Red Wolves grab first home win in exhibition
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 4, 2013 18:11
In a strong defensive first half, the Arkansas State Red Wolves held the Henderson State Reddies to 27 points, leading to a 83-72 victory.
A-State’s offense was spearheaded by senior forward Kirk Van Slyke, who scored all of his 18 points in the first half on six of 12 shooting.
Van Slyke displayed his versatile scoring ability; he knocked two 3’s down and played like Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love in the paint scoring effectively around the rim.
“I just have to stay in the gym and keep working hard,” Van Slyke said in reference to reciprocating his performance throughout the season. The 6’10” forward was perfect from the free throw line as well.
A-State manufactured 43 points on 41 percent shooting average in the first half. In the second half, the Reddies came out with a spark in their step as they went on a 14-7 run in the first five minutes of the half.
Reddies Senior guard Melvin Haynes was phenomenal, scoring 25 points on 9-14 shooting from the field and he cashed in six of his nine three point attempts.
Haynes caught fire in the second half scoring 14 points on five of six shooting and making three of four three point attempts.
Head Coach John Brady described Haynes as “the best player on the floor” and stated “he made shots over us despite solid defense.” Henderson State’s offense was firing on all cylinders in the second half as they outscored A-State 45-40 on 65 percent shooting.
“We’ve got to defend better for 40 minutes,” Brady said.
“I wasn’t going to call a timeout and bail my team out; I was going to let them figure it out.”
Senior guard Ed Townsel turned his game up a notch in the second half after going scoreless in the first half. Townsel scored 12 points on five of 12 shooting and made both of his free throw attempts. The six foot guard also kept stability in the Red Wolves defense.
Sophomore forward Raeford “Gator” Worsham injected some nice offensive punch and energy off the bench. He scored 13 points, corralled 8 rebounds and connected on 7 of his 9 free throw attempts.
Despite the Reddies furious rally, A-State maintained their lead and took home the “W.” The Red Wolves capitalized on second chance opportunities outscoring the Reddies 21 to 11; they also outrebounded Henderson State 43 to 32.
“We have to execute better,” Brady continued. “I felt like the best thing we did was play unselfishly, we moved the ball around and got some good shots.”
A-State’s next game will be Tuesday, Nov. 5th versus Arkansas-Monticello at 7:05 p.m. in the Convo.