JONESBORO, Ark. (12/4/12) – Ed Townsel and Brandon Peterson of the Arkansas State University men’s basketball team have been recognized by CollegeHoopsDaily as Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Players of the Month for their noteworthy performances in the opening month of the 2012-13 season.
The online publication recognized five individuals from each NCAA Division I conference, which includes the Sun Belt Conference. Townsel and Peterson along with Western Kentucky’s Jamal Crook, Tony Mitchell of North Texas, and Augustine Rubit of South Alabama comprised the five-member team for November 2012. Rubit was also recognized as the November CollegeHoopsDaily's SBC Player of the Month.
Townsel, who currently leads the Red Wolves in scoring this season with a 15.3 points per game average in seven contests, recorded a team-best 17.0 points and 2.0 rebounds an outing in six November appearances. The 6-0, 166-pound backcourt player tallied a squad-most 102 points to go with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 13 steals in 197 minutes of action. Townsel, a junior guard, connected on 43.9 percent (36-82) shooting from the floor to go with 45.7 percent (21-46) in three-point shooting and 69.2 percent (9-13) at the free throw line while averaging 32.8 minutes per game. Townsel compiled double-figure scoring in all six of A-State’s November contests, which included a career game-high 27 points versus Lamar (11/25). He also established personal bests against Lamar in both three-point field goals made (six) and steals (seven).
Peterson paced A-State in both rebounding (10.2 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.3 bpg.) while averaging a team second-best 11.2 points per game as a starter in all six November ASU outings. The 6-8, 217-pound senior forward racked up 61 rebounds, including 25 offensive boards, while scoring 67 points in 210 minutes of playing time for the month. Peterson, who averaged 35.0 minutes per contest, shot 51.0 percent (26-51) from the floor and 65.2 percent (15-23) at the charity stripe. He closed out the month with double-digit point totals in each of the last five Red Wolves’ games, which featured a pair of double-doubles – 12 points and 15 rebounds against Arkansas-Monticello (11/13) and then a 12-point, 13-rebound effort against Lamar (11/25).
The Red Wolves host the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this Saturday, Dec. 8, in a 2:05 p.m. (CT) non-conference contest at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Fans may purchase their tickets by contacting the ASU Ticket Office at (870) 972-2781 or 1-888-ASU-FANS and can also visit the A-State Athletics website at www.RedWolves.com and click on the tickets icon located in the upper right corner of the homepage.