Men's Hoops Plays At Oregon Schools

Jan. 10, 2006

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SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (6-7; 0-4) tries to bounce back from two tough losses at Oregon (Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. PT) and at Oregon State (Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. PT) this week, as the Sun Devils played back-to-back one-point games for the first time since the 1982-83 season last weekend. ASU lost 66-65 to USC on Jan. 5 as Lodrick Stewart's only bucket of the game was when he hit a three-pointer with seconds remaining to give the Trojans the win. ASU then was leading UCLA 60-59 with under 10 seconds left on Saturday, but Jordan Farmar hit a runner in the final seconds to give the No. 17 Bruins the 61-60 win. ASU hopes recent strong play against the Oregon schools continues, as the Sun Devils are 4-3 at McArthurt Court under Rob Evans, including victories in the past two games, and are 10-4 under Evans against Oregon State. The Oregon State game will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis on Fox Sports Net Arizona at 10 p.m. MST Saturday. ASU advanced to the postseason for the third time in the past four seasons last year under Rob Evans last year as it finished 18-14 behind Pac-10 Player of the Year and consensus second-team All-American Ike Diogu. This year, junior Kevin Kruger leads the way as he is among the Pac-10 leaders in minutes per game (37.77/first), three-point field goals made per game (2.85/first), steals (1.85 pg/fifth), assists (4.23 pg/fourth) and scoring (15.2 ppg./seventh). ASU's last back-to-back one-point games came on Jan. 10, 1983, (87-86 loss to sixth-ranked UCLA) and Jan. 13, 1983, (75-74 at Washington State).

AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Two Sun Devils are knocking down free throws at a rapid pace, as Serge Angounou is second in the league at 88.9 percent (24-of-27) while Bryson Krueger, after going to the line just 28 times all of last year, is third at 87.1 percent (27-of-31). ASU is third the Pac-10 in free throw percentage, hitting on 73.7 percent of its freebies (216-of-293), currently the fifth-best mark in school history. Dating to last year, Angounou is now 42-of-47 (.894) from the free throw line in his past 26 games. ASU also ranks second in the league in three-point percentage, hitting 70-of-174 (.402).

OREGON SERIES: ASU leads the Oregon series 34-26 and has won three straight against the Ducks, its longest win streak against Oregon since it won eight straight from 1990-94...ASU has won the past two at McArthur Court and is 4-3 under Rob Evans there, tied for the second-best mark in the league the past eight seasons along with Arizona, as Stanford is 5-2...ASU has held UO to 18-of-72 (.250) from the three-point stripe in the two Mac Court wins, including a 4-of-34 (.118) mark last year...ASU is 7-4 in the past 11 meetings against the last meeting ASU came back from a 13-point second-half deficit to top Oregon 66-56 in Tempe on Feb. 19, 2005. ASU scored on 20 of their final 28 possessions and held the Ducks to just three points in the final 7:20. ASU forced 19 turnovers and tied a season-low by committing just six. ASU won the game despite shooting 23-of-61 (.377) from the field, including just 9-of-32 (.281) in the first half...Serge Angounou averaged 12 points and 11 boards in the two games against Oregon last year.

LAST TIME IN EUGENE (JAN. 22, 2005): ASU held Oregon to 28.6 percent shooting (20-of-70) and topped the Ducks 64-51, the lowest Duck point total at McArthur Court since March of 1993. Oregon was 4-of-34 (.118) from the three-point stripe, including 2-of-23 (.087) in the second half. Serge Angounou posted 20 points and 10 boards. ASU jumped out to a 33-19 halftime lead and won despite posting a season-low in field goals made (19). ASU went on a 13-2 run in the final 6:58 of the first half and had just three-first half turnovers. It then made 13-of-17 (.764) free throws in the final three minutes to seal the win.

BAD LUCK: Senior 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), as ASU now has just one senior on the roster, 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 until mid-January 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.

OSU SERIES: ASU has won 10 of the past 13 against OSU, while the Beavers lead the overall series 34-29...Bryson Krueger had a Pac-10 season-high 21 points (including 16 in the first half) in the last meeting, a 75-73 ASU win in Tempe on Feb. 17, 2005. ASU led 42-26 at the half but OSU took the lead with under 10 minutes left.

LAST TIME IN CORVALLIS (JAN. 20, 2005): Oregon State shot 62.5 percent from the field, the fourth-highest field goal percentage against a Rob Evans-coached team, and broke open a three-point halftime lead to top ASU 88-66. Ike Diogu was the only Sun Devil in double digits, as he posted 27, including 22 in the first half. The Beavers became the fifth straight team to outrebound the Sun Devils (35-30) and shot 65.4 percent (17-of-26) in the first half. Kevin Kruger added nine points and career-high eight assists, as ASU had season-lows in free throws made (six) and percentage (.500). OSU also had ASU opponent season highs in field goals made (35) and assists (21).

