JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State men's basketball team (9-11, 4-7) jumped out to a 13-point lead over UALR (8-12, 3-7) midway through the first half, but held only a one-point advantage at the break and gave up a 12-0 second-half run during a 75-65 Sun Belt Conference setback Thursday night at the Convocation Center.
Three players scoring in double figures, including junior guard Cameron Golden with a team-high 17 points, to lead the Red Wolves. Sophomore forward Anthony Livingston scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to collect his 10th double-double of the season and junior guard Sean Gardner added 15 points for A-State.
Arkansas State never trailed during the first 23 minutes, taking its largest lead of the night with 9:09 left before halftime when junior guard Frederic Dure hit a three to make the score 28-15. The Red Wolves still led by double digits, 33-23, at the 5:39 mark, but UALR closed out the half on a 14-4 run to pull within 38-37.
The Trojans took their first lead of the game just over four minutes into the second half when Josh Hagins, who scored a career-high 28 points, produced a steal and scored on a layup that put the Trojans ahead 41-40. The game went back-and-forth the next six minutes and was tied 50-50 with 10:18 left to play.
However, UALR went on a 12-0 run at that point to grab a double-digit lead with 7:37 remaining. The run, which included four steals and a pair of three-point field goals, proved to be too much for the Red Wolves to overcome as it never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
While both teams shot close to 45 percent for the game, A-State's shooting percentage dropped from 53.6 in the first half to 36.0 in the second. At the same time, the Trojans increased their field goal percentage from 38.7 to over 52.2.
The Red Wolves held a 39-28 advantage on the boards, but was plagued by 19 turnovers to the Trojans seven. UALR scored 24 points off turnovers and also outscored A-State 28-22 in the paint. UALR was also able to hit 8-of-16 three-point field goals.
In addition to Hagins' game-high 28 points, Roger Woods scored 13 points and posted a double-double with 11 rebounds. Hagins also came up with a game-high four steals to lead the Trojans defensively.