Little Rock (KAIT) - A half court shot by UALR's Alex Mendoza-Garcia as time expired gave the Trojans the final advantage over the Arkansas State men's basketball team 79-77 in Sun Belt Conference at the Stephens Center Thursday.
ASU dropped only its third loss in conference play moving to 13-9 on the season and 8-3 in SBC play. UALR picked up its seventh win of the season moving to 7-15 with a 3-8 league record.
"It was a great game, you can dissect it analyze it and all that but it's what the game should be between our two schools and it happens like this sometime," said ASU head coach John Brady. "What bothers me is I wish that last shot hadn't of gone in for our players and for our fans that are starting to support our team. I hate it for our players and I am disappointed for our fans that are starting to support our team. Those are the two things I wish had turned out better for us in that regard."
Sophomore forward Martavius Adams led the Red Wolves picking up his second double-double of his career tying a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Brandon Reed matched Adams with 17 points, also pulling down six rebounds.
Junior guard Rashad Allison and senior forward JeJuan Brown both scored in double-figured for ASU with 14 and 12 points respectively. Allison also had eight rebounds, a career-high.
After going down 10-2 in the opening minutes, the Red Wolves used a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game when Trey Finn hit a layup at the 14:19 mark. Finn finished the contest seven points and six rebounds.
Freshman guard Adam Sterrenberg hit a three-pointer at the 9:49 mark of the first half sparking a 12-3 run for ASU which pushed their lead to nine when Reed hit a three-pointer.
Adams gave ASU its largest lead of the game when he layed the ball in to put the Red Wolves up 40-27 with two and a half minutes remaining in the first half.
ASU took a 44-36 lead into the locker room at halftime and maintained their lead throughout most of the second half.
ASU led by five 76-71 with 1:08 remaining in the game when Allison hit a layup.
Mendoza-Garcia then scored his first of eight points in the final 48-seconds of action which pushed the Trojans on top.
ASU outrebounded UALR by a large margin, 44-31, including grabbing 17 offensive rebounds. The Red Wolves also scored 20 second-chance points to UALR's eight.
ASU will continue action on the road playing at New Orleans on Saturday at 7 p.m.