CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (11/18/09) – In the first start of his young career, freshman guard Brandon Reed scored 17 points on 6-11 shooting to pace the Arkansas State basketball team to a 73-49 win over Southeast Missouri State Wednesday at the Show Me Center.
ASU shot 44 percent from the field on 20-45 shooting while holding the Redhawks to 31.5% (17-54).
JeJuan Brown recorded his first career double-double and the second straight double-double by an ASU player when he scored 11 and pulled down 13 rebounds.
"For our team to absorb the loss of our best returning player and play as well as we did, our team impressed me with how they handled that and how we played," said ASU head coach John Brady. "I thought we played really well defensively in the first half."
The Red Wolves outrebounded SEMO 41-32 and outscored the Redhawks 28-20 in the paint.
ASU jumped out to a 12-2 lead when Rashad Allison hit two from the free throw line at the at 11:03 in the first half. SEMO answered shortly after when Derek Thompson hit a jumper at 10:16 ending an eight-plus minute scoring drought.
A three-pointer by Reed in the waning seconds of the first half put the Red Wolves up 43-21. Reed had 11 first half points to lead all players. Allison scored all seven of his first-half points from the charity stripe, going 7-8 from the line. Allison finished the game with nine points, all from the free-throw line (9-12).
"It was a good first time out for eight new players after the loss of Donald Boone and it was good for us to come up here and win this game," said Brady.
ASU took its largest lead of the game when Martavius Adams hit a layup at the 32-second mark of the second half. Adams finished the game with 10 points and two rebounds.
Trey Finn had nine points and nine rebounds in his first collegiate contest. Daniel Bryant also had nine points for the Red Wolves.
Freshman forward Brandon Peterson came off the bench netting three blocks and scoring six points with four rebounds.
Anthony Allison was the only SEMO player to break double-figures scoring 10 points.
ASU continues action on the road when they travel to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP Saturday at 8 p.m. (CST).