The men’s basketball team avenged its loss to Arkansas State last season and defeated them 94-73 in Moody Friday evening.
This concluded the team’s two-game home stand to start the season and puts the Wildcats at 2-0 overall.
ACU came out of the gate quick with an 8-0 run in the first two minutes of the game. For the rest of the first half, the Wildcats stayed close to an eight-point lead over the Red Wolves until going on a 6-0 run in the last minute to go up by 15 (48-33) before halftime.
Senior forward Jaren Lewis had the most points for the men at the half with 12, and senior guard Jaylen Franklin had 11.
In the second half, ACU reached a 20 point lead after a three-pointer by junior guard Trey Lenox and a 14-9 start in the first five minutes. From there, the men stayed in a comfortable lead and eventually came to the 21-point victory.
Franklin came through with 13 points in the second half and scored a team-leading total of 24 on 10-12 shooting. He also passed for six assists and grabbed two steals.
Lewis ended up with 18 points and crashed the boards for 15 rebounds on the night.
Overall, ACU shot 56.4 percent from the field and 57.1 percent beyond the arc.
The Wildcats will now go on the road for the first time this season. They will face the University of Denver in Magness Arena Thursday at 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Coverage of the game will air on 98.1 FM at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time.