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GAME NOTES: Arkansas State Men set for game vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

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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.

SCOUTING LOUISIANA

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.

Seem Familiar?

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. 

DateOpponentStreakResult
12/30/2014at South Alabama L5W, 63-60 OT
1/3/2015Appalachian StateL4L, 73-74
1/5/15at ULML2L, 61-70
1/10/15at UT ArlingtonL2L, 50-77
1/15/15at Appalachian StateL3W, 59-50
Stat Trends

A-State has is 8-1 this season when grabbing 35 or more rebounds. The lone loss was a 73-65 loss at Toledo.

The Red Wolves are 7-2 on the season when having fewer three-point attempts in the second half than in the first half. Further, in the nine games in which A-State has fewer three-point attempts in the second half, the Red Wolves have outscored their opponents 309-258 in the second half alone. In the first half of those games, A-State has been outscored 303-265.

The Red Wolves are 7-3 when 25 or more of their points are inside the painted area.

A-State 7-3 this season when opponents score 30 or fewer points in the paint. Georgia State had 24 points in the paint, but A-State lost the matchup.

The Red Wolves are 5-1 this season when earning a trip to the free throw line more than their opponents.

A-State is 6-3 this season when Anthony Livingston sinks three or more free throws. The third loss came Monday when Livingston knocked down 13 of his 14 attempts from the charity stripe.

Sun Belt Conference Games

The Red Wolves are 199-195 (.505) since joining the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in the 1991-92 season, which includes a season-best 14-4 (.778) mark in the 1997-98 campaign. A-State sports a 129-66 (.662) record at home and is 70-128 (.354) on the road in Sun Belt action.

A-State?head coach John?Brady has registered a 58-56 (.509) record in Sun Belt Conference contests since his arrival in the 2008-09 season, which consists of a 40-16 (.714) home ledger and a 18-40 (.310) away mark.

A-State In January Games

The?Red Wolves have started the new calendar year with an 2-5 mark and are in the midst of a tough January slate. • Dating back to the 2010-11 season, the Red Wolves are 15-7 at home and 4-14 in January road games.

A-State has a total of 11 games this month, the most in the month of January since the 1986-87 season. The 1982-83 schedule had the most January games, with A-State going 8-5 in 13 games.

Since the 2000-01 season, the Red Wolves have a record of 63-60 (.512) in January outings. A-State is 43-21 (.672) at home and 20-39 (.339) on the road in that span of January contests. Under head coach John Brady, A-State is 31-27 (.534) in January games, 23-9 (.719) at home and 8-18 (.308) on the road.

Road Success

The 2014-15 Red Wolves are on the hunt for the single-season record of eight road wins set in the 1973-74 season. A-State is 5-4 on the road thus far, picking up a fifth road win on Thursday at Appalachian State.

Last year, A-State was 7-7 on the road, just shy of tying the mark. A-State has the most road wins of any Sun Belt Conference member thus far, one better than Georgia Southern and ULM who sport 4-4 marks on the road

Double-Double Livingston

Sophomore forward Anthony Livingston has posted three-straight double-doubles and earned Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week honors for his performances against Appalachian State and Texas State. Livingston has topped 20 points six times, including the last two outings and grabbed 15-plus rebounds in two games this year.

In his last three games, Livingston has shot 42 percent (16-38) from the floor, 40 percent (4-10) from beyond the arc and 84 percent (21-25) from the charity stripe while pulling down 40 rebounds and playing 121 of a possible 125 minutes. In those three games, Livingston averages 19.0 points and 13.3 rebounds.

Livingston leads the team in scoring (15.8), a total that ranks seventh in SBC and 144th nationally. Livingston is second in the SBC in rebounding (9.5) and ranks 29th nationally. His field goal percentage (47.1) ranks 14th in the league and 123rd nationally.

Tough Schedule Gets Better

After completing the two-game road swing with games at Louisiana and Troy, A-State will have wrapped a grueling stretch of 10 out of 15 games on the road dating back to Dec. 10 at Purdue. Following Saturday's game at Troy, the Red Wolves will play six of their final 10 regular season games at home, including four of the final five games.

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