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Thursday, 20 February 2020 22:05

App State Women Down Georgia State in Overtime

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Led by two incredible performances from Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson), App State women's basketball edged Georgia State 64-59 in overtime at the GSU Sports Arena.

App State is 5-2 over its last seven games, improving to 9-16 and 6-8 in league action. Georgia State falls to 8-17 and 5-9 in the conference.

The two posts of Gosnell and Plummer dominated the game with a combined 40 points and 31 rebounds, hitting 15 of App State's 24 field goals and seven of 10 free throws.

Gosnell poured in a season-high 24 points while it was a personal best on the road for her career. The junior shot 10-of-20 (7-of-8 inside the arc) and grabbed seven off the glass. Fifteen of Gosnell's points came in the second half and overtime.

Plummer posted a season-best 16 points and grabbed a personal-high 24 rebounds for her sixth double-double the season. The 24 rebounds are the second most in a game in school history and the second highest outing in a game this season in the country. The senior also had three blocks and three assists.

Trailing 59-55 with 4:10 left in the game following two 3-pointers by Jada Lewis and Kamryn Dziak, App State finished the game on a 9-0 run to snap GSU's four-game win streak and sweep the season series. App shot 5-of-7 in overtime and forced the Panthers to miss their last five shot attempts of the game.

Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) played big down the stretch, scoring five of her eight points in overtime, starting the 9-0 stretch and ending it when she hit a clutch 3-pointer with the time winding down to push the lead to 64-59 with 16 seconds left in the game.

Georgia State came back in the fourth quarter to eventually take a 53-51 lead with 1:11 left regulation. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF), who led the team with six assists on top of eight points, came down for a pull-up jumper to tie up the game and force overtime. App State had a chance to win the contest in the fourth, but Polacek's layup fell short.

The Mountaineers had a slow start on offense, scoring only eight points in the opening period, which led to a Georgia State lead by seven.

App State's offense came alive by outscoring the hosts 23-8 in the second quarter, highlighted by a 17-4 run after facing a 17-13 deficit in the early goings of the frame. With App State holding a 30-23 advantage, Polacek hit a jumper to give the visitors a nine-point edge going into the half.

Appalachian stayed in front of the Panthers despite GSU coming to within one possession, 37-35, with 2:36 left in the third. Five straight points by Gosnell and Plummer to end the quarter gave the Black and Gold a 42-35 lead going into the fourth.

A 12-5 run by the Panthers tied up the contest 47-47 with just over six minutes left in regulation, leading to an exciting finish that went in App's favor in the end.

After the win, App State is tied for seventh with Arkansas State after the Red Wolves' loss to South Alabama.

The Mountaineers aim for the Georgia sweep on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Georgia Southern in Statesboro.

Thursday, 20 February 2020 22:04

Williams 10 Three Pointers Not Enough in App Loss

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O'Showen Williams tied the program record for three-pointers made in a game with 10, but App State men's basketball fell to South Alabama 78-70 on Thursday evening.

Williams finished with a career-high 32 points, going 10-of-20 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc. He joins Ronshad Shabazz and Nate Cranford as the only Mountaineers to ever make 10 three-pointers in a game. Shabazz hit 10 treys last season at ULM and Cranford buried 10 triples during the 2006-07 season at Chattanooga.

Adrian Delph hit four threes off the bench to finish with 12 points. Isaac Johnson added six points, a game-high tying eight rebounds and a team-high six assists. Johnson now has 931 rebounds in his career and passed Mel Hubbard (926) for fourth place in program history in the contest.

Williams hit a pair of threes in the first 1:11 of the game to give the App State (15-13, 9-8 SBC) an early 6-3 lead. South Alabama (17-11, 10-7 SBC) responded with the next eight points to build a 11-6 edge and pushed its lead to 10 points at 23-13. The Black and Gold came right back with a 9-1 spurt, but the Jaguars scored seven straight to extend their lead to 30-22. App State pulled within a point at 34-33, but South Alabama's Andre Fox made a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the opening half to give the Jaguars a 37-33 lead at the break.

App State pulled within a point early in the second half, only to see South Alabama extend its lead to 17 points at 64-47 with 7:26 to play. The Black and Gold cut the lead to single digits at 69-60 with 2:45 to go thanks to an 8-1 run. The Jaguars pushed their lead back to 72-60 and the Mountaineers were unable to get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

The Mountaineers dished out 18 assists on 25 made field goals in the contest. The 18 assists ranks as the third most in a game this season, trailing only a 20-assist output against St. Andrews on Dec. 3 and 19 versus Howard on Dec. 14.

App State also tied its season-high with 14 made three-pointers in the game. The Mountaineers also made 14 treys against Louisiana on Jan. 6.

The Black and Gold welcome Troy to the Holmes Center on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Alumni Day.

