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Arkansas State splits Denton doubleheader Saturday

Denton, TX (ASU) - Arkansas State finished their two game roadtrip Saturday in Denton. The Women rallied to beat the Mean Green, while the Men lost their second straight game.

ASU Women 62, vs. North Texas 59 (OT)

DENTON, Texas. (1/22/11) – The Arkansas State Red Wolves (11-10, 4-4) battled back from a 16-point first-half deficit and went on to post a 62-59 overtime victory over the Mean Green of North Texas (5-16, 2-6) Saturday afternoon in Sun Belt Conference women's basketball action at the Super Pit.

Four players scored in double figures for Arkansas State, which was led by senior Shay Scott and junior NeNe Hurst with 15 points each.  Junior Meghan Lewis added 11 points, and sophomore Jasmine Taylor finished with 12, including a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining to force the overtime period.  In addition to her 15 points, Hurst grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to post her first career double-double.  She also added four steals, three assists and a blocked shot.

The Red Wolves hit just 20-of-70 shots in the game, but connected on 17-of-22 shots from the free throw line and notched 16 steals as they forced North Texas into 30 turnovers. 

"In the first half, it was unbelievable how poorly we shot the ball," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "But at the same time I was really proud of our team to stick with what we do and keep fighting to hang in there until halftime."

Knocking down just 5-of-35 shots in the first 20 minutes, the Red Wolves trailed 21-5 with just over 10 minutes gone the first half, but went on an 11-0 run to get back in the game and cut the Mean Green lead to 21-16 with just over seven minutes remaining. North Texas carried the five-point advantage into the locker room at the break, leading 28-23.

Arkansas State opened the second half with a 21-4 run to take a 44-32 lead with 11:28 to play, but the Mean Green put together a 13-0 run later in the second half that put North Texas on top 51-47 with just over four minutes remaining.  The Red Wolves tied the game at 55 when Lewis rattled home a three-pointer with 1:33 to play, and after a bucket from UNT freshman Desiree Nelson put the Mean Green up 57-55 30 seconds later, Taylor's free throws with eight seconds to go sent the game into overtime.

North Texas struck first in the extra period, getting a basket from junior Jasmine Godbolt to go up 59-57, but the score would prove to be the Mean Green's only points in overtime.  A jumper from Jasmine Taylor pulled ASU even, a steal and layup from Hurst gave the Red Wolves a 61-59 lead, and a free throw from senior Jazmine Taylor with 1:36 remaining set the final margin at 62-59.

The Red Wolves' shooting improved to 50 percent in the second half as they hit 13-of-26 field goals, including 5-of-8 from outside the three-point arc. 

The Mean Green won the battle on the boards, outrebounding the Red Wolves 54-36, but ASU held a 16-15 advantage on the offensive glass. 

North Texas was led by Godbolt's 21 points. 

"I think the difference in the game was that when we couldn't score, we were still able to keep it within five," added Boyer.  "And in the second half, when North Texas couldn't score, we were able to push our lead to double figures."

With the win, ASU improves to 15-3 in regular-season overtime games under Boyer, including a 2-2 mark this season. 

Arkansas State will now return to the ASU Convocation Center to host Louisiana-Monroe Jan. 26.  Tipoff against the Warhawks is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

North Texas 83, ASU Men 64

DENTON, Texas (1/22/11) – The Arkansas State men's basketball team dropped its second-straight Sun Belt Conference road contest at North Texas on Saturday, 83-64.

The loss drops the Red Wolves to 10-12 with a 4-4 league record while the Mean Green improved to 16-5 with a 5-2 record in conference action.

Senior guard Rashad Allison led ASU with 12 points while junior forward Malcoln Kirkland was second on the team with 10. Junior forward Martavius Adams led ASU with 7 rebounds.

"In my 21 years as a head coach I have never experienced two games like this, ever, and I don't like it and we just need to get better," said ASU head coach John Brady. "We took several steps forward at home but on this road trip we took giant steps backward. I wish I knew all the answers."

North Texas had four players score in double digits led by Dominique Johnson who scored 21 points on 7-8 shooting from the field and went 5-5 from three point range, coming off the bench.

The Red Wolves outscored North Texas 32-30 in the paint but were outrebounded 34-37.

The Mean Green scored nine straight points to jump out to a 9-0 lead and led by 22 at the half 48-24. North Texas maintained a 19-plus point lead throughout the remainder of the game stretching it out to 29-points with 3:32 left in the contest.

ASU did mount a 10-0 run in the final three minutes of the game but ran out of time on their comeback. The run included the Red Wolves going 4-4 from the free throw line on shots from Allison and senior forward Jeremy Thomas.

ASU shot 36% (25-69) from the field and went 2-20 from three-point range (10%). The Red Wolves shot well from the free-throw line connecting on 12-14 shots from the charity stripe.

ASU gets back to action on Thursday when they host Louisiana-Monroe in Sun Belt Conference action. Tip off against the Warhawks is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

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