SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Cold shooting and turnovers plagued Arkansas State (2-2) from the start, and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams (2-0) handed the Red Wolves a 72-43 defeat Friday night in the opening round of the Anaconda Sports & The Rock Seton Hall Classic.
The Red Wolves committed 25 turnovers on the night and never got in sync offensively, shooting just 23.3 percent from the floor, including 0-11 from beyond the three-point arc.
Virginia Commonwealth countered with 20 points from senior guard La'Tavia Rorie and 16 from senior forward D'Andra Moss, with the two combining for 26 first-half points to help the Rams take a 39-20 lead at the break.
"We had some opportunities early, but we missed some layups and had too many turnovers", said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "I looked up at one point and thought we should have been up 10-2, but we missed two layups, two free throws and had a couple of turnovers. Otherwise, we could have had a nice lead. We are going to have to learn that when these things happen, you have to keep fighting and play through it."
Senior Ebonie Jefferson led Arkansas State with 11 points, while senior Lyndsay Schlup and sophomore NeNe Hurst added eight points and eight rebounds each.
Arkansas State will take on Seton Hall Saturday in the tournament's 1:00 p.m. (ET) consolation game. Virginia Commonwealth will face Morgan State, a 58-55 winner Friday over Seton Hall, in Saturday's championship matchup.