VS. USC (JAN. 5): ASU 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. USC was 10-of-22 (.455) from the three-point stripe and got 30 points from Gabe Pruitt and 24 from Nick Young. ASU placed four players in double figures, as Serge Angounou had 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.

VS. UCLA (JAN. 7): ASU held UCLA to just 18-of-50 (.360) from the field, including 6-of-25 (.240) in the first half, but Jordan Farmar's runner in the lane with time running out proved to be the difference in a 61-60 loss to the No. 17 Bruins. ASU entered the game shooting 75 percent from the free throw line, second-best in the Pac-10, but was just 6-of-13 (.462), its worst outing since Dec. 4, 2002 (5-15 vs. BYU). UCLA was just 1-of-15 (.067) fromt the three-point stripe, but outrebounded ASU 38-29. Antwi Atuahene had eight points, seven boards and seven assists in his first start, while Serge Angounou led ASU with a career-high 23 points, but ASU had zero bench points.

ADDITIONS: Junior college transfer Antwi Atuahene is off to a solid start, as the sophomore is averaging 6.3 points, 3.5 boards and 3.2 assists in 21.9 minutes per game (fifth-most on the team). He is shooting 33-of-62 (.532) from the floor. 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 now has five double-figure scoring games.

NIGHTMARE FOR OPPONENTS: Kevin Kruger (15.2 ppg. in 2005-06) was one of three Sun Devils who averaged double-digit points in Pac-10 play (11.8 ppg.) and he has picked up where he left off from last year. He averaged 12.2 points in the final 13 games and has made 186-of-230 (.809) free throws in his 72-game career. Kruger has started 28 games in his career and was second on the team in minutes per game last year, averaging 29.8 per game. He is among the Pac-10 leaders in minutes per game (37.77/first), three-point field goals made per game (2.85/first), steals (1.85 pg/fifth), assists (4.23 pg/fourth) and scoring (15.2 ppg./seventh).

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 13 games it is shooting 216-of-293 (.737), currently the fifth-best mark in school history. Leading the way are Serge Angounou (24-of-27/.889), Bryson Krueger (27-of-31/.871), Kevin Kruger (56-of-69/.797), Jeff Pendergraph (26-of-37/.703) and Tyrone Jackson (26-of-34/.765). A look at the best free throw teams in ASU annals.

ASU TOP SEASON FREE THROW PERCENTAGE1.      75.6    - 19782.        75.4    - 19553t.       74.6    - 19983t.       74.6    - 19875.        73.7    - 2006 (current)6.      73.5    - 20047.        73.0    - 19578.        72.9    - 20009.        72.1    - 198910.       72.0    - 198211.       71.6    - 2005

IRON MAN: Kevin Kruger's 37.8 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)RK.      Player, Season  MPG1.   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   37.8T6. Jeremy Veal, 1997-98    37.5T6. Paul Williams, 1981-82  37.58.  Dwayne Fontana, 1993-94 37.3T9. Eddie House, 1999-2000  37.2T9. Seabern Hill, 1969-70   37.211. Fat Lever, 1980-81      37.1

RECORD AT MAC COURT: Although it is considered one of the tougher places to play in the nation, Oregon's McArthur Court has actually been a decent place to play for ASU and Rob Evans, as ASU is 4-3 in Eugene under Rob Evans (1998-99). A look at the Pac-10 records of teams at Mac Court beginning with the 1998-99 season, as the Ducks already have beaten Oregon State at home this year:

Team       W-L     .PctStanford    5-2     .714Arizona     4-3     .571Arizona State       4-3     .571UCLA        3-4     .429Washington  3-4     .429California  2-5     .286USC 2-5     .286Washington State    0-7     .000Oregon State        0-8     .000

ROAD SWEEPS: ASU has swept the Oregon road trip four times and once under Rob Evans, (2001). The four sweeps overall is tied for the second-most on any road trip in ASU's 28-year Pac-10 history.

ASU Pac-10 Road SweepsLA Schools: 1987, 1980Bay Area: 2005, 1985, 1981, 1980UO/OSU: 2001, 1996, 1993, 1981UW/WSU: 2003, 2000, 1992, 1990, 1981

RAINING TREYS: Oregon has attempted 72 three-pointers in its past two games at McArthur Court against ASU. The 38 attempts on Feb. 21, 2004, is an ASU opponent's record, while the 34 last year is tied for third-most.

Most Three-Point Field Goal AttemptsBy ASU Opponents38    at Oregon, Feb. 21, 200437      by Maine, Nov. 30, 199634       at Oregon, Jan. 22, 200534      by Indiana St., Dec. 1, 1988
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