Donte Thomas added 14 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists for the Red Wolves (4-7). Frederic Dure added 14 points and Devin Carter chipped in 13.
Arkansas State was 24 of 54 (44.4 percent) from the floor while limiting Central Arkansas to 21-for-66 (31.8 percent) shooting.
The Red Wolves got off to a slow start, trailing 31-30 at the half. Carter nailed a 3-pointer to open the second period and start a 17-6 run for a 47-38 lead. Central Arkansas closed to 73-64 with 1:05 left but a Thomas layup pushed the lead to 75-64.