Men's Hoops Hosts Washington Schools
Jan. 7, 2003
ASU HOSTS WASHINGTON SCHOOLS: The Arizona State men's basketball team (9-4; 1-1) opens its Pac-10 home schedule this week as it plays the Washington Huskies (6-5; 1-1) on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. MST and then takes on the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. MST. Both games will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona, with Tom Dillon and Tim Kempton providing the commentary. In Tempe, the Sun Devils have won 13 of the past 14 against Washington (including the past five) and have topped the Cougars in four of the past five meetings. Arizona State is coming off a split at the Oregon schools, as it beat Oregon State 67-47 on Jan. 2 and fell to ninth-ranked Oregon 94-73 on Jan. 4. ASU held OSU to just 18 points in the second half, including 7-of-30 shooting, in the win and had a 10-point lead against the Ducks in the first half and led 39-33 at halftime before Oregon shot lights out in the second half. ASU is 5-1 in its past six games and is averaging just 11.8 turnovers per game in that span while holding opponents to 42.6 percent from the floor (129-of-303) and has shot 49.4 percent (160-of-324). Freshman Ike Diogu is averaging 20.2 points and eight rebounds while shooting 60.7 percent (37-of-61) from the floor and 44-of-53 (.830) from the line and senior Tommy Smith has 12 blocks and leads the team in assists with 23 in those six games. ASU has shot 70.4 percent (100-of-142) from the line.
WE LIKE IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu has been all that was advertised, as he leads the team at 18.6 points (fourth in Pac-10) and 6.8 rebounds (eighth in Pac-10) per game and is averaging 30.2 minutes. The Garland, Texas, native already has been to the line 111 times and is shooting .766 percent from the charity stripe (85-of-11). He has led ASU in scoring in seven of the past eight games.
He posted 27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4 and against Lafayette on Nov. 30, which matches the fourth-best scoring mark by an ASU freshman and Diogu is the first Sun Devil freshman to post back-to-back 20-point games since Mario Bennett in 1991-92. The 27 points is the most by an ASU freshman since Bennett set the freshman school mark with 35 against Arizona in 1992. His double-double against Oregon State (14 points and 10 boards) was only the second double-double by an ASU freshman in the past 12 seasons (319 games) and the first since Chad Prewitt posted a double-double in December of 1998.
He is averaging 8.5 free throw attempts per contest and is the only Sun Devil to reach double digits in scoring in all 13 contests. In his past seven games, he is 51-of-60 (.850) from the free throw line. With his 27-points at Oregon, he has five 20-point games. He also became the first freshman since Bennett in 1991 to earn ASU Holiday Tournament MVP honors.
SUN DEVIL DATA: Tommy Smith has posted 31 blocks on the year and has notched 23 assists in the past five games. He posted a career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...Jason Braxton leads the team in assists (39) and steals (20) and played 47 minutes without a turnover on the Oregon road trip...Donnell Knight is second on the team at 5.8 rebounds per game and has two double-doubles on the year...in the past two seasons, ASU is 22-4 (.846) when it leads at the half...Shawn Redhage had 14 points in 15 minutes against Purdue. He is 17-of-30 (.567) from the field in the past five games...Kyle Dodd is shooting 23-of-37 (.622) from the field...ASU has held seven opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting ...after going 8-of-20 from the free throw line against Utah in Maui, Curtis Millage has made 18-of-27 (.667). He is averaging 14.5 points in the past four games.
VS. UW: ASU holds a 31-20 lead in the series...the teams have split the past two seasons...Rob Evans is 5-3 against Washington, as the Sun Devils have won six of the past nine...ASU has outrebounded Washington by 16.5 boards per game in the past four contests...Kyle Dodd has 23 assists and just five turnovers in his six games vs. Washington...last year, ASU did not have a block at Washington in a 81-68 loss on Jan. 10 but matched a season-high with five in the Feb. 9 Tempe win...ASU shot a season-low 32.4 percent (23-of-71) at UW while the Huskies torched the nets for 60 percent (30-of-50), the third-highest mark by any Rob Evans opponent in his 300 games as a head coach, and also had ASU opponent season-highs for assists (22) and blocks (10). ASU shot just 12-of-41 (.293) in the second half and was 17-of-32 (.531) from the free throw line in the game, including 7-of-15 (.467) in the first half...in the Feb. 9 game in Tempe, ASU shot 17-of-30 (.567) in the second half and outrebounded the Huskies 40-26.
