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December 29, 2010

Red Wolves tie school record in 120-39 rout of Central Baptist

JONESBORO, Ark. (12/28/10) - The Arkansas State men's basketball team tied its school scoring record and shattered the school record for scoring margin with a 120-39 rout of Central Baptist College Tuesday night at the Convocation Center.

ASU improved to 5-8 on the season with the victory, while Central Baptist took its eighth loss of the year moving to 4-8.

The Red Wolves took advantage of a hot shooting night connecting on 60.9% of their shots from the floor (39-64) and connected on 13 of 26 (50%) of its shots from three-point range. ASU also outscored the Mustangs 65-17 in the second half.

ASU had six players score in double-figures and saw four players set career scoring highs led by redshirt freshman guard Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch who had 19 points to lead the squad.

"I never expected the game to be like it was. I have been here three years and we have played six or eight of these teams and we have never been able to do it like this," said ASU head coach John Brady. "If we can come close to shooting the ball from the arc as we did tonight, it will certainly help us out a great deal. I was proud of our team, in spite of the separation of the score, to keep playing and executing and keep trying to play hard and defend."

Ogbonnaya-Branch was 10-11 from the free-throw line and was 3-7 from beyond the three-point arc in only 17 minutes of reserve action.

Junior forward Martavius Adams ranked second on the team with 18 points on 6-9 shooting from the floor and was 6-7 from the free-throw line. Sophomores Brandon Peterson and Adam Sterrenberg ranked thrid on the team with 14 points each which was a career-high for Sterrenberg.

Freshman guard Ed Townsel ranked fifth with 13, a career-high, followed by sophomore Trey Finn with 11 rounding out the six players for the Red Wolves scoring in double-digits.

ASU crushed CBC in the paint outscoring the Mustangs 42-18 down low and outrebounded CBC 56-28. The Red Wolves also outscored CBC in second chance points 25-4 and took advantage of 13 CBC turnovers to score 23 points to CBC 8 off turnovers. ASU's bench produced 62 points to the Mustangs 22.

The Red Wolves open Sun Belt Conference action on Thursday when they host South Alabama at 8:05 p.m. (CST) at the Convocation Center.



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