Thursday, 20 February 2020 16:49

L-R's Simmons Named to Academic All-District

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Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball junior guard Darius Simmons has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team as announced this afternoon. Simmons is one of five selected from District 3 and is now eligible for Academic All-American honors.

The 2019-20 Academic All-District® Men's Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes basketball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

District 3, comprised of the Peach Belt, Conference Carolinas, and the South Atlantic Conference, had five spots to fill.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in mid-March. The Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

The Division II and III Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs.

NCAA DIVISION II – DISTRICT 3 (Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)

Name School Yr. GPA Major
James Brown King University Sr. 3.70 Business Marketing
Luke Gibson Newberry College Sr. 3.97 Accounting
Trenton Gibson Tusculum University So. 3.94 Pre-Pharmacy
Caleb Hodnett Tusculum University Gr. 3.66/3.50 Biology (UG) / MBA (G)
Darius Simmons Lenoir-Rhyne University Jr. 3.64 Medical Studies

Thursday, 20 February 2020 16:48

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Alters SAC Weekend Contests

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This weekend's Lenoir-Rhyne baseball conference-opening series has been changed due to inclement weather. Instead of playing a single game on Friday and two on Saturday, the Bears and Carson-Newman will now play two games on Saturday starting at 2pm then will finish their series with a single game on Sunday starting at 1pm.

The Bears are heading into conference play riding a five-game winning streak. The LR pitching staff has a 1.54 ERA during the streak, they have only allowed seven earned runs during that time while striking out 40 hitters.

Championship-level success, major facility enhancements and comprehensive excellence will be among the leading topics during the 2020 Mountaineer Spring Tour presented by the Yosef Club.

App State Athletics' annual caravan will make seven stops in the state of North Carolina, plus one in Atlanta.

The tour will officially kick off Monday evening, March 23, in Raleigh and conclude with an April 2 lunch stop in Asheville. Following the first stop in Raleigh, there will also be visits to Greensboro (Tuesday evening, March 24), Winston-Salem (Wednesday lunch, March 25), Wilkesboro (Wednesday evening, March 25), Atlanta (Monday evening, March 30), Charlotte (Tuesday evening, March 31) and Hickory (Wednesday evening, April 1) before the Asheville finale.

The Charlotte stop begins at 4:30 p.m. as a lead-up to the 6 p.m. baseball game between App State and South Carolina in Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark.

Featured attendees during the 2020 Mountaineer Spring Tour will include Director of Athletics Doug Gillin, new head football coach Shawn Clark and men’s basketball coach Dustin Kerns, along with other coaches and members of the App State athletics and alumni association staffs. Guests will be treated to exclusive updates on the new end zone project and other athletics facility enhancements. There will also be photo opportunities with the Sun Belt Football Championship and R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl trophies.

"The Mountaineer Spring Tour is always a special opportunity for our coaches and staff to get on the road and meet with our loyal fans and alumni across the state of North Carolina and Atlanta,” Gillin said. "We're excited to share details about the progress of the Mountaineer Impact initiative, which includes support of student-athlete scholarships, endowments, facilities and comprehensive excellence. It's great to be a Mountaineer!"

Admission for the tour events in Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Hickory and Asheville is $20. Admission to the Mountaineer Spring Tour event in Charlotte is $10, and it’s $40 including the event, a ticket to that night’s baseball game and a buffet dinner. Admission to the Wilkesboro event is $10, and admission to the Atlanta event is $25.

Guests are asked to register for events by contacting Jennifer Spink in the Yosef Club office by phone at 828-262-3109 or by emailing her at Space is limited for one of App State Athletics' most popular events of the year, so fans are encouraged to register early.

Each event will offer easy opportunities to sign up or enhance your Yosef Club membership and purchase 2020 football season tickets.

Mountaineer Spring Tour 2020 (#MountaineerSpringTour)

Monday, March 23 (5:30 p.m.) — Raleigh — Marriott Crabtree Valley
Tuesday, March 24 (5:30 p.m.) — Greensboro ­— Well-Spring Theatre
Wednesday, March 25 (11:30 a.m.) — Winston-Salem — Foothills Brewery at Footnote
Wednesday, March 25 (5 p.m.) — Wilkesboro — Anchor Coffee Co.
Monday, March 30 (5:30 p.m.) — Atlanta — SweetWater Brewing Company
Tuesday, March 31 (4:30 p.m.) — Charlotte — BB&T Ballpark
Wednesday, April 1 (5:30 p.m.) — Hickory — The Crossing at Hollar Mill
Thursday, April 2 (11:30 a.m.) — Asheville — Pack’s Tavern

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Watauga: 50
Hickory: 42

Freedom: 76
McDowell: 35

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Bunker Hill: 70
Patton: 65, OT

East Burke: 48
Draughn: 37

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Maiden: 44
Bandys: 38

Newton-Conover: 76
East Lincoln: 35

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Alexander Central: 48
Hickory: 44

Freedom: 78
South Caldwell: 61

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Hibriten: 55
East Burke: 33

Patton: 76
West Caldwell: 68

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 23:08

CVCC Men's Basketball Picks Up 20th Win of Season

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For the fourth time in program history and second-straight season, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team has eclipsed 20 wins.

