Men's Hoops Plays Host To No. 17 UCLA Saturday At 2 p.m.

Jan. 6, 2006

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SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (6-6; 0-3) plays host to the #17 UCLA Bruins on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. Trey Bender and Tim Kempton will call the game for Fox Sports Net Arizona, as ASU will try and bounce back from three Pac-10 opening losses at #7 Washington (91-67 on Dec. 29), at Washington State (64-49 on Dec. 31) last weekend and a 66-65 setback to USC Thursday in Tempe.

VS. USC THURSDAY: Arizona State led 63-57 with 2:00 left but USC hit three three-pointers, including the game-winner with 2.1 seconds left, to top the Sun Devils 66-65 Thursday night. USC was 10-of-22 (.455) from the three-point stripe in the win and got 30 points from Gabe Pruitt and 24 from Nick Young. ASU placed four players in double figures, as Serge Angounou had a season-high 19 points. Jeff Pendergraph added 16 points and eight boards, Bryson Krueger had 14 points and Kevin Kruger 11. Tyrone Jackson had a career-high nine assists. ASU shot 57.9 percent (11-of-19) in the second half, outrebounded USC 28-26 and shot 51.1 percent (24-of-47) for the game. ASU had a season-high 19 assists and committed a season-low 11 fouls but had just five bench points.

UCLA SERIES NOTES: ASU freshman Jeff Pendergraph and UCLA freshman Darren Collison of UCLA were teammates on the Etiwanda High School team that went 31-2 last year...UCLA leads the series 50-14, but ASU has won four of the past seven after UCLA had won 25 of the previous 26...ASU has won two of the past three against UCLA in Tempe...UCLA had won 22 straight before ASU ended the streak with a 104-75 win on Feb. 17, 2000, in Tempe and swept the Bruins in 2002-2003 for just the second time in school history...Kevin Kruger is 14-of-15 (.933) from the free throw line in his four career games against the Bruins. He averaged 12.5 points against UCLA last year...Serge Angounou is 12-of-20 (.600) from the field against UCLA in three career games and is averaging 8.3 points, including 10.5 points in the two games last year...last year in Tempe on Jan. 13, ASU led 32-20 at the 6:35 mark of the first half but UCLA finished the half on a 22-9 run and held off the Sun Devils in the second half to win 86-82. The game was decided at the foul line, as the Bruins made 18-of-21 (.857) and ASU made just 20-of-30 (.667), including just 7-of-14 (.500) in the first half. Kevin Kruger posted 18 points off the bench for ASU while Bryson Krueger added 16 points, including 4-of-5 from the three-point stripe. ASU had just nine turnovers and posted 67 field goal attempts but made just 28 of them (.418) while allowing UCLA to shoot 50.8 percent (31-of-61). UCLA also outrebounded the Sun Devils the game at Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 10, 2005, UCLA shot 14-of-20 (.700) from the field in the second half and was 13-of-21 (.619) from the three-point stripe in racing to a 95-76 win as it led 46-32 at the half.

QUICK NOTES: Tyrone Jackson is averaging 28.0 minutes this year after averaging 15.1 minutes per contest last year. He is averaging seven assists per game in his past three contests and has 46 assists and just 22 turnovers on the year...junior Kevin Kruger is among the Pac-10 leaders in minutes per game (37.7/7th), three-point field goals made per game (2.83/1st), steals (1.9 pg/5th), assists (4.1 pg/5th), and scoring (15.6 ppg/7th)�freshman Jeff Pendergraph became just the fourth ASU freshman in the past nine years to notch 20-points when he posted 20 against Utah Valley State on Dec. 10. Only Ike Diogu (12 in 2002-03), Kevin Kruger (two as a redshirt freshman in 2003-04) and Tanner Shell (one in 1999-2000) have notched that number since the 1997-98 season in their freshman season. Pendergraph has posted double digits in four games on the year and had 16 points vs. USC. He also has 15 blocks on the year�Kevin Kruger has picked up where he left off from last year. He averaged 12.2 points in the final 13 games and has made 184-of-226 (.814) free throws in his 71-game career.

IRON MAN: Kevin Kruger's 37.7 minutes per game is one of the top marks on the ASU single-season chart. Here's a look at ASU's top single-season minutes per game numbers.

ASU MINUTES PER GAME (1962-63 TO PRESENT)1.  Stevin Smith, 1993-94, 38.52.  Fat Lever, 1981-82, 38.23.  Freddie Lewis, 1965-66, 38.14.  Alex Austin, 1989-90, 37.95.  Kevin Kruger, 2005-06, 37.7

FREEBIES: 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 last year. Through 12 games it is shooting 210-of-280 (.750). Leading the way are Serge Angounou (21-of-24/.875), Bryson Krueger (27-of-31/.871), Kevin Kruger (53-of-65/.815), Jeff Pendergraph (25-of-34/.735) and Tyrone Jackson (26-of-34/.765). A look at the best free throw teams in ASU annals, and note that the current clip (.750) is currently second-best.

ASU TOP SEASON FREE THROW PERCENTAGE1.        75.6    - 19782.        75.0    - 2006 (current)3.        75.4    - 19554t.       74.6    - 19984t.       74.6    - 19876.        73.5    - 20047.        73.0    - 19578         72.9    - 20009.        72.1    - 198910.       72.0    - 198211.       71.6    - 2005

BAD LUCK: Senior forward Allen Morill is now out for the year after having microfracture surgery on his left knee on Dec. 19. Morill had played in the first seven games, starting in two, and averaged 15.7 minutes before his injury. He posted a career-high 14 points against Alcorn State on Nov. 26 and had 10 points and nine boards in 29 minutes vs. Minnesota on Dec. 5. At the time of the injury, Morill was the second-most experienced Sun Devil (57 career games). ASU now has just one senior, Tyrone Jackson.

THAT IS NOT ALL: In addition to Morill's season-ending injury, other Sun Devils have missed games and many practices. Serge Angounou, a two-year starter, suffered a bone bruise on his left knee in practice on Dec. 4 and missed the next two games (both losses) and is practicing on a limited basis to rest the knee for games. Freshman Jeff Pendergraph had a benign tumor removed in the fall from his left femur and did not get any conditioning or practice until November, as he missed both exhibitions and the first game of the season and is still working to get strength in the leg. Sophomore Antwi Atuahene has not missed a regular season game due to a nasal fracture suffered in November, but he missed the second exhibition game and some practices and had to wear a mask the first seven games to protect his nose. And while freshman Chad Goldstein could not play in in the first six games after transferring last year from UC-Davis, it didn't stop him from catching the injury bug. He broke his nose in the fall and wore a mask in practice and in his first game at Iowa on Dec. 17. Two days later, in his first practice, his nose was broken again.

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