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Arkansas State sweeps Troy in SBC twinbill

TROY, Ala. (ASU) – Arkansas State swept Troy in a Saturday doubleheader in Alabama.

ASU Men 71, Troy 63

The Red Wolves dominated the boards including an 18-5 advantage on the offensive rebounds to pick up their first-ever win at Troy, 71-63 in Sun Belt Conference men's basketball action Saturday.

The Red Wolves improved to 15-14 on the season and moved to 9-5 in Sun Belt Conference play, the Trojans fell to 8-18 on the season with a 6-8 mark in league play.

Sophomore guard Trey Finn led a trio of ASU sophomores in double-figures with 15 including going 5-8 from the field and 3-5 from three point range. Finn also led all players with four steals.

Sophomore forward Brandon Peterson picked up his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Adam Sterrenberg came off the bench and made the most out of his 15 minutes going 5-10 from the field and 3-6 from three-point range for 13 points. Sterrenberg hit two clutch three-pointers in the second half to put ASU up for the final time with 14:40 and 14:27 minutes left to go.

"To come back in here and play the way we did speaks well of our team and I am proud of our players. It was a total team effort everybody that played significant minutes did good things and had their moments," said ASU head coach John Brady. "We defended them really well and particularly in the second half, we defended them well and didn't foul. We rebounded the ball terrific all night long. To outrebound somebody 49-25, if you look around college basketball that doesn't happen in too many games anywhere, so it was a great night for us."

A three-pointer by Finn and free throws by senior guard Rashad Allison with 2:31 and 39-seconds remaining each gave ASU 11-point leads, which were the largest of the contest by the Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves took a one-point lead into the locker room at the half 35-34 and held a commanding lead on the boards, outrebounding the Trojans 28-10 including a margin of 13-3 in offensive rebounds.

Finn led ASU with eight rebounds and had five offensive rebounds which was more than any other players' total mark in the half.

Peterson had 12 first-half points on 5-8 shooting from the floor playing in his home state for the first time this season.

ASU's dominance of the offensive boards gave ASU a 20-4 advantage in second-chance points. The Red Wolves also outscored Troy 20-16 in the paint and shot 42.4% (25-59) from the field. ASU also connected on 40% of their shots from three-point range (8-20).

Vernon Taylor had 11 points to lead the Trojans in the contest while Will Weathers had a double-double for Troy with 11 points and 10 assists.

With the win ASU wrapped up its road schedule but returns home for two games at the Convocation Center next week. ASU will take on North Texas on Thursday and completes regular season action on Saturday against UALR.

ASU Women 83, Troy 69

The Arkansas State Red Wolves (14-13, 7-7) battled back from a seven-point second half deficit to force overtime at Troy (5-22, 2-12), then went on a 14-0 run to close out the extra period and earn an 83-69 victory over the Trojans Saturday evening in Sun Belt Conference women's basketball action at Sartain Hall.

Junior guards NeNe Hurst and Meghan Lewis both posted career-high scoring totals to lead four Arkansas State players in double figures.  Hurst finished with a game-high 28 points, Lewis knocked down seven three-pointers to finish with 21, while senior Shay Scott and sophomore Quinishia McDowell each added 13.

McDowell hit one-of-two free throws with 29 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime after the Red Wolves trailed for most of the second half.  A three-pointer from Lewis with seven minutes to play in regulation pulled ASU even for the first time after halftime, knotting the score at 56-56.  Following two more ties, Troy battled back to take a four-point lead at 65-61, but a three-pointer from Hurst and a pair of free throws from senior Jazmine Taylor helped the Red Wolves outscore the Trojans 6-2 in the final two minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime.

The two teams traded buckets to open the extra period before ASU reeled off 14 straight to break a 69-69 tie and win going away.

"It was one of those games where it all came down to heart and toughness," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "This was one of those times where our team looked exhausted.  We have a few of them that are under the weather, and I couldn't be prouder of this group for the way they found that ‘extra something' in the second half.  They were able to get tough, force this thing into overtime, and then just cut loose in overtime."

Arkansas State trailed 35-29 at the half after Troy's Brooke Bowie came off the bench to hit 4-of-4 shots from the field to lead all scorers with 12 points in the first 20 minutes.  Hurst paced the Red Wolves with 10 points before intermission.

The Red Wolves shot a season-high 50.8 percent from the field in the game, including a 45.0 percent effort from three-point range, also a season-high.  In the overtime period, Arkansas State connected on 4-of-5 shots from the field (.800), while hitting 7-of-8 from the free throw line (.875).  Troy shot 41.1 percent from the field, hitting on 23-of-56 attempts, but the Trojans hit just one of their six field goal attempts (.167) in the overtime period.  Troy won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Red Wolves 37-32 and hit 17 of its 20 free throw attempts.

Hurst's 28 points were the most scored by any ASU player this season and she also added nine rebounds, a pair of assists and four steals while playing the full 45 minutes.  Taylor finished with seven assists, four steals and four points and Lewis added five rebounds and a pair of steals to go along with her 21 points.

Senior Donette McNair posted a double-double to lead the Trojans, finishing with 19 point and 11 rebounds.

Arkansas State now will wrap up the regular season with a pair of games at home, hosting North Texas Feb. 23 and UALR Feb. 26, before heading to Hot Springs for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament March 5-8.

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