From the Sun Belt Conference
Arkansas State 77, UT Martin 73 (3 OT)
Arkansas State at Central Arkansas - 7:00 PM
Arkansas State (2-1) has won its last two, including a 77-73 triple-overtime thriller over Tennessee-Martin. The Red Wolves were on the verge of defeat in the first overtime but Ed Townsel came through with a banked, off-balance shot from beyond the arc with 2.2 seconds left to level up the score. Townsel scored six more in triple-overtime to solidify the win.
ASU made its home debut at the ASU Convocation Center with a 76-47 affair over Arkansas-Monticello. Brandon Peterson registered a double-double with a career-high 15 rebounds and 12 points. On the week, Peterson led the team with 12.5 points per game, 11 rebounds per game, five blocks and a .529 shooting percentage.
Senior forward Brandon Peterson became the 13th player in the program's history to reach the 600 career rebounds plateau with a game and career-high 15 rebounds in the Red Wolves' home-opening victory over Arkansas-Monticello last Tuesday (11/13). Peterson has currently amassed 615 career boards in 99 games for a 6.2 career per game average and is 12 rebounds shy of moving into a tie for 12th place with Gaylon Ward (1960-62; 627 career rebounds) among ASU's all-time leaders.
The last time A-State played in a three-overtime contest prior to Friday's (11/16) three extra-session 77-73 win at Tennessee-Martin was in the 2008-09 season when the Red Wolves dropped an 86-83 decision at North Texas. ASU is presently 1-3 all-time in three overtime outings, which includes an 82-77 setback at Lamar in the 1985-86 season and a 102-100 loss to North Carolina A&T at the Acme-Boot Showdown in the 1992-93 campaign.
Junior guard Ed Townsel has tallied double-figure scoring off the bench in each of ASU's three games this season to date following a team-best 19 points performance at Tennessee-Martin (11/16). Townsel poured in 14 points in the Red Wolves' season opener at Dayton (11/10) and netted 14 points in A-State's home-opening tilt versus Arkansas-Monticello (11/13). A season ago, Townsel reached double-digit points on 11 occasions which included a six-game stretch (11/29-12/17).
The Red Wolves improved to 13-3 (.813 win pct.) in their last 16 home openers with Tuesday's (11/13) 76-47 non-league win over Arkansas-Monticello while head coach John Brady is presently 4-1 in such outings since his arrival to ASU in the 2008-09 season.
The Red Wolves will look to stay hot when they travel to in-state rival Central Arkansas on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.