Senior guard Melvin Johnson III and senior forward Kirk Van Slyke both
had their season-opening six-game double-figure scoring streaks snapped
against Niagara (Dec. 2). Johnson III, who had tallied at least 20
points in three of those outings, netted seven
points versus Niagara while Van Slyke produced nine points in the
A-State is averaging
78.7 points per game (551 pts.) through its first seven contests this
season compared to 72.3 points an outing (506 pts.) a season ago. The
Red Wolves are allowing an average of 72.4 points
a contest (507 pts.) this campaign after the opposition scored at a 67.3
points per game clip (471 pts.) last season.
Senior guard Ed Townsel
moved into a tie for fifth place among A-State's all-time steals
leaders with Antonio Harvey (1995-98; 139 career steals.) with a theft
against Niagara (Dec. 2). Townsel has presently
accumulated 139 career steals in 104 contests, which includes five in
seven encounters this season.
This season, the Red
Wolves are presently averaging 38.4 points a contest (269 pts.) in the
first half compared to 36.4 points per game (255 pts.) in the contest's
second 20 minutes of action. The opposition
is averaging 40.3 points an outing (282 pts.) in the first half and 36.0
points per game (252 pts.) in the second stanza.
A-State's current top
three assists leaders this season, senior Brandon Reed (21 assists), Ed
Townsel (19 assists), and senior forward Kendrick Washington (16
assists) have combined to account for 57.7 percent
(56-97) of the Red Wolves' output. Washington's game-high six assists
against Niagara (Dec. 2) represents a personal career best, eclipsing
his five helpers against UALR last season (2/14/13).
Melvin Johnson III
leads the Red Wolves in scoring on the road with a 21.5 points per game
average (86 pts.) in four appearances, which includes connecting on
19-of-29 from three-point field goal range (65.5%).
In three home outings, Johnson III has averaged a team second-best 13.0
points a contest (39 pts.).
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