LAFAYETTE, LA (ASU) – Junior guard Marcus Hooten hit a three-pointer with seven-seconds left in regulation to force overtime as the Arkansas State men's basketball team battled but fell 68-65 in overtime at Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday.
A-State fell to 10-17 on the season with a 4-8 Sun Belt record. ULL improved to 15-12 with a 9-4 league record.
Hooten came off the bench for the first time in his A-State career to score 14. Senior forward Malcoln Kirkland led ASU with 16 points and junior guard Trey Finn had 13. Junior forward Brandon Peterson led the Red Wolves with seven rebounds.
The Red Wolves trailed 27-18 with 6:50 left in the first half but used a string of three-straight three pointers to take a 30-27 lead when Trey Finn hit his second of that stretch with 2:19 left in the half. Hooten also had a three during that run.
ASU finished the half on a 16-2 run to take a 34-29 lead at the break after trailing by 12 in the early goings. The Red Wolves were led in the half by Hooten with nine first-half points, Finn added eight and Kirkland had six.
Layups by Finn and freshman forward Darion Griswold gave the Red Wolves a six-point lead, its largest of the game with 14:39 left to play.
The Ragin' Cajuns went on a 14-2 run take a six-point lead when Kadeem Coleby hit a jumper with 7:05 left in the game. A dunk by Kirkland with 3:01 to go tied the game at 53-53. The lead changed three more times before Hooten's three forced the overtime.
Overtime was back and fourth with two lead changes and two ties, with neither team leading by more than three.
The Red Wolves shot 41.7% (25-60) in the game while ULL shot 44% (22-50). The Ragin' Cajuns edged ASU in the battle of the boards 36-35, but ASU dominated the scoring in the lane 36-24.
Bryant Mbamalu led the Ragin' Cajuns with 16 points, while Darshawn McClellan came off the bench to score 12.
The Red Wolves return home for their final home stand of the season. Hosting Troy Tuesday night at the Convocation Center and FIU on Saturday. Both tips are set for 7:05 p.m.