Arkansas State Red Wolves
Arkansas State has three players averaging double-figures in points –
senior guard Melvin Johnson III (18.8 ppg.), senior forward Kirk Van
Slyke (14.5 ppg.), and senior guard Brandon Reed (10.0 ppg.). The trio
have combined to generate 63.8 percent (173-271)
of the team's scoring output this season. Johnson III has scored a
team-high 75 points while Van Slyke has tallied 58 points and Reed with
40 points, all in four outings apiece.
Brandon Reed eclipsed the 500-career point mark at Arkansas State with a
season-high 21 points at Colorado (11/18), all in the second half.
Reed, the 2009-10 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and
second-team all-conference selection, has amassed 881
career points in 96 contests between Arkansas State (2009-10) and
Georgia Tech (2011-13).
A-State improved to
14-3 (.824 win pct.) in its last 17 home openers following a 72-62
home-opening triumph over Tennessee-Martin last Wednesday (11/13). The
Red Wolves have won five of their last six home openers
and head coach John Brady is 5-1 in such encounters since his arrival in
the 2008-09 season.
Melvin Johnson III and
Kirk Van Slyke, a pair of first-year players at Arkansas State, have
both reached double-figure scoring in all four contests this campaign to
date. Johnson III has recorded game highs in
the Red Wolves' last two games – 22 points at Wyoming (11/16) and 25
points at Colorado (11/18). Van Slyke's highest scoring effort is 16
points versus Tennessee-Martin (11/13).
Senior guard Ed Townsel
is two steals away from moving into a fifth-place tie among A-State's
all-time steals leaders with Antonio Harvey (1995-98; 139 career
steals). Townsel, who has three steals in four games
this season, has presently compiled 137 steals in 101 career