VS. WSU: ASU leads the WSU series 28-23 and has won eight of the past 10 as Rob Evans is 6-2 against WSU and 4-2 against Paul Graham...ASU is 5-1 in six overtime games against the Cougars...ASU topped WSU 96-45 last year in Tempe, matching the seventh-biggest winning margin in ASU history and the biggest Pac-10 win in ASU history...ASU led by 30 at the half...WSU was 3-of-25 (.120) from the three-point stripe...ASU had a season-high 37 field goals and matched a season-high with 24 assists...ASU held WSU to just 26.5 percent (13-of-49) from the floor, a defensive season-best...on Jan. 12 in Pullman, ASU jumped out to a 42-32 halftime lead and then shot 12-of-21 (.571) in the second half to top Washington State 81-71...the Cougars stayed close by making 27-of-30 (.900) free throws, including a 16-of-16 performance by Marcus Moore, who led WSU with 23 points...ASU shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) and had 21 assists and just 13 turnovers and outrebounded the Cougars 38-29...Curtis Millage had a season-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Tommy Smith added 19 points and nine boards.
AT OSU (JAN. 2): ASU held Oregon State to just 17-of-51 (.333) from the field, including 7-of-30 (.233) in the second half, and topped the Beavers 67-47 on Jan. 2. ASU allowed just 18 second-half points and outrebounded the Beavers 42-27. Curtis Millage had 16 points to lead the Sun Devils while Ike Diogu posted his first double-double with 14 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. ASU had just 11 turnovers and its bench outscored the Beaver subs 16-6. Tommy Smith added eight points, eight boards and three blocks. The 47 points is the fewest allowed in a road game since a 58-47 win at Stanford on Jan. 27, 1991. It also matched the fifth-lowest opponent point total in ASU's 25 years of Pac-10 play. The win was the Sun Devils first Pac-10 road opening win since 1991-92, which snapped a 10-game Pac-10 road opening skid.
AT UO (JAN. 4): ASU led by as many as 10 early and took a 39-33 lead at the half, but ninth-ranked Oregon shot 21-of-26 (.808) from the field in the second half to pull away for the 94-73 win on Jan. 4. Ike Diogu had 27 points and eight rebounds while Curtis Millage added 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Oregon got 30 points from its bench, outrebounded ASU 33-27 and shot 11-of-21 (.524) from the three-point stripe, including 7-of-12 (.583) in the second half.
ANOTHER NEWCOMER: Lost in the Ike Diogu numbers is the solid start for junior college transfer Jamal Hill. Hill has just eight turnovers through 13 games while averaging 23.8 minutes. He is fourth on the team with 8.3 points per game and is shooting 15-of-36 (.417) from the three-point stripe. After scoring just two points against Morehead St. in the opener, Hill averaged 13 points per game in the next five contests.
ROTATION UPDATE: Injuries have affected the rotation, as highly touted 6-8 freshman Serge Angounou will miss the season after injuring his kneecap in the first exhibition. Angounou had surgery on Nov. 15 and will apply for a redshirt. Also, swingman Kenny Crandall is still recovering from a broken fibula suffered in April and is limited. Curtis Millage, the team's top returning scorer from last year, missed the first three games due to an eligibility issue.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (155-145/.517) is in his fifth season at Arizona State in 2002-2003 (11th 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 after going 44-65 (.403) in his first four 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 56-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time team. He is 69-64 (.519) at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as 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 111-77 (.590) in the past seven seasons.
MAKING HIS MARK: Ike Diogu's 27-point performance at Oregon on Jan. 4 and against Lafayette on Nov. 30 is tied for the fourth-best freshman scoring mark in ASU history. It is the best scoring mark by a freshman since Mario Bennett set the mark with 35 against fifth-ranked Arizona on Feb. 20, 1992. A look at the top freshman scoring games in the ASU record books:
ASU FRESHMAN SINGLE-GAME POINTSRk. Pts. Player1. 35 Mario Bennett vs. #5 Arizona, Feb. 20, 19922. 31 Byron Scott vs. #18 Arizona, Feb. 23, 19803. 29 Jamal Faulkner vs. #2 Arkansas (NCAA), March 17, 19914. 27 Ike Diogu at #9 Oregon, Jan. 4, 2003 27 Ike Diogu vs. Lafayette, Nov. 30, 2002 27 Jamal Faulkner at Oregon, Feb. 28, 1991 27 Byron Scott vs. Arizona, Dec. 27, 19798. 25 Ike Diogu vs. Nevada, Dec. 10, 2002
DEFENSE: ASU held Oregon State to just 47 points on Jan. 2, the fewest by an ASU opponent in a Pac-10 road game since a 58-47 win at Stanford on Jan. 27, 1991. It also tied for ASU's fifth-best defensive effort in Pac-10 game. A look at the best defensive games since ASU joined the Pac-10 in 1978-79:
FEWEST POINTS AGAINST ASU IN PAC-10 GAMET-1. 41 @ASU 53, Washington 41 (Jan. 31, 1991)T-1. 41 ASU 67, @Washington State 41 (Feb. 11, 1984)T-3. 44 @ASU 82, Oregon State 44 (Feb. 25, 1995)T-4. 45 @ASU 96, Washington State 45 (Feb. 7, 2002)T-5. 47 ASU 67, @Oregon State 47 (Jan. 2, 2003)T-5. 47 Washington 47, @ASU 46 (Jan. 9, 1982)T-5. 47 ASU 58, @Stanford 47 (Jan. 27, 1991)T-5. 47 @ASU 55, Washington 47 in Tempe (Feb. 13, 1992)
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#1 JASON BRAXTON: Did not turn the ball over in 47 minutes on Oregon road trip in early January...had 11 points vs. Utah on Nov. 27...matched a career-high with seven assists vs. Chaminade (Nov. 26) and vs. Nevada (Dec. 10)...started the final 20 games at point guard last year...averaged 26.3 minutes and 8.8 points in the final 14 games last year...averaging 8.3 points in the 12 games against ranked opponents...had career-high 17 points, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line, in season finale at UNLV on March 12.
