ASU Men's Basketball battles Kent State Saturday night

From Arkansas State University

Game 11: Arkansas State Red Wolves (6-4, 0-2 Sun Belt) at Kent State Golden Flashes (6-5, 0-0 Mid-American)
December 22, 2012  •  M.A.C. Center
Kent, Ohio •  6 p.m. (CT)
Radio: EAB Sports Radio Network (107.9 KFIN-FM, flagship) – Matt Stolz (Play-By-Play)
TV: None

Tip Off: The Arkansas State University men's basketball team closes out the non-conference portion of its 2012-13 schedule this Saturday (Dec. 22) evening as the Red Wolves go up against the Kent State Golden Flashes at the M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio.  Opening tip is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

2012-13 A-StAte MBB Ticket Info: Tickets for the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball season are now on sale.  Individual single-game prices 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.  2012-13 ticket information is available on ASU Athletics official website –

The Records: Arkansas State (6-4, 0-2 Sun Belt).  The Red Wolves had their two-game winning streak come to an end with a 61-54 non-conference setback to Murray State Wednesday (Dec. 19) at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro.  ASU, which is 6-2 in non-league encounters to date this season, is 4-1 at home, 2-3 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this campaign.  Kent State (6-5, 0-0 Mid-American).  The Golden Flashes snapped a three-game losing streak with a 77-48 non-conference home win over St. Francis (Pa.) Thursday (12/20) in Kent, Ohio.  KSU is 4-3 at home, 2-2 on the road, and 0-0at neutral sites this season.  Kent State posted a 21-12 overall record and had a fourth-place 10-6 Mid-American Conference mark for the 2011-12 campaign.  The Golden Flashes earned a berth in the 2012 Post-Season Tournament.

The Coaches: Arkansas State – John Brady (Bellhaven, 1976), 5th season, 67-70 (.489); Career - 348-286 (.549) – (0-1 vs. KSU).  Brady was named the 2009-10 SBC Coach of the Year and the District VII Coach of the Year by the United States BasketballWriters 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 NCAATournament appearances, which included a Final Four appearance in the 2005-06 season.  Kent State – Rob Senderoff (Albany, 1995), 2nd season, 27-17 (.614) – (1-0 vs. ASU).  Senderoff was named to his current post in April 2011 after spending the previous seven seasons (2008-11) as an associate head coach at Kent State.  He served as an assistant at Indiana (2006-08), Kent State (2002-06), Towson (2001-02), Yale (1999-01), and Fordham (1997-99).  Senderoff was named the number four Mid-Major Assistant Coach in the nation by Hoop Scoop in Sept. 2010 and the top assistant coach in the MAC by Fox Sports in 2010.

About Kent State: Senior forward Chris Evans led KSU with a game-high tying 17 points and a game-best nine rebounds in the win over St. Francis and sophomore guard Kris Brewer contributed 13 points.  The Golden Flashes' top two scoring leaders, Evans (16.1 ppg.) and senior guard Randal Holt (12.9 ppg.) have combined to account for 41.1% (319-777) of the team's points production this campaign.  In rebounding, Evans (7.5 rpg.) and junior forward Mark Henniger (4.1 rpg.) have accounted for 36.8% (127-345) of the squad's output.

All-Time Series: The all-time series is tied at 1-1 and began in the 1950-51 season with Arkansas State claiming a 60-50 win.  Kent State posted a 69-54 victory over the Red Wolves last season (12/29/11) in Jonesboro, Ark., as
Marcus Hooten totaled a team-high 12 points with a game-best tying nine rebounds.  ASU is averaging 57.0 points per game (114 total) while Kent State has averaged 59.5 points an outing (119 total) in the series.

Non-Conference Play: A-State has posted a 6-2 record (.857) this season – 4-1 at home and 2-1 on the road.  The Red Wolves had their six-game winning streak snapped with a 61-54 loss to Murray State this last Wednesday (12/19).  In its eight encounters, A-State is averaging 72.0 points a game (576 total) while the opposition is scoring at a 63.4 points per contest clip (507 total) for an +8.6 points differential.  The Red Wolves are averaging 36.5 caroms a game (292 total) while their opponent has posted 36.8 boards per contest (294 total).  Ed Townsel (16.0 ppg.), Brandon Peterson (12.4 ppg.), and Raeford Worsham (10.3 ppg.) have combined for 53.6% (309-576) of the team's points output.  Peterson has hauled down a team-best 10.4 rebounds an outing (83 total) while Raeford Worsham is ASU's top field-goal percentage leader at 60.0% (33-55).  Brandon Peterson is shooting 52.1% (37-71) from the field.

December Matchups: A-State is presently 27-21 (.563) in December encounters since the 2007-08 season as the Red Wolves are 22-5 at home, 4-16 on the road, and 1-0 at neutral sites.  ASU's best record during that span was a 5-3 mark both in the 2008-09 (4-0 at home) and 2010-11 (5-0 at home) seasons.

Finn-tastic: Senior guard Trey Finn is 70 points away from reaching the 1,000 career points mark and as a result would be the 24th individual in the program's history to attain the noteworthy milestone.  To date, Finn has amassed 930 career points in 100 contests and has a 9.3 points per game average.  He needs 83 points away from moving into a 23rd-place tie with Jabari Myles (1994-98; 1,013 career points) on ASU's all-time charts.

