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MONDAY’S STATE ROUNDUP

ARKANASAS STATE 83, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 69

Deven Simms scored 22 points to lift Arkansas State University to a victory over Abilene Christian at the First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro.

Simms shot 9 of 11 from the floor including 2 of 3 three-pointers while grabbing 7 rebounds.

He was joined by Ty Cockfield, who had 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting 7 of 13 from the floor. Grantham Gillard finished with 13 points while making 4 of 5 field goals and 4 of 5 free throws. Tamas Bruce finished with 13 points while making 7 of 8 free throws.

The Red Wolves led 40-25 at halftime, using an 18-5 run over 8 minutes.

ASU (1-1), which shot 56.0 percent (28 of 50) from the floor in the game, was 14 of 25 in the first half. The Red Wolves outrebounded the Wildcats 33-21 and made 20-of-26 free throws to Abilene Christian’s 16 of 20. They forced 14 turnovers with 15 points coming off those miscues.

Abilene Christian (1-1) overcame a slow first half in which it shot 8 of 24 from the floor, to finish 25 of 49 (51 percent). However, the Wildcats shot 3 of 17 on three-pointers.

Jaylen Franklin led the Wildcats with 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting 4 of 4 free throws. Jaren Lewis had 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting and 4 of 4 free throws.

NORTH DAKOTA 80,

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 71

Cortez Seales scored 22 points and Geno Crandall had 20 to lift North Dakota to a victory over the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the Rainbow Classic at Honolulu on Monday night. The Fighting Hawks (2-1) won despite shooting 36.1 percent (22 of 61) from the floor, including 5 of 21 on three pointers. Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 26 of 50 (52 percent) from the floor, including 7 of 14 on three pointers. North Dakota made 31 of 38 free throws, outrebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff 35-31 and forced 24 turnovers while scoring 30 points off the turnovers.

Seales, who led North Dakota in scoring, made 12 of 15 free throws and had six rebounds. Crandall made 5 of 10 shots from the field and all 10 of his free throws. Dale Jones, who had 16 points, made 5 of 11 field goals.

Martaveous McKnight led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-3) with 30 points, making 9 of 14 field goals, and led the Golden Lions with 7 rebounds. Trent Steen added 14 points.

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