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Tip Off: The 2012-13 Arkansas State University men's basketball team will wrap up its two-game non-conference road swing this Wednesday (Nov. 21) as the Red Wolves square off against the Central Arkansas Bears in Conway, Ark. A 7 p.m. (CT) start time is slated for the in-state encounter.
2012-13 A-StAte Ticket Information: Individual single-game ticket prices for the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball season are $12 for the upper center area, $10 for the upper side, $8 for the upper wings, $6 for children and senior citizens (age 55+), and $5 group rate purchase of 12 tickets or more. Tickets may be purchased through the ASU Box Office by calling 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS. Ticket information for the 2012-13 season is also available on ASU Athletics official Web site – www.AStateRedWolves.com.
The Records: Arkansas State (2-1, 0-0 Sun Belt). The Red Wolves went 2-0 in this past week's action finishing with a 77-73 triple overtime decision at Tennessee-Martin last Friday (11/16) in Martin, Tenn. ASU began the week with a 76-47 home-opening win versus Arkansas-Monticello last Tuesday (11/13) at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Central Arkansas (1-1, 0-0 Southland). The Bears registered a 108-65 non-conference victory over NCAA Division III Hendrix College (Ark.) last Tuesday (11/13) in their season home opener at Conway, Ark. UCA opened the 2012-13 campaign with a 79-64 non-league road to Arizona State (11/10) in Tempe, Ariz. The Bears were 8-21 overall with a sixth-place 3-13 ledger in the Southland Conference's (SC) East Division for the 2011-12 season.
The Coaches: Arkansas State – John Brady (Bellhaven, 1976), 5th season, 63-67 (.485); Career - 344-283 (.549) – (1-0 vs. UCA). Brady was named the 2009-10 SBC Coach of the Year and the District VII Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He served six seasons (1991-97) as head coach at Samford and then spent 10-plus seasons (1997-08) in a head coaching capacity at LSU. Brady guided LSU to two SEC Championship titles along with four NCAA Tournament appearances, which included a Final Four appearance in the 2005-06 season. Central Arkansas – Corliss Williamson (Maryland, 2003), 3rd season, 14-46 (.233) – (0-1 vs. ASU). Former NBA 12-year player and Arkansas Sports Hall of Famer head coach Corliss Williamson has guided UCA since the 2010-11 season. Williamson, a former two-time All-American at Arkansas and NBA's Sixth Man of the Year with the Detroit Pistons (2001-02), spent the previous three seasons (2007-10) at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Ark., and served as head coach for the 2009-10. He was a two-time SEC Player of the Year (1994-95) and Most Outstanding Player of the 1994 NCAA Final Four.
About Central Arkansas: UCA presently has six individuals who are averaging double figures in scoring and are paced by senior guard Robert Crawford (14.0 ppg.). Junior forward Jordan Harks (13.0 ppg.), junior guard LaQuentin Miles (12.5 ppg.), senior forward Jarvis Garner (11.5 ppg.), junior guard DeShone McClure (10.5 ppg.), and junior guard Ryan Williams (10.5 ppg.) are all averaging double digits in points. Miles (7.0 rpg.), who scored 17 points in the win over Hendrix and was a 2011-12 All-Southland Conference Third-Team selection, along with freshman forward Terrell Brown (7.0 rpg.) are the current team leaders in rebounding. The Bears had seven players notch double-figure scoring in the home triumph over Hendrix College, which included all five starters.
All-Time Series: A-State has a 19-18 edge in the all-time series which started in the 1927-28 campaign as the Red Wolves dropped a 41-24 decision in the inaugural meeting. ASU has won three of the last five games, including the last two outings – 102-92 in the 1952-53 season and 71-64 at home last season (12/10). In the last five encounters, the Red Wolves are averaging 64.8 points per game (324 total) to UCA's 63.0 points (315 total) for a +1.8 points margin. The last time ASU suffered a setback to the Bears was in 1951-52 with a 62-50 loss when UCA was known as Arkansas Teachers College.
ASU Picked Second: Arkansas State was picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference's West Division as a result of the 2012-13 SBC Coaches' Preseason Poll. The Red Wolves received 40 points in the balloting to placed second behind favorite North Texas, which picked up 55 points and 11 first-place votes. Middle Tennessee was predicted to capture the East Division crown by claiming 11 first-place votes and 55 points.
All-SBC Preseason: A trio of ASU seniors, guards Trey Finn and Marcus Hooten along with forward Brandon Peterson were named to the 2012-13 Sun Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams as selected by the league's head coaches. Finn earned first team honors while Peterson garnered second-team laurels. Hooten attained third-team conference preseason recognition.
Triple Extra Sessions: Prior to the three-overtime contest at UT-Martin last Friday (11/16), the last time A- State played in a triple overtime game was in the 2008-09 season when the Red Wolves dropped an 86-83 conference 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.
Spark-Plugs: A pair of freshmen, Raeford Worsham and Kelvin Downs came off the bench in the win at UT-Martin and combined to shoot 62.5% (5-8) from the floor with 12 points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Worsham netted season bests in points (six) and rebounds (five) while knocking down three-of-four shots for 75.0 percent in 28 minutes. Downs also turned in season highs with six points and two boards to go with a blocked shot, two assists and steals apiece in 12 minutes of playing time.
