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A-State defeats Harding 93-65 in exhibition matchup

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Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 10:25 am

Junior guard Ty Cockfield had a team-high of 17 points leading Arkansas State to a 93-65 defeat over Harding University Saturday night. A-State never trailed.

“I was very happy with the win tonight,” said A-State head coach Mike Balado. “We did some great things and you always go into games talking about what you want to take away from teams in scouting. The No. 1 thing for us tonight was take away the three-pointer and I thought if we did that we would be in great shape.

They finished 1-for-17 so that’s a tribute to our guys listening to the scouting report and doing that well in the game. The other thing was we forced 26 turnovers and had 19 steals, which is excellent. We always want 10 or more steals along with 35 or more deflections and we got 40.”

Arkansas State finished with a .429 field goal percentage, while also holding a 46-39 rebounding advantage.

“Defensively, I thought we did an excellent job since we held them to 33 percent shooting and five percent from three. Offensively, we were good in the first half, but I thought we played the scoreboard in the second half. Our guys were a little loose and we missed some opening shots. I don’t mind missing open shots; if you’re open and it’s a good shot, take it.

The other interesting thing was we shot 86 percent at the free throw line. I’m excited that this team gets to the line and is able to finish. We’ve got to get better at fouling because 32 fouls is too much. We’ve got to do a better job moving our feet.”

Sophomore guard Christian Willis pulled down a team-high of seven rebounds, while Cockfield handed out a team-best six assists without committing a single turnover.

Arkansas State is set to open its regular season Friday, Nov. 10 at Evansville, tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT)

 

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