JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Redshirt-junior guard Devin Carter scored a team-high 20 points to lead the Arkansas State men’s basketball team to an 89-79 exhibition victory over Henderson State Monday night at the Convocation Center.
Along with junior guard Donte Thomas and junior forward Anthony Livingston, Carter was one of three A-State players to come off the bench and score in double figures. Thomas finished with 16 points and Livingston with 13, while starting guard P.J. Hardwick added 13 as well.
“Defensively, we weren’t good enough, or as good as we need to be,” said A-State head coach John Brady. “To score 89 points at home is pretty good. We put up some points, and we got fouled a lot, because we got guys who can drive the ball. With Donte (Thomas), Devin (Carter), PJ (Hardwick) and Frederic (Dure), we’ve got some guys that can drive it to the goal. Rebounding the ball, we weren’t as good as we need to be, and defensively we weren’t as tough as we need to be. We just need to get better.”
The Red Wolves used 10 players in the contest and saw seven of them score at least eight points. Thomas, Carter and freshman forward Christian Davis, A-State’s three newcomers this season, combined for 44 of the team’s 89 total points on 65 percent (15-of-23) shooting.
Arkansas State led just 40-39 at halftime and found itself down 46-44 three minutes into the second half, but went on a 10-2 run to go ahead by eight with 14:59 left in the contest. The Red Wolves were able to build their largest lead at 66-54 midway through the second half, but the Reddies cut their deficit back down to four points on two separate occasions.
A jumper by Matt Panaggio pulled the Reddies within 72-69 with 7:27 left, but they couldn’t get any closer. The Red Wolves responded with a 4-0 run to go back up by eight and Henderson State didn’t get closer than five points the rest of the way.
A-State improved its field goal percentage from .448 in the first half to .514 in the second, and also committed only one turnover during the game’s final 20 minutes. Both teams shot 48 percent from the field and while HSU held a 39-32 advantage on the boards, the Red Wolves finished with six more steals and turned 19 turnovers by the Reddies into 29 points.
Livingston pulled down seven rebounds, Hardwick dished out five assists and senior guard Sean Gardner recorded three steals, which were all team highs. Henderson State was led by Kevin Kozan with a game-high 27 points and Panaggio scored 16 and collected 10 rebounds for a double-double.
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