Men's Hoops Takes On Alcorn State Saturday At Noon

Nov. 25, 2005

SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team takes on Alcorn State Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 at noon at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU topped Southern Utah 82-62 in its season opener on Wednesday behind a career-high 21 points from Craig Austin. ASU continued its solid free throw shooting from the past two seasons by making 24-of-27 from the charity stripe (.889), including its first 13, and shot 16-of-31 (.516) from the field in the first half. It marked ASU's 16th straight home opening win, as Rob Evans is now 12-2 in overall season lid-lifters in his 14 seasons (7-1 at ASU), as ASU has won its past five season openers. It will mark the first meeting between Arizona State and Alcorn State as the Sun Devils will try and go 2-0 for the third straight season.

NOTES FROM WEDNESDAY: Craig Austin's 21 points not only was a career-high, it was four more points than he scored all of last season. The sophomore scored 17 points in 17 games last year...ASU had 13 steals, matching last season's season-high set in the first game against Jackson State...ASU forced 27 turnovers, tied for the seventh-most by a Rob Evans' team in his 379 career games and the most forced by ASU since Dec. 22, 2003 (31 against McNeese State)...the date was the latest season opener since Nov. 25, 1995 when ASU opened against Texas Southern...Bryson Krueger played a career-high 34 minutes while Tyrone Jackson played a career-high 29...Kevin Kruger had a career-high four steals.

AT WELLS FARGO ARENA: The Sun Devils are 43-21 (.672) in the past five seasons and are 76-42 (.644) under Evans in his eight years in Wells Fargo Arena. His 1999-2000 team went 14-3, matching the school record for home wins, while last year's team was 13-5. After the game against Alcorn State, ASU takes on UCSB on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and North Texas on Wednesday (Nov. 30) at 7 p.m. at home.

JUNIOR LEADERSHIP: Kevin Kruger was one of three Sun Devils who averaged double-digit scoring in Pac-10 play (11.8 ppg.) and had 17 double-digit scoring games in 2004-2005. He averaged 12.2 points in the final 13 games, has made 134-of-164 (.817) free throws in his 60-game career and was 66-of-74 (.892) from the foul line in Pac-10 games, second in the loop, last year. He matched a career-high with 22 points vs. #14 Washington at the Pac-10 Tournament on March 10. He has started 16 games in his career but was second on the team in minutes per game last year, averaging 29.8 minutes per game.

FREE THROWS: ASU made free throws at a 73.5 percent rate in 2003-2004, the fifth-best mark in ASU history and the second-best in the previous 17 seasons, and then came back with the tenth-best effort in school history last year. A look at the best free throw teams in ASU history.

ASU TOP SEASON FT%1.      75.6    - 19782.      75.4    - 19553.      74.6    - 1998                    - 19875.      73.5    - 20046.      73.0    - 19577.      72.9    - 20008.      72.1    - 19899.      72.0    - 198210.     71.6    - 2005
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