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Arkansas State University edged a tough-minded Lindenwood team in Lindenwood's Mid-South DI-A opener Saturday, with the Red Wolves scoring a crucial try midway through the game to keep their Missouri rivals at bay.

"Lindenwood have a bunch of really good new players and they were very physical and took it to us, which is what we expected," said Arkansas State Head Coach Mani Delaibatiki. "Both defenses played pretty well. We wanted to stop them getting past our gain line and they made it very difficult for us, too. This was a great game for us."

Delaibatiki said ASU had some space out wide and enough talent in the backs to get some more tries, but the platform just wasn't good enough.

"They slowed our ball down and I would have liked to have seen our forwards get cleaner ball out for our backs," said the Red Wolves' coach.

Gavin Brown led the Arkansas State scoring effort with two tries. ASU led early with a try but Lindenwood stayed close, and with Lungi Tshuma's try at the 36th minute, the lead was only 15-10.

That's when Arkansas State scored a crucial try to make it 22-10. After that, it was a defensive battle, with ASU No. 8 Shaun Potgeiter leading the way. ASU added a penalty to lead 25-10 before James Poli of Lindenwood scored with just a few minutes to go. In the end it was just not enough time for Lindenwood.