LITTLE ROCK, AR (ASU) – Anthony Livingston scored 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, but UALR defeated the Arkansas State University men's basketball team 70-57 Thursday night at the Jack Stephens Center.
Nouhoum Bocoum joined Livingston in double figures, posting 12 points and seven boards. Cameron Golden finished with eight points and Charles Waters and Kelvin Downs each added six for A-State (9-15, 4-11 SBC). Maurius Hill led UALR (11-15, 6-10 SBC) with 17 points and three other players finished in double-figures for the Trojans.
Trailing 36-26 at the half, the Red Wolves trimmed the deficit to as little as four, but the Trojans were able to maintain the lead for the remainder of the game. A-State cut the lead to six three times in the second half, but UALR came away with the win.
Livingston scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, shooting 60 percent (6-10) in the period. A-State out-scored UALR 24-18 in the paint, but the perimeter shooting was lacking for A-State as the guards combined to shoot 3-of-20 (15 percent).
A-State finished with a 35-30 edge on the glass and shot 40 percent (22-55), but the Trojans shot 46 percent (26-57) from the field. UALR finished with six turnovers and forced the Red Wolves into 13 which resulted in a 18-6 edge in points off turnovers.
UALR got off to a quick start, gaining a 7-0 advantage before Bocoum put the first points on the board for A-State. The Red Wolves pulled with three, 9-6, but UALR didn't allow A-State to get closer in the first half.
A-State trailed 17-13 after Kelvin Downs knocked down a jumper, but the Trojans went on a 13-4 run to build their largest lead of 13 points, 30-17, with 4:33 left in first half. The Red Wolves closed the half outscoring UALR 9-6, but the Trojans held a 36-26 lead at the break.
UALR nailed three-straight three-pointers during the 13-4 run and finished the first half shooting 40 percent (6-15) from beyond the arc. A-State hit 44 percent (4-9) from three-point range, but a 4-of-17 (24 percent) start hurt the Red Wolves field goal percentage of 32 percent (9-28) in the first half.
A-State plays four of its last five games at the Convocation Center beginning Saturday with ULM visiting Jonesboro for a 7 p.m. matchup.