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Red Wolves looking ahead: Team focuses on consistency for ULM match up

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 17:01

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Ashley Helliwell, Staff Photographer

Senior Marcus Hooten goes up for a shot against a defending player. The Red Wolves face the Warhawks Saturday in the first meeting between the teams this season.

Coming off two losses after a four game winning streak, the Red Wolves men’s basketball team can only look ahead to their next opponent, the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Saturday, Jan. 19. This will represent the first of two regular season outings between the schools.

The last game ASU battled was against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Jan. 12. Coming up short on their final five attempts to score, the Red Wolves lost 61-56.  
The biggest struggle for the Red Wolves has been consistency in their offense. Head coach John Brady made light of the team’s weakness.

“I’d say our offense right now is like Forrest Gump. It’s like a box of chocolates. I don’t know what I’m going to get,” Brady said.

Senior guard Trey Finn said that he didn’t think the practices were as detailed as the practices before their winning games.

“We let one get away from us at home and we didn’t take care of business on the road against Lafayette,” Finn said.

Scoring 15 points against ULL, Finn is just 10 points away from recording his 1,000-career point and is hopeful for Saturday’s game.

“It’s just another accomplishment for me. I’m going to continue to play my game like I have been; I’m not going to do anything different,” Finn said.

Brady said he’s not making too big of an issue on shot selection and is focused on encouraging the team they’re doing the right thing.

“I want them to play relaxed and with some confidence. We’ve just got to come from that moment of belief stand point that we’re going to make those shots and make them on a consistent basis,” Brady said.

Optimistic about the upcoming games, Brady thinks the team has been working hard to prepare for them.

“If we keep our effort in defending like we have and continue to rebound the ball, we can get our offense on track. Then I think we have a chance to string together four or five quality games,” Brady said.

Junior guard Ed Townsel thinks as long as they don’t play down the competition they’ll be all right.

“The biggest expectation is getting the win. By getting the win we’ll get back on track and to get the win we’ll have to defend and basically do what we’ve been doing,” Townsel said.

The game will also be Student Appreciation Night and students with an ASU ID can win cash prizes, free food, and A-State t-shirts. Coach Bryan Harsin and his coaching staff will be introduced at half-time.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. in the Convocation Center on Saturday, Jan. 19 as the ASU men’s basketball team hopes to clinch the victory over ULM increasing their conference record to 6-3.

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