|A-State Men's Basketball Hosts Henderson State|
• The 2013-14 campaign represents Arkansas State’s 86th season. The Red Wolves have compiled a 1,123-1,064 all-time record (.513 win pct.) dating back to their inaugural 1926-27 season. A-State has produced 20 or more victories in a season five times - 1986-87 (21-13), 1987-88 (21-14), 1988-89 (20-10), 1990-91 (23-9) and 1997-98 (20-9) since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in the 1970-71 season.
• The Red Wolves’ 19 victories (19-12 overall record) in the 2012-13 campaign represented the most wins in a season since the 1997-98 season (20-9 overall). A-State’s 19 victories also tied for the sixth-highest win total in the program’s history, equaling the 1950-51 team’s win total (19-5 record).
• A-State claimed its second Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship title in the last three seasons in 2012-13 by registering a first-place 12-8 conference divisional mark. A-State was crowned SBC West Division Champions in 2010-11 as a result of producing a first-place 11-5 league division ledger.
• A-State has compiled double-digit victories in 15 of the last 17 seasons. The Red Wolves have won at last 15 games or more on 10 occasions, which includes three of the last four seasons to date.
• Six of the 2012-13 squad’s nine top scorers return for this 2013-14 campaign, including the Red Wolves’ top scorer in senior guard Ed Townsel (13.1 ppg.). Townsel accounted for 19.1 percent (407-2,127) of A-State’s points production this past season.
ARKANSAS STATE/HENDERSON STATE HISTORY
• A-State leads 13-7 in the all-time series, which started in the 1930-31 season with the Red Wolves dropping a pair of contests – 44-40 and 41-32.
• The Red Wolves posted a 95-65 home exhibition win over the Reddies last season (11/6) in the most recent meeting between the two in-state schools. Five A-State players scored in double figures, led by Marcus Hooten’s 20 points and Ed Townsel tossed in 18. Kendrick Washington netted 13 points and eight rebounds while Raeford Worsham contributed 10 points off the bench.
• The last regular-season contest occurred in the 1951-52 season with A-State defeating Henderson State twice – 69-64 and 69-34.
SCOUTING HENDERSON STATE
• The Reddies were 14-13 overall for the 2012-13 season, which included a seventh-place 9-11 mark in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference (GAC).
• Henderson State returns two starters from its 2012-13 squad in senior guards Melvin Haynes (12.8 ppg and3.0 rpg.) and Deoirvay Johnson (5.5 ppg. and 1.9 rpg.). The Reddies, who were selected to finish sixth place in the 11-member 2013-14 GAC Coaches Preseason Poll, also welcome back eight returners along with eight newcomers to their 2013-14 team.
• The 2013-14 HSU roster is comprised of five in-state players and 12 individuals from six other states along with one from Senegal in junior center Alioune Mboup. The Reddies featured five players who are 6-9 or taller, including three 6-10 frontcourt players – Jordan Vance, Alioune Mboup, and Jacob Vance.
• Third-year head coach Doug Nichols, who’s the 28th coach in HSU’s history, was the top assistant coach at Arkansas Tech for the 2010-11 season. He also was an assistant at Stephen F. Austin (2009-10) and Angelina College, Texas (2008-09). The Texas A&M alumnus served as an athletic assistant for basketball operations at Texas A&M under then coach Billy Gillispie.
• HSU’s exhibition contest at Arkansas State this Saturday (Nov. 2) will serve as its first game as the Reddies officially tipoff their 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 8, on the road against Southwest Baptist (Mo.) in the opening round of the Southwest Baptist Classic in Joplin, Mo.
• A-State is currently 17-1 in exhibition contests dating back to the 2004-05 season with its only loss being a 71-66 home setback to Arkansas-Monticello (11/7) in 2004-05.
• The Red Wolves have outscored their opponent 1,558 to 1,112 in exhibition outings since 2004-05 and are averaging 86.6 points per game to the opposition’s 61.8 points a game for an 24.8 points per game differential.
• A-State has recorded double-digit victories in 15 of its last 16 exhibition games to date, including the last seven contests. A season ago, the Red Wolves claimed an 83-67 win over Southern Arkansas (11/1) and a 95-65 victory versus Henderson State (11/6).
• A-State has won all five exhibition matchups under head coach John Brady – 93-46 (11/3/08) in his A-State debut, 80-61 (11/5/09), 71-53 (11/8/10), 80-55 (11/3/11), and 95-65 (11/6/12).
AMONG THE BEST
• Ed Townsel enters his final A-State season ranking sixth on the Red Wolves’ all-time leaders list in career steals (134), eighth in three-point field goals made (133), and 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.359).
• A-State’s top two assists leaders this past season, junior guard Rakeem Dickerson (67) and sophomore guard Cameron Golden (65) combined to account for 40.7 percent (132-324) of the squad’s production.
TOWNSEL NEARING A MILESTONE
• Ed Townsel is 133 points shy of garnering his 1,000th career point and has presently amassed 867 career points in 97 appearances. Townsel would become the 26th player in AState history to accomplish the significant scoring milestone. Last season, two of Townsel’s former teammates in Trey Finn and Brandon Peterson joined the exclusive club. Finn’s 1,165 points presently ranks 16th on the all-time list while Peterson is 19th with a 1,098 career total.
• Senior guard Brandon Reed, a transfer from Georgia Tech, is returning to A-State this season for his final collegiate campaign. Reed played the last two seasons (2011-12 and 2012-13) at Georgia Tech after earning 2009-10 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and All-SBC Second-Team recognition at A-State. Reed led the 2009-10 Red Wolves in scoring with a 15.1 points per game average and compiled an A-State freshman single-season scoring record with 469 points.
• A pair of seniors, Kirk Van Slyke and Melvin Johnson III will make their Arkansas State debuts this upcoming season after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to the NCAA Division I Transfer Rule. Van Slyke played three seasons (2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12) at the University of Houston where the 6-10 frontcourt player produced career averages of 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.4 blocked shots, 0.3 assists, and 0.1 steals per game as a starter in 25 of 85 outings played in. He also made 41.3 percent (163-395) from the floor, including 33.8 percent (54-160) from three-point range, and hit on 85.4 percent (35-41) at the free throw stripe. Van Slyke was a teammate of current A-State forward Kendrick Washington at Houston in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Melvin Johnson III, who also sat out 2012-13 due to the NCAA-I Transfer policy, earned 2011-12 All-Southland Conference Third-Team laurels at Texas-San Antonio. He also claimed 2010-11 Southland Conference Honorable Mention accolades and was tabbed the 2009-10 Southland Conference’s Freshman of the Year. Johnson III would close out his three-year (2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12) career at UT-San Antonio with 194 career three-point field goals made, just three shy of setting the school’s all-time mark. He ranked second among UT-San Antonio’s 2011-12 season scoring leaders with a 13.0 points per game average (390 pts.) to go with 3.4 rebounds (102 rebs.), 1.1 assists (35 asts.), and 1.0 steals (31 stls.) a game in 30 outings.
2013-14 A-STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL TICKET INFORMATION
Individual single-game prices are $25 for lower level, $12 for the upper center area, $10 for the upper side, $8 for the upper wings and ends, $6 for children and senior citizens (age 55+), and $5 group rate purchase of 12 tickets or more. Tickets may be purchased through the A-State Central Box Office by calling 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS or by ordering online at www.astate.edu/tickets. Ticket information for the 2013-14 season is also available on A-State Athletics’ official website – www.AStateRedWolves.com.