STATESBORO, GA (A-STATE) – Georgia Southern hit nine three-pointers in the first half and held the Arkansas State University men’s basketball team to 25 percent shooting to cruise to a 90-59 victory over the Red Wolves Thursday at Hanner Fieldhouse.
Devin Carter led A-State with 22 points, but fouled out with 7:12 remaining. The 20-point performance was the 12th for Carter this season. Anthony Livingston finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, his 27th career double-double. Frederic Dure also finished in double figures, netting 10 points while pulling in six rebounds. Five players scored in double figures for the Eagles, led by 18 points from Mike Hughes.
The loss drops the Red Wolves to 11-15 on the season and 7-8 in Sun Belt Conference play. Georgia Southern improves to 12-13 overall and 8-7 in league play.
A-State hit four of its first seven shots to lead the Eagles 10-9 with 16:36 remaining in the first half. Carter scored eight of the first 10 points for the Red Wolves, but the Eagles commanded the first half.
Although the Red Wolves led 10-9, Georgia Southern hit their first three from 3-point range and went on to make 9-of-15 (60 percent) in the first 13 minutes to hold a 33-17 edge over A-State. Jake Allsmiller hit the ninth of those treys as he started the game 5-for-5 from long range.
The Eagles finished the first half 9-of-20 (45 percent) from 3-point range and hit 43.8 percent (14-32) from the field to lead A-State 49-22 at halftime. After starting 4-for-7 from the field, A-State hit only 4-of-25 (20 percent) the remainder of the half, hampered by a 4-for-16 effort from 3-point range.
Georgia Southern hit three of their first five from 3-point range in the second half to expand the lead to 63-24 with 16:02 remaining. The Eagles built their largest lead, 73-32, with 11:22 remaining before cruising to the finish.
The Red Wolves finished the second half with a 37-point output while the Eagles posted 41 points. A-State finished the night shooting 30 percent (18-60) from the floor and 7-for-29 (24.1 percent) from 3-point range. Georgia Southern shot 38.9 percent (28-72) on the game and 13-for-40 (32.5 percent) from beyond the arc. The Eagles converted 21-of-29 (72.4 percent) at the charity stripe while the Red Wolves were 16-for-22 (72.7 percent).
The Red Wolves close a four-game road trip with a 1:30 p.m. (CT) tip off at Georgia State on Saturday. The game will air on ESPN3 from the GSU Sports Arena.