NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Brandon Peterson scored 16 points and Martavius Adams had 13 points and 13 rebounds as Arkansas State defeated New Orleans 66-52 on Saturday night to retain first place in the Sun Belt Conference's West Division.
The Red Wolves (14-9, 9-3) used a 13-3 run over the final 4:23 to pull away from the Privateers (7-17, 2-11).
That run coincided with Arkansas State taking better care of the ball. The Red Wolves turned it over 13 times in the first 13:40 of the second half, as the Privateers stayed close despite shooting 22.2 percent (6-for-27) in the half to Arkansas State's 61.1 percent (11-for-18).
The Red Wolves had no turnovers in the final 6:20.
Neither team led by more than three points in the first half until Arkansas State used an 8-0 run to lead 28-21 with 2:55 left.
Carl Blair, with 23 points, was the only New Orleans scorer in double figures.
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