#3 KYLE DODD: Shooting 23-of-37 (.622) from the field this year...shooting 11-of-14 (.786) from the field in the past six games...has zero turnovers in the past three games (48 minutes)...posted nine points vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...12 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...in his 103-game career, he has 227 assists and just 91 turnovers, a 2.5-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 23.16 minutes in his career (2108 minutes and 91 turnovers)...had 10 points at Washington on Jan. 10, 2002...has seven dunks in four-year career.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Eight points and eight boards in Pac-10 opener at Oregon State on Jan. 2...earned ASU Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team honors...had 16 points, seven boards and six assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...had a career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...23 assists in his past five games...has five career doubles-doubles...posted 13 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...had eight points, 11 boards and six blocks vs. Utah on Nov. 27...posted 12 points, seven boards and five blocks vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26.
#5 IKE DIOGU: Has scored in double digits in every game...has five 20-point games on the year...has made 51-of-60 (.850) free throws in his past seven games...averaging 7.4 boards in his past 10 games...27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4 in 28 minutes...18 points and 10 boards in Pac-10 opener on Jan. 2 at Oregon State...21 points and seven boards vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28 which earned him ASU Classic MVP honors...18 points and nine boards vs. Purdue on Dec. 21...25 points and nine boards vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...15 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...27 points vs. Lafayette on Nov. 30...played 37 minutes vs. Utah on Nov. 27 and had 22 points, eight boards and zero turnovers...became just the second ASU freshman to start in the the season opener in the past 10 years when he took the court on Nov. 22 against Morehead State.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Has made 7-of-8 (.875) free throws on the year...five assists vs. Morehead State on Novs. 22 in season opener...broke his right fibula on April 17 in a dirt-bike accident and is still recovering...missed six games in early February last season with a sprained ligament in right foot...in Pac-10 games he shot 21-of-46 (.457) from the three-point stripe last year...35-of-83 (.422) from the three-point stripe last season.
#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Has four 20-point games in his career, all of them away from Tempe...after going 8-of-20 from the free throw line against Utah on Nov. 27, he has hit 18-of-27 (.667)...had 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting at No. 9 Oregon on Jan. 4...led team with 16 points and added five boards at Oregon State on Jan. 2...13 points, four boards and five assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...posted 26 points in his season debut vs. Utah on Nov. 27...averaged 14.4 points in final 17 games last year...45-of-57 (.789) from the free throw line in final 16 games last year...made 27-of-33 (.818) free throws in the final eight games...career-highs with 27 points and four three-pointers at No. 14 Arizona on Feb. 20, 2002...24 points at Washington State on Jan. 12, 2002.
#21 DONNELL KNIGHT: Four career double-doubles...eight points and seven boards vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...15 points vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...12 points and 10 boards off the bench vs. Nevada on Dec. 10 and made all five field goal attempts...posted 15 points and 12 boards vs. Morehead State in season opener on Nov. 22.
#22 JAMAL HILL: Junior college transfer who has been both a starter and first player off the bench...seven points at Oregon on Jan. 4...eight points in 20 minutes in Pac-10 opener at Oregon State on Jan. 2...seven points vs. Purdue on Dec. 21...12 points vs. BYU on Dec. 4 on 5-of-7 shooting...has been in double figures in four games...17 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...16 points vs. No. 15 Kentucky on Nov. 25 in season-high 37 minutes...averaged 35 minutes per game in Maui Invitational with Curtis Millage sitting the first two games.
#24 JUSTIN ALLEN: Redshirted 2000-2001 season with Hodgkin's Disease and is getting back into basketball shape...has played in 64 games in three-year career...has played in 11 games this season...hit first-half three-pointer vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...hit two three-pointers at Utah on Dec. 7, 2002.
#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: Excellent student-athlete who has a 3.56 GPA in construction science...2001 and 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...seven points and six boards at No. 9 Oregon on Jan. 4...has three double-figure scoring games this year after having three all of last year...posted 14 points in 15 minutes against Purdue on Dec. 21...14 points against Purdue was the most since Jan. 18, 2001, when he had 16 vs. UCLA in his sophomore season...12 points vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...13 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...has made 190-of-240 (.792) free throws in his four-year career...also has 67 blocks in his career, ninth-best in ASU history.