Brady’s Red Wolves earn ‘textbook’ victory
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 17:01
The men’s basketball teams gained a win Saturday night when Brady’s Red Wolves (12-8, 6-5) dominated the Florida Atlantic Owls (10-12, 5-6) with its defense, forcing 21 turnovers and giving the most proficient three-point shooting game in the Sun Belt a goose egg on the way to a 63-38 win.
The dominance came two nights after poor shooting down the stretch led to an overtime loss at Troy.
“The highs and lows of this [game] are unbelievable,” Brady said. “Defensively, I’ve coached a lot of teams and I’ve coached some really great players and had some really good defensive teams. But that exhibition tonight of defending was textbook by our players.”
The win was redemption for a 72-65 defeat at FAU on Dec. 1, though Brady said his team didn’t do anything special compared to that early season game.
“We didn’t change anything. We played them man to man down there and we played them man to man here. We just played it better,” Brady said.
The Red Wolves finished with four players scoring double-digit points, led by senior Brandon Peterson with 15 and Marcus Hooten with 14. Peterson’s and ASU’s final basket of the night, a short shot from the paint with 1:09 left in the game, made the Birmingham, Ala. native the 25th player in ASU history to break the 1,000 point plateau.
“My teammates looked for me to make sure I got it done tonight,” Peterson said. “Once we saw we had the game in hand, we wanted to get it out of the way so we could move on to the big two game we have next week.”
The accomplishment comes one week after fellow senior Trey Finn did the same against Louisiana Monroe. Brady attributed the two accomplishments back to his goal when he first recruited the players five years ago.
“We wanted to recruit freshman that came here and grew with the program, that people could identify with and watch them get better,” Brady said. “I think Trey Finn and Brandon both have contributed to this program in a lot of positive way and that’s why they’re 1,000 point scorers, and we’re going to have some more of those.”
FAU’s leading scorer, Greg Gantt, was hounded by Finn for most of the night and was limited to 13 points after entering the game averaging 22. Gantt was the only Owl to break into double-digits for scoring.
“We wanted to press him full court and see how his ball handling skills were. He seemed a little shaky, so we continued to pressure him,” Finn said.
ASU continues a three-game home stand Thursday night against South Alabama with tip off set for 7:05 p.m.