MONROE, LA (ASU) – Cameron Golden scored a career high 25 points and PJ Hardwick added a career high 15 points, but ULM pulled out a 70-61 victory over Arkansas State on Monday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, La.
Golden scored 17 points in the second half on 5-of-12 (42 percent) shooting including 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the arc. Hardwick added nine points in the second half, but the A-State (6-6, 1-2 SBC) defense allowed ULM (7-6, 1-1 SBC) to outscore the Red Wolves 40-37 in the half.
ULM center Marvin Williams poured in 22 points to lead the Warhawks while Tylor Ongwae, Majok Deng and Justin Roberson each added 10 points. Williams scored 10 points in the second half on going 4-for-4 from the field and 2-of-2 at the line.
Neither team hit a shot behind the arc in the first half and ULM took a 30-24 advantage to the halftime break. Williams scored 10 points in the first five minutes to help the Warhawks post a 20-10 advantage in points in the paint in the first half. A-State was 10-of-27 (37 percent) from the field in the first half while ULM shot 45 percent (13-of-29).
The Warhawks got off to a quick start, leading by as many as 12 in the first half. After the two teams were tied 2-2 in the first minute, ULM used a 14-2 run to lead 16-4 with 13 minutes left in the opening half. A-State cut the lead down to three with Anthony Livingston's first field goal to make the score 19-16 with 9:48 left in the half.
A-State pulled to within three (46-43) with 9:28 to play, but the Warhawks pulled away to lead by as many as 11 late in the half. ULM shot 67 percent (16-of-24) in the second half and scored 22 more points in the paint to finish with a 42-24 edge in the paint.
The Red Wolves offense was sufficient, shooting 46 percent (13-of-28) in the second half, but failed to get enough stops on the defensive end.
Hardwick not only scored a career high, but the point guard led the team with six rebounds and six assists. Livingston finished with 10 points and five boards to give A-State three or more players in double figures for the 11th time in 12 games.
The Red Wolves return to the Convocation Center to host Georgia Southern on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action on live stats at www.AStateStats.com or on Twitter by following @AStateGameDay. For the latest news and updates on A-State men's basketball, follow the Red Wolves on Twitter (@AStateMB) and head coach John Brady (@JohnBrady_Coach).