JONESBORO (12/6/10) – Three Arkansas State players scored in double figures, including Daniel Bryant with a game-high 16 points, to lead the Red Wolves' men's basketball team (2-6) to a dominating 85-42 victory over Lyon College (5-3) in its home opener Monday night at the Convocation Center.
Donald Boone scored 12 points and Ed Townsel added a career-high 11, joining Bryant in double figures for the Red Wolves. Ten players saw at least 15 minutes of action on the floor and 11 players scored for A-State. ASU posted season highs for points, field goal percentage (.453), rebounds (53) and steals (14).
The Red Wolves jumped out to a double-figure lead nearly midway through the first half, taking an 18-7 advantage on a layup by Brandon Peterson. A-State extended its lead to 20 points, 27-7, with 9:30 left in the first half before eventually going into the break up 41-19.
ASU was in control the entire second half, never letting the Scots get closer than 19 points and building their lead to 62-32 with 11:57 remaining in the game. The Red Wolves held their largest lead of the game at 85-39 with 1:36 left before finishing with the 43-point win that was their largest margin of victory since defeating MacMurray College 93-47 in the 2009-10 season opener.
"Everybody got a chance to play some minutes, and everybody did some pretty good things except for a couple of our starters," said ASU head coach John Brady. "I was glad to see our bench play and get some time. To separate the score against someone who is committed to playing zone for 40 minutes sometimes isn't that easy to do and we were able to do that.
"It was a good game at this time for us to play at home," added Brady. "The other thing was I was really pleased with our crowd tonight. I thought the crowd was good, really good. I would love to almost double that for Saturday because we are going to need some more help against Alabama State. They are a lot more athletic and longer than Lyon."
Led by Brandon Peterson with a season-high 10 rebounds, A-State pulled down 25 more boards than Lyon. Trey Finn, who finished with nine points followed Peterson with seven rebounds and was one of 10 ASU players with multiple rebounds. A-State's defense limited Lyon to a .269 field goal percentage, the lowest by an A-State opponent this year, and forced the Scots into 24 turnovers.
Lyon was led by Quinn Cooper and Andy Lee, both finishing with a team-high 12 points.