Arkansas State (6-4) at Kent State (6-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 22, 7 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: MAC Center (7,156) -- Kent, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: ASU 4-1, KSU 4-3. Away Record: ASU 2-3, KSU 2-2. Neutral Record: ASU 0-0, KSU 0-0. Conference Record: ASU 0-2, KSU 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The Kent State Golden Flashes resume their homestand tonight against the Arkansas State Red Wolves in non-league play at the MAC Center.
Kent State began its three-game homestand on Thursday night with a 77-48 drubbing of Saint Francis-PA. The win also snapped a three-game slide for the Golden Flashes, who enter the weekend at 6-5 overall. They'll get a break after this tilt until Dec. 30 when Fairmont State comes to town.
Meanwhile, tonight's contest marks the final non-conference tuneup of the season for Arkansas State. The Red Wolves had a modest two-game win streak halted in Wednesday's 61-54 home loss to Murray State, which concluded a three-game homestand. Following this contest, they'll return home to face Louisiana on Thursday.
These two teams have split a pair of meetings in the all-time series, with Kent State claiming a 69-54 win over the Red Wolves last December in Jonesboro.
The Red Wolves put up a fight against mid-major powerhouse Murray State earlier this week, but in the end they were simply unable to overcome a 36.2- percent shooting performance, which included 2-of-15 accuracy (.133) from beyond the arc. Arkansas State was also outrebounded, 41-30. It was a back- and-forth affair that featured nine ties and 13 lead changes, with Murray State shaking off 18 turnovers to pull away late. Ed Townsel led ASU with 15 points in the loss, while Brandon Peterson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Raeford Worsham chipped in with 13 points off the bench. On the season, Townsel paces the squad with 14.6 ppg and is shooting at a 39.4 percent clip from the perimeter (28-of-71). Peterson is averaging a double-double with 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
For Kent State, senior forward Chris Evans has been a handful for the opposition, averaging a team-best 16.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.5 steals. Randal Holt is second on the team in scoring with 12.9 ppg behind a team-high 25 3- pointers (.342). After averaging a mere 55 points over their previous three outings -- all losses -- the Golden Flashes broke out with 77 points in Thursday's 29-point win over St. Francis. Kent State held a huge 29-4 advantage in points off turnovers while holding St. Francis to 33.3-percent shooting for the game. Evans shot 6-of-8 from the field and finished with 17 points, nine boards and three steals. Kris Brewer joined him in double figures with 13 points to go along with five assists.
The Golden Flashes got back on track their last time out, but they face a tough challenge trying to contain ASU's inside-out tandem of Townsel and Peterson.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas State 68, Kent State 67
12/22 10:40:16 ET