Livingston became the first A-State player since Jeff Clifton scored 43 points and had 25 rebounds against UALR Jan. 29, 1994 to register 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same contest. Livingston also tied the team high by handing out four assists and had a game-high three blocks. Junior guards Sean Gardner (17) and Cameron Golden (14) also scored in double figures as A-State evened its record at 4-4 on the year.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end of the floor for most of the day, but A-State outshot the Thundering Herd (4-7) 36.8 percent (21-57) to 29.6 percent (21-71) to help propel the Red Wolves to a win. A-State outrebounded Marshall 49-43, including a 33-18 advantage in the second half. The Thundering Herd was led by Ryan Taylor’s 13 points, while Justin Edmonds and Tamron Manning scored 11 points each.
“I was proud of our team for finding a way to win the game when I don’t think we were at our best,” A-State men’s basketball coach John Brady said. “We made enough plays to win it and got some stops. We really beat them on the boards in the second half and that was one of our goals because they are a good rebounding team. We’re getting better, but we just have to continue to focus on the process and if we do that the results will take care of themselves.”
The Red Wolves fell behind by as many as 12 in the first half and trailed 32-27 at halftime. Marshall opened up an 8-point lead at 39-31 early in the second period, but an 8-0 run tied the game for Arkansas State. Kelvin Downs connected on a jumper a couple of possessions later to give A-State a 43-41 edge and A-State wouldn’t trail the rest of the contest.
Livingston gave A-State its biggest advantage of the game 56-46 on a free throw with 3:32 remaining in the contest, but Marshall climbed within six on a Manning three-pointer with just over two minutes left. However, A-State quelled any threat of a comeback with a 6-2 run, capped by another Livingston free throw, to take a 65-55 lead. The Thundering Herd made a three-point basket late, but two Golden free throws set the final at 67-58.
Marshall opened the game with 14 straight points after Nouhoum Bocoum scored the game’s opening basket for A-State. The Thundering Herd was able to hold on to the lead and took a 10-point advantage at 28-18 with 6:26 remaining in the first half. The Red Wolves began to claw its way back into from that point on and got within three at 30-27 on a Daijon Macklien steal and layup with just over 30 second left on the clock, but a layup by Marshall’s Milan Mijovic set the halftime score at 32-27.
Arkansas State travels to Niagara, N.Y., to face the Niagara University Purple Eagles in its final nonconference matchup of the season. Tip-off from the Gallagher Center is set for 6 p.m. (CT) and fans can follow the action with live stats at AStateRedWolves.com. Fans can also follow @AStateGameDay on Twitter for in-game updates and notes.
Post-game Audio courtesy of Keith Merritt