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ASU and UALR split Natural State doubleheader

LITTLE ROCK (ASU) - ASU was in Little Rock Saturday, splitting round one of the Natural State Showdown with Arkansas Little-Rock.

 

ASU Men 75, UALR 64 

 

The Arkansas State men's basketball team never trailed and outrebounded UALR 41-23 to pick up its first Sun Belt Conference road win with a 75-64 decision at the Jack Stephens Center Saturday.

ASU got back to .500 moving to 12-12 with a 6-4 SBC record. UALR fell to 12-11 with a 4-4 league mark.

ASU had two guards lead them in double-digit scoring led by seniors Donald Boone and Rashad Allison with 22 and 19 points, respectively. Allison also had five assists and six rebounds while Boone had three boards and two steals.

Allison was also 6-7 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line.

Junior forward Martavius Adams had 10 rebounds while scoring four points in the second half for ASU.

Solomon Bozeman led UALR with 18 points while D'Andre Williams and Alex Garcia Mendoza also scored double-figures for UALR with 11 and 10 points each.

ASU shot 26-48 from the field including going 14-23 during the second half and were 7-15 from three-point range. The Red Wolves also converted their chances from the charity stripe hitting 16-20 from the free-throw line.

ASU opened the game on an 11-0 run led by Boone who had seven points during the opening stretch.

UALR answered with a 9-2 run of its own to cut the ASU lead to 13-9 when Derrick Bails hit a jumper with 10:48 remaining in the half.

The Red Wolves then opened the score up to take its largest lead of the game, 18, when Adam Sterrenberg hit a three-pointer with 3:48 remaining in the half.

The Trojans chipped away at the score, mostly from the free-throw line, to cut the ASU lead down to eight points at the break, 30-22.

During the second-half ASU maintained a double-digit lead through most of the game, while UALR slowed the pace in the final minutes, fouling the Red Wolves to try to shrink the margin.

ASU outscored UALR in the paint 26-22 and picked up 15 second chance points to the Trojans 9.

The Red Wolves play their final nonconference matchup at Savannah State on Tuesday.

 

UALR 53, ASU Women 36

 

The Arkansas State Red Wolves (11-12, 4-6) trailed Sun Belt Conference West Division leader UALR 37-30 with 9:43 to play, but the Trojans (14-5, 8-0) used a 10-0 run to increase their lead to 47-30 and went on defeat ASU 53-36 Saturday afternoon in women's basketball action at the Jack Stephens Center.

Sophomore guard Quinishia McDowell led ASU with 14 points and senior forward Shay Scott led all players on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Arkansas State cut the UALR lead to seven when freshman Jane Morrill scored in the paint to make it 37-30, but UALR senior Marian Kursh reeled off seven consecutive points to start the run for the Trojans, and the Red Wolves did not get closer than 14 the rest of the way.

"We played well defensively and I don't fault the players' effort," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "The effort was there.  Defensively, I thought we did enough to give ourselves a chance, we just didn't score enough."

"I have watched Little Rock on film enough to know that they have another gear," added Boyer.  "We kept it close and got it to seven, and then there was a stretch where their other gear came out."

The Red Wolves struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 19 percent from the field as the Trojans built a 25-11 lead at the break.  UALR led just 10-8 when McDowell scored with 11:29 to go in the half, but ASU went the rest of the way without a field goal as the Trojans built the 14-point lead heading into the locker room.

Arkansas State out-rebounded the Trojans 38-30 on the afternoon, including a 15-6 advantage on the offensive end, but UALR shot 44 percent from the field while holding the Red Wolves to 25 percent shooting.

UALR senior Chastity Reed led all scorers with 16 points and Kursh added 11 for UALR.

The Red Wolves now return to the ASU Convocation Center Feb. 5 to host the Denver Pioneers.  Tipoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.  The game has been designated as ASU's "PinkZone" game to help promote cancer awareness.  The Women's Basketball Coaches Association "PinkZone" initiative is a global, unified effort for coaches and players to assist in raising cancer awareness on the court, across campuses and in the community.

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