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Men's hoops hosts USF

November 19, 2009

ASU meets the University of San Francisco on Friday at 4:30 MT KMVP 860 AM. The teams meet for the first time since a 70-67 ASU win on Dec. 7, 1989, in double overtime at USF which was Bill Frieder's first win at ASU. ASU is 3-0 and is now 30-8 (.789) at Wells Fargo Arena in the past three years. USF leads the series 4-3. After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year (2006-07), the Sun Devils are 49-23 (.681) since and giving up just 60.9 points per game in his 102 Sun Devil games (57-45/.559). He is 311-203 (.605) in his 17-year career.

Senior Eric Boateng posted a career-high 21 points in a career-high 33 minutes on 9-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's come-from-behind 52-49 win over TCU, as ASU was down eight with less than four minutes left by outscored the Horned Frogs 12-1 down the stretch. Boateng is shooting 17-of-24 (.708) from the field and is averaging 14.7 points and 10.0 boards in his first three contests. He has 44 points on the year after scoring 57 all of last season. He played a career-high 30 minutes vs. Texas State on Monday and then topped it with 33 vs. TCU Tuesday. His previous career-high was 23 vs. California on Feb. 16, 2008. He was 28-of-74 (.378) from the foul line at ASU entering this year, he is 10-of-16 (.625) so far this season

Derek Glasser has made 13 straight free throws to start the year. He is now 195-of-234 (.833) from the charity stripe in his career. He also now has 404 career assists, just the seventh Sun Devil to notch 400 dimes and just one shy of Eddie House for the sixth spot on the ASU career list...junior Jamelle McMillan is now 21-39 (.538) from the three-point stripe in his past 11 games dating to last year...junior Rihards Kuksiks, one of the best three-point shooters in the nation last year, is now 100-of-224 (.446) from the three-point stripe in the past two years...ASU is 20-of-45 (.444) from the three-point stripe this year...Herb Sendek is 58-12 in November (.829)...ASU is 24-6 (.800) when Ty Abbott posts double digits...ASU is 18-12 (.600) in the past three seasons in game decided by 10 points or less after going 4-17 in Herb Sendek's first year...ASU is 12-7 in two possession games (six points or less) in the past three seasons after going 3-12 in Herb Sendek's first year.

With all the activity that took place down the stretch last year, it might be easy to forget how well Jamelle McMillan was shooting in the last month. Jamelle suffered a groin injury against Stanford on March 5 which caused him to miss the regular season finale against California and then the Pac-10 Tournament. He returned for the NCAA Tournament, and ended 15-of-29 (.517) from beyond the arc in his final nine games. He is 6-of-9 (.667) this year, so he is now 21-of-39 (.538) from the three-land in his past 12 games. His four three-pointers vs. Western Illinois matched his career high, set last year at Oregon State on February 7.

ASU's 87-35 win over Western Illinois on Nov. 13 was the biggest margin of victory since another 52-point win (122-70) on Dec. 10, 1996, over Houston Baptist. It is tied for the sixth-largest win in school history. The previous largest margin of victory in Coach Sendek's ASU career was 39 vs. Delaware State (77-38) on Dec. 5, 2007, and vs.St. Francis (Pa.), 95-56, on Dec. 29, 2007.

Derek Glasser is now 195-of-234 (.833) from the free throw line in his 102-game career. His career assist total is now 404, 50 away from matching ASU record.