A-State had three players scored in double figures and got a double-double from sophomore forward Anthony Livingston, but the Red Wolves dropped a tightly-contested game against Georgia state 60-54 on Monday at the Convocation Center.
Anthony Livingston posted his eighth double-double as he had 23 points and 13 rebounds against Georgia State.Sean Gardner scored a conference game high 19 points while Cameron?Golden added 10 points. PJ?Hardwick dished out 17 assists and continues lead SBC in assists (6.5 APG).
The Red Wolves play 11 games in the month of January, the most since A-State had 11 games in the 1986-87 season.
The 2014-15 campaign represents the program's 87th season as the Red Wolves have presently amassed a 1,150-1,086 all-time record (.514?win pct.)?dating back their inaugural 1926-27 season. A-State has won at least 20 games in a season five times – 1986-87 (21-13), 1987-88 (21-14), 1988-89 (20-10), 1990-91 (23-9) and 1997-98 (20-9) since joining the NCAA-I?ranks in 1970-71.
A-State has amassed a record of 199-195 (.505) since joining the Sun Belt Conference in the 1991-92 season. With Monday's loss, A-State is now 129-66 (.662) in home SBC?games while the road record sits at 70-128 (.354).
The Red Wolves are 8-1 on the season when pulling down 35-plus rebounds. A-State is 7-2 when attempting fewer three-pointers in the second half compared to the first half and 7-2 when shooting a better field goal percentage than their opposition.
A-STATE/LOUISIANA SERIES HISTORY
Arkansas State and?Louisiana resume the conference series with the Ragin' Cajuns holding a 46-23 edge. A-State is 4-6 in the last 10 meetings overall and has a current seven-game road losing streak. Eight of the last 10 outings have been decided by nine points or less with A-State sporting a 4-6 record.
A-State has struggled on the road in the series, carrying a record of 8-26 entering Thursday's matchup. The Red Wolves last win in Lafayette happened on Dec. 17, 2006, 73-63. Five of those seven losses have come by five or fewer points, including an overtime loss in the 2010-11 season. Overall, the Red Wolves have lost nine of the last 10 meetings and 10 of the last 12 dating back to an 82-80 win on Feb. 3, 2001.
The Ragin' Cajuns have won three-straight in the series, including both meetings in the series a year ago. Melvin Johnson III had a game high 28 points and Ed Townsel added 23 points, but A-State was dealt a 77-76 loss Louisiana in the most previous meeting. In the other meeting of the 2013-14 season, the Ragin' Cajuns snapped a three-game win streak by A-State by defeating the Red Wolves 85-67 at the Cajun Dome. Kendrick Washingtonand Melvin Johnson III each had 19 points to pace A-State.
A-State's last win against Louisiana came on Dec. 27, 2012, a decisive 87-70 victory at the Convocation Center.Ed Townsel scored a career-high 31 points while Raeford ‘Gator' Worsham had 18 points and Marcus Hooten tossed in 11 points in the win.
With 69 games played in the series, A-State versus Louisiana ranks as the third-most games against any one opponent.
LAST TIME OUT
A-State had three players score in double figures and got a double-double from Anthony Livingston, but dropped a tightly-contested game against Georgia State Monday night at the Convocation Center by a 60-54 score.
Posting a 29 percent field-goal percentage, the Red Wolves (8-9, 3-5) fought through a sluggish shooting performance to put themselves in position to win late in the contest. A-State had to play from behind most of the night, claiming its only lead when Sean Gardner hit a three that made the score 34-33 with 14:36 left in the second half.
The Red Wolves capitalized at the free throw line by hitting 19-of-23 attempts while also limiting Georgia State (12-7, 5-3) to season low 36 percent field-goal percentage. Following Gardner's three-point shot, the Panthers retook the lead on their next possession with a tip-in by Markus Crider. Crider's rebound and put-back started an 11-1 run by Georgia State that wasn't stopped until Livingston, who was responsible for a team-best 20 points and game-high 13 rebounds, hit a pair of free throws that cut A-State's deficit to 44-37.
Gardner hit a jumper with 4:34 left in the game that pulled Arkansas State within 47-45. Most of the final four minutes were a one-possession game with Georgia State holding anywhere from a one-to-three-point lead. Still down just 57-54 with 29 seconds remaining, A-State missed a three and was forced to foul Crider, who then hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it a two-possession game.
The Red Wolves missed a three on their next possession and R.J. Hunter set the final score with a pair of free throws. Hunter was instrumental in the victory, scoring 14 of their final 15 points to end the night with a game-high 23 points.
Livingston posted his eighth double-double of the season to lead the Red Wolves. He was joined in double figures by Gardner with 19 points and Golden with 10. P.J. Hardwick dished out a game-high seven assists to add to his Sun Belt Conference-leading total.
Louisiana enters Thursday's game riding a three-game losing skid, but the Ragin' Cajuns have lost each of the three games by eight or fewer points. Louisiana shot a season-low 32.7 percent from the field and were just 2-18 (11 percent) from beyond the three-point line in a 57-55 loss to ULM on Monday. Prior to a three-game skid, Louisiana had won seven of their last eight games, including a 4-0 start in league play.
The Ragin' Cajuns feature four players averaging double figures led by forward Shawn Long. The 6-9 post leads the team in scoring (16.2 PPG) and rebounding (9.8 RPG), a rebound total that leads the Sun?Belt Conference. Devonta Walker ranks sixth in rebound, pulling down seven a game. Forward Brian Williams is second on the squad, averaging 12.3 PPG.
Despite three-straight losses, the Ragin' Cajuns are tops in the league in scoring, averaging 80.3 points per game, seven better than No. 2 Georgia Southern (73.3). Defensively, Louisiana ranks 10th, allowing 71.6 points to their opponents. Louisiana is tops in the league in rebounds (40.5), first in assists (15.0), second in field goal percentage (47.4) and third in three-point field goal percentage (34.7). The Ragin' Cajuns average 41.7 points per game in the paint while their bench chips in 26.8 points per game.
Bob Marlin is in his fifth season at Louisiana sporting a record of 76-71. In a career that spans 22 seasons, Marlin has posted a 424-237 mark, 301-202 at the Division I level.
Louisiana is the fifth A-State opponent and presents the sixth game in which the Red Wolves face a foe riding a losing streak of two or more games. Appalachian State (2), South Alabama, ULM and UT?Arlington all entered their matchup with A-State with losing streaks.
|12/30/2014||at South Alabama||L5||W, 63-60 OT|
|1/3/2015||Appalachian State||L4||L, 73-74|
|1/5/15||at ULM||L2||L, 61-70|
|1/10/15||at UT Arlington||L2||L, 50-77|
|1/15/15||at Appalachian State||L3||W, 59-50|