SAN MARCOS, TX (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State University men's basketball team committed a season-high 21 turnovers that led to 32 Texas State points off turnovers in a 70-60 loss at Strahan Coliseum Saturday.
With the loss, A-State drops to 11-16 on the season and 6-12 in Sun Belt Conference play. Texas State improved to 13-14 overall and 7-11 in league play with the win.
Sophomore forward Anthony Livingston posted his 14th double-double to lead the Red Wolves with 20 points and 13 rebounds. With 14 double-doubles, Livingston has the most since Dan Henderson in 1975-76. Junior guards Cameron Golden (12) and Frederic Dure (11) also had double figures for A-State.
The Red Wolves had a sluggish start, opening the game 1-for-12 from the field with seven turnovers in the first nine minutes. In that span, Texas State opened up a 17-3 advantage, but A-State responded with a 13-4 run to make it 21-16 with 7:52 remaining in the first half, but the five-point deficit would be as close as the Red Wolves could get.
Texas State carried a 34-23 lead to the halftime break by shooting 47 percent (14-30) in the first period. A-State was hampered by 13 first half turnovers that resulted in 17 points for the Bobcats while shooting 36 percent (9-25).
The Bobcats held their 10-plus point advantage much of the second half, but the Red Wolves were able to trim the deficit to eight points, 54-46, with a pair of free throws by Waters with 6:21 remaining. A-State pressed after the free throw make and Sean Gardner grabbed a steal, but Golden couldn't convert a fast break opportunity. Texas State grabbed possession and hit a three on the other end to take a 57-46 lead.
The Red Wolves got the deficit down to 10 points twice with less than three minutes to go and to as few as eight with 35 seconds left. Texas State hit free throws down the stretch and held on for the win. The Bobcats finished the night shooting 76 percent (16-21) at the charity stripe and A-State was 77 percent (17-22) at the line.
Dure, starting in his third-straight game, fouled out late in the game with his 11 points and seven rebounds in a career-high 38 minutes of action. Dure was 4-for-7 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range, but the other perimeter players managed to shoot 3-for-13 from long range.
A-State finished the afternoon shooting 37 percent (19-51) from the field and 31 percent (5-16) from beyond the arc. Texas State shot 48 percent (24-50) from the floor and 35 percent (6-17) behind the three-point line. A-State held a 37-27 edge on the glass, allowing only four offensive rebounds, but the Red Wolves coughed up 21 turnovers and were outscored 32-6 in points off turnovers.