Date: Dec. 31, 2009
Location: Denver, Colo.
Tipoff: 3:05 p.m. (CST)
Arena: Magness Arena
Arena Capacity: 10,791
TIPPING IT OFF
ASU returns to conference action on the road when they travel to Denver for a New Year's Eve matchup with the Pioneers at Magness Arena, Thursday at 3 p.m. (CST). ASU has won three straight while Denver dropped their last contest to Northern Colorado.
Denver sits atop the west division of the Sun Belt Conference owning a 9-4 record with a 2-0 record in league action with wins past FIU (59-53) and ULM (87-65), the Pioneers are 8-1 at home this season, dropping its only home contest to Northern Iowa (65-71). Preseason all-conference first team selection Nate Rohnert leads Denver scoring 16.3 ppg, which ranks fifth in the league. Rohnert also leads the team with 62 assists and 64 rebounds. Andrew Hooper and Brian Stafford are also averaging in double-digit scoring, Hooper is putting up 11.7 while Stafford is pouring in 11.5. Denver leads the league in field goal percentage (.526) and three-point field goal percentage (.436).
SERIES VERSUS DENVER
ASU trails Denver in the two team's all time series, 9-10. ASU won their contest at Denver last season 85-73 in overtime but dropped the contest at the Convocation Center, 73-53.
BRYANT, REED & ADAMS BREAK 100 PTS
ASU has had three players already break 100 points through 10 games this season. Sophomore guard Daniel Bryant has provided a spark off the bench for the Red Wolves and through 10 games has nearly recorded all of his total points from a year ago. Bryant already has 142 points, a team high. Reed is just behind Bryant with 133 points already this season. Both Bryant and Reed are averaging in double-digits and both players broke the 112 point plateau against Missouri State, each scoring 16 pts. Sophomore forward Martavius Adams is also averaging in double-figures and scored his 100th point at MVSU.
BRADY WINS 300th GAME
ASU head coach John Brady picked up his 300th career win when the Red Wolves downed Central Baptist, 98-60 Tuesday at the Convocation Center. Brady currently owns a 300-238 (.558) career mark and a 19-22 record over the last two seasons at the helm of the ASU program.
Freshman guard Trey Finn was the fourth player to record a double-double when he scored 13 points and led ASU on the boards with 13 rebounds. Finn is one of the most versatile players on ASU's roster, averaging 7.8 ppg and leading the team in rebounding (7.3) and steals (19).
SIX IN DOUBLE-DIGITS PAST CBC
ASU had six players record double-digit scoring performances against Central Baptist College with freshman Brandon Reed leading the way scoring 14. Brandon Peterson, Trey Finn and Jeremy Thomas had 13 each while Martavius Adams and Adam Sterrenberg had 12.
DEALING THE ROCK
Junior Rashad Allison recorded a career-high 11 assists against Central Baptist. Allison leads the team with 40 assists and owns an assist/turnover ratio of 1.8.
THOMAS SHOWS UP BIG
Over the last two games junior reserve forward Jeremy Thomas has shown up for the Red Wolves. Against MVSU Thomas recorded a season-high 10 points against all of which were dunks. Thomas then scored another season high in points with 13 against Central Baptist.
Sophomore forward Martavius Adams has been extremely efficient for ASU this season ranking sixth in the league in field goal percentage and leading ASU with a .571 mark. Adams scored 12 points in just 12 minutes of action against Central Baptist and was perfect from the floor at MVSU going 6-6.