Welcome Back: Junior forward Kendrick Washington returned to the court last Sunday (12/16) against Austin Peay after missing the previous game versus St. Bonaventure (12/8) due to an injury.  Washington came off the Red Wolves' bench to post nine points on four-of-six shooting from the field and also contributed three rebounds to go with two blocked shots.  He netted three points with two blocked shots in 18 minutes against Murray State (12/19).

Leaders of The Pack: Ed Townsel (14.6 ppg.) and Brandon Peterson (11.9 ppg.) are the two lone Red Wolves currently with double-figure scoring averages and the two have combined to generate 37.7% (265-702) of the team's points production this season to date.

Among The National Leaders: ASU presently ranks 22nd nationally in turnover margin (4.4) through games of Dec. 16 while the Red Wolves are 32nd in steals (9.6 spg.), 83rd in three-point field goals per game (7.2 avg.), 87th in personal fouls (16.3 avg.), and 98th in scoring offense (72.0 ppg.).

Down-Townsel: Ed Townsel has canned a team-leading 28 three-point field goals this season and has connected on 39.4% (28-71) from beyond the arc.  Townsel, who ranks 25th among this week's national leaders in three-point field goals made (3.0 avg.) and 35th in three-point field goal percentage (42.9%), has produced 41.8% (28-67) of the team's three-ball output to date.

Block Party: Brandon Peterson (17 total) and Kendrick Washington (12 total) lead ASU in blocked shots this season and the pair have accounted for 76.3% (29-34) of the team's output.  Nationally, Peterson ranks 87th with a 1.78 average while Washington is listed at 208th with a 1.25 blocks average.     

Red Wolf Howl: A-State's top three points leaders this month in Raeford Worsham (13.3 ppg.), Brandon Peterson (13.0 ppg.), and Ed Townsel (11.0 ppg.) have combined for 57.1% (149-261) of the team's scoring ... Raeford Worsham has shot at least 50% or better in eight games this season in which he has attempted at shot.  In his last four contests, Worsham has connected on 52.8% (19-36) from the floor ... Ed Townsel is shooting 31.8% (21-66) in his last five outings after producing a 46.3% (31-67) efficiency rate   in his intial fie encounters ... Brandon Peterson has a combined seven steals in his last two games, including acareer-best five against Austin Peay (12/16).  He had two total steals in his initial eight outings this campaign ... The Red Wolves are averaging 16.5 steals (33 total) in their last two games after posting a 5.3 steals average (16 total) in the three previous contests ... Kendrick Washington is averaging a squad third-best 9.8 points a game (49 total) in five road games this season compared to 7.8 points an outing (31 total) in five home contests ... Raeford Worsham is shooting a team-high 72.7% (16-22) on the road this season and is only one of two Red Wolves with a 50% field-goal percentage or better in away encounters.

Last Time Out: Arkansas State turned in arguably its best defensive performance of this season and battled highly-touted Murray State almost down to the wire before coming out on theshort end of a 61-54 decision Wednesday (Dec. 19) night in front of a season-high 2,834 fans at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
Leading the way for Arkansas State in scoring was Ed Townsel with 15 points followed by Brandon Peterson, who recorded his fifth double-double of this season with a 14-point, 11-rebound effort.  Raeford Worsham chipped in with 13 points off the bench in the loss.
Arkansas State led 27-26 at the half and the second half was back and forth most of the way in a half which had nine lead changes and was tied three times.  A three-pointer by Murray State's All-American Isaiah Canaan broke a 47-all tie with 7:35 remaining in the game and the would go up by six points three-minutes later on a Brandon Garrett dunk to take a 55-49 lead with 4:37 to go.  The Red Wolves would counter with five unanswered points to pull within 55-54 on two Ed Townsel free throws with 1:25 to be played.  But, Stacy Wilson buried a three-pointer despite being well defended on the key shot to give Murray State a 58-54 advantage with 58 seconds to go.  ASU would miss its final three shots while the Racers converted all three tries from the charity stripe, including the final two by Canaan, to seal the Red Wolves' fate.
ASU shot 36.2% for the game, but only 13.3% from three-point territory.  Meanwhile, Murray State connected on 41.2% of its shots in the contest and went 28.6% beyond the arc.  A telling point in the game's outcome was at the free throw stripe as the Racers were 13-of-15 for 86.7% and the Red Wolves had 10-of-18 for 55.6%.
For Murray State, Isaiah Canaan's 18 points led all scorers and was joined in double figures by Stacy Wilson, who had 12 points and hauled down a game-best 13 rebounds to notch the double-double.
Defensively, A-State forced Murray State into 18 turnovers and produced 13 points of its miscues.  ASU garnered four blocked shots and 14 steals to the Racers' eight steals and two shot rejections.
2012-13 Reference Guide Now Online: The 2012-13 A-State men's basketball reference guide is now available to view online in a 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 statisticalrecords.  The annual publication is a production of the ASU Sports Information Office under the direction of director Jerry Scott alongwith assistant directors Chris Graddy and Joe Gorby.  To view the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball publication online, please visit the respective link - 2012-13 Arkansas State Men's Basketball Reference Guide.
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: The Red Wolves return to Sun Belt Conference (SBC) action on Thursday, Dec. 27, against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns in Jonesboro, Ark.  A 7:05 p.m. (CT) start time is slated for the contest at the ASU Convocation Center between the two conference West Division opponents.