A-State Men's Basketball hosts Niagara Monday night

From Arkansas State University

GAME 7: Niagara (1-6, 0-0 MAAC) at Arkansas State (4-2, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Monday, Dec. 2
Convocation Center (Jonesboro, Ark.)
7:05 p.m. (CT)
Series: First Meeting
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The Arkansas State University men's basketball team returns home this Monday (Dec. 2) night as the Red Wolves receive a visit from the Niagara Purple Eagles in a non-conference contest at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

A-State, which is 4-2 overall this season, will hope to extend its current two-game winning streak against a 1-6 Niagara team which features the nation's leading scorer in Antoine Mason (31.6 ppg.).  The Red Wolves are coming off a 95-89 win at Lamar this past Saturday (11/30) in which all five A-State starters tallied double-digit points.  Senior guard Melvin Johnson III<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701607&DB_OEM_ID=7200> hit his first eight three pointers to finish with a game-leading 26 points.  Johnson III is the national leader in three-point field goals made (26) and three-point field goals made per game (4.3 avg.).


• First meeting between the two schools.

• Arkansas State has compiled a 2-3 record (.400) against current Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) members.  The Red Wolves are 1-0 against Canisius, 1-1 vs. Monmouth, 0-1 vs. Siena, and 0-1 against St. Peter's.


• Niagara suffered its fifth loss in a row with a 107-100 setback to Northwestern State last Saturday (11/30)  in nathitoches, La., despite a 33-point performance from junior guard Antonie Mason. Senior forward Marcus Ware had a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds while senior guard Marvin Jordan added 19 points.

• Niagara features the nation's top scorer in Antoine Mason, who's averaging 31.6 ppg. (221 pts.) in seven contests this season. A 2012-13 All-MAAC First-Team selection, Mason along with freshman forward Ramone Snowden (11.0 ppg.) are the lone Purple Eagles presently averaging double-figure points for the 36th-ranked offense (84.4 ppg.) in the nation. Snowden (6.9 rpg.), Marcus Ware (6.1 rpg.), and sophomore guard-forward Rayvon Harris (4.7 rpg.) are Niagaras' leading rebounders to date.

• NU, which is 0-4 on the road this season, has scored at least 90 points in a contest four times which includes a 92-81 non-conference home triumph over Buffalo (11/13). The Purple Eagles are averaging 88.3 ppg. (353 pts.) in their last four appearances.

• The Purple Eagles concluded the 2012-13 season with a 19-14 overall record and a first-place 13-5 mark in the MAAC. NU was 11-4 at home, 7-8 on the road, and 1-2 at neutral sites a season ago.

• Chris Casey, who's currently in his first season at Niagara, is the program's 21st head coach and spent the previous three seasons at LIU Post where he led the Pioneers to two consecutive 20-win seasons along with a pair of East Coast Conference Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances apiece. Casey also has had successful coaching stints as a NCAA Division I assistant coach at St. John's, Central Connecticut State and Saint Peter's. He also was a head coach at the NCAA Division II level with LIU Post and at NCAA Division III Rutgers-Newark. Casey has also made coaching stops at his alma mater, Western Connecticut State and St. Francis (N.Y.).


• Arkansas State is 4-2 (.667) in such outings this season – 2-0 at home and 2-2 on the road.

• Last season, A-State posted a 6-3 (.667) record, which included going 4-1 at home and 2-2 on the road.

• The Red Wolves have amassed a 50-50 (.500) record to date since 2006-07, which featured a season-high 8-4 non-league mark in the 2008-09 season – 5-0 at home and 3-4 onthe road.

• A-State sports a 33-7 ledger at home, 11-34 on the road, and 6-9 at neutral sites since 2006-07.

• A-State coach <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=204973072&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=204973072&DB_OEM_ID=7200> John Brady<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=204973072&DB_OEM_ID=7200> has registered a 38-35 (.521) record in non-conference games since his arrival in the 2008-09 campaign – 24-6 at home, 10-22 on the road, and 4-7 at neutral sites.


• A-State sports a 29-22 ledger (.569) in December games dating back to the 2007-08 season as the Red Wolves are 23-5 at home, 5-17 on the road, and 1-0 at neutral sites. A-State's best performance during that span was a 5-3 record set in both the 2008-09 (4-0 at home) and 2010-11 (5-0 at home) seasons. The Red Wolves went 4-3 (3-1 home) for the month last season after going 5-4 (2-1 home) the previous 2011-12 season. Ed Townsel<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (15.4 ppg.) and Raeford Worsham<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701765&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (11.1 ppg.) paced A-State in scoring last season as the two accounted for 38.8 percent (186-480) of the team's points production.


