A-State Closes Non-Conference Slate Tuesday at Home

COURTESY: ARKANSAS STATE

FOSTARTERS

• The Arkansas State University men’s basketball team will conclude non-conference play for the 2013-14 season this Tuesday (Feb. 25) as the Red Wolves host instate NAIA foe Lyon College at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

A-State, which is 9-2 at home and 7-4 in non-conference games this campaign, has won five of its last six encounters.  Senior forward Kirk Van Slyke (15.9 ppg.), senior guard Melvin Johnson III (15.3 ppg.), and senior forward Kendrick Washington (10.0 ppg.) are the Red Wolves’ current scoring leaders.  On the defensive side,Kendrick Washington is presently averaging a team-high 6.3 rpg. and Kirk Van Slyke has pulled down 6.0 rpg. to go with a squad-leading 29 blocked shots.

A-STATE/LYON COLLEGE HISTORY

• A-State leads 35-17 in the all-time series.

• First Meeting – A-State 29, Lyon 27 – (1926-27)

• Last Meeting – at A-State 108, Lyon 61 – (12/19/11)

• Last A-State win – at A-State 108, Lyon 61 – (12/19/11)

• Last Lyon College win – Lyon 70, A-State 58 – (1956-57)NAIA Playoffs

• Last A-State win at home – at A-State 108, Lyon 61 – (12/19/11)

• Last Lyon College win at A-State – Not Available

• Current Streak – A-State, Won 10

• Notes – A-State has won its last six home appearances versus Lyon College … The Red Wolves have outscored Lyon College by an average of 42.5 points per game (567-312) … A-State is averaging 94.5 ppg. in its last six meetings while the Scots have averaged 52.0 ppg. in that span … The Red Wolves have scored 85 points or more in five of their last six contests, which includes a 120-55 win (12/7/02) and a 108-61 triumph (12/19/11) … Ed Townsel is averaging 9.0 ppg. (18 pts.) and 5.0 rpg. (10 rebs.) in his two games versus Lyon College, which included 11 points and five boards in 2010-11. He also has compiled 12 career steals in the series with six each in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons … A-State won 11 straight games between 1946-47 and 1951-52 … The instate teams played four times in the 1926-27 season with A-State winning the first two, 29-27 and 23-18 before dropping the final two, 36-25 and 36-24.

SCOUTING LYON COLLEGE

• Lyon College, a NAIA member school located in Batesville, Ark., has won four of its last five contests and will put its current three-game winning streak on the line this Monday (Feb. 24) hosting Park University (Mo.) in a conference matchup at LC’s Becknell Gymnasium.  The Scots are presently 7-6 both on the road and at home along with sporting a 0-2 mark in neutral sites contests.
• Senior forward Jordan Layrock tallied a game-high 25 points and had six blocked shots in the Scots’ 78-73 conference home triumph over Benedictine (Ill.) last Saturday (2/22).  Sophomore guard Riley Jenkins contributed 22 points while junior center Ben Worlow tossed in 12 points with seven rebounds and junior guard Devonte Young added 10 points.
• Jordan Layrock (15.2 ppg.) and Devonte Young (12.5 ppg.) presently are Lyon College’s top points leaders this season.  Layrock leads the Scots in rebounding (5.9 rpg.) and blocked shots (47 total).  Young, who is second among the team’s top rebounders (4.5 rpg.), has compiled a squad-high 75 assists with 20 steals.
• Lyon registered a 9-20 overall record and 5-11 mark in the American Midwest Conference for the 2012-13 season.  The Scots were 4-11 on the road and 5-9 at home a season ago.
•     Head coach Chad Tapp assumed his current duties in May 2013 and is a nine-year veteran of collegiate coaching.  Tapp spent the last three seasons (2010-13) at Indiana University South Bend where he guided he Titans to their first back-to-back winning seasons in the program’s history – 16-15 in 2011-12 and 20-12 in 2012-13.  The 2012-13 campaign represented the school’s first 20-win season.  He began his coaching career at Taylor University (Ind.) in 2003 and spent seven years as an assistant coach with the Trojans.  During his tenure at TU, the Trojans won three conference championships and earned three NAIA Division I National Tournament berths, which includes a Sweet 16 round appearance by the 2005-06 team.

WINNING STRETCH 

•  Arkansas State has won five of its last six games to date and is averaging 77.2 ppg. (463 pts.) while allowing 67.5 ppg. (405 pts.) for a +9.7 points per game difference. The Red Wolves are shooting 46.5 percent (138-297) from the floor while their opponent has connected on 45.3 percent (144-318) in field goal attempts during the six-game stretch.

VAN SLYKE EARNS WEEKLY HONOR 

•  Kirk Van Slyke has been named this week’s (2/24) College Sports Madness’ Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for his performance in the Red Wolves’ two conference home wins this past week.  Van Slyke scored a game-high 23 points with six rebounds against UT Arlington last Thursday (2/20) and netted 14 points with five boards versus Texas State last Saturday (2/22).  The 6-10 frontcourt player presently is 43rd in field goal percentage (54.4%) and 122nd in free throw percentage (82.7%) among the NCAA-I national leaders thru Feb. 23 games while ranking 199th in points per game (15.9 ppg.), 222nd in blocked shots per game (1.16) and 245th in total blocks (29).

