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WSU UP TWICE: The Sun Devil men's basketball team (9-11; 6-8) hosts the Washington State Cougars on Saturday (Feb. 27) at 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Network with Daron Sutton and Eddie House on the call. The Sun Devils will honor seniors Remy Martin, Kimani Lawrence, Alonzo Verge Jr. and Imran Takhar Saturday night in the first of two games in Tempe against the Cougars, as the teams will face each other Monday at 1 p.m. (also on Pac-12 Network).
KIMANI NOTES: Kimani Lawrence's 21 points and 20 rebounds Thursday vs. Washington is the first 20/20 outing by a Sun Devil since Nov. 19, 1997, when Mike Batiste gave Wagner 36/20...only 20/20 by a Sun Devil in a Pac-12 game...21 rebounds is the second most by a Sun Devil in a Pac-12 game...in past four games he is averaging 18.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, and in the past three games is at 20.3 ppg., 13.7 rpg. and is 21-of-30 (.700) from the floor...matched career highs in points (22) in the Feb. 23 win over Washington.
GAME 20 (FEB. 25, 2021) -- ASU 80, WASHINGTON 72: Remy Martin had 31 points but was actually overshadowed by Kimani Lawrence's 21 points and 20 rebounds, the first 20/20 game by a Sun Devils in 23 seasons, as ASU closed on an 8-0 run to top Washington in their second game against the Huskies in three days. Alonzo Verge added 13 points (including making all six free throws) and added seven assists as ASU shot 9-of-11 (.818) at the free throw line in the second half to seal the win. ASU outrebounded the Huskies 38-37, won despite getting no bench points, outscored the Huskies 40-30 in the paint and 23-11 in points off turnovers, as ASU forced 14. There were 11 lead changes and nine ties and the final eight-point margin was the largest of the game. ASU was without Marcus Bagley (ankle), Jaelen House (back) and Josh Christopher (back).
REMY NOTES: Remy Martin is averaging 25.7 points in the past nine games...1,695 points (113 games/15.0 ppg.) and 452 assists, the only Sun Devil to reach those figures...11 20-point games this year and four 30-point games...first eight games was 8-of-37 (.216) from three, 30-of-70 (.429) in past 10...16.2 points in first half of past five games...became 38th member of ASU 1,000-point club on Jan. 11, 2020...18 20-point games in 2019-20, including seven straight...averaged 19.1 ppg last after averaging 11.3 in his first two years.
ASU CONSECUTIVE 20-POINT GAMES
8-Eddie House, Sr. (Dec. 18, 1999-Jan. 15, 2000)
7-Remy Martin, Sr. (Jan. 30, 2021-present)
7-Remy Martin, Jr. (Dec. 28, 2019-Jan. 25, 2020)
7-Jeremy Veal, Sr. (Jan. 24-Feb.19, 1998)
7-Trent Edwards, Sr. (Feb. 11-March 9, 1989)
SUN DEVIL CAREER SCORING CHART
1. 2,044 – Eddie House, '96-2000
2. 1,984 – Jeremy Veal, '94-98
3. 1,946 – Ike Diogu, '02-05
4. 1,834 – Ron Riley, '92-96
5. 1,797 – Tra Holder, '14-18
6. 1,695 – Remy Martin, '17-present
1. 551 – Derek Glasser, '06-10
2. 454 – Bobby Thompson, '83-87
3. 452 – Remy Martin, '17-present
QUICK NOTES: Holland Woods is the only Sun Devil to play in every game...ASU is 15-7 in games of six points or less past two seasons...ASU leads the league in turnover margin (+4.8)...Jalen Graham's .626 field goal mark (57-of-91) is second-best in the Pac-12...ASU is 106-of-136 (.779) from the free throw line in the past seven games...Sun Devils have been ready to play the past five, as they are averaging 42 points in the first half, while shooting 75-of-155 (.384) from the floor and 19-of-42 (.452) from three and only has 18 turnovers...Kimani Lawrence started the year 3-of-9 from the foul line but is 27-of-37 (.730) since (past 10 games)...ASU has used nine starting lineups in its 19 games.
