JONESBORO (11/9/09) – The Arkansas State men's basketball team wrapped up its 2009-10 preseason schedule Monday night with an 82-59 exhibition victory over Ouachita Baptist at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves ended their preseason with a perfect 2-0 record, also defeating Henderson State 80-61 last Thursday. ASU improved to 4-0 all-time in exhibition games under second-year head coach John Brady.
ASU used 12 players in the game, including 10 that registered double-figure minutes, and got 53 points from its bench that was led by sophomore guard Daniel Bryant with a game-high 19 points. Freshman guard Brandon Reed also came off the bench to score 17 points, while starting forward Martavius Adams added 16 to round out the ASU players scoring in double figures.
Bryant, who also had a game-high 19 points in the Red Wolves victory over Henderson State, was one of 10 ASU players that scored in the game. The Red Wolves finished with a .568 shooting percentage and took advantage of their opportunities at the line, connecting on 29-of-35 attempts from the charity stripe.
Leading 16-14 just over 10 minutes into the game, the Red Wolves outscored the Tigers 21-11 to close the first half and took a 37-25 advantage at the break. ASU hit 73 percent of its shots in the second half, which it opened with a 5-0 run to take a 17-point lead. ASU later went on a 19-7 run to grab its largest lead of the game at 72-48 with 5:06 left to play and the Tigers didn't get closer than 19 points the rest of the way.
"We were a little more consistent in our play tonight," said Brady. "In the second half, we strung together some good segments of offense and defense. We rebounded the ball better and we got to the foul line...we had some good play tonight. We shot less in the second half and scored more because the quality of the shots was better. We got to the foul line and made easy baskets. We got on the boards better tonight and limited their second opportunities."
ASU made just 3-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc, but outscored Ouachita Baptist 36-18 in the paint and grabbed 37 rebounds to the Tigers 21. The Red Wolves also held the Tigers to a .375 field goal percentage and recorded 11 steals. Freshman guard Trey Finn finished with six rebounds, three assists and three steals, which were all team highs.
Ouachita Baptist was led by Jordan Olden and Austin Mitchell with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Josh Raine led the Tigers on the boards with six rebounds.
The Red Wolves open the 2009-10 regular season Nov. 16 when they host MacMurray College in a 7:05 p.m. game at the Convocation Center.