CONWAY, Ark. (11/21/12) – Arkansas State University’s Cameron Golden picked an opportune time to make an early season key contribution as the freshman drained a game-winning three-point shot with 4.8 seconds left as the Red Wolves men's basketball team recorded a thrilling 73-72 non-conference road win over Central Arkansas this Wednesday (Nov. 21) evening before a third-largest Farris Center crowd of 4,127 fans in Conway, Ark.
Arkansas State, which improved to 3-1 on the season and are now winners of its last three outings to date, will seek to continue on the winning track as the Red Wolves host the Lamar Cardinals this Sunday afternoon in a 2:05 p.m. (CT) non-league matchup inside the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Central Arkansas falls to 1-2 on the season with the setback.
With just over a minute left in the game, A-State fought back and narrowed a UCA seven-point deficit to 72-70 with 1:05 left on the clock on a jumper by freshman guard Raeford Worsham. On the Bears’ inbounds, the Red Wolves applied man-to-man pressure and it paid off as senior forward Brandon Peterson stole the ball to give ASU possession with 22.9 seconds remaining. Following an ASU timeout, the Red Wolves worked the ball around the perimeter and senior guard Trey Finn took a dribble hand off from guard Cameron Golden, who would toss in 10 points to go with four assists and steals apiece. Finn then ball penetrated, drawing in two UCA defenders, before passing the ball to Golden in the corner. The A-State frosh backcourt player promptly drew all net on his uncontested shot from beyond the arc in the right corner near the Red Wolves’ bench with 4.8 seconds remaining.
Central Arkansas came out of a called timeout with possession but committed a costly turnover as LaQuentin Miles slipped on receiving the inbounds pass and was whistled for stepping out of bounds, thus turning the ball over to A-State with 2.2 seconds left in the contest. After ASU’s Raeford Worsham missed both ends of a two-shot foul, a desperation shot by Miles hit the front of the rim as the final horn sounded.
“I was just patient and hit the open shot,” said Golden about his game-winning three-pointer. “I knew it was going in when I shot it because I didn’t rush it (my shot).”
“I was proud of the way we came through when we needed to,” said ASU head coach John Brady. “We hung in there and showed heart and toughness. To win games like that on the road, you need to hit big shots.
“They’re (UCA) a tough team to play against and a better team than they were a year ago. We still don’t execute like we need to and need improve in taking care of the ball among other things,” added Brady.
Late in the second half, ASU trailed by as many as seven (70-63) with three-plus minutes remaining to be played. But, the Red Wolves came out of a timeout reenergized as the visitors scored five straight on two Peterson free throws and a three-pointer by Finn. Three minutes into the second half, UCA regained the lead at 38-37 and would hold the upper hand for the next 16 minutes.
The Red Wolves held a 31-29 edge at intermission after overcoming a nine-points deficit (25-16) with 6:39 remaining in the opening half. ASU tallied nine unanswered points to get within 27-25 on a Brandon Peterson slam dunk. Back-to-back jumpers from Raeford Worsham gave the Red Wolves their first lead of the game at 31-27 with 1:41 left in the half. Worsham keyed ASU’s first-half rally by scoring 10 of the team’s last 19 points in the stanza as the guard connected on all five of his shots from the field.
Raeford Worsham turned in another solid performance for the Red Wolves with a game-leading 18 points off the bench. Worsham was nine-of-10 from the floor and grabbed five rebounds for ASU, which shot 45.8% (27-59) for the game. Ed Townsel posted double-figure points for the fourth consecutive contest with a 15-points performance while Brandon Peterson just missed a double-double with a 12-point, nine-rebounds effort. The Red Wolves, who are now 20-18 all-time in their series versus the in-state opponent and won four of the last six meetings to date, made good on 68.$ % 13-19) at the charity stripe but struggled from beyond the arc with a 30.0% (6-20) success rate.
Jarvis Garner was one of four UCA starters to crack the double-figure scoring column with 17 points and had a double-double as a result of his game-high 10 boards. The Bears were 46.0% (29-63) in field goals, including 53.3% (8-15) from three-point territory and 75.0% (6-8) at the free throw line.
A-State Notes: The last time ASU started out a season with a 3-1 record was in 2009-10 when the Red Wolves won three of their initial four encounters en route to a 17-14 overall record ... Brandon Peterson's nine rebounds at Central Arkansas gives him 624 career boards to date which is three shy of equalling Gaylon Ward's (1960-62) 12th-place 627 career output on the A-State all-time charts ... Raeford Worsham is shooting a combined 85.7% (12-14) from the floor and averaging 12.0 points a game in his last two appearances ... Ed Townsel has reached double-figure scoring in all four ASU contests this season after netting 15 points off the bench at Central Arkansas and is averaging 15.5 points a game (62 total) this campaign ... The Red Wolves' 14 assists at UCA represents the fourth consecutive time this season in which A-State has posted an identical amount.