JONESBORO, Ark. -- Melvin Johnson III scored 22 points, hitting 8 of 12 from the field, as Arkansas State beat Western Kentucky 72-58 Monday night.
The game was tight throughout the first half with ASU holding a 25-20 lead at the break. Rakeem Dickerson hit a 3-pointer to start the second half and the Red Wolves stretched the lead to 37-27 at the 15:21 mark. WKU came back to cut the lead to 37-32 following a 3-pointer by Aaron Adeoye, but Johnson answered with a 3-point jumper for a 40-32 lead with 13:15 remaining. ASU led 66-48 with 3:21 left.
Cameron Golden had 11 points for ASU (13-8, 6-4 Sun Belt Conference).
The Red Wolves made 29 of 34 free throw attempts compared to 17 of 24 for WKU.
Chris Harrison-Docks had 14 points, Trency Jackson added 11 and Adeoye had 10 for WKU (16-8, 8-3).
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, a source told ESPN.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
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