ASU beats UA-Monticello in home opener 76-47

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – The Arkansas State University men's basketball team made its 2012-13 home debut a successful one as four Red Wolves scored in double figures to register a 76-47 victory over Arkansas at Monticello this Tuesday (Nov. 13) night at the ASU Convocation Center.

The non-conference win evens A-State's record to 1-1 overall on the season while the contest counted as an exhibition for Arkansas-Monticello.  As a NCAA Division II member, UAM is allowed up to three exhibitions per season versus NCAA Division I competition.  With the home triumph, ASU is now 13-3 in its last 16 home openers to date.

"What I'm trying to do is get our team to play consistently for forty minutes," said ASU head coach John Brady.  "We need to be consistent in more phases of the game.  It's not so much about tonight's game, but more of what lies ahead and what's coming.  If we are going to be the type of team we want to be then I have to develop a sense of urgency with this team, where every possession is meaningful.

"We need to get better and the score of this game is insignificant to what we are trying to do.  The score has nothing to do with it and it's about how we play and what we need to do to get better, " added Brady.

Arkansas State was paced by senior guard Trey Finn, who led all scorers with 15 points on six-of-seven shooting from the floor and three-of-four from three-point range.  Junior guard Ed Townsel hit double digits for the second consecutive game with 14 points coming off the bench, highlighted by three treys.  Junior forward Kendrick Washington also tallied double-figures for the second time in as many contests this season with a 13-points performance.  Senior forward Brandon Peterson turned in the team's initial double-double of this campaign as a result of a career-high 15 rebounds to go with 12 points.  Washington also contributed on the boards with six total as ASU outrebounded the Boll Weevils, 40-26.  Sophomore guard Rakeem Dickerson performed well with a game-best six assists and two steals along with three points in 21 minutes in a reserve capacity.

The Red Wolves shot over 54 percent from the floor (29-53) while holding the Boll Weevils to 35 percent (19-54).  ASU also connected on more than half of its three-pointers with a 52percent efficiency mark (9-17) compared to UAM's 50 percent (6-12).  Both teams struggled from the charity stripe as A-State made 45 percent (9-20) while the Boll Weevils hit a meager 15 percent (3-20).

ASU would led 41-22 at the end of the first half with the Red Wolves starting out on a 15-5 run and shooting over 55 percent (17-31) on the court.  A-State maintained a comfortable cushion throughout the second half as UAM would get no closer than 18 points on three occasions, the last occurring (54-36) with just over 12 minutes to go before the hosts proceeded on a 22-9 run in stretching their lead to 31 points (76-45) with over minute remaining.

Next up for the Red Wolves is a road non-league contest versus the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks this Friday (Nov. 16) evening starting at 7 p.m. (CT) in Martin, Tenn.  The contest can be heard live on the Arkansas State Radio Network with Matt Stolz calling the action.