JONESBORO (ASU) – The Arkansas State men's basketball team dropped a 69-54 loss at Ohio, continuing action in the Global Sports Invitational Sunday.
The Red Wolves fell to 1-3 on the season and Ohio continued undefeated at 3-0.
A-State was led in double-digit scoring by junior forward Brandon Peterson who had 19 points and seven rebounds and went 7-7 from the charity stripe with two blocked shots. Junior Trey Finn had 17 points on 6-8 shooting and was 3-5 from three, while also picking up three boards.
ASU had its best shooting performance of the year going 19-43 from the floor (44.2%) and were 10-19 in the second half (52.9%).
ASU was able to cut the Bobcats lead to eight late in the second half when Peterson had an old-fashioned three point play with 5:36 left in the game, but that is the closest ASU would get the rest of the way.
Finn hit a jumper as time expired in the first half as ASU went into the locker room down 38-25 at the break. Finn led ASU in the first half with 10 points.
ASU was outrebounded in the contest 34-28 and was outscored in the paint 26-24. ASU turned the ball over 22 times while Ohio had 15 turnovers.
"I'm not disappointed in how we tried to play," said ASU head coach John Brady. "In the second half we shot over 50-percent from the floor, we held them to 37, we beat them off the foul line and played dead even on the boards. The problem was we turned it over 14 times in the second half. We are going to have turnovers, but to turn the ball over like we have is just incredible."
Three Ohio players led the Bobcats with 13 points, and five total scored in double-digits. DJ Cooper, Nick Kellogg and Reggie Keely led the squad with 13 points each.
The Red Wolves complete action in the Global Sports Invitational on Tuesday at No. 7/8 Louisville. Tipoff time at the Yum! Center is set for 7 p.m.