In a game of possessions, the Greyhounds took a lead with 12 minutes to go only to hit a nearly six-minute scoring drought on the way to a 74-57 loss Saturday at home to the St. Louis Community College Archers.
The Greyhounds overcame a 33-29 halftime deficit to take a 46-43 lead with less than 12 minutes to go in the game, but turnovers on three of their next four possessions combined with a couple of key St. Louis three-pointers put the Archers ahead for good as ASU Mid-South did not score again until a Dee Montgomery free throw with 6:33 remaining.
Terrandus Smith, K.J. Patrick and Teverette Cain led the Greyhounds with 11 points each as Patrick also pulled down ten rebounds for his first double-double of the season. In addition to 25 turnovers, the Greyhounds shot a dismal 34% from the field while St. Louis shot 47% and an outstanding 44% from the three-point line.
The Greyhounds now undertake a four-game road swing beginning Tuesday, January 10, at Northeast Mississippi Community College, a participant in last season's NJCAA Division I National Tournament. ASU Mid-South's next home contest is Thursday, January 26, against region foe Northwest Mississippi Community College, who defeated the Greyhounds 83-70 on November 7.