3 hit double figures but Red Wolves fall in Seattle

SEATTLE (ASU) – Arkansas State men's basketball fell in its final nonconference contest at Seattle Saturday night 75-69 at the KeyArena.

The loss drops A-State to 10-15 while Seattle improved to 6-13 on the year.

Senior forward Malcoln Kirkland led three Red Wolves in double-digit scoring with 14. Junior forward Brandon Peterson recorded his ninth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was Peterson's fourth double-double of the season while he also recorded three blocked shots. Junior guard Adam Sterrenberg came off the bench to score 13 for ASU.

The Red Wolves trailed by 12 early in the second half but went on an 7-0 run to cut the lead to four 48-44 early in the first half.

It was a single-digit lead through most of the game and when sophomore Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch hit a three-pointer with 14-seconds remaining in the game, A-State cut the lead to four again, 73-69. But, ASU was forced to foul and Seattle's Cervante Burrell connected on his free throws.

Seattle built a 10-point lead at the half, 46-36. The Redhawks shot 54.3% from the floor in the half connecting on 19-35 shots from the floor. Burrell scored 15 points going 6-6 from the floor in the half for the Redhawks.

At the break, ASU was 14-15 (93.3%) from the free throw line and 10-28 from the floor (35.8%). Peterson and sophomore guard Ed Townsel led A-State at the half with eight points each. Peterson also led ASU with six rebounds, including four offensive boards.

Seattle outshot ASU 51.7% (30-58) to 38.9% (21-54) and outrebounded the Red Wolves 36-30.

Cervante finished the game with a career-high 24 points for Seattle, leading all scorers.

The Red Wolves return to Sun Belt Conference action on Thursday when they travel to South Alabama for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Jaguars.