ASU beats Henderson State 71-53 in final exhibition game

Jonesboro (ASU) – Martavius Adams scored a game-high 15 points and hauled in 16 rebounds to lead the Arkansas State men's basketball team to a 71-53 exhibition victory over Henderson State on Monday night at the Convocation Center.

The Red Wolves completed their preseason schedule with a 2-0 record, also defeating Ouachita Baptist last Thursday.  With the victory, A-State improved to 6-0 under third-year head coach John Brady in exhibition contests.

Adams was one of four ASU players to score in double figures, joined by Trey Finn with 12 points, Edward Townsel with 11 and Malcoln Kirkland with 10.  Zech Smith was the only HSU player to reach double figures, finishing 10 points.

"We did some things good for moments, we tried to defend a little better, we had a little more urgency particularly early," said ASU head coach John Brady. "We had too many careless turnovers against that team. We struggled shooting the ball tonight, we shot it well the other night but struggled tonight. It was good to get it over with and now we need to get a lot better if we are going to go in there Friday and have an opportunity to beat an SEC team on the road."

There were two ties and five lead changes over the game's first nine minutes, but the Red Wolves outscored the Reddies 23-7 the remainder of the half to take a 39-23 advantage into the break.  Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch hit a three with 11:13 left in the first half to break a 16-16 tie and start A-State's run.

ASU extended its lead to 19 points, 45-26, early in the second half before the Reddies went on an 11-0 run to pull back within 45-37 with 11:44 left in the game.  However, A-State was able stop the run with a three by Townsel and eventually pushed its lead to as many as 20 points, 71-51, with 31 second remaining.

ASU shot 38 percent from the field, while HSU connected on 35 percent of its attempts.  The Red Wolves held a slight advantage on the boards, 42-41, but scored 19 second-chance points to take advantage of 15 offensive rebounds.  A-State hit 23-of-38 free throw attempts, while HSU made 10-of-18 shots at the charity stripe.

In addition to his 15 points and 14 boards, Adams blocked a game-high four shots and added a steal.  Brandon Peterson, who scored eight points, dished out a team-high four assists and pulled down six rebounds.

The Red Wolves will open their regular season Friday in a 7:00 p.m. game at Ole Miss.