Men Fall to Georgia State

Just a few hours after playing the longest game in school and conference history, the Arkansas State Red Wolves'season came to a screeching halt Saturday at Lakefront Arena. The Red Wolves where dealt a 72-45 loss to the Georgia State Panthers.

The Red Wolves came out strong, and led 7-5 with 15:33 to go in the first half, but they could not ride the momentum they gained in the first 5 minutes of the game.

"To beat Georgia State you have to make a minimum of twelve 3 pointers" said coach John Brady. "We just didn't have it shooting the ball tonight. "I thought the effort of our team was fine. I wasn't displeased. We didn't make shots they normally make."

The Red Wolves, who only had a 16 hour gap between games, said fatigue was not an issue.

"We were more tired than we thought, but it wasn't the reason we didn't win this game," said senior Melvin Johnson III. "Us as a perimeter just didn't play well.

Johnson finished with 10 points.

We felt good going in, we just couldn't get over the hump and get the lead back after they extended it out." said Kendrick Washington.

Arkansas State, which finished the season with 19 wins for the second consecutive season, executed its game plan to a "t".

"Whatever we ran early the basket went in" said Brady " we just couldn't continue that. We had good looks at the basket, we just couldn't make shots."

Brady also added that he never criticized a player for taking a bad shot the entire game.

"We tried to keep the intensity on them and just tried to run." said Georgia State's Ryan Harrow "We knew their legs would die out, and a lot of the shots they were taking that they usually make where falling short. We took advantage of that."

The loss most likely will mark the end of the season for the Red Wolves, which means today was the final game for A-stAte's 5 seniors – Johnson, Washington, Ed Townsel, Kirk Van Slyke and Brandon Reed.

"The seniors we had were great" said Brady. "They all had strong personalities and that will bode them well in the future. They were great guys and I am going to miss them."

The Red Wolves, who shot 32.1% from the field and 20.8% from beyond the arc, where lead in scoring tonight by Washington who chipped in 12 points and Melvin Johnson III who added 10. Washington and Johnson where the only Red Wolves in double figures. Ed Townsel, who led the Red Wolves in scoring against UALR with 32 and provided a spark for Brady's team, finished with only 2 points."

Georgia State advances to tomorrow's final round, which begins at noon at Lakefront Arena.

"Georgia State is a good team, they have four really good players and three could play at a lot of places," said Brady.

"It would be a shame if they were to be upset tomorrow night and not go to the NCAA tournament. They are a deserving team."

Brady was quick to look ahead to the team he has coming back for next season.

"We are going to do better" he said. "We will be a top two or three team next year. I've a got a seven- man recruiting class that I'm extremely excited about, it's the best I have ever had during my time here"