“The only thing we are consistent at is our inconsistency,’’ said coach John Brady.
This one started well for the Red Wolves (9-11, 4-7 SBC) but the Trojans started chipping away in the later portion of the first half then dominated the second period.
A-State, which led by as much as 13, was up 38-37 at the half and never trailed until 41-40 with 16:40 left in the game. Once the Trojans had the lead they never trailed again. Arkansas State did manage ties at 48-48 and 50-50 (10:18 left). After the second tie, UALR went on a 12-0 run.
In the second half, UALR shot 52 percent (12 of 23) and 80 percent on 3-pointers (4 of 5). The Trojans were also 10 of 13 shooting free throws in the second half.
Arkansas State shot 54 percent in the first half and 36 percent in the final stanza.
The Red Wolves won 2 of 3 from UALR last year, including the 4 overtime 116-114 contest in the SBC tourney. The teams meet again Feb. 19 in Little Rock.
Josh Hagins led the Trojans with 28 points, 10 of 13 from the field and 2 of 3 on 3-pointers.
Cam Golden led the Red Wolves with 17 points and Sean Gardner scored 15. Anthony Livingston added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
SOME NUMBERS: Arkansas State suffered 19 turnovers, 11 in the second half. The Trojans had just 7 turnovers and outscored the Red Wolves off turnovers 24-12.
COACH SPEAK: UALR Coach Steve Shields
“We didn’t get off to a very good start and at all and you have to credit Arkansas State for that. I thought the end half was very important and we finished the half on a little bit of a run.
“We needed a win after starting out conference 2-7 and our guys have played better than that indicates.