Nov. 25, 2012
JONESBORO, Ark. - Arkansas State knocked down 11 3-pointers Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center to lead the host Red Wolves to a 93-53 non-conference basketball victory over Lamar University.
The Cardinals struggled to stop the Red Wolves who built on their 33-21 halftime lead by scoring the first 11 points of the second half. ASU (4-1) was 7-of-9 from 3-point range in the second half as it continued to pull away from the Cardinals and kept Lamar from getting back in the game.
Lamar, which was coming off an 86-82 win over IUPUI, fell to 1-5 on the year. The Cardinals, who still lead ASU 46-35 all-time, will continue road play with a 7 p.m. contest Tuesday evening at Alabama.
"We just got outplayed," said LU head coach Pat Knight. "They just played harder than we did. We weren't ready to play and anytime you do that, you're going to suffer the consequences. They have a good team with an inside-outside threat.
"We haven't gotten off to a good start yet in our first six games. We were lucky enough to come back and beat IUPUI, but we got down early in that game. It's just really hurting us and if we continue to do so, the outcome is going to continue to be like this."
Lamar was hurt Sunday by its turnovers and rebounding, two areas that had seen improvement earlier in the week. Against ASU, however, the Cards were outrebounded 49-26 and gave up 19 offensive rebounds which led to 20 second chance points.
The Cards committed 18 turnovers in the contest and ASU, which finished with just eight, enjoyed a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers. The Red Wolves were able to turn several into fast break buckets and had an 18-2 edge in that category.
Freshman Matt Hancock, who finished with four points and two assists off the LU bench, scored the Cards' first points of the second half with a jumper at the 15:34 mark to stop ASU's 11-0 run. The basket made it a 20-point game at 43-23, and Lamar would get no closer the rest of the way in falling to ASU by its widest margin in 81 meetings.
Redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell
scored the first basket of the game to give Lamar its only lead. ASU would respond with a 15-2 run over the next six minutes for its first double-digit lead of the game at 15-4. The Cardinals got within seven points on three different occasions, but could not overcome 33.3 percent shooting from the floor in the first half in pulling no closer.
Junior guard Ed Townsel was the biggest thorn in Lamar's side, finishing with a game-high 27 points and seven of ASU's 15 steals. Townsel knocked down six of his nine 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points in the second half alone.
Lamar ended the game shooting 19-of-51 from the floor (37.3 percent) and made just one 3-pointer in the contest. With senior forward Nikko Acosta hitting all six, Lamar was able to shoot 14-of-17 from the free throw line for its third straight game over 80 percent.
Senior forward Stan Brown was the only Cardinal to reach double-figures in scoring as hit finished with 10 points and a team-high five rebounds. Brown was 4-of-6 from the floor in 26 minutes.
The Cardinals got 19 points off the bench with sophomore guard Hondo Webb finishing with seven points to lead the reserves.
In addition to Townsel's big night, Marcus Hooten finished with 17 points for ASU and senior forward Brandon Peterson added a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Peterson also added all three of the Red Wolves' blocked shots.