Date: Dec. 12, 2009
Location: Jonesboro, Ark.
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. (CST)
Arena: Convocation Center
Arena Capacity: 10,727
TIPPING IT OFF
Arkansas State returns home for a two game homestand when they take on Missouri State at the Convocation Center Saturday. KAIT-8 (Jonesboro) will broadcast the game live from the Convocation Center with Dan Lucy and Don West calling the action. Tipoff versus the Bears is set for 7:05 p.m.
Missouri State is undefeated this season holding a perfect 8-0 record when they enter action Saturday night. The Bears are a NCAA Division I opponent and compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. MSU has notable wins past Auburn (73-62), Tulsa (83-75), UALR (75-62) and common ASU opponent UTM (79-51) last Wednesday. The Bears have two players averaging in double-digit scoring led by sophomore forward Kyle Weems who is scoring 14.8 per contest while ranking second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard Adam Leonard is averaging 13.3 ppg while leading the team in 3-pt field goal percentage at .500 (23-46). Guard/forward Jermaine Mallett leads the team with 46 rebounds although standing only 6-3. Cuonzo Martin is in his second year as head coach of the Bears holding a 19-20 career head coaching record.
SERIES VERSUS MISSOURI STATE
MSU leads the all-time series with the Red Wolves 18-9, including last season's 52-47 win in Springfield. ASU has dropped five straight contests in the series to the Bears.
ADAMS DOUBLE-DOUBLE SHINES VERSUS MEMPHIS
Sophomore forward Martavius Adams recorded his first double-double at Memphis last Saturday scoring 11 points and pulling down a career-high 12 rebounds. It was the third time an ASU player has recorded a double-double, with Brown notching one at SEMO and Peterson recording one against MacMurray College. On the season, Adams is averaging 9.6 ppg and pulling down 5.3 rebounds per contest.
BRYANT APPROACHES CENTURY MARK
Sophomore guard Daniel Bryant has provided a spark off the bench for the Red Wolves and through seven games has nearly recorded half of his total points from a year ago. Bryant already has 93 points, a team high and is approaching the century mark in scoring. Bryant scored 200 points in 29 appearances for the Red Wolves last season.
BROWN POSTS CAREER HIGH
ASU's JeJuan Brown posted a career-high 17 points at Memphis last Saturday leading the squad in scoring in 28 minutes of action. This marked the second time this season Brown has reached double-digits in scoring.
FINN UTILITY MAN
ASU freshman Trey Finn is one of the most versatile players on the floor for ASU, Finn ranks second on the team (as a guard) in rebounding average (5.8), leads the team in steals (13), ranks second in assists (15) and is scoring 6.5 ppg. Finn also has the best assist/turnover ratio on the team at 1.4. Finn leads the conference with 2.2 steals per game.
REED COMES THROUGH
Freshman guard Brandon Reed turned in his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season scoring 14 against Memphis last Saturday. Reed leads the team in double-digit scoring games this season and ranks second on the team with 12.4 ppg, connecting on 43-percent of his shots (34-80). Reed had his best performance of his career against UTM when he poured in 19 points.
LAST TIME VERSUS MISSOURI STATE
Three Missouri State (3-3) players scored in double-figures as the Bears handed the ASU men's basketball team (6-2) their second loss on the season 52-47 at the JQH Arena Saturday. MSU snapped a six-game Red Wolves winning streak.
After trailing by as many as 12, ASU shrunk the Bears lead to three after Junior Eric McKinney connected on two free throws at 1:46 remaining in the game.
ASU missed its last two shots of the game, while MSU managed to convert on a jumper by Justin Fuehrmeyer with 18 seconds remaining to seal the win.
For the first time this season, an opponent outrebounded ASU. The Bears pulled down 33 boards to the Red Wolves 31.
Junior Donald Boone poured in 20 points to lead all players in scoring, while McKinney had 11 points, a team-high eight rebounds and three blocks for the Red Wolves. It marked the fourth-game this season that McKinney had blocked multiple-shots.
Boone played a career high 39-minutes for the Red Wolves and led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season.
Senior point-guard Ifeanyi Koggu had five points, six rebounds and five assists for the Red Wolves.
Wade Knapp scored 15 points for the Bears while Chris Cooks had 12 points and led MSU with nine rebounds. Cooks led the Bears in the first half but was held scoreless during the second frame.
The Red Wolves led by as many as six points in the first half, but trailed the Bears, 30-25, at the break. Boone led ASU in scoring in the first half, pouring in nine points. McKinney notched seven first half points while pulling down three rebounds and blocking three shots.
ASU has two players averaging in double-digit scoring and neither of those players is a junior or older. Sophomore guard Daniel Bryant leads the team averaging 13.3 ppg followed by freshman guard Brandon Reed who is averaging 12.4 ppg. Bryant ranks 11th in the conference in scoring average while Reed ranks 19th. Last season, ASU had one player averaging in double-figures (Boone, 13.6).