A-State defeats Reddies in exhibition

JONESBORO — Junior guard Cameron Golden’s game-high 22 points led four Arkansas State University men’s basketball players in double-figure scoring as the Red Wolves defeated in-state foe Henderson State 84-64 this Wednesday night in exhibition play at the Convocation Center.

Golden, who also grabbed 10 rebounds in the game to register a double-double, drained seven three-point field goals. Sophomore forward Anthony Livingston also turned in a double-double with 17 points and game-high 11 rebounds in his A-State debut. Redshirt sophomore guard PJ Hardwick contributed 15 points along with nine boards and junior forward Ronnie White provided 11 points off the bench before fouling out. Henderson State was led by forward Micah Walker’s 20 points and forward Kelvin Dixon netted 14 points.

Arkansas State never trailed in the game as the Red Wolves bumped their lead to double digits at the 13:33 mark on a three-pointer by redshirt junior guard Sean Gardner and went on to a 47-32 half time advantage. Henderson State came out in the second half on a 9-3 run to trim its deficit to nine points at 50-41 with 16:47 left in the contest. A-State was able to increase its lead back to double digits before the Reddies closed the gap to nine (60-51) at the 8:20 mark. A 17-3 scoring spurt by the Red Wolves over the next three-plus minutes gave the hosts a 24-point advantage at 77-53 following a Cameron Golden three-ball with 4:42 to be played as A-State extended its current exhibition win streak to 19 consecutive.

Walker led the way for the Reddies with 20 points and also pulled down six rebounds. Dixon also contributed with 14 points and six rebounds.

The Reddies begin regular season action on the road on Nov. 15, as they travel to Kingsville, Texas, to take on Lake Erie College in the Texas A&M-Kingsville Classic, at 7 p.m.

A-State returns to the court next Nov. 12, as the Red Wolves host Southern Arkansas in their exhibition finale at the Convocation Center at 7:05 p.m.