Red Wolves take on instate rival UALR tonight

Date: Feb. 4, 2010

Location: Little Rock, Ark.

Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. (CST)

Arena: Jack Stephens Center

Arena Capacity: 5,000



ASU begins its final multiple game roadtrip traveling to instate rival UALR for a matchup at the Jack Stephens Center on Thursday. Tipoff in Little Rock is set for 7:05 p.m. The Red Wolves continue on the road after the game at UALR traveling to New Orleans to face the Privateers on Saturday.


UALR sits sixth place in the Sun Belt Conference west division with a 6-15 overall record and a 2-8 league mark. The Trojans have league wins past ULL, 76-69, and Denver, 69-57. The Red Wolves beat UALR 69-61 in the two teams' Sun Belt opener earlier this season.


ASU leads the all-time series against the Trojans 43-24. The Red Wolves snapped a three-game winning streak by the Trojans in the series by downing UALR, 69-61, in Jonesboro in their Sun Belt Conference opener on Dec. 20. Soloman Bozeman leads UALR scoring 14.6 ppg and has 91 assists this season. Alex Garcia-Mendoza and Matt Mouzy are the only other two Trojans averaging in double-digit scoring. Garcia-Mendoza is averaging 11.6 ppg and Mouzy is scoring 10.9 ppg. Mike Smith ranks fourth on the team averaging 7.8 ppg but leads the squad rebounding 5.9 per game. As a team the Trojans are being outscored 72.6 to 68.3 per game for a -4.3 scoring margin. They are shooting 43.5% from the field as a team and 39% from three point range. Steve Shields is in his seventh season at the helm of the UALR program owning a 111-88 career record.


Not only has Arkansas State freshman guard Brandon Reed been one of the keys to the Red Wolves success this season and one of the most productive freshman in the Sun Belt this season, but he is the third-most productive freshman in ASU's school history. With 320 points, Reed ranks behind only John Tate and Jerry Rook for most productive freshman in school history. Tate had 353 points his freshman year (1985-86) while Rook had 416 points as a freshman (1961-62). Reed leads the Sun Belt in scoring in conference only games averaging 18.9 ppg in those contests.


Brandon Reed was named the Sun Belt Player of the Week after his performance against Denver and ULL last week. Reed scored a career-high 34 points in ASU's win over Denver Saturday night. Reed, who scored at least 20 points in a game for the fourth time this season against Denver, was responsible for the most points by an ASU player since Tevoris Thompson dropped in 41 against Lyon College on Dec. 7, 2002. Against Denver, Reed was 12-23 connecting on 52-percent of his shots from field, was 4-9 from three-point range and 6-7 from the charity stripe. Earlier in the week, Reed led ASU with 19 points past Louisiana-Lafayette. Reed has led ASU in scoring a team-high nine times this season, including breaking double-digits on 16 occasions. Over the two-game stretch Reed led ASU averaging 26.5 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game and broke the 300-point barrier against Denver.


The Arkansas State men's basketball team defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 69-61 in its Sun Belt Conference opener Sunday Dec. 20 at the Convocation Center in front of a crowd of 3,365, the largest of the season for the Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves, which snapped a four-game skid, improved to 4-5 on the season, while the Trojans fell to 4-8 overall and 0-2 in Sun Belt Conference play. ASU improved to 2-0 in league openers under head coach John Brady and ended a three-game winning streak by the Trojans in the series.

Arkansas State was led by four players scoring in double figures, including Daniel Bryant with a game-high 17 points. Bryant reached double digits in the scoring column for the sixth time this season and was joined by Martavius Adams and JeJuan Brown with 11 points each and Brandon Reed with 10.

The Red Wolves built a 13-point lead in the first half, but UALR��cut the lead to 41-37 by halftime and the final 20 minutes was tightly contested with four ties and six lead changes. Following an ASU timeout with 5:02 left in the game, the Red Wolves broke a 55-55 tie with back-to-back jumpers by Brown and Bryant and didn't give up the lead the rest of the way.

ASU outscored UALR 14-6 over the game's final minutes, but led just 61-58 with 1:25 remaining after a lay-up by UALR's Alex Garcia-Mendoza. However, ASU's Trey Finn then made four consecutive free throws and Bryant hit a lay-up with 35 seconds left to give the Red Wolves a 67-58 lead and put the game out of reach.

ASU finished the game with a .407 field goal percentage to UALR's .383 and outrebounded the Trojans 45-35. The Red Wolves made 12-of-13 free throws in the first half and, despite enduring a cold stretch at the line during the second half, finished the game with a .700 percentage.

Adams, who narrowly missed his second double-double of the season by one rebound, and Reed accounted for 17 of the Red Wolves first 23 points to lead to help them build a 13-point cushion eight minutes into the game. UALR went on a 27-18 run in the final 12 minutes of the half to cut the ASU lead to four at the break.


At 13-8 the Red Wolves have already matched their total win output from last season. With ASU currently sitting atop the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference and holding the best league record at 8-2, the Red Wolves are off to the hottest start since the 1997-98 team went 9-2 to begin the season. ASU's best season in Sun Belt action was the 1997-98 season when they went 14-4 and captured a co-regular season SBC Championship.


ASU has eight games remaining on its schedule and five of those last eight games will be played at the Convocation Center including the final three games of the season.

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