A-State Men’s Basketball drops season opener to SIUE 79-70

A-State Men’s Basketball drops season opener to SIUE 79-70

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill (A-STATE) – SIU-Edwardsville outscored the Arkansas State men's basketball team 30-11 at the free throw line and defeated the Red Wolves 79-70 in the season opener for both teams at Vadabelene Center Friday.

SIUE (1-0) shot 75.0 percent (30-for-40) from the charity stripe while A-State (0-1) was 73.3 percent (11-for-15) at the free throw line. The Red Wolves shot 36.1 percent (26-of-72) from the field, but the Cougars finished 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the floor. A-State was 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from long range in the first half, but struggled to 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) in the second half. SIUE shot 31.8 percent (7-for-22) from beyond the arc on the game.

Redshirt-junior Devin Carter paced the Red Wolves with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting in his A-State debut. Carter added five rebounds and three assists to his stat line in 29 minutes of action. Junior Donte Thomas had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists while junior Anthony Livingston came just shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jalen Henry led SIUE with 18 points and nine rebounds.

With the game tied 37-37 at the halftime break, A-State came out and scored the first four points of the half on two buckets by Livingston. The Red Wolves gained a 43-41 lead, but a 7-2 run by SIUE gave the Cougars a 48-45 lead with 11:56 remaining.

A-State pulled to within two, 53-51, with 9:36 remaining in the second half, but the Cougars scored three points off a bucket and free throw to lead 56-51 with 6:56 left. Thomas earned two free throw attempts on a foul and drained the first. The second free throw rimmed out and a foul was called on A-State on the rebound attempt. SIUE was in the bonus and hit both free throws to turn it into a two-for-one and lead 57-55.

After the Red Wolves pulled within four, 63-59, on a Dure runner in the lane, the Cougars gained their largest lead of nine points. Carlos Anderson drained a three and SIUE used the free throw line to lead 69-61 with 3:41 left.

Carter hit a jumper and trey to pull the Red Wolves within 70-66, but the Cougars made 3-of-4 free throws plus a jumper to regain a nine-point lead at 75-66. Four more made free throws put the game out of reach for the Red Wolves as the Cougars ran out the clock to end the game.

SIU-Edwardsville scored the first four points of the game for their largest lead of the first half, but A-State answered with a 8-2 run to lead 8-6 early in the first half. The Red Wolves expanded the lead to a first-half best five points with 9:25 remaining in the half using a 7-2 run to break a 16-16 tie.

The Red Wolves drained 5-of-9 three-point attempts in the first half with Carter hitting both of his attempts beyond the arc. Livingston drained 2-of-4 three-point attempts and Dure was 1-for-1 behind the three-point line.

A-State out-rebounded SIUE 47-42, with 19 of the 47 rebounds being off the offensive glass. The Red Wolves committed 11 turnovers that led to eight points for the Cougars while SIUE had seven turnovers that A-State turned into nine second-chance points. Led by Carter's 22 points off the bench, the Red Wolves outscored SIUE 33-22 in bench scoring.

A-State returns to the Convocation Center for the home opener on Monday, Nov. 16, against Lyon College at 7:05 p.m.

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