ASU Men Faces Pacific In Consolation Round Of NIT Season Tipoff Monday
TIPPING IT OFF
Arkansas State heads to Springfield, Mo. for the consolation rounds of the NIT Season Tipoff at the JHQ Arena on the campus of Missouri State University. The Red Wolves will face Pacific on Monday and Pepperdine on Tuesday. Both matchups are set for 4:30 p.m. and can be heard on the Arkansas State Radio Network.
Pacific is 3-1 after winning their first two matchups of the season, at UTEP (66-61), vs. Nevada at the NIT Season Tipoff (64-53) and picking up a win against William Jessup on Friday night (70-61). Their only loss of the season has come at the hands of UCLA, 57-44 in the second round of the NIT Season Tipoff. Senior forward Sam Willard is the only Tigers player averaging in double-digit scoring and rebounding. The 6-9 big man is averaging a double-double with 18.5 points per game and 13.0 points per game. Willard is 3-5 from three-point range (.600) and 17-19 from the free-throw line (.895). Senior guard Demetrece Young ranks second on the team scoring 9.0 points per game and leads the squad with 13 assists. Bob Thomason is in his 23rd season at the helm of the Tigers program, owning 390 wins over that period.
This will be the first meeting between Pacific and Arkansas State.
ADAMS/BRYANT LEAD THE WAY
After three games this season, ASU has two players averaging in double-digit scoring led by junior forward Martavius Adams who leads the team in scoring averaging 14.0 points per game and rebounding averaging 7.0 per game. Junior guard Daniel Bryant ranks second on the team with 10.3 points per game coming off the bench.
BIG MEN PULLING IT DOWN
Adams leads the team averaging 7.0 rebounds per game along with fellow starting forward Brandon Peterson who is also averaging 7.0 rpg. Peterson leads the team with 1.0 blocks per game.
TOUGH RED WOLVES
Three of ASU's five starters have played in 34 consecutive games, dating back to the beginning of last season. Allison and Adams have started 34 straight and Peterson has played in 34 straight starting in 21 straight. Finn has started in 33 straight games, only missing his first game his freshman season.
ASU Women host #20 St. John's at Convocation Center
TIPPING IT OFF
The Arkansas State women's basketball team will wrap up its three-game home stand Monday night when the Red Wolves host the 20th-ranked Red Storm of St. John's in a 7:05 p.m. game at the ASU Convocation Center. All Arkansas State women's basketball games may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats and video will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
St. John's makes its first-ever trip to Jonesboro with a 3-1 record on the season. St. John's opened the season Nov. 12 with a 64-50 victory over Marist in the Kansas State Wildcat Classic. The Red Storm was tripped up by host Kansas State in the finals of the Wildcat Classic, falling 64-53. St. John's bounced back to defeat Manhattan 77-51 Nov. 16, and in its most recent action, defeated Columbia 65-41 Friday night at home. Four starters average double-digit scoring for St. John's, led by guard Shenneika Smith at 12.0 per game. Forward Da'Shena Stevens adds 11.5 ppg, forward Centhya Hart averages a double-double at 10.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and guard Nadirah McKenith adds 10.8 points per contest.
THE ST. JOHN'S SERIES
Monday night's game will be the first meeting between Arkansas State and St. John's in women's basketball.
Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is in his 12th season as the Red Wolves' head coach. He holds a record of 184-154 and has directed A-State to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times. Boyer is assisted by Tanya Ray, Jennifer Sullivan and Leslie Larsen. Now in her eighth season at St. John's, Kim Barnes Arico is 133-114 as head coach of the Red Storm, and 227-186 overall in the 14th year of her career as a head coach.
THE RED WOLVES RECENTLY
Arkansas State survived an 8-for-27 shooting night at the free throw line to defeat Saint Louis 54-50 Nov. 19 at The Convo. The Red Wolves were led in the game by NeNe Hurst with 14 points and Jazmine Taylor with nine points, six steals, four assists and four rebounds.
The Red Wolves will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with three games in the Dallas, Texas metro area. Arkansas State will travel to Arlington for a Nov. 24 matchup with the Mavericks of UTA, then head to Dallas for the SMU Hoops for the Cure Tournament. The Red Wolves will take on host SMU Nov. 26 in a first-round matchup, then face Akron or Georgia Southern to close out the tournament Nov. 27.
MAKING UP FOR THE MISSES
Arkansas State's struggles at the free throw line (8-of-27) in its 54-50 victory over Saint Louis were offset by the Red Wolves' dominance in the "hustle stats." Arkansas State forced 23 SLU turnovers while giving the ball up just 12 times. Led by six thefts from senior guard Jazmine Taylor, the Red Wolves finished the game with 10 steals, and A-State ruled the offensive glass, outrebounding the Billikens 17-11 on the offensive end. Arkansas State also held Saint Louis to 36 percent shooting, including 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) from three-point range.