Men's Hoops Plays Host To Santa Clara Wednesday At 6 p.m.

Dec. 21, 2004

ASU VS. SANTA CLARA: The Arizona State Sun Devils (8-1) will try go 9-1 for the first time since 1990-91 and win its seventh straight for the first time since 1980-81 when they host the Santa Clara Broncos (7-4) Wednesday at 6 p.m. MST at Wells Fargo Arena/Ned Wulk Court. ASU is coming off one of its most impressive wins in the past few seasons, as it topped Northwestern 90-55 on Monday behind a 55-point second half. ASU placed five players in double figures for the first time this year and was led by Steve Moore's 18 points. ASU shot 18-of-26 (.692) in the second half, including 8-of-10 (.800) from the three-point stripe, and held the Wildcats to just 7-of-28 (.250) after halftime. It marks just the second time in the past 10 seasons ASU has posted a six-game winning streak, the other in December of 1998. ASU also is 6-0 at home after going 7-8 in Wells Fargo Arena last year.

MORE ON THE NORTHWESTERN GAME: ASU was 13-of-20 (.650) from the three-point stripe against the Wildcats, its most three-pointers made since it hit 13 at Oregon on Jan. 27, 1996, and is tied for fifth-best in school history. The 65 percent three-point shooting is a school record (minimum 20 attempts), topping the 60 percent mark set at Stanford on Feb. 28, 1987 (12-of-20). ASU committed just six turnovers, the second-fewest in Rob Evans seven years at ASU (188 games), as the Sun Devils had just five at Washington on Feb. 6, 1999. ASU also had season highs in points (90), field goals made (31), shooting percentage (31-of-52 for 59.6 percent) and blocks (nine). The blocks were the most since ASU had 13 vs. Washington on Jan. 9, 2003, a span of the past 54 games. ASU also had season lows in turnovers (six) and fouls (12) and held Northwestern to 1-of-10 (.100) from the three-point stripe, three steals and 23 second-half points.

FEWEST TURNOVERS BY A Rob Evans TEAMRk.    TOs     Team/Opponent   Date1.  4       Ole Miss vs. Stetson    Dec. 17, 19962. 5       Arizona State at Washington     Feb. 6, 19993.  6       Arizona State vs. Northwestern  Dec. 20, 2004

IKE QUICK NOTES: Ike Diogu leads the nation in free throws made (90) and attempted (102), is fifth in scoring (23.4 points per game) and sixth in free throw percentage (.882) as of Dec. 21�has now scored in double digits in every game of his 68-game career�already is eighth on the Pac-10 career free throws made list with 513�needs four blocks to become just the fifth Sun Devil to notch 100 swats�entering play this week, Diogu led the Pac-10 in points per game (24.3), rebounding (10.1), field goal percentage (.651), blocks (1.75), offensive rebounds (3.63) and was tied for league lead in defensive rebounds (6.5). He ranked third in minutes per game at 34.00.

QUICK NOTES*Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger is 9-of-12 (.750) from the three-point stripe in the past three games and is averaging 15 points in those contests.

*Kevin Kruger is shooting 18-of-37 (.486) from the three-point stripe on the year. In the first 18 games of his career, he was 4-of-27 (.148) from the three-point stripe. In his past 18 games, he is 45-of-96 (.469).

*Jason Braxton is averaging 6.3 points, seven boards and 5.3 assists in the past four games. He has 36 assists and just 12 turnovers on the year. He has played in 97 career games and has started in 79. Entering play Monday, he ranked second in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio.

*Steve Moore is 113-of-142 (.796) from the free throw line in his career. He tied a career-high with six assists vs. Northwestern.

*Serge Angounou is averaging 10 points and 7.3 boards in the past six contests�ASU has outrebounded seven opponents on the year.

*ASU is 21-0 in the past four seasons when it shoots 50 percent from the field.

*ASU has used the same starting lineup in every game this year after using 13 starting lineups last year.

47 TO GO: Ike Diogu's national-best double-figure scoring streak of 68 games still has a ways to go until it reaches NCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's Lionel Simmons from 1987-90. Diogu's lowest point total in his career was 10 against Morehead State on Nov. 22, 2003, the first game of his career. Diogu has been held to less than 15 points just nine times in that span.

THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE, SEASON (min. one made per game)Rk.      Name, Season    3FGM-A  .Pct1.  Matt Anderson, 1988-89  41-80   .5132.  Kevin Kruger, 2004-2005 18-37   .4863.  Bryson Krueger, 2004-2005       15-31   .4844.  Tarence Wheeler, 1987-88        58-128  .4535.  Bobby Thompson, 1986-87 31-69   .4496.  Jeremy Veal, 1996-97    58-131  .4437.  Alex Austin, 1988-89    49-112  .4388.  Kenny Crandall, 2001-02 35-83   .4229.  Jeremy Veal, 1997-98    56-133  .42110. Steve Moore, 2004-2005  17-41   .415

THROUGH 36 GAMES: Here's a look at Kevin Kruger's first 18 games of his career and his next 18.Statistic    First 18 Games  Next 18 GamesMinutes Per Game   10.3    27.1Points Per Game     1.7     10.2FG-FGA (.Pct)       5-32 (.156)     53-110 (.482)3FG-3FGA (.Pct)    4-27 (.148)     45-96 (.469)Assists     26      55Steals        4       19
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