ATLANTA, Ga. (astateredwolves.com) – Georgia State held the Arkansas State University men's basketball team to 20 percent shooting from the floor and defeated the Red Wolves 74-43 on Saturday.
With the loss, A-State drops to 9-12 on the season and 4-8 in Sun Belt Conference play. Georgia State improves to 15-7 and 8-3 in league play. Anthony Livingston scored 10 points, all in the second half, to lead A-State. Livingston pulled down six rebounds but was 2-for-11 from the floor. Cameron Golden and Sean Gardner finished with nine points each. Ryan Harrow led all scorers with 21 points while Markus Crider had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia State.
A-State got off to a rough start, opening the game 0-for-7 from the field before Golden drained a three on the left wing. By the time A-State scored its first points, the Panthers had built a 10-0 advantage. The Red Wolves continued to struggle, missing the next five shots, but Frederic Dure swished a three to make cut the Panthers lead to 14-6.
Georgia State, which lead by as many as 18 in the period, took a 34-18 lead to halftime and held the Red Wolves to 22 percent (5-23) from the field. A-State shot 43 percent (3-7) from three in the first half, but eight turnovers helped the Panthers to 14 points. Georgia State shot 59 percent (16-27) in the half, getting 26 of their 34 points in the painted area.
The Panthers committed 10 fouls in the first four minutes of the second half, sending A-State to the line for seven free throws. The Red Wolves hit 4-of-7 attempts and cut the deficit to 44-30, but that would be as close as A-State could get as the Panthers used a 21-5 run to lead 67-35 with 6:33 remaining.
Georgia State shot 83 percent (20-24) at the charity stripe in the second half to help extend their lead. A-State shot 74 percent (14-19) and finished the game 73 percent (19-26) at the line. A-State made five field goals in each have and finished 10-49 (20 percent) while Georgia State was 49 percent (26-53) from the floor.
The Panthers scored 46 of their 74 points in the paint and converted 15 A-State turnovers to 18 points. Georgia State scored 22 points on the fast break and had 16 assists on 26 field goals. A-State had six assists on their 10 made field goals, but was out-rebounded 43-27.