Arkansas State men beat UT Arlington to snap losing streak

Arkansas State men beat UT Arlington to snap losing streak

Press Release from Arkansas State Athletics

JONESBORO, Ark. (2/16/19) – Behind a game-high 27 points from Ty Cockfield II and a career-high 26 scored by Marquis Eaton, the Arkansas State men’s basketball team claimed an 83-79 Sun Belt Conference victory over UT Arlington Saturday at First National Bank Arena.

A-State picked up its eighth win of the season on its home court, bringing its overall record to 11-15 and conference mark to 5-8. Despite the loss, UT Arlington (12-14) remains among the Sun Belt leaders in a tie for third place with an 8-5 league record.

Cockfield and Eaton combined to make seven of the Red Wolves’ 11 three pointers, which tied their second most this season. They were joined in double figures by Grantham Gillard, who knocked down an additional three shots from downtown and finished with 12 points.

A-State completed the outing with its second highest shooting percentage of the year, making 27-of-52 attempts for a .512 mark. The Red Wolves were outrebounded 37-29, but limited the Mavericks to a 41.3 field goal percentage.

The Red Wolves didn’t take their first lead until just over five minutes into the game, but built a 41-34 advantage by halftime before leading by as much as 11 points in the second half.

Holding a 10-point cushion at 69-59 with 7:56 remaining in the game, A-State saw UTA put together an 11-3 run over the next three minutes to pull within 72-70. The Red Wolves never gave up the lead, however, and were able to push their advantage back to 79-74 with just 34 seconds left on the clock.

The Mavericks cut their deficit back to just two points twice down the stretch, but Cockfield hit a pair of free throws each time to take it back to a two-possession game.

“I’m so proud of our team,” said A-State head coach Mike Balado. “That is a really good (UT) Arlington team that we beat. I’m very impressed with them. They have a great one through eight – they’re all good. I thought we did a really good job on (Brian) Warren. Even though he scored 21, he was 9-of-20 and they were all tough shots.

“The thing that I was pleased with the most was our guards. I thought Marquis Eaton and Ty Cockfield did a great job. Even though they had a little bit too many turnovers, they made the right plays when they needed to and our supporting cast was excellent – they all came in and contributed, so obviously this is a great win.”

Tristin Walley led A-State on the boards with five rebounds, while Eaton handed out a team-high four assists. J.J. Matthews posted a career-high three steals to go along with eight points.

UTA was led by two players scoring in double digits, including Warren with a team-high 21 points and David Azore with 16.

The Red Wolves will wrap up a three-game home stand Saturday, Feb. 23, with a 4:00 p.m. game against Little Rock at First National Bank Arena. For the latest on A-State men’s basketball, follow the Red Wolves on Twitter @AStateMB, at Facebook.com/AStateMB and on Instagram at ‘AStateMB’. Copyright 2019 KAIT. All rights reserved.