OXFORD, Miss. (11/8/19) – Ole Miss forced 23 turnovers and held the Arkansas State men’s basketball team to 32.6 percent (15-46) from the field as the Red Wolves were defeated by the Rebels 71-43 Friday in non-conference action.
A-State drops to 1-1 on the season while Ole Miss starts their season 1-0. Ole Miss stifled the Red Wolves scoring attack as A-State was held scoreless for two or more minutes six times in the game, four of which came in the first half.
J.J. Matthews and Canberk Kus each posted double-figures for the second time in as many games to lead A-State. Kobe Wilson (8) and Jerry Johnson Jr. (5) added 13 points off the bench. Marquis Eaton had six rebounds and five assists. Devontae Shuler had a game-high 20 points to pace Ole Miss.
Sixteen first half turnovers resulted in 13 points off turnovers for the Rebels and A-State shot 35 percent (7-20) from the field to see a 20-point halftime deficit. The Red Wolves limited Ole Miss to 44 percent (15-34) shooting in the first 20 minutes, but Ole Miss outscored the Rebels 8-0 in second chance points behind eight offensive rebounds.
Ole Miss held A-State scoreless the first 3:31 of the second half and later led 50-21 with 13:54 to play. The Red Wolves forced three-consecutive turnovers to spark an 8-0 run to get within 21, but the Rebels led by 22-plus points the remainder of the game.
The Red Wolves finished with 12 assists on 15 made field goals and added 11 steals. A-State was 6-of-19 (.316) from 3-point range and 7-of-12 (.583) at the free throw line. Ole Miss shot 44.6 percent (25-56) overall, knocking down 8-of-26 (.308) beyond the arc. The Rebels converted 13-of-20 (.650) at the charity stripe.
Ole Miss won the battle of the boards 40-28, including 11 offensive rebounds for 12 second chance points. The Rebels outscored A-State 30-14 in the paint and 21-13 off turnovers.
A-State returns to First National Bank Arena to host the Red Wolves Classic Nov. 14-17. A-State will take on VMI, UC Davis and Idaho in the round-robin format tournament with games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. For the latest on A-State men’s basketball, follow on Twitter (@AStateMB), Facebook (/AStateMB) and Instagram (astatemb).