November 29, 2012 l U.S. Century Bank Arena
Miami, Fla. l 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Radio: EAB Sports Radio Network (107.9 KFIN-FM, flagship) – Brad Bobo (Play-By-Play)
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The Records: Arkansas State (4-1, 0-0 Sun Belt). The Red Wolves won their fourth consecutive contest with a 93-53 non-conference home win over Lamar last Sunday (Nov. 25) afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. FIU (1-2, 0-0 Sun Belt). The Panthers ended a season-opening two-game losing string by registering an 87-77 non-league road victory against Coastal Carolina last Saturday (Nov. 24) in Conway, S.C. FIU started out the campaign suffering an 84-70 season-opening setback at Boston College (Nov. 11) and then dropped a 69-60 home decision to Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 17).
The Coaches: Arkansas State – John Brady (Bellhaven, 1976), 5th season, 64-67 (.489); Career - 345-283 (.549) – (1-3 vs. LU). Brady was named the 2009-10 SBC Coach of the Year and the District VII Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He served six seasons (1991-97) as head coach at Samford and then spent 10-plus seasons (1997-08) in a head coaching capacity at LSU. Brady guided LSU to two SEC Championship titles along with four NCAA Tournament appearances, which included a Final Four appearance in the 2005-06 season. FIU – Richard Pitino (Providence, 2005), 1st season, 1-2 (.333) – (0-0 vs. ASU). Pitino became FIU’s seventh coach in the program’s history in April 2012 after spending the 2011-12 season at Louisville as the team’s associate head coach. Pitino, the son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, spent the previous two seasons (2009-10 & 2010-11) at Florida after being with the Louisville program in the two seasons (2007-08 & 2008-09) prior. He served as an assistant one season each at Northeastern (2005-06) and at Duquesne (2006-07).
About FIU: The Panthers presently have three individuals averaging double-figure points, led by junior guard Malik Smith (17.7 ppg.). Freshman forward Jerome Frink (12.0 ppg.) and junior forward Tymell Murphy (11.3 ppg.) are also among FIU’s top scorers. In rebounding, Jerome Frink’s 7.0 boards a game leads the team while Murphy ranks second on the squad at 4.7 boards an outing. Malik Smith, who had a team-high 21 points in the win at Coastal Carolina (11/24), is the Panthers’ top threat from three-point territory with 12 triples and a 48.0 percent efficiency rate.
All-Time Series: Arkansas State has a 19-6 advantage over FIU in a series which started in the 1985-86 season. In the first-ever matchup between the teams, the Red Wolves registered a 69-48 victory in the ASU Jaycee Tournament at Jonesboro. ASU has won four of the last six meetings, including a 77-67 regular-season home finale decision last season(2/18). A-State is 7-4 in its last 11 appearances versus FIU, which includes a 2-4 road mark. ASU dropped a 75-70 decision in its last outing at FIU (2010-11) after tallying a 76-61 win on the Panthers’ home court the previous campaign (2009-10). A-State is 9-5 on the road and 10-1 at home versus FIU. The Red Wolves are averaging 72.0 points a game (360 total) compared to FIU’s 64.8 points an outing (324 total) for a +7.2 points difference in the last five encounters.
What A Start: A-State’s 4-1 start this season is the program’s best since the 2008-09 season when the Red Wolves won six straight after dropping their season opener. The 2008-09 squad would go on to finish with a 13-17 overall record in what marked head coach John Brady’s initial season at ASU.
For SBC Openers: The Red Wolves are 14-8 (.636) in Sun Belt Conference (SBC) openers since 1991-92 when ASU joined the conference. Since 2001-02, A-State has went 9-2 (.818) and is currently midst a seven-game winning streak in such encounters. The Red Wolves won their 2011-12 league opener (12/31/11) by chalking up a 65-63 victory at ULM on Marcus Hooten’s last second three-point play. ASU is 2-0 versus FIU in that 11-game period as a result of a 55-46 win in Miami (2003-04) and a 61-41 triumph in Jonesboro (2008-09). A-State is also 4-0 in league-opening contests under head coach John Brady.
Conference Play: The Red Wolves are 171-173 (.497) since joining the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in the 1991-92 season, which includes a season-best 14-4 (.778) mark in the 1997-98 campaign. A-State is 35-17 at home, and 14-13 on the road since the 2006-07 season. ASU head coach John Brady has posted a 33-35 record (.485) in Sun Belt Conference contests since his arrival in 2008-09, which includes 24-10 at home and 9-25 in away encounters.
Double-Doubles: Senior forward Brandon Peterson posted his second double-double of this season with 12 points and game-high 13 rebounds vs. Lamar (11/25). Peterson, who had five double-doubles in 34 games last season, recorded his first this campaign (11/13) against Arkansas-Monticello with 12 points and a career-best 15 boards.
Super Sub: Freshman guard Raeford “Gator” Worsham has been a productive performer off the bench with double-digit point totals in each of his last two outings – 18 at Central Arkansas (11/21) and 13 against Lamar (11/25). In those two games, Worsham has shot 70.0% (14-20) from the floor while averaging 15.5 points an outing (51 pts.) during that period. He turned in a 9-of-10 shooting performance at Central Arkansas in 21 minutes of action.
Rebound Leaders: ASU’s top two rebounders – Brandon Peterson (10.4 rpg.) and junior forward Kendrick Washington (5.4 rpg.) have combined to account for 45.4 percent (79-174) of the team’s boards this campaign.
