From the Sun Belt Conference
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).