FAU sweeps Arkansas State in hoops doubleheader

Boca Raton, FL (KAIT) - Arkansas State will play a basketball doubleheader Saturday against Florida Atlantic. The Women fell to the Lady Owls, while the men are in progress.

Florida Atlantic 56, ASU Women 52

Arkansas State junior NeNe Hurst scored 13 points and sophomore Quinishia McDowell added 10 in a 56-52 loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls (4-11, 1-3) Saturday afternoon in Sun Belt Conference women's basketball action at FAU Arena.

The Red Wolves (9-8, 2-2) led 11-8 early in the first half, but FAU scored six-straight to go up 14-11 when guard Latavia Dempsey knocked down a three-pointer with 9:19 remaining in the first half, and the Owls did not trail again.

Arkansas State never trailed by more than seven and cut the FAU advantage to one at 50-49 when McDowell scored on a layup with 2:14 remaining, The Owls answered with five-straight, taking a 55-49 lead with 28 seconds remaining, and the Red Wolves could not get closer than three the rest of the way.

"FAU switched up and used different presses and kept us on edge," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "There is no reason for us to have 19 turnovers against them.  It was carelessness and loss of focus.  When we did get into half court, they challenged us by packing everything in as tight as they could.  They challenged us to beat them from the perimeter and we couldn't do it."

The two teams battled to an even tie on the boards at 40-40, with freshman Jane Morrill leading the Red Wolves with 10 rebounds and senior Shay Scott adding eight to go along with seven points.  FAU senior Lyrell Barfield led all scorers with 18 points.

The Red Wolves trailed 25-21 at the break.  Hurst paced ASU at halftime with eight points followed by McDowell with six.

Arkansas State will now return to the ASU Convocation Center for a pair of Sun Belt Conference games, hosting the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette Jan. 12 before welcoming Middle Tennessee State to Jonesboro Jan. 16 in a game that will be televised by the Sun Belt Network.  Tipoff against ULL is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., while the MTSU game is set for a noon start.

Florida Atlantic 61, ASU Men 57

Greg Gantt scored 11 points and had a steal with 3 seconds left to seal Florida Atlantic's 61-57 win over Arkansas State on Saturday night.

The Owls (11-6, 4-0 Sun Belt Conference) led 59-57 with 33 seconds left before Raymond Taylor missed a one-and-one free-throw opportunity for them.

The Red Wolves (7-10, 2-2) then took over possession, but Donald Boone, whose 3-pointer had just made it a one-shot game, turned it over to Gantt.

Gantt fed Taylor for a layup for the final margin with 1 second left.

Florida Atlantic scored 15 points off 10 turnovers and had 13 assists.

Arkansas State led 41-34 with 11:47 left before the Owls scored 18 straight. Gantt's three-point play capped the run, putting Florida Atlantic up 52-41 with 6:41 remaining.

Boone led the Red Wolves with 16 points. Martavius Adams and Rashad Allison had 11 points each for Arkansas State.