WE WERE FEELING GOOD: Coming off a home sweep of the Bay Area Schools (Jan. 28-30) where it had season-highs in blocks (seven vs. California), steals (12 vs. Stanford) and free throw percentage (.882/15-of-17 vs. Stanford), the Sun Devils were feeling decent after a 14-game schedule that had its fair share of hurdles and landmines but the Sun Devil rotation was somewhat getting into gear. A COVID pause canceled the Sun Devils trip to Colorado and Utah and then the afternoon prior to the Oregon Thursday (Feb. 11) game the injury bug took out Marcus Bagley (ankle), Chris Osten (ankle) and limited Josh Christopher (leg bruise) against the Ducks. Christopher injured his back on a high-flying block in the first half and played just under 17 minutes. Both Christopher and Bagley have missed the past four games, while Jalen Graham also missed the Jan. 23 Washington game (illness) and Jaelen House missed the Jan. 25 game (back).
PEOPLE ASK, HERE ARE DETAILS: ASU has not had its full roster for any game this year. Kimani Lawrence missed the first two games after having knee surgery in the fall. Alonzo Verge Jr. missed the next two games (COVID-19 protocol). In that second game, a win at Cal on Dec. 3, Marcus Bagley inured his lower leg and then missed the next thre games, returning to action -- after four other games were canceled/postponed -- on Jan. 7 vs. UCLA. Against UCLA and USC, Jalen Graham was out for mononucleosis, Jaelen House and Taeshon Cherry (COVID-19 protocols) and Remy Martin (grandfather funeral and then COVID-19 protocols) would also miss those tilts. Up in Corvallis on Jan. 16, the team didn't have Jalen Graham (mono) and Taeshon Cherry (personal reasons)...in the Arizona games and then vs. California/Stanford, only Taeshon Cherry remained out. Things were looking good after a two-game win streak against Cal and Stanford, but a COVID pause happened and the day prior to the Oregon Feb. 11 game both Marcus Bagley and Chris Osten sprained ankles while Josh Christopher only played 17 minutes vs. Oregon due to a leg bruise in that same practice and a back injury suffered in the first half. Christopher and Bagley then both sat the Feb. 14 win over Oregon State, the losses at USC (Feb. 17) and UCLA (Feb. 20) and the wis over Washington (Feb. 23 and Feb. 25). Jalen Graham also missed the UW game (illness) while Jaelen House missed the UW game (back).
NCAAS: ASU had been to four NCAA Tournaments (1995, 2003, 2009 and 2014) in 26 seasons (1992-2017) and had not been back-to-back since 1980-81. Remy Martin and Kimani Lawrence went to the Dance in each of their first two seasons and were on way to a third last year.
JALEN: Jalen Graham went from Dec. 17 to Jan. 21 without playing (35 days) due to opponent COVID protocols (Incarnate Word/Utah), ASU COVID protocols (at UW/WSU) and then mononucleosis (UCLA/USC). His return has been solid, as he had 10 points in 24 minutes vs. Arizona (Jan. 21) and then had his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds (both career highs) at Arizona (Jan. 25). On Jan. 28 vs. California he had 12 points (6-of-8 FGs) and then had 12 points and five boards vs. Stanford. In his final nine games last year he scored 25 points, he has scored 88 points in his past 10 games.
JALEN GRAHAM PRE-MONO (7 GAMES)/POST-MONO (8 GAMES)
FGS: 17-32 (.531)/40-59 (.678)
JOSH CHRISTOPHER THREE-DOT DATA: Josh Christopher -- the second-best freshman scorer in the Pac-12 entering the weekend who was the only Sun Devil to start in all 15 games before missing the Oregon State Feb. 14 tilt --is averaging 14.3 ppg...shooting .800 (44-of-55) from the free throw line...team's top scorer in three games and top rebounder in four...had season highs of 28 points vs. No. 3 Villanova and 11 rebounds vs. UCLA...12-of-27 (.444) from three past six games...has three 20-point games and one double-double.
SUN DEVIL FRESHMAN PPG
19.0, Ike Diogu, 2002-03
18.5, Jahii Carson, 2012-13
17.8, James Harden, 2007-08
16.1, Luguentz Dort, 2018-19
15.4, Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91
14.3, Josh Christopher, 2020-21
13.6, Byron Scott, 1979-80