JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State University men's basketball squad have five players reach double-figure scoring en route to a 95-65 home exhibition winover Henderson State this Tuesday (Nov. 6) night at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
The Red Wolves close out exhibition play this season undefeated at 2-0 after beginning with an 83-67 triumph over Southern Arkansas last Tuesday (Nov. 1) at home. With the pair of exhibition victories, A-State managed to keep its exhibition winning streak intact to 17 straight as the Red Wolves have assembled a 17-1 mark to date since 2004-05.
Senior guard Marcus Hooten led A-State with a game-high 20 points on eight-of-nine shooting, including two-of-three in three-pointers, in 22 minutes of action. Junior guard Ed Townsel turned in a notable performance by coming off the bench to pump in 18 points as he hit seven-of-nine from the floor to go with six rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Kendrick Washington generated 13 points and claimed eight boards for the Red Wolves. Senior forward Brandon Peterson had a solid outing with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in a double-double effort while freshman guard Raeford Worsham had 10 points off the bench in 15 minutes. Melvin Haynes and Denzel Lyles led Henderson State with 19 and 14 points, respectively. Andrew Ensley garnered a team-high 10 rebounds for the Reddies, despite being outrebounded by a 45-30 margin.
"As a team, I think we got better tonight," said fifth-year ASU head coach John Brady. "I thought we played better particularly on defense in the second half, and we were consistent on offense throughout the game. Give credit to them, I thought the first half they really made some tough shots and we didn't give up many open looks.
"I'm proud of our team for playing better, and doing better. We still need to execute certain moments of the game better than we did. Overall, I felt like we improved and we will seehow it shows up this Saturday," added Brady.
A-State started the game on a 20-8 run before the Reddies fought back to slice the deficit to nine points at 26-17 with 10:37 left in the opening stanza. However, the Red Wolves would go on a 19-7 scoring spurt in the next six minutes to record its largest lead of the half at 21 (45-24) on Raeford Worsham's layup at the 4:36 mark. ASU led 54-37 at intermission with Ed Townsel and Brandon Peterson netted 16 and 10 points, respectively. Peterson also hauled in eight rebounds as A-State held a 23-11 rebounding advantage in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Red Wolves maintained a comfortable double-digit lead throughout the secondhalf and built their advantage up to 34 points (85-51) with 7:13 left to beplayed and were never threatened after that by holding a lead of no less than 27 points (87-60) for the remainder.
A-State shot 59% (23-39) in the first half and then made 15-of-29 (51.7%) tries in the final stanza to finish with a 55.9% (38-68) field-goal percentage. The Red Wolves were eight-of-19 (42.1%) behind the three-point line and sank 11-of-14 (78.6%) at the charity stripe.
FSU limited Henderson State to just 35.9% (23-64) shooting for the night with the Reddies sinking nine-of-19 (47.4%) three-pointers and 10-of-15 (66.7%) free throws.
The Red Wolves will now officially open their 2012-13 regular-season schedule on the road this Saturday (Nov. 10) afternoon against the Dayton Flyers. Opening tipoff for the non-conference game is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Following the opener, A-State entertains Arkansas-Monticello on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in what represents the Red Wolves' home-opening contest at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. (CT) and tickets may be purchased by calling 1-888-ASU-FANS or visiting AStateRedWolves.com.