Keeping the Train Rolling: Red Wolves defeat Red Hawks for second win
In their first game after scoring the schools fewest points in the shot clock era against Louisville, the Arkansas State Red Wolves grabbed their second victory of the season with a 79-63 win against Southeast Missouri Tuesday night.
After giving up a 7-2 run to SEMO in the opening 90 seconds, the Red Wolves rallied with its own 12-3 run to the take the only lead they would need.
ASU went on to lead by as much as 21 in the second half on their way to a win over the Redhawks, who were led by the John Brady's predecessor at ASU, Dickey Nutt.
The most effective tool for ASU Tuesday night was sophomore guard Ed Townsel, who surpassed his previous career high of 13 points for a total of 20. Townsel was the fire beneath the Red Wolves as he scored 13 in the first half, with six of them coming off three pointers.
Townsel was perfect from behind the arch with four straight buckets before missing his first with 4:37 left in the game. The Red Wolves totaled 4 of 6 from three point land with junior Trey Finn making his two shots.
"I think we just took the pressure off of Ed a little bit," head coach John Brady said. "We just got the ball out of his hands and let him run off some screens."
Townsel led the way as all five starters: Townsel, Finn, Peterson, Kirkland and Hooten, all scored in double figures and earned the team more than 50 percent shooting from the field for the entire game.
The Redhawks (3-4) were led in scoring by Lucas Nutt with 13 points. Nutt hit three shots from behind the arch in the first half to contribute to a 6-15 night from three-point land.
"Their perimeter didn't hurt us much at all. With Ed, Marcus Hooten and Trey Finn, we played better than their perimeter, physically guarded them pretty well. I thought our post men held their own which was key to the game," Brady said.
Kirkland led the team at the free throw line, making all six of his attempts from the charity stripe.
This was Dickey Nutt's first trip back to the Convocation Center since becoming the SEMO head coach.
Nutt coached at ASU for 20 years, 13 of those as head coach.
"Everything that we did, they countered and they scored. When they scored they became a better defensive team," Nutt said.
The Red Wolves will now face a short turnaround, traveling to New York to face St. Bonaventure for the first time Thursday at 6 p.m.
After playing Austin Peay on Dec. 5, the Red Wolves next home game will be Dec. 10 against Central Arkansas, the first game between the schools in more than 50 years.
"This was a good game for us to get. It was a game we needed to get," Brady said. "I knew it, everybody else knew it…and we got it in a nice way.
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