• The Red Wolves presently feature two players, Melvin Johnson III<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701607&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (19.7 ppg.) and senior forward Kirk Van Slyke<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701750&DB_OEM_ID=7200>(15.7 ppg.) averaging double figures in points this season. The two have combined to register 45.6 percent (212-465) of A-State's points output this campaign with Johnson III alone accounting for 25.4 percent (118-465).


• Kirk Van Slyke<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701750&DB_OEM_ID=7200> has pulled down a personal season-high nine rebounds apiece in his last two outings – vs. Central Arkansas (11/24) and at Lamar (11/30) ... Senior forward Kendrick Washington<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347076&DB_OEM_ID=7200> has totaled 225 career points in 33 games at A-State and is averaging 6.8 ppg. in a Red Wolves' uniform ... Kirk Van Slyke<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701750&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (39 pts.) and Melvin Johnson III<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701607&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (32 pts.), A-State's top two points producers at home this season, have accounted for 41.5% (71-171) of the squad's scoring ... Ed Townsel<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> is one field goal away from making his 300th career shot and has amassed 299 total in 813 attempts for 36.8% efficiency ... Sophomore guard Cameron Golden<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701608&DB_OEM_ID=7200> is six rebounds shy of claiming his 100th career board. Golden has 94 caroms in 37 outings for a 2.5 rpg. average ... Sophomore forwardKelvin Downs<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701610&DB_OEM_ID=7200> has chalked up five blocked shots in six games this season after registering 10 shot rejections in 29 outings for the 2012-13 campaign ... A-State's top two assists leaders – Brandon Reed<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (20 asts.) and Ed Townsel<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> (18 asts.) have combined to produce 45.8% (38-83) of the squad's output this campaign.   


Melvin Johnson III<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701607&DB_OEM_ID=7200> and Kirk Van Slyke<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205701750&DB_OEM_ID=7200>, who are in their first and final season at A-State, have both attained double-figure scoring in all six games this campaign to date. Johnson III, a transfer from UT- San Antonio, has scored at least 22 points in three of his last four outings and is averaging 22.5 ppg. (90 pts.) during that span. A transfer from Houston, Van Slyke has compiled a 16.0 ppg. average (64 pts.) in his last four outings.


• A-State was chosen to finish third place in the 2013-14 Sun Belt Conference Coaches Presea<http://www.sunbeltsports.org/SPORTS/MensSports/MBasketball/Article/tabid/734/article/20484/Sun-Belt-Announces-Men-s-Basketball-Preseason-All-Conference-Team-Coaches-Poll.aspx?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=7200>son<http://www.sunbeltsports.org/SPORTS/MensSports/MBasketball/Article/tabid/734/article/20484/Sun-Belt-Announces-Men-s-Basketball-Preseason-All-Conference-Team-Coaches-Poll.aspx?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=7200>Poll<http://www.sunbeltsports.org/SPORTS/MensSports/MBasketball/Article/tabid/734/article/20484/Sun-Belt-Announces-Men-s-Basketball-Preseason-All-Conference-Team-Coaches-Poll.aspx?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=7200>, which was released Oct. 30 by the conference office.  The Red Wolves totaled 74 points in voting conducted by the conference's 10 head coaches.


• Senior guards, <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> Brandon Reed<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209227315&DB_OEM_ID=7200> and <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> <http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> Ed Townsel<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205347415&DB_OEM_ID=7200> were named to the 2013-14 All Sun Belt Co<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209294338&DB_OEM_ID=7200>n<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209294338&DB_OEM_ID=7200>ferenc<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209294338&DB_OEM_ID=7200>e Preseason Team<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209294338&DB_OEM_ID=7200>. Reed received second-team accolades while Townsel attained third-team recognition.



•  Individual single-game prices are $25 for lower level, $12 for the upper center area, $10 for the upper side, $8 for the upper wings and ends, $6 for children and senior citizens (age 55+), and $5 group rate purchase of 12 tickets or more.

•Tickets may be purchased through the A-State Central Box Office by calling 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS or by ordering online atwww.astate.edu/tickets<http://www.astate.edu/tickets/?DB_OEM_ID=7200>. Ticket information for the 2013-14 season is also available on A-State Athletics' official website – www.<http://www.AStateRedWolves.com/?DB_OEM_ID=7200>AStateRedWolves.com<http://www.AStateRedWolves.com/?DB_OEM_ID=7200>.<http://www.AStateRedWolves.com.%20?DB_OEM_ID=7200>

• A number of convenient and affordable mini-plan and group tickets are also available for purchase.  Click on thislink<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&SPSID=35066&SPID=2746&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209302515&DB_OEM_ID=7200> for more information.



•  A number of exciting game promotions will be held throughout the 2013-14 season.  Please visit 2013-14 GameDay Promotions<http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&&DB_OEM_ID=7200&ATCLID=205044411>.  For more information, contact the Arkansas State Athletics Marketing Department at 870-972-2943 or email promotions@astate.edu.