JONESBORO, Ark. -- Melvin Johnson III scored 21 points while Kendrick Washington had 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Arkansas State drubbed Arkansas-Little Rock 77-49 in Sun Belt conference play on Saturday night.
Kirk Van Slyke added 15 points and eight rebounds while the Red Wolves hit 26 of 32 from the penalty stripe.
Arkansas State (11-7, 4-3) opened a 38-24 halftime lead and closely matched that performance offensively and defensively in the second period as they were never challenged by the Trojans.
Arkansas-Little Rock (10-10, 5-3) averages 44 percent shooting for the season, but made only 24 percent from the field and 2 of 13 from beyond the arc. They were out-rebounded by the Red Wolves 52-39.
With a trio a top recruits from Philadelphia, the Penn State basketball program is primed to finally turn a corner.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.