After back to back close road wins, Arkansas State veteran Basketball Coach John Brady emphasized in the past few days how it was important for his upper class men to step up.
In last week's game against University of Central Arkansas, the Red Wolves were led by two true freshmen.
In Sunday's home game with Lamar, Arkansas State was without their senior leader Trey Finn (who didn't play due to back spasms), Brady stressed that he wanted his older guys to step up and lead.
And lead the did.
Junior guard and sixth man normally off the Bench for ASU Ed Townsel, celebrated his 22 second birthday in a special way.
He turned in a career high performance with 27 points. Townsel was 10-17 from the field and 6 from 9 from three point range. He had seven steals, five rebounds and two assist.
"I felt really good out there today," Townsel told the ASU media after the game. "I came in very excited, I knew I needed to step up my game, regardless of whether or not Trey was playing."
After two nail biting close road wins, Brady was glad to see that his team responded with a sound performance against Lamar as the Red Wolves defeated the Cardinals 93-53.
"I didn't expect this type of game today," Brady said. "I felt like we would play better, I didn't realize we would play like we did."
"I have been pushing the older guys, and really all of the guys to elevate their games," Brady said. "It's my job to help them do the things they aren't doing well, to get better in those areas."
Another senior that lifted his game today against Lamar was Marcus Hooten.
Hooten finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
True freshman Raeford "Gator" Worsham continues to impress. He was one of the top scorers against UCA and finished the day with 13 points, five rebounds in 19 minutes of floor time.
When asked about Worsham's play, Brady laughed and admitted that he sees the things his players do wrong more than he does when they do well.
"He has really played well in the last couple of games," Brady said. "I joked during the last game about his mistakes, I want to push all my players to play better."
Arkansas State jumped out to just a 33-21 halftime lead before 1,927 ASU faithful, but the Red Wolves outscored Lamar 60-32 to pick up the 40 point win.
ASU shot 46 from the field today against Lamar and more importantly 55 percent from three point range.
"We really shot the ball a lot better today," Brady said. "We now need to carry this momentum into our next two conference road games. We need to shoot like this on the road."