A-State Men's Basketball closes season with loss to ULL

A-State Men's Basketball closes season with loss to ULL
JONESBORO, AR. (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State men's basketball team's 2014-15 season came to a close Saturday night with an 81-57 Sun Belt Conference setback against Louisiana-Lafayette.

“If we hadn't have missed six or seven layups there in the second half the game would have been a little better,” A-State head coach John Brady said. “I'm not sure if we would have won it, but certainty when you miss six layups there is not much you could do. Besides that, they didn't shoot it great, they made timely baskets, but their field goal stats were 39 percent. They have some weapons and they are leading the league in scoring. They shoot 46 percent from the floor as a team and they shoot 36% from the three-point line. They are a really good offensive team.

Where we struggle at times they make it look easy, but we had opportunities there. I think we should have had about 60 or 70 points. You miss five or six layups, that's where it is.”

Sophomore forward Anthony Livingston scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, both team highs, to collect his 15th double-double of the season and lead the Red Wolves.  Sophomore guard P.J. Hardwick was the only other A-State (11-18, 6-14) player to score in double figures, finishing with 13 points.

While the Red Wolves never led, they were within 38-33 before Louisiana-Lafayette (19-12, 12-7) closed out the first half's final 45 seconds on a 5-0 run to take a 43-33 lead into the locker room.  The Ragin' Cajuns began the second half by scoring 17 of the initial 22 points to open up a 60-38 advantage with 12:06 left in the game.

The Red Wolves responded by going on a 9-1 run to that made the score 61-47 with 10:23 to play, but couldn't get any closer. 

Arkansas State posted a .351 shooting percentage in comparison to ULL's .397 and both teams shot close to 36 percent from beyond the arc, but the Ragin' Cajuns made 10 three-pointers to the Red Wolves' five.  Both teams had a similar free throw percentage as well, but ULL made eight more trips to the charity stripe.

Louisiana-Lafayette, led by four players scoring in double figures, held a 49-38 advantage on the boards. Haywood Register led ULL with 19 points on 40 percent (6-15) shooting from beyond the arc. Shawn Long added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Ragin' Cajuns.