Iron Man: Brandon Peterson played the entire 55 minutes in the triple overtime affair at UT-Martin last Friday (11/16) which surpassed his previous game-high of 39 minutes set last season (11/11) at Lamar. The ASU frontcourt player is averaging a team-leading 39.3 minutes of court time this campaign.
Finn-Tastic: Trey Finn's four steals at UT-Martin was a season high and moves the backcourt player within five more of tying Bo Brown (1987-89; 130 career) for sixth place on the A-State's all-time steals leaders list.
Did You Know?: A-State presently has four individuals – Ed Townsel (15.7 ppg.), Trey Finn (11.0 ppg.), Brandon Peterson (11.0 ppg.), and Kendrick Washington (10.7 ppg.) averaging double-digit scoring this season. The four have combined to account for 67.8 percent (145-214) of the team's points production to date this 2012-13 campaign.
Against The Southland Conference: The Red Wolves have amassed an 83-95 (.466 win pct.) all-time mark against teams from the Southland Conference. A-State has a winning series record versus five of the league schools, including a 6-1 ledger against Northwestern State (La.). ASU's most common opponent is Lamar as the two teams have met 80 times with LU leading 46-34 in the series.
Nearing A Milestone: Trey Finn is 114 points away from reaching the 1,000-point career mark and would become the 24th A-State player to attain the milestone. Finn has presently tallied 886 career points in 94 contests for a 9.4 points per game career average. He has reached double figures in points in each of his last two appearances – 15 vs. Arkansas-Monticello (11/13) and 12 at UT-Martin (11/16).
Shot Stopper: Brandon Peterson's 131 career blocked shots is currently third most on ASU's all-time list, which includes a squad-best eight blocks in three games this season. Peterson had a team-high 33 shot rejections in 34 outings last season after chalking up a career season-most 61 blocks in 31 games as a
freshman in 2009-10. He recorded at least two blocks in a game on 10 occasions a season ago and claimed or shared team-high blocked shot honors a squad-best 17 times.
Red Wolf Tracks: Ed Townsel surpassed the 500-career points mark with his 19-point performance at UT-Martin (11/16) and currently has chalked up 507 career points in 69 games for a 7.3 points a game average ... Marcus Hooten is 51 points shy of notching his 500th career point and has 449 points in 37 contests to date ... Ed Townsel is 10 steals away from reaching the century mark ... Brandon Peterson is four steals from garnering his 50th career theft.
Last Time Out: Arkansas State extended its current winning streak to two as the Red Wolves claimed a 77-73 triple-overtime victory over Tennessee-Martin last Friday (Nov. 16) at UTM's Elam Center in Martin, Tenn.
The Red Wolves were on the verge of suffering their second setback of the campaign in the first overtime but Ed Townsel banked an off-balance shot from about 25 feet in front of the ASU bench for a three with 2.2 seconds left to send the game into a second extra session.
UTM had an opportunity to win the game in the second overtime but Bobby Jones missed a layup with six ticks left on the clock. His teammate, Myles Taylor rebounded the ball and was stripped off the ball while going up for a shot by Marcus Hooten with four seconds left to add another five-minute session.
In the third and what proved the final overtime, ASU snapped a 68-all tie with about four minutes remaining as the Red Wolves scored four unanswered points, including the last two on a pair of Townsel free throws. A three-pointer by UTM cut ASU's lead to one at 72-71 with 1:30 left in the frame, but Hooten canned a three 15 seconds later to give the Red Wolves a 75-71 lead. UTM would score on a layup with four seconds left to get within 75-73 beforeTownsel converted both free throws in a double-bonus situation to preserve the win.
The Red Wolves, who led 32-28 at the half, were involved in a tight second half struggle with UT-Martin. ASU would let a four-point lead (57-53) at the 1:38 mark evaporate as the Skyhawks' Jeremy Washington hit a shot from just inside the three-point line as the final buzzer was about to sound.
Ed Townsel, who hit the game-tying three-point in the second overtime, finished the night with 19 points to lead A-State. Brandon Peterson tossed in 13 points and hauled down seven rebounds while Trey Finn added 12 points along with six boards.
ASU made 36 percent of its shots by going 25-of-69 while UT-Martin, which falls to 1-3 overall this season, was successful 34 percent (24-71) of the time. The Skyhawks connected on 95 percent (18-19) at the free throw line while the Red Wolves were at 66 percent (19-29) from the stripe. A-State tallied 29 percent (8-28) from beyond the arc and the Skyhawks were at 25 percent (7-28).
2012-13 Reference Guide Now Online: The 2012-13 A-State men's basketball reference guide is now available to view online in PDF format and contains information for all devoted Red Wolves fans. The 110-page publication features such information as 2012-13 student-athlete rosters, season preview, student-athlete biographies, coaching staff bios, 2011-12 season statistics, and all-time series records along with career, season, and game statistical records. The annual publication is a production of the ASU Sports Information Office under the direction of directorJerry Scott along with assistant directors Chris Graddy and Joe Gorby.
A Season Ago: A-State concluded the 2011-12 campaign at 14-20 overall and posted a fifth-place 6-10 mark in the Sun Belt Conference's (SBC) West Division. The Red Wolves were 10-5 at home, 2-14 on the road, and 2-1 at neutral sites a season ago.
Up Next: ASU will host the Lamar Cardinals this Sunday (11/25) in a 2:05 p.m. (CT) non-conference tilt at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. The Red Wolves then open Sun Belt Conference (SBC) play in Florida on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 with matchups against FIU and Florida Atlantic, respectively.