JONESBORO — A 14-0 first-half run pushed Arkansas State to a big lead, and Central Arkansas had no answer as the Bears fell 99-56 to the Red Wolves on the road in Jonesboro on Sunday. 

"I thought we could come in and play with them, but we couldn't get any offense today," said UCA  coach Clarence Finley. "We ran every offense we've got; we just couldn't knock down any shots. We didn't screen well, couldn't dribble drive and it turned into a long night on both ends of the court. We got in foul trouble early, that put us behind from the start and we could never get back in the game."

The Bears (1-3) trailed 9-8 early in the half after four straight points from Ryan Williams, but the Red Wolves (3-2) scored the next 14 points over a span of 6:30 – then continued to extend their lead to as much as 26, going up 46-20 at the break. 

It was more of the same in the second half as the Red Wolves scored the first 12 points of the half and kept the Bears off the board for nearly three minutes – starting the period with a 19-5 run before the first media timeout. The ASU grew, eventually peaking at 46 in the final minute before a Lenell Brown 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining for the game's final points. 

The Bears were hampered by 17 fouls and 17 turnovers (which led to 20 ASU points) in the first half, and shot just 33.3 percent to the Red Wolves' 50. The Bears limited their turnovers to just seven in the second half, but after being outrebounded by three in the first half were beaten 31-12 on the boards in the second. 

Brown led the Bears with 12 points in 13 minutes on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and was the only UCA player in double figures. Ryan Williams had nine, all in the first half, and DeShone McClure and DuShaun Rice each added eight. Jalen Jackson had seven rebounds, four assists and two steals . 
The Red Wolves got 23 points from senior center Kirk Van Slyke, the team's second-leading scorer at 14.5 per game heading in. Melvin Johnson III, the Red Wolves' leading scorer for the season at 18.8 per game, had 17. Rakeem Dickerson and Raeford Worsham each had 13, and Kelvin Downs added 11. 

The Bears are back at home on Tuesday to take on their second straight opponent from the Sun Belt, hosting Troy at 7 p.m.