The Red Hawks (20-8, 15-6 in Region 10) overcame a slow start to defeat host Patrick Henry 96-71 on Wednesday night, clinching their second consecutive 20-win season.

Sophomore Jonathan McFall led CVCC with 21 points — his ninth 20-point game of the season — while freshman Donovan Evans scored a career-high 20 points.

Sophomore Sal-Bey Young and freshman Jehlon Johnson also reached double figures in scoring with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Catawba Valley held a slim 47-46 lead at halftime against the Patriots (3-21, 3-16) paced by 12 points from Evans and 11 from McFall.

It was a much different story in the second half, though, with the Red Hawks outscoring Patrick Henry 49-25 — led by all 10 of Johnson’s points in the contest.

By virtue of the Red Hawks’ 25-point conference win on Wednesday and a 63-60 loss by Pitt against Louisburg, Catawba Valley has earned a bye from the play-in round in the Region 10 tournament.

The CVCC men’s basketball team concludes its regular season on Saturday with a road conference contest against Fayetteville Tech. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Trojans is set for 3 p.m.

Junior R.J. Gunn notched his third career double-double with 26 points and 10 boards as the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team handed UVA-Wise its 14th consecutive loss on Wednesday night as the Bears picked up an 80-68 win. The win ends LR's brief two-game skid and gives the Bears a season sweep of Wise.

Gunn hit 9-of-14 from the field and went a scorching 5-of-8 from long range. His first career double-double came against Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 5 and he has three in the month of February.

Mason Hawks and Cooper Fowler each added 13 points for LR with Fowler grabbing eight boards. Darius Simmons had 11 as four Bears finished in double figures in scoring.

LR shot 46.8 percent from the field and hit 13-of-31 from beyond the arc. LR has made 10 or more three pointers in 11 games this year but this was the first since 11 made triples against Queens on Jan. 25.

UVA-Wise only played eight players in this one and were led by Cameron Whiteside's 26 points and 13 boards. Whiteside went 8-of-13 from the field and hit four 3-pointers on the night. The only other scorer in double figures for Wise was Eric Okenchi with 15 points.

The Bears turned the ball over just 10 times on the night. Defensively, LR held the Cavs to just 35.5 percent shooting from the floor and 22.7 percent from long range.

Wise was able to convert 19-of-21 from the free throw line.

LR led the entire game and had 26 points in the paint and 13 fast break points.

Gunn had 21 in the first matchup this season with the Cavaliers and Simmons went 7-of-11 from the field to add 16.

These are the first two matchups all-time against UVA-Wise for the Bears.

LR is now 2-0 on John Lentz Court which was named prior to the Anderson game.

Whiteside had 37 in the first matchup between these two teams.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 13-11 overall and 9-10 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears return to action on Saturday at Newberry.

Karlie Bearden had a career-high 24 points on 12-of-15 shooting to lead the Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team to a critical SAC win over UVA-Wise Wednesday at Shuford Gymnasium, 86-70. The teams came into the night in an eighth-place tie in the league standings but the Bears completed the season sweep of the Cavaliers with the victory.

LR shot a season high 56.7% from the field. It was only the second all season the Bears shot at least 50% from the field.

Bearden came just one rebound shy of a double-double. The senior had double-doubles in four of her last five games and has seen her points per game rise from 7.4 on Jan. 18 to 9.4 after this one.

10 different LR players scored in this one but only Kennedy Weigt joined Bearden in double-digits. Weigt finished with 10 points as six different players had at least seven points for LR.

Kiara Moore added 10 rebounds off the bench for LR and chipped in six points.

LR came out scorching, shooting 68.7 percent in the first quarter and pouring in 25 points in the opening 10 minutes.

The Lenoir-Rhyne bench outscored the Wise reserves 31-9.

Freshman Nia Vanzant led the visitors with 17 points and has averaged over 20 points a game the last five games while averaging over 39 minutes a game.

Both teams have faced tons of adversity since LR's 68-64 victory on January 15th. Since that game both teams have played without their leading scorer. LR has played without Madeline Hardy for the sixth straight game and UVA-Wise has played without senior standout Cynita Webb for the last nine games. Both Webb and Hardy had double-doubles during the teams January game.

Hanna McClung scored her 200th career point in the third quarter. Freshman Ashley Woodroffe needs seven points to reach the 200 mark for the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 10-15 overall and 8-11 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears last road-trip of the regular season will be to Newberry on Saturday for a 2pm tip-off.

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