Reddies not ready for ASU: Men’s basketball closes out exhibition games
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 15:11
On Tuesday, the Arkansas State men’s basketball team beat Henderson State University 95-65 in its last exhibition game of the season.
ASU started to run up the score early in the game. With the game tied at 4-4, senior Brandon Peterson scored back-to-back baskets followed by a tip-in from junior Kendrick Washington. After two more field goals from both teams, seniors Trey Finn and Marcus Hooten made three-pointers to give the Red Wolves a comfortable 20-8 lead in the first six minutes.
Finn would finish the night three-of-four from the floor and two free throws for nine points. Hooten scored 20 points on eight-of-nine field goals to lead the ASU attack. Peterson earned a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.
Washington, Worsham Raeford, and Ed Townsel contributed double digit scores for the Red Wolves.
“I thought we got better tonight,” said head coach John Brady. “I thought we played better, particularly defensively the second half, and we were pretty consistent offensively throughout the game. I was proud of our team for playing better and doing better.”
The Red Wolves were able to limit Henderson State’s offense to 23-of-64 (35.9 percent) in shooting. ASU also forced 16 turnovers, three blocks, and nine steals to add to the defensive effort.
“The first half we didn’t pay that good… but [in the] second half we locked them down a little bit,” said Hooten when asked about the defense.
Depth began to play a factor as the game progressed. The A-State bench out-produced the Reddie bench 36-14. In addition to the scoring pressure, the deep bench allowed several substitutions to rest players throughout the game.
“I thought our depth played a role in it,” stated coach Brady. “(It) gave our guys some breaks… and we kinda wore them down at the end.”
Offensive production was high for the Red Wolves. In addition to holding a double-digit lead most of the game, they shot 38-of-68 (55.9percent) from the floor and made eight-of-19 (42.1percent) from behind the arc.
Junior Ed Townsel felt confident in the way the offense was clicking stating, “We feel good about the offensive end. We feel like we can score way more than we use too.”
Townsel had 18 points on seven-of-nine shots from the floor. Twelve of those points were from three-point shots.
The win closes out exhibition play for ASU as it prepare to start its season on the road against Dayton.
“It will be a good test for our team,” coach Brady said.
The first tip-off of the regular season will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Dayton, Ohio