Brady Proud of Red Wolves Growth

The last two weeks have been eventful for John Brady’s Arkansas State Red Wolves. Coming off a 67-58 victory over Marshall at home and a 1-2 road trip, which included a 69-55 victory at Mississippi State, the Red Wolves take on Niagara (1-6) of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tuesday night in upstate New York.

“If we play like we are capable we have a chance to go on the road and get us one,’’ said Brady.

The game will be the fourth in their last five outings on the road. And following this the Red Wolves open conference play at South Alabama on Dec. 30.

Against Marshall, 6-9 senior forward Anthony Livingston had 20 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, one of the top games in Division I in a decade.

“I thought we were tired,’’ said Brady. “I’ve worked them pretty hard the last couple of weeks and we practiced for 2 hours yesterday, not one of my better moves.”

“I was proud of our team for finding a way to win the game when I don’t think we were at our best,” 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 process for the Red Wolves might be starting to fall into place. The team played better in the second half of the dreadful 87-46 loss at Purdue, could have easily won at Toledo and played very well in the W at Mississippi State.

“We’re getting better and it’s just a good win for us to come into an SEC team’s place,” said Brady. “We really executed well for the most part and I thought Cameron Golden and Sean Gardner made some big baskets for us. Nohoum Bocoum is playing better also and we held our own on the boards. I’m really proud of our players and how they were able to play tonight.”

Now at 4-4, the Red Wolves have won 2 games on the road. “It is a process of getting the new guys to play together,’’ said Brady. “We are getting there.”

Tip-off for the game at Niagara is 6 p.m. Central. The Red Wolves won in Jonesboro 86-61 last season.

“They have a new coach and a lot of new players,’’ said Brady. “They lost their best scorer; he is at Auburn now.

“Hopefully we can get this one and then go to South Alabama and get that one we come home and get or a roll.”

NOTE: Ronnie White, a 6-foot-9 center from Chicago and Tyler College, has left the program, citing lack of playing time.