STREAK REACHES EIGHT 

• Senior guard Melvin Johnson III extended his double-figure scoring streak to eight straight games with 17 points against Texas State last Saturday (2/22).  Johnson III is presently averaging 19.1 ppg. (153 pts.) and has drained 48.9 percent (24-49) of his shots from beyond the three-point line in those seven matchups.  Johnson III currently ranks 242nd nationally with a 15.3 ppg. average through Feb. 23 contests.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME  

• The Red Wolves have posted a current 64-19 record (77.1 win pct.) at home since the 2008-09 season, which includes a 9-2 home ledger this season.  A-State is one home victory shy of reaching double-figure home wins for the fifth season in a row.  The 2010-11 (13-0 record) and 2012-13 (13-2 record) A-State teams claimed the most home victories since 2008-09.

MOVING UP 

• Senior guard Ed Townsel moved into 21st place on A-State’s all-time career scoring charts in Saturday’s (2/22) home triumph over Texas State with a game-leading 20 points.  Townsel surpassed Dewarick Spencer (2003-05; 1,073 career points) and Adrian Banks (2006-08; 1,081 career points).  He currently has amassed 1,083 career points in 122 contests and is only two points shy of moving into a 20th-place tie with Fred Shepherd (1989-93; 1,085 career points) among the program’s top career points leaders.

LONG-RANGE SCORER 

• Melvin Johnson III’s team-leading 68 three-point field goals made this season represents the most triples made in a campaign since 2007-08 when Ryan Wedel made 90 three pointers in 224 attempts. Johnson III is 29 treys away from tying Adrian Banks’ 97 three-point field goals set in the 2006- 07 campaign. He currently ranks third among the NCAA Division I statistical leaders in three-point field goal percentage (48.9%), 48th in three-point field goals made per game (2.2.72), and 68th in total three- point field goals made (68) through games of Feb. 23.

NON-CONFERENCE MATCHUPS 

• Arkansas State is currently 7-4 (.636) in such outings this season – 4-1 at home and 3-3 on the road.  Last season, A-State posted a 6-3 (.667) record, which included going 4-1 at home and 2-2 on the road.

• The Red Wolves are 53-52 (.505) to date since 2006-07, which featured a season-high 8-4 non-league mark in the 2008-09 season – 5-0 at home and 3-4 on the road.

• A-State sports a 35-8 ledger at home, 12-35 on the road, and 6-9 at neutral sites since 2006-07.

• A-State coach John Brady has registered a 41-37 (.526) record in non-conference games since his arrival in the 2008-09 campaign – 26-7 at home, 11-23 on the road, and 4-7 at neutral sites.

• Kirk Van Slyke (16.8 ppg.), Melvin Johnson III (16.1 ppg.) and Brandon Reed (10.5 ppg.) lead A-State in non-league scoring this season as the trio has combined for 55.7 percent (477-857) of the Red Wolves’ points output.

UP NEXT

• Arkansas State returns to Sun Belt Conference action this Saturday (March 1) night as the Red Wolves visit instate rival UALR in Little Rock, Ark.  The game versus the Trojans, which gets underway at 7 p.m. (CT) from UALR’s Jack Stephens Center, represents A-State’s final regular season road appearance of the 2013-14 campaign and can be heard live on the EAB Red Wolves Sports Radio Network via flagship KFIN 107.9 FM as the “Voice of the Red Wolves” Matt Stolz calls the action.

2013-1SUN BELT CONFERENCE COACHES POLL

• A-State was chosen to finish third place in the 2013-14 Sun Belt Conference Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released Oct. 30 by the conference office.  The Red Wolves totaled 74 pointsin voting conducted by the conference’s 10 head coaches.

REED AND TOWNSEL EARN SBC PRESEASON RECOGNITION

• Senior guards, Brandon Reed and Ed Townsel were named to the 2013-14 All Sun Belt Conference Preseason Team. Reed received second-team accolades while Townsel attainedthird-team recognition.


2013-14 ASTATE MEN’S BASKETBALL TICKET INFORMATION

• Individual single-game prices are $25 for lower level, $12 for the upper center area, $10 for the upper side, $8 for the upper wings and ends, $6 for children and senior citizens (age55+), and $5 group rate purchase of 12 tickets or more.

•Tickets may be purchased through the A-State Central Box Office by calling 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS or by ordering online at www.astate.edu/tickets. Ticket information for the 2013-14 season is also available on A-State Athletics’ official website – www.AStateRedWolves.com.

• A number of convenient and affordable mini-plan and group tickets are also available for purchase.  Click on thislink for more information.


A-STATE BASKETBALL GAME PROMOTIONS

•  A number of exciting game promotions will be held throughout the 2013-14 season.  Please visit 2013-14 GameDay Promotions.  For more information, contact the Arkansas State Athletics Marketing Department at 870-972-2943 or email promotions@astate.edu.