Arkansas State MBB Vs. ULL Recap
By: Justin Cook, Publisher RedWolfReport.com
The Arkansas State men’s basketball team fell for the second time to ULL on the season after losing 81-57 to the Rajun Cajuns on Saturday. The men’s team fell to an overall record of 11-18 (6-14) on the season. The men’s team will look to improve next season while remaining under the leadership of Coach John Brady, first broke by Joel Cox of the RedWolfRollCall.
The season may not have gone the way the Red Wolves wanted, but they found a bright spot all season in Anthony Livingston. Livingston had a player of the year type year even if he doesn’t win it. Livingston ends his season after the loss to ULL with a double double average. Livingston will not be able to add to his statistics during the Sun Belt tournament after being eliminated Thursday night against ULL.
Livingston went for another double double against ULL for his 15th of the season. Livingston posted 17 points with 11 rebounds, 1 assists, and had 1 block on the night. Livingston battled Shawn Long of ULL all night. Long, an NBA prospect also posted a double double to help his case for Sun Belt Conference Player of the year.
PJ Hardwick also had an excellent game for the Red Wolves while coming off of the bench. Hardwick went for 13 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. Hardwick, who had a career high 17 against ULL the first time out this year. Scored 13 out of the 22 points off of the bench for the Red Wolves. At times, Hardwick looked like the best player on the floor. He logged 26 minutes for the game and seemed to bring the point guard play to another level when in the game. Hardwick would make breaks in and out of the defense as fast as Michael Gordon on a football field.
Livingston and Hardwick were the only Red Wolves to score in double digits. The Red Wolves shot only 35% from the field, 35% from three, and 66% from the free throw line. Arkansas State had the game tied for 2:29 of the game, but never gained the lead from the Rajun Cajuns who led for the other 37:15. The Rajun Cajuns scored 81 points, but the Red Wolves did hold them to only 39% shooting. The Red Wolves protected the ball well also by only allowing 9 turnovers. The problem was that even with in your face defense, the Arkansas State was only able to force 6 turnovers.
The Red Wolves were outrebounded 49-38 and allowed 13 second chance points to their own 4 which hurts any chances at a comeback when down as much as 20+ points. ULL outscored Arkansas State 30 to 24 in the paint and scored 15 points to Arkansas State’s 7 off turnovers.
The Red Wolves season comes to an end after the loss, but they’ll look to get back on track next season. Arkansas State has good reason to be hopeful going into next season with 0 seniors on the team and the possibility of adding a playmaker at the point guard position along with other roll players that did not play this season. John Brady will return in 2015-2016 with hopes of turning this thing around and build on his previous successes and get the Red Wolves back into contention for Sun Belt titles and Conference Tournament Championships.