Arkansas State at UTEP - Game Notes
Location: El Paso, Texas
Tipoff: 8 p.m. (CST)
Arena: Don Haskins Center
Arena Capacity: 12,000
TIPPING IT OFF
Arkansas State continues action on the road at UTEP Saturday night. The game is set to tipoff at 8 p.m. (CST) at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
UTEP is a NCAA Division I competitor that competes in the Conference USA. The Miners have three starters returning from last season's squad which went 23-14 and finished tied for fourth in the Conf. USA. UTEP holds a 2-0 record so far this season with wins against Texas Southern (89-70) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (70-52). Randy Culpepper leads the team in scoring averaging 19.5 ppg while pulling down 3.0 rebounds per game. Arnette Moultrie leads the team down low averaging 9.0 rebounds per game and scoring 14.5 ppg which ranks third on the team. Moultrie also has four blocks and six steals, both team highs. Tony Barbee directs the Minors efforts holding a 56-45 record at the school.
SERIES VERSUS UTEP
ASU and UTEP have played only once in the two school's history, with UTEP taking the contest during the 1967-68 season. The Miners outscored A-State 57-48.
Senior forward JeJuan Brown had one of the best performances he has turned in since coming to ASU against SEMO. Brown recorded the first double-double of his career with 11 pts and 13 rebounds, a career-high.
OUTWORKING THE COMPETITION
Arkansas State has been scoring easier than they did a year ago in their first two contests. ASU has outscored its opponents 166-96 a +35.0 margin. The Red Wolves have also outrebounded the opposition this season 94-63 a +16.0 margin. As a team ASU is shooting 47% from the field while connecting on 46% from the three-point line and 69% from the charity stripe.
The Red Wolves have continued their reputation of strong defense holding their first two opponents to shooting just 30% from the field (35-115) and shooting only 21% from three point range (5-24). ASU has also forced opponents into 32 turnovers and recorded 21 steals. Against SEMO, ASU held the Redhawks to 14% from the three-point line and allowed only one of the opponents players to score in double-figures (10).
SCORING IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Through two games so far this season ASU has had seven players score in double-figures. Bryant (18), Peterson (13), Reed (12), Sterrenberg (11) and Lance (10) scored in double digits against MacMurray. Reed then duplicated his performance and then some scoring 17 to lead the Red Wolves against SEMO. Brown (11) and Adams (10) also had double-digit performances at SEMO.
MORE DOUBLE FIGURES
ASU has two players this season averaging in double figure scoring. Freshman guard Brandon Reed leads the team with a 14.5 average and is shooting 44% from the field. Sophomore guard Daniel Bryant ranks second on the team with a 13.5 scoring average. ASU finished last season with just one player averaging in double figures (Boone, 13.6).
FINN TOUGH IN DEBUT
Arkansas State redshirt freshman Trey Finn had to miss his first collegiate game due to an injury, but that didn't stop him from coming out strong in his first career start at SEMO. Finn nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, while recording four steals and a block.
ALLISON AT THE LINE
Junior point guard Rashad Allison posted a career-high nine points against SEMO, all of which came from the free throw line. Allison went to the line a game-high 12 times, connecting on nine of those shots from the charity stripe.
STEALING THE ROCK
Arkansas State continued its trend from last season for picking the opponents pockets. ASU has already recorded 21 steals through two games. Finn and Bryant lead the team with four each, while ranks second with three.