CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (11/27/10) – The Arkansas State men's basketball team picked up its first win of the season, 56-50 over Southeast Missouri State, Saturday night at the Show Me Center.
ASU hit 6-6 from the charity stripe in the final minute and thirty-seconds of the game improving to 1-5 on the season. SEMO fell to 0-6 with the loss.
"We just battled in that one and found a way to win it," said ASU head coach John Brady. "It wasn't one of the prettiest victories that I've had, but the players were able to get it done. We missed some free throws along the way but made the ones when it counted. We had two or three stops at the end without fouling and when they shot and missed we were able to get the rebounds. Those were some positive winning plays for us."
Junior forward Martavius Adams led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, recording the Red Wolves first double-double of the year. Adams was also 6-7 from the free throw line
ASU won the battle of the boards outrebounding SEMO 38-34 but were outscored in the paint by the Redhawks 18-16.
The Red Wolves finished the game shooting 35.3% (18-51) from the field and 64.3% from the charity stripe (18-28).
Arkansas State enjoyed its largest halftime lead of the season taking a 28-18 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the first half, Adams led the Red Wolves with 10 points and five rebounds. Adams was 4-7 from the floor at the half and 2-2 from the free throw line.
As a team, ASU won the battle of the boards in the first half, outrebounding SEMO 21-19. ASU shot 36.7% from the floor in the first half on 11-30 shooting including going 2-4 from beyond the arc and were 4-6 from the charity stripe. SEMO shot 8-26 for a 30.8% and were 2-9 from the free throw line and 0-5 from beyond the three-point arc in the first half.
Sophomore guard Trey Finn scored ASU's first six points of the second half leading ASU on a 6-0 run. Finn finished the game with 11 points and seven rebounds ranking second on the squad in both categories.
Senior guard Rashad Allison finished the game with eight points, four assists and three steals connecting on 6-6 from the free throw line.
Next up for ASU is regional rival Memphis on Wednesday. Tipoff at the FedEx Forum is set for 7:00 p.m.