Florida Atlantic beats ASU in Sun Belt action

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – The Arkansas State men's basketball team dropped a 58-50 match up against Florida Atlantic in Sun Belt Conference action Monday. The game was the third in the last five days for the Red Wolves.

Arkansas State fell to 8-10 on the season with a 2-2 league mark while FAU moved to 6-11 on the year with a 2-2 league record.

The Red Wolves jumped out to a 24-10 lead early in the game when junior guard Trey Finn hit a three-pointer with 8:11 left in the first half. Sophomore point guard Ed Townsel scored 12 of the Red Wolves first 19 points.

FAU used an 18-3 run to close the first half and took a 28-27 lead into the break. After the half, The Red Wolves got back on top when senior forward Malcoln Kirkland converted a three-point play just six seconds in to the second half 30-29.

But, the Owls' Greg Gantt hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to put FAU back on top 31-30, a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.

FAU stretched its lead out to 18 in the final minutes, but the Red Wolves went on a 10-0 run to close out the game, capped by a three-pointer from Townsel with just one second left in the contest. Townsel led ASU with 17 points and scored the last five of the game. Townsel also had five assists and four steals.

Kirkland had 16 and was the only other Red Wolves player to score in double-digits. Peterson had 11 rebounds leading all players in the category.

"We have got to get more consistent in how we play because that is our biggest issue," said ASU head coach John Brady. "It is hard to get a feel for your team when you don't know who can do what night in and night out. We need to comeback on the practice floor and do everything we can to play two consistent halves Saturday night against Little Rock."

ASU shot 36.2% in the game (21-58) while FAU shot 49% in the contest connecting on 25-51. Gantt led all players scoring 21 for the Owls.

The Red Wolves return to action on Saturday, hosting instate rival UALR at the Convocation Center. Tipoff against the Trojans is set for 7:05 p.m.