BEAUMONT, Texas (ASU) – Lamar's Anthony Miles laid the ball in with just seven seconds remaining to give the Cardinals the lead 64-62, a free throw set the final at 65-62 over Arkansas State in the two squad's season opener at the Montagne Center Friday.
The Red Wolves led by as many as nine in the second half and had two players in double-figures led by junior guard Marcus Hooten with 15. Junior forward Brandon Peterson added 14 points with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks to lead ASU in those two categories. Peterson played 39 minutes for the Red Wolves, a career high.
The Red Wolves led most of the second half until Charlie Harper tied the game for Lamar with 1:21 left in the game.
Malcoln Kirkland gave the Red Wolves their largest lead of the night when he connected on a jumper with 17:06 left in the game putting ASU up by nine, 46-37.
A-State trailed by as many as eight points in the first half, but a free throw by Hooten with just 50-seconds remaining put the Red Wolves up 37-36 at the break. Peterson led the Red Wolves with eight first-half points. Finn had six points and four rebounds at the break.
ASU was outrebounded in the contest 43-38 including an 18-13 advantage on the offensive glass. The Red Wolves shot 38.9-percent (21-54) from the floor while holding Lamar to 34.4% (21-61). A-State was 14-24 from the charity stripe while the Cardinals were 18-25.
"Well it's a game we gave away there is no question about it," said ASU head coach John Brady. "I was disappointed with our execution and the way we dealt with the pressure. We have to have the mindset to know how to win; we kind of lost our composure at times. This one was one we gave away, should have won and didn't. Now we have to get ready for Tuesday."
The Red Wolves turned the ball over 20 times allowing Lamar to score 27 off the miscues. ASU was outscored in the paint 28-22.
Brandon Davis led Lamar with 17 points while Devon Lamp had a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Lamb also added three blocks.
The Red Wolves return home on Tuesday to face Missouri State. Tipoff against the Bears is set for 7:05 p.m.