JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – Senior forward Malcoln Kirkland scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Arkansas State men's basketball team to a 108-61 nonconference victory over Lyon College at the Convocation Center Monday night.
A-State moved to .500 at 6-6 while Lyon fell to 6-5 on the season.
Kirkland was one of five Red Wolves to score in double-digits, hitting 9-12 from the floor and going 12-12 from the charity stripe. Junior forward Brandon Peterson was second on the team, recording his second double-double of the season and sixth of his career, scoring 13 and pulling down 12 rebounds.
Junior guard Marcus Hooten and freshmen forwards Darion Griswold and Johnny Zuppardo scored 12 for A-State. Griswold and Zuppardo's 12 points were career-highs for the freshmen.
The Red Wolves never trailed and outrebounded the Scots 46-20 in the contest including a margin of 18-2 in offensive rebounding.
A-State jumped out to a 7-0 start when Hooten hit a three-pointer just 1:53 into the game. A-State stretched the lead to 16-3 just four minutes into the game by going on a 9-3 run. Lyon then went on a 10-1 run to cut the ASU lead to four, 17-13 with 12:26 left in the first half.
The Red Wolves got the lead back to double-figures for good when Kirkland hit a pair of free-throws with 6:18 left in the half. The Red Wolves closed the half on an 8-3 run to take a 46-27 lead into the locker room at the half. Kirkland led all players in the first half with 17 points.
Through the last nine minutes of the contest, the Red Wolves went on a 33-8 run to close out the game playing mostly reserves during that stretch and held Lyon without a field goal during the last 3:26 of the contest.
"The only thing that I wanted our team to do better was allow a lower field goal stat and I thought that would be the only thing I was disappointed in," said ASU head coach John Brady. "I wasn't as worried about this game as I was about what lies ahead. I thought the last 7-8 minutes when the substitutes were in that they played with more enthusiasm defensively and created some things defensively that led to some good offensive plays. We scored the ball easy, we shot a high field goal percentage, we rebounded the ball decently had 18 offensive rebounds and only had eight turnovers."
ASU also recorded a season-low eight turnovers and a season-high 14 steals, led by Townsel who had six.
The Red Wolves will travel to St. Louis for a matchup against the Billikens of St. Louis University. Tipoff at Chaifetz Arena is set for 7 p.m.