ASU Men's Basketball Visits UT-Martin This Friday
The Records: Arkansas
State (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt). The Red
Wolves recorded a 76-47 non-conference home-opening victory over Arkansas-Monticello Tuesday (11/13) at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. UT-Martin
(1-2, 0-0 Ohio Valley). The Skyhawks posted their first win of 2012-13 with an 84-58 non-league home decision against NCAA Division III Fontbonne on Wednesday (11/14) in Martin, Tenn. UTM started out the campaign with road non-conference setbacks to UALR, 84-68 (11/9) and Cincinnati, 80-57 (11/11). A season ago, UT-Martin posted a 4-27 overall record with an 11th-place 0-16 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).
The Coaches: Arkansas
State – John Brady (Bellhaven,
1976), 5th season, 62-67 (.481); Career - 343-283 (.548) – (3-0 vs. UTM). 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. UT-Martin – Jason James (Graceland, 2000), 4th
season, 21-75 (.219) – (0-3 vs. ASU). James
has directed the UT-Martin program since the 2009-10 season after
spending the previous seven as an assistant coach, which included
occupying the associate head coach position in the program’s 2008-09
OVC Championship season. He also served two years as an assistant at
Forest Park Community College in St. Louis, Mo., and is UT-Martin’s
all-time fourth-leading scorer.
The Skyhawks currently have four players in double-figure scoring, led
by sophomore forward Myles Taylor (17.7 ppg. & 7.3 rpg.). He
recorded a double-double in the win over Fontbonne with 17 points and a
game-high 11 rebounds while junior guard Bobby Jones led all scorers
with 26 points and chipped in eight boards. Junior guard-forward Mike Liabo (10.0 ppg.) is 125 points away from becoming the 16th member of UT-
Martin’s 1,000 career points club with 875 total to date for his Skyhawks’ career.
All-Time Series: A-State leads 13-5 in the all-time series which dates back to the 1935-36 season with the Red Wolves prevailing 37-31 in the first-ever meeting. UT-Martin claimed a 43-40 win in the second and final meeting between the two teams in ‘35-36. ASU has a current five-game winning streak over the Skyhawks, which includes a 63-45 home triumph last season (11/17). In those five games, the Red Wolves are averaging 71.6 points per game (358 total) to UT-Martin’s 62.0 points (310 total) for a +9.6 points difference. The last loss suffered by ASU was an 80-77 overtime decision at UT-Martin in 2005-06.
ASU Picked Second: Arkansas State was picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference’s West Division as a result of the 2012-13 SBC Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The Red Wolves received 40 points in the balloting to placed second behind favorite North Texas, which picked up 55 points and 11 first-place votes. Middle Tennessee was predicted to capture the East Division crown by claiming 11 first-place votes and 55 points.
All-SBC Preseason: A trio of ASU seniors, guards Trey Finn and Marcus Hooten along with forward Brandon Peterson were named to the 2012-13 Sun Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams as selected by the league’s head coaches. Finn earned first team honors while Peterson garnered second-team laurels. Hooten attained third-team conference preseason recognition.
Double-Double: Senior forward 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 (six offensive) in the Red Wolves’ 76-47 home-opening win over Arkansas-Monticello on Tuesday (11/13). Peterson connected on five-of-eight shooting from the floor and two-of-five at the free-throw line to go along with three blocked shots in 28 minutes of action.
The 600 Club: Brandon Peterson became the 13th player at ASU to register at least 600 career rebounds. He presently ranks 13th on the all-time charts with 608 career boards in 98 games and is 19 rebounds away from tying Gaylon Ward (1960-62; 627) for 12th place.
Way To Go: Brandon Peterson’s game-best 15 rebounds against Arkansas-Monticello (11/13) represented a personal career high, eclipsing his 13 caroms set on two occasions with the most recent at Western Kentucky last season (2/23).
Helping Hand: Sophomore guard Rakeem Dickerson's game-high six assists versus Arkansas-Monticello (11/13) matched a career single-game high, equalling his output versus ULM last season (2/2).
Nearing Milestone: Senior guard Trey Finn is now 132 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point career mark after scoring 15 points versus Arkansas-Monticello (11/13) and would become the 24th A-State player to reach the milestone. Finn has tallied 868 career points in 92 games to date. Finn presently ranks sixth among the school’s all-time leaders in three-point field goal percentage (41.2 percent), three-point field goals made (135), and career steals (121). He needs nine more steals to tie Bo Brown (1987-89; 130) for sixth-place honors on the program’s career charts.
Down-Townsel: Junior guard Ed Townsel has tallied 14 points apiece in his initial two contests this season at Dayton (11/10) and Arkansas-Monticello (11/13). A season ago, Townsel didn’t register double-figure points in a contest until his sixth game with a 20-points effort against Southeast Missouri State (11/29). He garnered 11 double-digit scoring outings last season, which featured a six-game stretch (11/29-12/17).
Early 2013 Signees: A-State has inked three individuals to date in the November early-signing period as guards Sean Gardner (Collierville, Tenn./Motlow College) and Jammar “Mookie” Sturdivant (Lapanto/East Poinsett County) along with forward Xavier Dupree (Houston, Texas/Trent International). The 6-4, 185-pound Gardner and the 6-1, 190-pound Sturdivant, who helped lead EPCHS to its third 2A state tourney championship crown (2011-12) in the last four seasons. The 6-8, 200-pound Dupree is the latest addition.
Primed For Success: Five of the 2011-12 squad’s top six scorers are back for the 2012-13 season, including the Red Wolves’ top points leader in Marcus Hooten (12.5 ppg.). The five, which includes four starters, accounted for 68.7% (1,510-2,198) of A-State’s scoring last season.
Last Time Out: The Red Wolves made their 2012-13 season home debut a success with a 76-47 non-conference win over NCAA Division II Arkansas-Monticello on Tuesday (11/13) at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
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.
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.To view the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball publication online, please visit the respective link - 2012-13 Arkansas State Men's Basketball Reference Guide.
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: ASU concludes its two-game non-conference road swing on Wednesday, Nov. 21, as the Red Wolves square off against the Central Arkansas Bears. The game is set for a 7 p.m. (CT) opening tipoff in Conway, Ark.