Men's Hoops Hosts Cougars Saturday At 7 p.m.

Jan. 9, 2003

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ASU HOSTS WAZZU: The Arizona State men's basketball team (10-4; 2-1) plays host to the Washington State Cougars (5-7; 0-3) on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Arizona. ASU topped Washington 89-57 on Thursday and is 6-1 in its past seven games and is averaging just 11.9 turnovers per game in that span while holding opponents to 41.7 percent from the floor (149-of-362) and has shot 50.4 percent (195-of-387). Freshman Ike Diogu is averaging 19.3 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent (43-of-69) from the floor and 46-of-60 (.766) from the line in that time, while senior Tommy Smith has 18 blocks and leads the team in assists with 28 in those seven games.

VS. UW: Tommy Smith posted 13 points, a career-high 16 boards, matched a career-high with six blocks and had five assists in an 89-57 win over Washington. ASU led by 11 at the half but outscored the Huskes 46-25 in the second half. Curtis Millage led ASU with 16 points while Ike Diogu had 14 points and nine boards and Jamal Hill had 14 off the bench. ASU got 32 points from its bench and shot 35-of-63 (.556) from the field and held Washington to just 20-of-59 (.339), including 8-of-28 (.286) in the second half. ASU set season-highs in defensive rebounds (32), blocks (13) and second half points (46) and matched a season high with 63 field goal attempts. The 13 blocks was the most since at least the 1987-88 season, as the ASU record book doesn't have blocks, but a decent point of reference is the Pac-10 record is 16 set by Arizona against Oregon in 2000.

SUN DEVIL DATA: Tommy Smith has posted 37 blocks on the year (2.6 per game) and has notched 28 assists in the past six games. He posted a career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27, had a career-high 16 boards vs. Washington on Jan. 9 and also matched a career-high with six blocks vs. the the past two seasons, ASU is 23-4 (.852) when it leads at the half...Shawn Redhage had 14 points in 15 minutes against Purdue. He is 18-of-32 (.563) from the field in the past six games...Kyle Dodd is shooting 26-of-42 (.619) from the field...ASU has held eight opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting...Curtis Millage is averaging 14.8 points in the past five games.

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 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 as 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...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.

WE LIKE IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu has been all that was advertised, as he leads the team at 18.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. The Garland, Texas, native already has been to the line 118 times and is shooting .737 percent from the charity stripe (87-of-118). He has led ASU in scoring in seven of the past nine 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 320 games) and the first since Chad Prewitt posted a double-double in December of 1998. He is averaging 8.4 free throw attempts per contest and is the only Sun Devil to reach double digits in scoring in all 14 contests. In his past eight games, he is 53-of-67 (.791) from the free throw line. With his 27-points at Oregon, he has five 20-point games.

ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (156-145/.518) 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 70-64 (.522) at ASU and is 112-77 (.593) in the past seven seasons.


#1 JASON BRAXTON: Nine points vs. Washington on Jan. 9...did not turn the ball over in 47 minutes on Oregon road trip in early January and has just one turnover in the past 65 minutes...had 11 points vs. Utah on Nov. 27...matched a career-high with seven assists vs. Chaminade (Nov. 26) and vs. Nevada (Dec. 10).

#3 KYLE DODD: Shooting 26-of-42 (.619) from the field this year...shooting 14-of-19 (.737) from the field in the past seven games...has zero turnovers in the past four games (68 minutes)...eight points and season-high five assists vs. Washington on Jan. 9...posted nine points vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...12 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26.

#4 TOMMY SMITH: Posted incredible line vs. Washington on Jan. 9, with 13 points, 16 boards (career high), six blocks (match career high) and five assists in 33 minutes...eight points and eight boards in Pac-10 opener at Oregon State on Jan. 2...had 16 points, seven boards and six assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...had a career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...28 assists in his past six games...has six career doubles-doubles... eight points, 11 boards and six blocks vs. Utah on Nov. 27.

#5 IKE DIOGU: Has scored in double digits in every game...has five 20-point games...has made 53-of-67 (.791) free throws in his past eight games...averaging 7.5 boards in his past 11 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...27 points vs. Lafayette on Nov. 30...played 37 minutes vs. Utah on Nov. 27 and had 22 points, eight boards and zero turnovers..

#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.

#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Has four 20-point games in his career, all of them away from Tempe...13-of-19 (.684) from the field in the past two games led team with 16 points vs. Washington on Jan. 9...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...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...14 points in 21 minutes vs. Washington on Jan. points at Oregon on Jan. 4...eight points in 20 minutes in Pac-10 opener at Oregon State on Jan. points vs. Purdue on Dec. 21...12 points vs. BYU on Dec. 4 on 5-of-7 shooting...has been in double figures in five games...17 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...16 points vs. No. 15 Kentucky on Nov. 25 in season-high 37 minutes.

#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: Excellent student-athlete who has a 3.56 GPA in construction science...2001 and 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic 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 68 blocks in his career, ninth-best in ASU history.

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