Smith scores 12, leads UALR over ASU, 82-52
LITTLE ROCK (AP)—Mike Smith, Shane Edwards and Brandon Patterson combined for 32 points to lead Arkansas-Little Rock to an 82-52 victory Thursday night in a contest with Sun Belt Conference rival Arkansas State.
Smith had 12 points and Patterson and Edwards 10 each in the victory that kept the Trojans (16-10, 9-7 SBC) in contention in the league’s West Division and ended a five-game losing streak against their upstate rivals.
UALR is tied with North Texas for second in the division, a game behind leader Louisiana-Lafayette.
Arkansas State (9-18, 4-12) was playing its first game since head coach Dickey Nutt—who watched the game from one of the skyboxes at the Stephens Center—resigned on Tuesday.
The Trojans shot 56 percent from the field, suffered only eight turnovers and out-rebounded the Indians 39-29. ASU shot just 37 percent and had 18 turnovers.
The Trojans’ balanced attack was clear in the scoring of the rest of the team. UALR also got 8 points each from John Fowler, Stephen Moore and Matt Mouzy, and 7 from Terrence Akins.
The Indians only lead was 3-0, and the Trojans led 38-23 at the half.
Adrian Banks led the Indians with 14 points, and Ryan Wedel and Shawn Morgan scored 10 each.