For the second straight game, Taevion Kinsey worked the bench in the first half as a cheerleader for the Marshall basketball team due to foul trouble.
The second half again proved a much different story for Kinsey and the Thundering Herd as they shook off a disastrous turnaround with seconds left in the game to outscore Arkansas State 13-0 in the first 4 minutes of overtime and go on to win, 87-78, in front of 1,084 fans at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, Ark.
Marshall led 71-67 with 19 seconds left, but a basket by Markise Davis and then a basket by Caleb Fields with three seconds to play after a Herd turnover tied the game at 71-71 and forced Marshall’s first overtime of the season.
Andrew Taylor started the extra session with a 3-pointer, Kinsey then scored eight straight points and Jacob Conner hit two free throws for a decisive 13-0 run. Avery Felt hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds to go in the first basket for the Red Wolves.
“Stay level headed and have fun,” Kinsey said. “That’s what we did. In OT, Andy hits the first shot and we’re off. We really took off from there.”
In overtime, Marshall went 5-of-5 from the field (one three) and made 5-of-6 free throws. Arkansas State made just 2 of 7 shots.
Taylor led the Herd (16-2, 7-2 Sun Belt and still tied) with 27 points, 14 of which came in the first half when Kinsey went to the bench with two fouls with just over 16 minutes left. Kinsey followed with 23, all in the second half and OT, as he made 10 of 16 shots. Kamdyn Curfman added 16 (team-high four 3-pointers).
Kinsey did the same thing Thursday night when he got into foul trouble in the early stages, led the charge, then came back in the second half to power the Herd past Texas State.
“Frustrated, but let it go,” Kinsey said of his mindset. “All I can do is be a cheerleader. I love being a cheerleader for our team. What we have keeps me motivated. I’m happy for them. I love the way they carry us. The second half shows how much this team fights.
“AT and Kam led the table. Get to the spot, stay aggressive. Everyone was excited about me coming out in the second half.”
Taylor said the Herd playing Kinsey should show that the Green and White are not a one-man show.
“We have other skilled players,” he said. “Take the right positions. The first three in OT helped us put that away. This was a big test, the second game on the road.”
Kinsey, the Sun Belt’s leading scorer and preseason MVP pick, showed again why he is now on two award watch lists. They are the Jerry West Award and the Oscar Robertson Offseason National Player of the Year.
Herd coach Dan D’Antoni received his instructions later in the break before play resumed as he needed to settle down after that shaky finish.
“He calmed down halfway through after I told them we didn’t do what needed to be done (at the end of regulation),” he said. “We had a chance to regroup. We started to come back better. We got them out. We were soft in the first half. We have to be better at rebounding against tough teams.
“I told them this team plays hard. They are bigger and stronger than Thursday. They are better than their records.
“We made mistakes and did not finish in regulation. AT had great success in OT. From there, TK took over. He has the ability to hit that mid-range jumper. AT had an incredible first half. Kam did what he does. Good teams find a way to win.”
David Early came off the bench and scored eight for the Herd. He had a big three-point play in each half and two free throws late in the game. Jacob Conner finished with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Arkansas State is 9-12, 1-7 in the Sun Belt. The Red Wolves have lost seven straight since winning their Sun Belt opener at Old Dominion.
This was the fifth meeting between these two teams and the Red Wolves lead 3-2. The last game was played in 2020 and the Herd won 70-56.
Marshall now returns home for two games. ULM visits the Cam Henderson Center on Thursday and Georgia State on Saturday. Both teams start at 19:00.
Has Arkansas state ever won a national championship?
Arkansas State’s last conference championship came in 2016. On the same subject : Inside and outside: Active Fatukasi. The team is eligible for one national championship, which came in 1970 at the NCAA Division II level.
Has Arkansas State always been the Red Wolves? Another major change occurred in 2008 when the university’s longtime athletic mascot was retired and the ASU Indians became the Red Wolves. The growth of ASU’s sister campuses led to the formal creation of a system office in 2006, with Wyatt remaining as System president and Dr. Robert L.
Is Arkansas State a good football team? For nine seasons, Arkansas State football has been one of the most efficient and dangerous teams in the Sun Belt. The Red Wolves compiled a 75-41 overall record (56-15 in Sun Belt play) from 2011-2019.
Has Arkansas State ever made the NCAA Tournament?
The Red Wolves have made one NCAA Division I tournament appearance. This may interest you : Kalamazoo school leaders mourn former student killed in I-94 shooting. Their record is 0â1.
How far did Arkansas go in the NCAA Tournament? The Razorbacks have made six NCAA Final Four appearances (1941, 1945, 1978, 1990, 1994 and 1995).
Is Arkansas State a Division 1 school?
The Arkansas State Red Wolves are the athletic teams of Arkansas State University. Read also : I tried on my old cheerleading uniforms over the years – they showed a lot of skin…. They are members of the Sun Belt Conference in all sports except women’s bowling, a non-league-sponsored sport, and compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level.
What are the Division I colleges in Arkansas? Division I
- State of Arkansas.
- Central Arkansas.
- ArkansasâPine Bluff.
- Little Rock.
What is the division of the state of Arkansas? The Arkansas State Red Wolves football team represents Arkansas State University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).