AState MBB Vs South Alabama Recap
Photo Courtesy: Arkansas State
By: Justin Cook, Publisher RedWolfReport.com
The Arkansas State Men’s Basketball team used a late rally after being down 24 to attempt a comeback against USA that saw them tying the game up late just to see the comeback fall short in the end. The men’s team fell to USA 81-76 and saw their record fall to 11-17 (6-13) on the year. With the loss, Arkansas State has been eliminated from the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The final game of the season will be Saturday at 7:05 against ULL. The previous meeting didn’t go well for the Red Wolves v. ULL has they lost by 37 with a score of 96-59.
The bright spots for Arkansas State when they took on South Alabama were Anthony Livingston and Sean Gardner. Gardner, a former starter that saw his role diminish with the emergence of Frederick Dure, got the start again against USA after Dure was injured in practice the day before. Dure came down wrong on his knee and felt a lot of discomfort and was unable to play against USA. Gardner made the most of his opportunity going for 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Anthony Livingston, a Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year worthy candidate did what he’s done all year long and that’s make plays. Livingston went for 22 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal. Unfortunately, the team didn’t meet expectations placed on them this season as a whole as they struggled with chemistry all year and their post season expectation ended with the loss.
The Red Wolves were down by as much as 24 at one point in the game and all hope seemed lost. There was no energy, no enthusiasm, and no effort from much of anyone. For 25 minutes the Red Wolves seemed like they were going through the motions and that was about it. Then something happened that no one could explain. ASU went from 24 down to tied up. The Red Wolves were making a surge. What happened? The Red Wolves had 4 players that had 4 fouls, they had to be cautious on defense, and then 2 of those players picked up their 5th and final fouls and the wind in the sail was gone. Livingston picked his 5th up on a loose ball foul and Golden picked up his 5th on a USA drive to the lane.
The game ended with a USA 5 point swing to end the game 81-76. ASU out produced USA in the paint scoring 40/30, points off turnovers 15/11, 2nd chance points 14/9, tied in fast break points 6/6, and outscored them with bench points 16/6. USA still managed to lead most of the game with 33:23 minutes of lead time to ASU’s 3:59 seconds of lead time. Arkansas State even shot well going 45% from the field, but couldn’t slow down USA’s shooting as they went 52% from the field. Something that hurt the Red Wolves was their three point shooting by going 3-18 for 16% shooting. The Red Wolves even protected the ball decent only turning the ball over 10 times to USA’s 11 and outrebounded USA 36-35. Arkansas State had more assists than USA with 12 to USA’s 10. ASU had more blocks than USA with 3 to USA’s 1 and more steals with 8 to USA’s 4. Even with all the advantages ASU held in the statistics department, stats don’t always equal wins.