Arkansas St. 82, Abilene Christian 78
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) _ Edgar Perkins hit a 3-pointer with a minute left in the game, part of a 12-0 run that erased a nine-point deficit and lifted Arkansas State to an 82-78 victory over Division II Abilene Christian on Saturday.
Micah Marsh hit two free throws with 23 seconds left to give the Indians (1-0) a four-point cushion in their season opener under new coach Dickey Nutt.
Abilene Christian (3-1) took its biggest lead of the game, 69-60, with 10:37 left. The Wildcats led by eight, 78-70, on a Jason Millwee layup with 5:08 to play.
But Arkansas State’s Jabari Myles scored on the baseline, Bebop Walker hit a free throw and Perkins scored on a short jumper over the next minute to pull the Indians within 78-75.
Ron Darrett then hit a baseline jumper with 1:53 to play to cut the lead to 78-77 and Perkins nailed his 3-pointer to give Arkansas State its second lead of the game.
Darrett and Micah Marsh led the Indians with 18 points apiece. Walker and Perkins added 14 points each for the Indians.
Broderick Bobb was high scorer for Abilene Christian with 18 points. Charles Jackson added 16 points, including four 3-pointers.