Press Release from Arkansas State Athletics
JONESBORO, Ark. (2/6/21) – The Arkansas State men’s basketball team completed a two-game-weekend sweep of Louisiana on Saturday, topping the Ragin’ Cajuns 83-77 at First National Bank arena behind the strength of five players scoring in double figures.
A-State won for the third time over its last four outings, improving to 8-9 overall and 5-5 in Sun Belt Conference action. Entering the weekend on a five-game winning streak, Louisiana saw its overall record move to 13-6 overall and 7-5 in league play.
A-State was led by two players posting a double-double, including senior guard Marquis Eaton and freshman forward Norchad Omier. Posting 15 points and a career-tying 10 assists, Eaton finished the weekend with a combined 47 points and 19 assists. Omier collected his 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while also adding three blocks.
Also scoring in double figures for the Red Wolves were freshman guard Avery Felts with a career-high 13 points, redshirt senior guard Christian Willis with 11 and sophomore guard Caleb Fields with 10.
After building a 17-point halftime lead, the Red Wolves extended it to 18 points on four different occasions in the second half, the last being 69-51 with 9:59 remaining. A-State held a double-figure lead until the 4:11 mark, but held off the Ragin’ Cajuns late for the six-point victory. Louisiana pulled within 77-72 with 2:07 left to play, but couldn’t get any closer.
The Red Wolves finished the outing a 48.2 field goal percentage in comparison to the Ragin’ Cajuns .435 mark. While Louisiana held a 36-30 advantage on the boards, the Red Wolves dished out 22 assists – their second most of the year and 13 more than the Cajuns.
A-State also made 11 three pointers, matching their second most of the year, for the second straight day. They ended the contest with a season-best 57.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.
Louisiana built a 14-9 lead, its largest of the game, nearly six minutes into the contest, but the Red Wolves responded with a 15-1 run to reclaim the lead at 24-15 with 9:35 remaining in the first half. Shooting 56 percent from the field and 57 percent from beyond the arc, A-State was able to take a 46-29 advantage into the break.
Arkansas State remains at home, where it is 8-2 this season, for its next outing when it hosts Little Rock on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 8:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and heard across the EAB Red Wolves Sports Network and flagship station 107.9 KFIN. For the latest on A-State men’s basketball, follow the team on Twitter (@AStateMB), Facebook (/AStateMB) and Instagram (@astatemb).