Climbing The Charts: Brandon Peterson assumed sole possession of 12th place among ASU’s all-time rebounding leaders with his game-high 13 boards against Lamar (11/25). Peterson, who has a 637 career total, now trails Reggie Gordon (1983-87; 645) by only eight caroms for 11th-place honors. Senior guard Trey Finn is two shy from tying Lonnie Webber (1972-74; 542 career rebounds) for 16th-place honors.
Did You Know?: The 93 points scored by A-State in its 93-53 non-conference home win over Lamar last Sunday (11/25) is the most since 12/19/11 when the Red Wolves claimed a 108-61 non-league home decision against Lyon College.
Beyond The Arc: A-State’s 11 three-pointers (on 20 attempts) not only represented a 2012-13 season high, but was the most triples made since last season (2/16) when ASU went 11-21 in an 83-59 win over Troy.
Nearing A Milestone: Trey Finn is 109 points shy from reaching the 1,000-point career mark and would become the 24th A-State player to attain the milestone. Finn has presently tallied 891 career points in 95 contests for a 9.4 points per game career average. He has reached double-figure points in two of his last three appearances – 15 pts. vs. Arkansas-Monticello (11/13) and 12 pts. at UT-Martin (11/16).
Shot Stopper: Brandon Peterson’s 135 career blocks is ranks third most on ASU’s all-time list. Peterson, who has a squad-best 12 shot rejections for a 2.4 average to date this campaign, racked up a team-high 33 shot rejections in 34 outings last season. He accumulated a career season-most 61 blocks in 31 games as a freshman in 2009-10. He recorded at least two blocks in a game on 10 occasions a season ago and claimed or shared team-high blocked shot honors a squad-best 17 times.
Red Wolf Tracks: Ed Townsel has accumulated 549 career points in 71 contests for a 7.7 scoring average ... The Red Wolves’ 15 steals against Lamar last Sunday (11/25) was a season high, surpassing the 12 total set in back-to-back games against Arkansas-Monticello (11/13) and at UT-Martin (11/16) ... Senior guard Marcus Hooten is 32 points away from reaching the 500-points plateau and has a current 468 points total in 39 career outings ... Brandon Peterson needs 170 more points to tally 1,000 in his career. He has scored an 830 total in 101 contests, which averages to 8.2 per contest ... Ed Townsel is just three steals shy of reaching the century mark in that statistical category ... Trey Finn, who has made 138 career three-point fields, is one shy of occupying sole possession of fifth place on ASU’s all-time three-point field goal leaders list. The A-State tri-captain is currently tied with Tevoris Thompson (2003-04) ... ASU’s top two scoring leaders on the road this season – Ed Townsel (16.0 ppg.) and Brandon Peterson (11.0 ppg.) have combined to generate 38.4% (81-211) of the Red Wolves’ points output in those three away contests.
NCAA Stats Leaders: The Red Wolves presently rank 27th nationally in steals per game (10.2 avg.) and are 42nd in three-point field goals per game (8.0 avg.) thru games of Nov. 25th. Individually, Ed Townsel is ninth in three-point field goals made per game (3.6 avg.) and 31st in three-point field goal percentage (48.6%). Rakeem Dickerson is 16th in assist/turnover ratio (5.0) while Brandon Peterson ranks 20th in rebounds per game (10.4 avg.), 30th in double doubles (2.0), and 41st in blocked shots (2.4 avg.).
Last Time Out: Behind Ed Townsel’s career-high 27 points, the ASU men’s basketball team captured its fourth consecutive victory with a 93-53 non-conference home win over Lamar last Sunday (11/25) afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
Townsel celebrated his birthday by leading all scorers with 27 points and also compiled a career-best seven steals and six three-point field goals. Marcus Hooten poured in a season-high 17 points, Raeford Worsham had 13 off the bench, and Brandon Peterson notched his second double-double of this season with 12 points an 13 rebounds.
The Red Wolves, which shot 47 percent from the floor and 55 percent (11-20) from long distance, led virtually from start to finish. A-State led 33-21 at the half and would go on to outscore the Cardinals by a 28-points margin (60-32) in the second half. ASU would increase their lead to as many as 41 points at 93-52 with less than half a minute to go in the game thanks to a 17-7 scoring spurt over a four-minute span.
A-State controlled the glass with a 49-26 rebound advantage while putting the clamps on Lamar defensively, limiting the Cardinals to 37 percent shooting from the field.
2012-13 Reference Guide Now Online: The 2012-13 A-State men's basketball reference guide is now available to view online in PDF format and contains information for all devoted Red Wolves fans. The 110-page publication features such information as 2012-13 student-athlete rosters, season preview, student-athlete biographies, coaching staff bios, 2011-12 season statistics, and all-time series records along with career, season, and game statistical records. The annual publication is a production of the ASU Sports Information Office under the direction of director Jerry Scott along with assistant directors Chris Graddy and Joe Gorby.
A Season Ago: A-State concluded the 2011-12 campaign at 14-20 overall and posted a fifth-place 6-10 mark in the Sun Belt Conference’s (SBC) West Division. The Red Wolves were 10-5 at home, 2-14 on the road, and 2-1 at neutral sites a season ago.
Up Next: Arkansas State closes out its two-game conference-opening road trip in Florida this Saturday (Dec. 1) as the Red Wolves tangle with the Florida Atlantic Owls in a 7 p.m. (CT) tilt at the FAU Arena in Boca Raton, Fla.