JONESBORO, AR (11/25/14) – The Arkansas State men's basketball suffered its second consecutive loss to open the season when the squad fell to Lamar by a score of 63-58 at the Convocation Center Tuesday night.
The Red Wolves (0-2) and Cardinals (2-3) battled to a 35-35 tie after the first half of action, but Lamar built a seven-point lead of 46-39 early in the second half. However, A-State responded to get within one point on a 6-0 run with three-pointers from Cameron Golden and Sean Gardner. Lamar regained control by extending its lead to eight points at 54-46 with 8:20 to go in the game after two free throws. A-State had two possessions down 61-58, but couldn't capitalize on either opportunity as Lamar held on for the 63-58 victory.
“It's similar to the first game because we didn't make enough positive plays to win a close game,” A-State men's basketball coach John Brady said. “We don't make timely shots and when we do have a good defensive possession we can't secure the defensive rebound. We probably missed four or five at the rim. There are a couple of guys I'm counting on that haven't played as well as they need to play and we just don't know how to win yet.”
Anthony Livingston led all scorers with 16 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double, while Golden and Gardner scored 13 and 11, respectively. Nouhoum Bocoum chipped in with six points and seven rebounds off the bench and Golden dished out a team-high four assists. A-State shot 41.3 percent from the floor to Lamar's 45.3, but Lamar outshot the Red Wolves 43.5 percent to 31.6 in the second half.
Both teams battled to a 12-12 early in the first half, but A-State was able to earn a 33-28 lead late in the half after a Kelvin Downs dunk and free throw. The Cardinals responded with a five straight points from Anthony Holliday to tie the game, but two makes from the charity stripe by C.J. Foster gave A-State a 35-33 lead with just over a minute to go. The Red Wolves seemed destined to go into the locker room with the edge, but a Preston Mattingly buzzer-beating layup tied the contest 35-35.
A-State returns to the hardwood Monday, Dec. 1, in Conway, Ark., against in-state opponent Central Arkansas. A 7 p.m. (CT) tipoff is scheduled for the game and fans can keep up with the action by following @AStateGameDay on Twitter.