Cowboys Host Red Wolves on Saturday
Nov. 15, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team continues play in the Global Sports Main Event by hosting Arkansas State at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys (1-1) are 15-0 at home in the month of November under head coach Larry Shyatt, but the Red Wolves (2-0) bring an athletic, senior-laden squad to Laramie.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats and audio of the game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach John Brady is in his sixth season at the helm for Arkansas State, after guiding the Red Wolves to a 19-12 overall record and 12-8 mark in the Sun Belt Conference in 2012-13. ASU won its conference's regular-season title, but lost in the semifinals of the Sun Belt tournament to end its season. The Red Wolves returned just two starters and eight letterwinners from that squad, but are 2-0 so far in 2013-14. ASU opened with a 65-61 win at Jackson State on Monday and added a 72-62 home win against UT Martin on Wednesday. The Red Wolves won their fifth home opener in the last six seasons thanks to a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures. UT Martin cut the lead to one early in the second half, but Arkansas State responded with a 9-0 run and stretched the advantage to as many as 16 points late in the half. ASU was outrebounded by UT Martin, 47-36, but forced the Skyhawks into 15 turnovers while committing 13 of its own. The Red Wolves are shooting 41 percent from the field and 37 percent from deep, while holding opponents to 38 percent and 13 percent, respectively. ASU is averaging 34.0 rebounds and 12.0 assists, but are allowing 46.5 rebounds per game.
Each Team's Leaders
Senior forward Kirk Van Slyke paces three Arkansas State players in double figures at 15.0 points per game. He adds 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting a team-high 66 percent from the field, as he notched 16 points and four blocks against UT Martin. Senior guard Melvin Johnson III posted 15 points versus UT Martin to average 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on the season. Sophomore guard Cameron Golden comes off the bench to contribute 14.5 points per game and a team-high four steals. Slyke and Johnson are projected to start alongside senior guard Brandon Reed, senior guard Ed Townsel and senior forward Kendrick Washington. Reed paces the Red Wolves at 3.5 assists per game to go with 5.5 points, while Washington nabbed 11 rebounds versus UT Martin and averages a team-high 8.5 on the season. Townsel contributes 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
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