JONESBORO (11/12/06) - The Arkansas State men’s basketball team (0-3) was edged 69-67 in overtime by Monmouth (1-2) in its final game of the Cox Classic on Sunday at Old Dominion’s Constant Convocation Center.
Trailing 56-50 with 3:26 left to play, freshman guard Ryan Wedel hit a three-pointer that sparked a 9-0 Indians to give them a 59-56 lead with 1:04 remaining in regulation. However, Monmouth was able to force the game into overtime when Mike Shipman was fouled on a drive to the basket and converted two free throws with one second left that tied the game 60-60.
Neither team never held more than a one-possession advantage during overtime, but it was Monmouth who broke a 67-67 tie off a basket by Dejan Delic with 15 seconds remaining that proved to be the winning bucket. The Indians’ Chris Brown was able to get off one final jumper as time expired, but the shot was off and the Hawks were able to escape with the victory.
“The shot selection was fine, it just didn’t fall for us,” said Arkansas State head coach Dickey Nutt. “We broke down defensively by going for the steal (late in the game) and leaving a guy wide open for a layup. I have to give Monmouth credit. They are a patient and solid team.”
ASU hit 52 percent of its shots in the second half, but was unable to maintain its hot shooting in overtime as its percentage dropped to .333 in the overtime period. The Tribe finished the game with a 41.5 shooting percentage. Monmouth, on the other hand, was able to convert 50 percent of its shots in overtime and finished with a 42.6 field goal percentage.
Both teams pulled down 36 rebounds, but the Hawks recorded three more assists and committed three fewer turnovers than the Indians. Monmouth also recorded 10 blocks, but ASU posted five steals in comparison to the Hawks two.
ASU had three players scored in double figures, including junior guard Adrian Banks with a game-high 24 points. Junior forward Isaac Wells added 17 points and Wedel added 10. Wedel also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while junior forward Kewain Gant had seven rebounds and also chipped in eight points.
Monmouth had four players reach double digits in the scoring column, led by Marques Alston and Whitney Coleman with 16 points each.
- From ASU Media Relations