JONESBORO, Ark. (11/13/12) – The Arkansas State University men’s basketball team made its 2012-13 home debut a successful one as four Red Wolves scored in double figures to register a 76-47 victory over Arkansas at Monticello this Tuesday (Nov. 13) at the ASU Convocation Center.
The non-conference win evens A-State’s record to 1-1 overall on the season while the contest counted as an exhibition for Arkansas-Monticello. As a NCAA Division II member, UAM is allowed up to three exhibitions per season versus NCAA Division I competition. With the home triumph, ASU is now 13-3 in its last 16 home openers to date.
“What I’m trying to do is get our team to play consistently for 40 minutes,” said ASU head coach John Brady. “We need to be consistent in more phases of the game. It’s not so much about tonight’s game, but more of what lies ahead and what’s coming. If we are going to be the type of team we want to be then I have to develop a sense of urgency with this team, where every possession is meaningful.
“We need to get better and the score of this game is insignificant to what we are trying to do. The score has nothing to do with it and it’s about how we play and what we need to do to get better, “ added Brady.
Arkansas State was paced by senior guard Trey Finn, who led all scorers with 15 points on six-of-seven shooting from the floor and three-of-four from three-point range. Junior guard Ed Townsel hit double digits for the second consecutive game with 14 points coming off the bench, highlighted by three treys. Junior forward Kendrick Washington also tallied double-figures for the second time in as many contests this season with a 13-points performance. Senior forward Brandon Peterson turned in the team’s initial double-double of this campaign as a result of a career-high 15 rebounds to go with 12 points.
Washington also contributed on the boards with six total as ASU outrebounded the Boll Weevils, 40-26. Sophomore guard Rakeem Dickerson performed well with a game-best six assists and two steals along with three points in 21 minutes in a reserve capacity.
UAM, which despite having nine players get into the scoring column, didn't have a single individual record a double-figure points total. Kori Forge and A.J. Calhoun, who grabbed a team-most seven boards, both netted eight points apiece to lead the visitors.
The Red Wolves shot over 54 percent from the floor (29-53) while holding the Boll Weevils to 35 percent (19-54). ASU also connected on more than half of its three-pointers with a 52 percent efficiency mark (9-17) compared to UAM’s 50 percent (6-12). Both teams struggled from the charity stripe as A-State made 45 percent (9-20) while the Boll Weevils hit a meager 15 percent (3-20).
ASU would led 41-22 at the end of the first half with the Red Wolves starting out on a 15-5 run and shooting over 55 percent (17-31) on the court. A-State maintained a comfortable cushion throughout the second half as UAM would get no closer than 18 points on three occasions, the last occurring (54-36) with just over 12 minutes to go before the hosts proceeded on a 22-9 run in stretching their lead to 31 points (76-45) with over minute remaining.
Next up for the Red Wolves is a road non-league contest versus the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks this Friday (Nov. 16) evening starting at 7 p.m. (CT) in Martin, Tenn. The contest can be heard live on the ASRN Network with Matt Stolz calling the action.
A-State Notes: The Red Wolves improved to 13-3 in home openers with tonight's win over UAM while head coach John Brady is 4-1 in such outings since his arrival to ASU in the 2008-09 season ... Brandon Peterson, who had five double-doubles (points & rebounds) last season in 34 games, notched his first of the 2012-13 campaign with 12 points and a game-high 15 boards ... Peterson's 15 rebounds in the game represents a personal career high, eclipsing his 13 caroms set on two occasions with the last coming at Western Kentucky a season ago (2/23) ... Rakeem DIckerson's six assists matched a career single-game high, equalling his output versus ULM last season (2/2) ... Brandon Peterson became the 13th player in A-State history to register at least 600 career rebounds. The Red Wolves' forward. who now ranks 13th on the all-time charts, has presently amassed 608 career boards in 98 games.