Exhibition basketball games are pre-season scrimmages that allows your basketball team the opportunity to get some practice against someone else other than themselves.
Arkansas State veteran Head Basketball Coach John Brady wasn't pleased with his Red Wolves defensively in last weeks opener against Southern Arkansas University.
Brady admitted that he saw improvement in his team, especially from a defensive standpoint here tonight in Arkansas State's exhibition finale against Henderson State University, with the Red Wolves blowing out the Reddies 95-65.
Arkansas State held Henderson State to less than 36 percent from the field, a stat that was vast improvement over the 50 percent that ASU gave up last week to SAU in the opener.
"I thought we got better tonight," Brady said. "We played better defensively especially in the second half. Proud of our team for playing better and doing better. Overall we improved and got better, we will see how it shows up Saturday night. If we can get that defensive mark between 35-40 percent all season I would mail it in now. We will win some ballgames with that stat."
Arkansas State will take a day off on Wednesday, get some work in on Thursday before traveling to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Flyers in the Red Wolves season opener.
"We will see what happen on Saturday afternoon," Brady said. "They are a good basketball team, they don't lose much at home. They draw 9,500 for an exhibition game, there will be 10,500 when we roll up in there on Saturday. It will be a great experience for us. We will go in there with our freshman point guard, see how it goes. It will be a good test for us. Extremely good test for our team this early in the season."
Arkansas State jumped out to an early 54-37 lead at the half, despite an outstanding shooting performance from the Reddies.
Henderson State shot 6 for 10 from the three point line, keeping the Reddies in the game for the first half.
"You have to give credit to Henderson for the shots they made in the first half," Brady said. "I thought they hit three or four three pointers with us playing pretty good defense on them. They just shot the ball over us."
Senior guard Marcus Hooten had an outstanding game, just missing two shots all night, one from the field and one from three point range. He ended the night with 20 points during the 22 minutes he played.
"He eight for nine for the floor, he didn't miss a shot the other night, if I was an opposing coach I would say I need to guard him. He is doing well."
Senior Brandon Peterson turned in a good performance scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds for the Red Wolves.
"I would like to see him shoot a little better than that," Brady said. "If he can do double figure points and rebounds every night, something he needs to do, he will try to defend, that's why I play him, he gives a great effort."
"Ed is definitely giving us that spark off the bench," Brady said. "Most teams don't have the luxury of having a starter type of player coming off the bench for you. He is playing well right now."
After their season opener in Dayton Saturday night, Arkansas State will return home for their home opener on November 13 against Arkansas Monticello.