Tale of two halves in Little Rock

Little Rock (LR) men’s basketball hosted the Arkansas State Red Wolves at the Jack Stephens Center Saturday afternoon.

Led by junior Cameron Reedus and his sharp shooting, LR started the game with eight straight points and opened a 19-7 lead at the midpoint of the first half.

The Trojans looked very comfortable against the Red Wolves 1-3-1 defense, shooting a remarkable 50% throughout the majority of the first half. On the other end of the court, LR held the Red Wolves to just 27% shooting.

An emphatic two-handed dunk by sophomore Andre Jones with six minutes left in the first half seemed to spark the Trojans. The Red Wolves returned the favor with their own spark, shooting 8-13 behind the arc.

The final minutes of the half were plagued by lackadaisical defense on the part of the Trojans. LR allowed the Red Wolves to take the advantage, a 35-28 lead going into the half.

LR entered the aggressor in the second half, using a 10-2 run to pull back in front 38-37. However, the Red Wolves shooting picked up and allowed Arkansas State to take a 63-54 advantage.

Despite a late comeback attempt, LR fell short 70-62. The Trojans were led by Camron Reedus’ 11 points, while Andre Jones chipped in 11 points of his own and eight rebounds.

The Red Wolves’ shooting proved the difference, as Arkansas State tallied 13-23 from the three-point line, compared to the Trojans 5-17. Grantham Gillard led ASU with 23 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Ty Cockfield and Deven Simms added 11 points.

Little Rock returns to Sun Belt play Thursday night in a road trip to Appalachian State at 6:30 p.m.

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