JONESBORO, Ark. (12/30/10) – Senior point guard Rashad Allison scored a season-high 18 points to lead the Arkansas State men's basketball team to a 69-57 win over South Alabama in their Sun Belt Conference opener Thursday night at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves improved to 6-8 on the season with a 1-0 conference mark while South Alabama fell to 6-6 with a 0-1 Sun Belt ledger.
Allison was 6-10 from the floor and 4-5 from beyond the three-point arc leading three double-digit ASU scorers and posted two assists and a steal.
Senior guard Donald Boone was second on the team with 13 points going 5-12 from the field while sophomore guard Trey Finn had 10 points on 4-7 shooting and was 2-4 from three.
Although he didn't score his usual average, junior guard Martavius Adams led all players pulling down 13 rebounds and also had a blocked shot, assist and steal.
"I thought it was a physical game, I thought both teams played hard but I do think defensively we guarded them right," said ASU head coach John Brady. "I am glad to see us shooting the ball from the perimeter and loosening some people up."
"We had just over 4,000 fans in here tonight and hopefully they liked what they saw and hopefully they will tell a friend or bring a friend. We are all in this thing together is what I have tried to say since I have been here. We have got to have good coaching, we have got to have hard playing and we have got to have loud fans. And the more fans that are here the louder they are and those are all positives to have a good basketball program and hopefully we will have more of that in here on Saturday night."
ASU never relinquished the lead after recapturing it on a pair of Brandon Peterson free throws just five minutes into the game and led by as many as 16 after Allison hit a pair of free throws himself at 1:32 left in the contest.
Augustine Rubit had a double-double for the Jaguars leading the team on the boards with 11 and ranking second with 16 points. Martino Brock connected on 11-17 free throws to lead USA with 21 points.
ASU won the battle of the boards outrebounding USA 41-30 and outscored the Jags' 28-26 in the paint. They also scored 17 second-chance points to the Jaguars 12.
The Red Wolves continue Sun Belt action against Western Kentucky at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised live on the Sun Belt Network which is broadcast by CSS.