Arkansas State Basketball Soars Over Air Force, 68-46
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – The Arkansas State men’s basketball team maintained the Air Force at 32.1 field goal percentage and got a double-double from forward Norchad Omier, who also added a career-high six blocks, to collect a 68-46 victory over the Falcons on Sunday afternoon at the First National Bank arena.
A-State has won for the fifth time in its last six games, dropping to 8-3 this season and 5-1 at home. The Air Force saw its record drop to 7-3 that year.
Omier posted a season-high 22 career points and 16 rebounds to go with his six blocks, the highest by an A-State player since Jason Jennings set a school record of 11 against Morris Brown on December 18, 2000 Guards Marquis Eaton and Desi Sills with 16 and 12 respectively joined Omier with a double-digit point total for the Red Wolves.
A-State finished with a field goal percentage of 47.6, while defensively they have kept an opponent at no more than 48 points since scoring a 76-45 victory over the ‘ULM on Jan. 2, 2017. The Air Force connected on just 18 of 56 shots, and the Red Wolves turned 15 Falcons turnovers into 23 points.
Eaton was responsible for two of A-State’s six interceptions that day, giving him career-long 134 to overtake Jay Hansen (1980-84) for the seventh-most in school history. Behind Omier’s 16 rebounds, the Red Wolves also passed the Falcons 44-29.
A-State, who never trailed, took a 12-5 lead six minutes into the game before Air Forced responded with a 6-0 run to fall back to 12-11 almost in the middle of the game. the first half. However, the Red Wolves responded with 11 unanswered points to climb 23-11 at 8:57.
A-State increased their first-half advantage to 17 points before taking a 34-24 lead at the break. The Air Force reduced their deficit to 37-30 at the start of the second half, but A-State managed another 11-0 streak after a timeout to bring the score to 48-30 with 11:39 remaining.
Arkansas State’s lead reached 28 points, 68-40, before securing the 22-point victory, which was also its biggest margin of victory over a Division I opponent since winning in January 2017 over the ULM.
Omier notched his sixth double-double this season and the 21st of his career, while Eaton and Sills recorded double-digit points for the seventh time this year. Camden Vander Zwaag was the Air Force’s leading scorer with eight points, and Lucas Moerman and Jake Heidbreder both had six rebounds, a record for the team.
Arkansas State is staying home for its next game, hosting Lyon College on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. The contest will appear on ESPN +, and every A-State men’s basketball game can be streamed live on the EAB Red Wolves Sports network, including the flagship station. 107.9 FM in the Northeast Arkansas area. For the latest news on A-State men’s basketball, follow the team on Twitter (@AStateMB), Facebook (/ AStateMB) and Instagram (@astatemb).
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