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ASU men play South Alabama in nightcap of Saturday doubleheader

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Game 13: Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5, 1-2 Sun Belt) at
South Alabama Jaguars (6-5, 3-0 Sun Belt)
December 29, 2012 l USA Mitchell Center
Mobile, Alabama l 7:05 p.m. (CT)
Radio: EAB Sports Radio Network (107.9 KFIN-FM, flagship) – Matt Stolz (Play-By-Play)
LIVE STATS: sidearmstats.com/southalabama/mbball/scoreboard.aspx
VIDEO WEBCAST: usajaguars.com/showcase/

Tip Off: The Arkansas State University men's basketball team will close out the 2012 calendar year this Saturday (Dec. 29) night when the Red Wolves visit the South Alabama Jaguars in Sun Belt Conference (SBC) action at Mobile, Ala. The contest, which is the first of two regular-season matchups between the two league schools, gets underway at 7:05 p.m. (CT) in the USA Mitchell Center.

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 bepurchased 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 – www.AStateRedWolves.com.

The Records: Arkansas State (7-5, 1-2 Sun Belt). The Red Wolves ended a two-game skid with an 87-70 conference home-opening decision over Louisiana-Lafayette this past Thursday (12/27) at the ASU Convocation Center in Mobile, Ala. A-State sports a current 5-1 home ledger while the Red Wolves are 2-4 on the road and 0-0 in neutral site encounters this season. South Alabama (6-5, 3-0 Sun Belt). The Jaguars, who have won four of their last six outings, have won two straight following a 77-62 home conference victory over UALR last Saturday (12/22) in Mobile. USA has presently assembled a 3-1 home ledger while sporting a 3-2 mark on the road and is 0-2 in neutral site encounters this campaign.

The Coaches: Arkansas State – John Brady (Bellhaven, 1976), 5th season, 68-71 (.489); Career - 349-287 (.549) – (3-3 vs. USA). 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.
South Alabama – (Interim) Jeff Price (Pikeville College, 1981), 1st season, 1-0 (1.000); Career – 18th season, 294-186 (.613) – (0-0 vs. ASU). Price, who had been USA's associate head coach since August 2011, replaced the recently retired Ronnie Arrow. Price was an assistant and the program's recruiting coordinator at South Alabama from 1989-93 under Arrow and served as head coach at NCAA Division II West Virginia Wesleyan in the 2010-11 campaign. Prior to WVWC, Price was a scout for the Los Angeles Clippers. Price spent six seasons (1993-99) as Division II Lynn's (Fla) first-ever head coach before going to Georgia Southern where he earned 1999-00 Southern Conference Coach of the Year recognition. He also made stops at his alma mater, Pikeville (Ky.) College (1981-82), Georgia Southern (1982-83, 1986-87), Union (Ky.) College (1983-85), and Washington (1985-86, 1987-89).

About South Alabama: The Jaguars, who have won four of their last six outings, ran their current winning streak to two as a result of a 77-62 home conference victory over UALR last Saturday (12/22) at USA's Mitchell Center in Mobile. Four starters attained double-digit point totals, led by junior forward Augustine Rubit's game-high 19 points and freshman guard Barrington Stevens' 17 points. Rubit, who was recently selected as the SBC's Player of the Week (12/18), also hauled down a game-best 10 rebounds to go with two blocked shots and assists each.
• Augustine Rubit (18.9 ppg.), junior guard Xavier Roberson (13.6 ppg.), and sophomore guard Mychal Ammons (12.2 ppg.) are presently the Jaguars' top points producers this season. Rubit (10.3 rpg.) and Ammons (7.4 rpg.) are USA's rebounding leaders. Nationally, Rubit is 10th in double-doubles (six), 17th in rebounds (10.3 rpg.), 40th in points (18.9 ppg.), 118th in field-goal percentage (49.7%), and 167th in free-throw percentage (81.2%). Roberson is listed 24th in three-point field goal percentage (44.3%) and 35th in three-point field goals (2.82 avg.). Senior forward Javier Carter ranks 32nd in blocked shots (2.4 bpg.) and 197th in steals (1.7 spg.). USA is 92nd among the national leaders in scoring offense (72.4 ppg.), 245th in scoring defense (69.6 ppg.), and 32nd in blocked shots (5.2 bpg.). The Jaguars are 3-1 at home, 3-2 on the road, and 0-2 at neutral sites this campaign.
• A season ago, South Alabama went 17-12 and produced a second-place 8-8 SBC East Division record for the 2011-12 campaign. The Jaguars were 9-5 at home, 6-6 on the road, and 2-1 at neutral sites.

All-Time Series: The series, which started in the 1970-71 season, is currently tied at 17-all. South Alabama won the first-ever meeting between the teams in 1970-71 with a 69-59 triumph. The Red Wolves have registered a 4-6 record in the last 10 matchups, which includes a 2-4 road mark.
• ASU is averaging 64.0 points per game (320 total) to USA's 69.8 pointsan outing (349 total) in the last five encounters. The Red Wolves are scoring at a 61.3 points per game clip (184 total) in the last three road contests while the Jaguarshave generated an average of 72.7 points a contest (218 total) during that span. Four of the last 10 meetings have been decided by 10 points or more, which includes the last two. USA notched a 74-57 home victory in last season's (2/9/12) matchup after ASU claimed a 69-57 home decision in the 2010-11 season (12/30/10).
• In last season's tilt (2/9) in Mobile, Ala., Ed Townsel (17 pts.) and Trey Finn (11 pts.) were the lone Red Wolves in double-figure scoring. Darion Griswold grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Rakeem Dickerson dished out a game-high tying four assists to go with a game-best three steals.

Scoring Machine: Junior guard Ed Townsel recorded a career-high 31 points in Thursday's (12/27) conference home-opening win over Louisiana-Lafayette, which featured 9-15 (60%) shooting from the floor and 10-11 at the free throw line (91%). Townsel also connected on three of six three-point shots for 50% efficiency from beyond the arc. Townsel, whose previous career-best was 27 points set at home against Lamar earlier this season (11/25).

Double Vision: Freshman guard-forward Raeford "Gator" Worsham claimed double-figure points for the fifth time in his last six games with a season-best tying 18 points versus Louisiana-Lafayette (12/27). Worsham, who has racked up seven double-digit scoring games to date this campaign, is averaging 12.7 points per contest (76 total) in his last six encounters.

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