HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (ASU) – Senior forward Brandon Peterson of the Arkansas State University men's basketball team was named to the 2013 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) All-Tournament Team at this past weekend's (March 9-11) SBC Championship Tournament in Hot Springs, Ark.
Peterson, who was only player from a non-championship game participating team chosen to the six-member all-tournament squad, averaged 14.0 points (28 total) and 14.5 rebounds (29 total) per game in the Red Wolves' two tourney contests. The 2012-13 All-SBC Second-Team pick shot a combined team-high 83.3 percent (10-12) from the floor and went eight-for-14 at the free throw stripe (57.1%) while chalking up four blocked shots.
In ASU's 68-63 overtime quarterfinal-round win over Troy this past Saturday (March 9), Peterson scored a game-high 18 points and led all players with a careersingle-game most 17 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. The 6-8, 217-pound frontcourt player compiled a game-best 12 rebounds to go with 10 points and two blocked shots in 32 minutes in the Red Wolves' 58-56 semifinal-round loss to eventual tourney champion Western Kentucky on Sunday (March 10).
This season, Peterson is averaging 10.5 points (325 pts.) and a team-high 9.7 rebounds (301 rebs.) per contest as a starter in all 31 ASU games. The A-State tri-captain leads the Red Wolves in blocked shots (40), field-goal percentage (.532), minutes played (1,028), free throws made (91), and double-doubles (12). The College Sports Madness' All-SBC Fourth-Team honoree has accumulated 20 double-figure scoring and 16double-digit rebound single-game performances to date this season.
Peterson's selection marks the second straight season in which an ASU player has earned such recognition as Trey Finn was named to the 2012 SBC Championship All-Tournament Team.
The Red Wolves, who claimed the SBC West Division crown for the second time in the last three seasons this 2012-13 campaign, are presently 19-12 overall with a first-place 12-8 SBC West Division mark. The 19 victories represents the program's highest win total since 1997-98 when the Red Wolves registered a 20-9 overall record.