ASU Men's Basketball dominates Central Baptist 125-69 in exhibition opener

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – The Arkansas State men's basketball team never trailed and led by as many as 57 points as they rolled to a 125-69 exhibition win over Central Baptist College Saturday.

Eight of the 10 Red Wolves that played in the contest broke double-digit scoring led by junior forward Brandon Peterson who had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Bryce Clark also scored 20 points in his first appearance for the Red Wolves.

ASU shot a blistering 62-percent from the floor connecting on 52-85 attempts from the floor. ASU was also 17-25 from the free throw line (68%) and 4-19 from three-point range (4-19).

The Red Wolves jumped out to a 12-2 start  just four minutes in the game and continued to lead by double-digits until CBC connected on a jumped six minutes in to cut the ASU lead to eight. The Mustangs then scored on a three by Armando Everette to get within five, which is the closest they would get the rest of the contest.

A layup by Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch with 9:14 remaining in the first half gave ASU a 21-point lead. The Red Wolves wouldn't fall below 20 the rest of the way.

ASU was up 58-23 at the half, Ogbonnaya-Branch led ASU at the break with 11 points, followed by Peterson with 10.

"First exhibition game, from a coaching standpoint, we didn't have enough in to be ready to play but I was pleased with our effort and what we tried to do," said ASU head coach John Brady. "It was good to play against somebody else other than ourselves after two weeks we got some things on tape which we can show and teach. I was pleased with several guys, we will see how our team progresses. But over  the next two or three weeks before we open up we have a lot of stuff to put in  and stuff to accomplish but we will be ready to go in a couple of weeks when we have to play on the road, our first game."

The Red Wolves outrebounded CBC 51-30 and outscored them 82-30 in the paint. ASU got 53 points from its bench and converted 23 Mustangs turnovers into 39 points.

Marcus Hooten poured in 17 for A-State which was third on the team, followed by Malcoln Kirkland and Ogbonnaya-Branch with 13 and Ed Townsel with 12. Freshman Johnny Zuppardo had 11 followed by Adam Sterrenberg with 10.

ASU continues exhibition action on Thursday with a matchup against Henderson State at 7:05 p..m. at the Convocation Center.