Red Wolves open up with 83-67 win

Red Wolves open up with 83-67 win

Tuesday night was a big night. It was a big night for the Arkansas State basketball Red Wolves as a team, but it was an even bigger night for a pair of Red Wolf players who have been battling injuries. Go "Inside" for complete AStateNation Basketball Coverage, brought to you by Cache River Valley Seed Company.

Tuesday night was a big night. It was a big night for the Arkansas State basketball Red Wolves as a team, but it was an even bigger night for a pair of Red Wolf players who have been battling injuries.

Senior guard Trey Finn and forward Kendrick Washington played their first game in Thursday's 83-67 win over the Southern Arkansas Muleriders in several months.

So far, so good.

Both came out of Thursday's win feeling no worse for the wear. "It felt great to get out there with somebody else," Finn said. "Legs feel good," said Washington.

Both players had excellent offensive performances in different points during the game.

Finn scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half, hitting five of his eight shots in the first half, but struggled after the break hitting just one of final seven shots.

In contrast, Washington toiled throughout most of the game scoring just seven points until the final two minutes when he scored eight finishing with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with six rebounds.

ASU head coach John Brady wasn't as concerned about the health of his two returnees other than Washington's minor ankle injury that kept out of practice one day. Brady was concerned about his team's defensive performance.

"Two things that disappointed me," Brady said. "Our opponent field goal stat was 50 percent for the game. The second was 18 turnovers which is something we can't do."

Brady said 14 of those 18 turnovers were careless.

"Those were two things we were focusing on," Brady said, "and it didn't show up in the game tonight and that's disappointing for me."

Brady did acknowledge that his team had their times where they played well.

"We had our moments," Brady said. "We came out in the second half and played better."

Brady was referring to a 13-0 run in the first eight minutes of the second half that opened up 54-36 cushion.

The Red Wolves will take the mandated day off Friday before returning to work on Saturday and two practices on Sunday before returning to their next exhibition on Tuesday when they host Henderson State.

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