurs., Dec. 20 - at Oregon 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT Eugene, Ore. No TV

Sat., Dec. 22 - at Oregon State 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT Corvallis, Ore. Fox Net

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

ASU FACES MSU AND GETS READY FOR EARLY PAC-10 SEASON: The Arizona State men's basketball team (4-2), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, meets Montana State (3-4) at Phoenix's America West Arena on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. MST. Tim Healey and ASU Hall of Famer Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Sports Network. ASU is playing the game at AWA because of commencement being held at Wells Fargo Arena this weekend, as the Sun Devils face the Bobcats and then get ready for the Pac-10 opener Dec. 20 at Oregon. With the Pac-10 Tournament reinstated for March 7-9 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, the Pac-10 schedule begins Dec. 20 as ASU has its earliest league game since since Nov. 30, 1989, when ASU opened Pac-10 play and its season vs. Oregon State. ASU is 2-0 against Montana State, as it won in Tempe on Dec. 5, 1980 (92-71), and Dec. 22, 1990 (107-74).

CONGRATULATIONS, AWVEE: Awvee Storey will play vs. Montana State on Thursday and then march on Saturday, as Storey will earn his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's commencement ceremonies this weekend.

AMERICA WEST ARENA: ASU is 2-1 at America West Arena, as it beat Utah 71-62 on Dec. 4, which was ASU's last game before taking a break for final exams. ASU topped UNLV 79-70 on Dec. 5, 1998, and lost to Boston College 78-74 on Dec. 5, 1993, in the other two contests. America West Arena and ASU will host the NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional for the second time on March 25-27, 2004. America West Arena (built in 1992 and home of the Phoenix Suns) and Arizona State hosted the event in 1999.

QUICK NOTES THROUGH SIX GAMES: ASU has had five different players lead it in scoring in its six games...junior Tommy Smith had a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Portland State and is ASU's top scorer at 13.0 points per game...junior Shawn Redhage has made all 10 of his free throws on the year...senior Chad Prewitt had 21 points vs. Stephen F. Austin and 20 vs. BYU, his third and fourth 20-point games of his career. His career high is 23 vs. Charlotte last year...junior Curtis Millage has 13 steals on the year and leads the team in minutes per game with 26.7...freshman Jason Braxton has 12 steals through six games...junior Kyle Dodd has 15 assists and just four turnovers in 118 minutes...sophomore Kenny Crandall is 9-of-18 (.500) from the three-point stripe on the year and had 19 points vs. Prairie View A & M in the first half. He ended witha career-high 22 points...ASU has 55 steals on the year, an average of 9.16 per game...ASU is 20-2 (.909) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including an 10-0 mark in the past two seasons.

BACK FROM MISSION: 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 and has three years of eligibility. Crandall is averaging 15.2 minutes per game and is 9-of-18 (.500) from the three-point stripe on the year.

LAST YEAR: ASU tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in 2001 after being picked eighth in the preseason media poll. After starting Pac-10 0-7, the Sun Devils went 5-6 after February 1, when center Chad Prewitt was back at full strength. ASU lost one player (senior Alton Mason) from last year's team. The Sun Devils played 15 games against NCAA Tournament teams and were 5-0 against non-conference NCAA teams, beating Conference USA champion Charlotte, Big South champion Winthrop, Mountain West Conference champion BYU, Mid-American champion Kent State and Mid-Continent champion Southern Utah.

ABOUT THE REBOUNDING: ASU was third in the Pac-10 in rebounding last year and has done a tremendous job of hitting the boards since Rob Evans became coach in 1998. ASU outrebounded 21 of its 29 opponents in 2000-2001 and has outrebounded 60 teams in 97 games under Evans. ASU outrebounded its opponents by six boards per game last year, the third straight season it has outrebounded its opponents. Before Evans arrived, ASU had not outrebounded its opponents on the year since 1987-88.

ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (136-128/.515) is in his fourth season at Arizona State in 2001-2002 (tenth overall) after being hired on April 7, 1998. The 1997 SEC Coach of the Year spent six seasons at Ole Miss, compiling an 86-81 (.515) record. He led the Rebels to a 42-16 record in his final two seasons, winning two SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1937-38. The 55-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the NMSU Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time Basketball team. He is 50-47 (.515) at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as a tough man-to-man teams which ranked 13th in the nation and second in the SEC in 1997-98 in rebounding at +6.6, despite no player was in the top 30 in rebounding nationally. Ole Miss held opponents to just 30 percent from the three-point stripe, best in the SEC, and to just 40.6 percent from the field. He is 92-63 (.594) in the past six seasons.

SHELL AND ALLEN UPDATES: 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 last year and missed the remainder of the 2000-2001 season and took a medical redshirt. In 1999-2000, 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. Shell took an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Nov. 27 this year for personal reasons. Also, Justin Allen redshirted last season as he recovered from Hodgkin's Disease and is back on the court this season.

AT THE LINE: Junior Shawn Redhage has established himself as the best free throw shooter in ASU history. Redhage shot 80-of-98 (.816) last year, the fourth-best mark in the Pac-10, and has made all 10 free throws this year. 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.)	149-179	.8322.	Alex Austin (1986-90)	255-313	.8153.	Rick Taylor (1974-78)	253-311	.8144.	Dennis Hamilton (1963-66)	261-321	.8135.	Isaac Burton (1993-95)	208-257	.809

THREE-DOT DATA: ASU's 38-point victory over Prairie View is the tenth-biggest in Rob Evans's coaching career and the third-biggest in his four years at ASU...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 225 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

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