Men's Hoops Game Notes For Oregon On Feb. 11

Feb. 9, 2006

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SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (9-12; 3-9) plays host to the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Feb. 11 (6 p.m. MST), as ASU topped USC 68-65 last Saturday and then topped Oregon State 76-59 Thursday. The Sun Devils had a season-low eight turnovers and made a season-high nine three-pointers in beating Oregon State in Tempe for the eighth straight time and held the Beavers to just 37.7 percent shooting (20-of-53). Jeff Pendergraph led the way with his second double-double with 18 points and 11 boards, while Kevin Kruger added 17 points (including five three-pointers), Bryson Krueger had 14 and Sylvester Seay 10. Antwi Atuahene added nine points, seven boards and seven assists. The Sun Devils have outrebounded their past three opponents and after averaging 29.2 first-half points in its first nine Pac-10 games they are averaging 36 in its past three contests. ASU placed five players in double figures at USC, the first time that has happened in 35 games (Jan. 15, 2005, also at USC). The Oregon game will be on Fox Sports Net Arizona with Trey Bender and Tim Kempton calling the action.

FROSH COMING ON STRONG: Freshman Jeff Pendergraph, an early candidate for Pac-10 All-Freshman honors, is finding himself in better shape as the season goes on after missing all of the fall conditioning and most of the November practices due to surgery to remove a benign tumor in his left leg. Against Stanford on Jan. 21, he looked every bit of the part of a future big-time player with 14 points (on 7-of-8 shooting), three rebounds and two blocks in just 10 minutes of action. On the defensive end, Stanford senior Matt Haryasz, the conference's third-best scorer and second-best rebounder, was 1-of-4 from the floor and had just one rebound, but at the 7:44 mark of the first half Pendergraph sprained his right ankle and would be done for the night. Haryasz went on to finish with 27 points (8-of-12 after the Pendergraph injury) and 10 boards (nine after the injury) as Stanford won 70-64. Pendergraph is shooting .521 in the Pac-10 games (50-of-96). Among Pac-10 freshman, he is second in the league in points per game (9.8) and third in rebounds per game (5.6). Pendergraph now has nine double-figure scoring games on the year and is averaging 14.0 points and 7.4 boards in his past five contests. Since the calendar turned to 2006, Pendergraph is averaging 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in those 10 games and is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor (46-of-88).

Pac-10 Freshman Scoring LeadersRk.	Freshman, School	PPG1.	Marcus Williams, UA, 11.62.	Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, 9.83.	Jon Brockman, UW, 9.4

Pac-10 Freshman Rebounding LeadersRk. Freshman, School RPG1. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, UCLA, 8.82. Jon Brockman, UW, 7.43. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, 5.6

ASU-OREGON SERIES: ASU leads the Oregon series 34-27 and has won three of the past four...Serge Angounou is averaging 10 points and 9.3 boards in the past three games against the last meeting in Tempe ASU came back from a 13-point second-half deficit to top Oregon 66-56 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...ASU has had recent success in Tempe against Oregon, as it has won four of the past five against the Ducks at Ned Wulk Court. Since joining the Pac-10, ASU is 18-9 (.667) against the Ducks in Tempe.

KRUGER LEADING THE WAY: Junior Kevin Kruger is among the Pac-10 leaders in minutes per game (38.4), three-point field goals made per game (2.76), free throw percentage (.794), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.49), steals (1.38 pg), assists (3.76 pg) and scoring (14.6 pg). Entering this week, Kruger and Ayinde Ubaka of California were the only players in the league to be ranked in the top ten in seven of the league's 13 individual statistical categories. Kruger has played eight 40-minute games on the year, including the past four contests, and is averaging 39.4 minutes in his past nine games.

IRON MAN: Kevin Kruger's 38.4 minutes per game is one of the top marks on the ASU single-season chart. Here's a look at ASU's top minutes per game numbers, as he has played 40 minutes in each of the past four games.

ASU MINUTES PER GAME (1962-63 to present)RK.	Player, Season	MPG1.	Stevin Smith, 1993-94	38.52.	Kevin Kruger, 2005-06	38.43.	Fat Lever, 1981-82	38.24.	Freddie Lewis, 1965-66	38.15.	Alex Austin, 1989-90	37.9

AT UO (JAN. 12): Oregon jumped out to a 25-17 halftime lead and never let ASU get within six after the 15:00 minute mark in a 67-53 Duck win. ASU cut the lead to 48-42 at the 8:19 mark, but the Ducks hit seven straight free throws in their next three possessions and ASU never got within six after the 6:02 mark. Antwi Atuahene had a season-high 21 points for ASU in his third start (34 minutes), while Kevin Kruger had 13. ASU had a then season-low 11 turnovers (since topped with just eight vs. Oregon State Thursday) but forced just seven turnovers and the Ducks had six blocks, who got 61 points from its starters. Atuahene was 7-of-11 from the field and added six boards.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Jeff Pendergraph has 19 blocks, the sixth-most in Sun Devil history by a freshman, and is 50.3 percent shooting from the floor ranks among the best in ASU freshman history. A look at him on those lists:

ASU FRESHMAN BLOCKS (1978-79 to present)Rk.	Name, Season	Blocks1.	Mario Bennett, 1991-92	552.	Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91	333.	Ike Diogu, 2002-03	314.	Shawn Redhage, 1999-2000	245.	Tommy Smith, 1999-2000	216.	Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06	19

ASU FRESHMAN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (minimum 100 attempts)Rk.	.Pct.	Name, Season (FGM-FGA)1.	.608	- Ike Diogu, 2002-03 (209-of-344)...Pac-10 Freshman of the Year2.	.574	- Mario Bennett, 1991-92 (159-of-277)3.	.570	- Dwayne Fontana, 1990-91 (102-of-179)4.	.568	- Eric Holloway, 1983-84 (79-of-139)5.	.520	- Shawn Redhage, 1999-2000 (103-of-198)6.	.503	- Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 (75-of-149)7.	.500	- Byron Scott, 1979-80 (66-of-132)...Pac-10 Freshman of the Year8.	.492	- Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 (189-of-384)...Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

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. It is shooting 72.7 percent this year, currently the eighth-best mark in school history. A look at the best free throw teams in ASU annals.

ASU TOP SEASON FREE THROW PERCENTAGERk.	.Pct	-Season1.	75.6	- 19782.	75.4	- 19553t.	74.6	- 19983t.	74.6	- 19875.	73.5	- 20046.	73.0	- 19577.	72.9	- 20008.	72.7	- 2006 (current)

POINT MAN: Sophomore Antwi Atuahene is averaging 7.3 points, 3.9 boards and 3.9 assists in 26.2 minutes per game (third-most on the team). His past eight games point to him becoming a key for the next two seasons. In the past nine games he is averaging 33.6 minutes, 8.9 points and 5.2 assists, including a career-high 21 points at Oregon on Jan. 12 and career-highs in minutes (42) and assists (eight) at Oregon State on Jan. 14, including the game-winning shot with eight seconds left in OT. He also had a career-high five steals against Arizona on Jan. 25.

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