Lost in Laramie

LARAMIE, WY - The Arkansas State men's basketball team's first outing in the Main Event Sports Challenge was less than impressive today.

The Red Wolves ran into the proverbial buzz saw this afternoon as the host Wyoming Cowboys showed why they've won 74% of their games in Auditorium-Arena over the past 31 seasons in the spacious facility.

A vocal crowd of about 5,000 watched the 'Pokes burned the nets for 56.3 percent shooting on their way to an 85-64 win over the Wolves, who managed only 35.7 percent from the field, while also getting out-rebounded for the third straight game...this time by a 35-28 margin.

A-State had only two players score in double figures as senior transfer Melvin Johnson III led the team with 22 points and six rebounds. Fellow senior Kirk Van Slyke was the only other Red Wolf to hit double figures, finishing with 13 points, but only three rebounds.

"Until we learn to defend and rebound, we're probably not going to win very many basketball games," quipped head coach John Brady on his postgame radio show.

The loss drops A-State to 2-1 heading into Monday night's second game of the Main Event Sports Challenge at Colorado.

Brady has the Red Wolves back in the film room tonight dissecting today's disappointment. Meanwhile the team will depart Laramie early tomorrow afternoon for a two hour bus ride to Boulder. Tip-off at the Coors Events Center is Monday evening at 8 (CST).