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Pendergraph: ASU faces biggest games yet

February 11, 2009

For Jeff Pendergraph, the next game up is always the toughest. With games against the Los Angeles schools coming up, he thinks that definitely will be the case this week.

The No. 18 ASU men's hoops team will take on the three-time defending Pac-10 champion and No. 11 UCLA Feb. 12 as part of a weekend series with the Los Angeles Schools. ASU will face USC Feb. 15.

Pendergraph talked about the upcoming series at his regular meeting with the local news media.

Pendergraph goes into the game leading the nation in field goal percentage at 67.6 percent, currently is tied for the fifth-best mark in Pac-10 history and is even better in Pac-10 play (69.7 percent).

Pendergraph, who earned his B.S. in Economics in December in just three and a half years, has 108 career starts (third best in ASU history). He is shooting .758 from the free throw line in his career (315-of-414) and is 62-of-80 (.775) on the year. He has 1,395 points in 114 career games (12.2 points per game) and 836 career rebounds (7.3 per game). He has 24 career double-doubles (six this year).