Arkansas St. 81, Denver 66
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP)—Arkansas State’s Adrian Banks sparked a second-half comeback that gave the Indians an 81-66 win Thursday night over Denver in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both schools.
Banks scored just 2 points in 18 minutes of play in the first half, and the Indians (6-7, 1-0 SBC) trailed at the break, 36-29. He finished with 24 points to share scoring honors with Denver’s Antonio Porch.
Banks’ 22 second-half points included 18 on 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Overall, ASU made 14-of-24 from beyond the arc, including 10-of-14 in the second half.
Ryan Wedel added a career-high 20 points for the Indians, including six 3-pointers, while Isaac Wells scored 17 and Shawn Morgan had 11.
ASU trailed by as many as nine points in the first half but went on an 11-2 run early in the second period—beginning with a steal by Banks that led to Morgan hitting a jumper—to tie the game at 40 with 14:50 left. Denver never led again.
The Indians turned the ball over just five times, only once in the second half.
DaShawn Walker added 16 points for Denver (1-10, 0-1), which lost its seventh straight game.