Appalachian State men’s basketball set a Challenge in Music City tournament record by shooting 67.4 percent (31-for-46) from the floor, but committed 28 turnovers that led to 37 points for Stephen F. Austin and would fall to the Lumberjacks 94-84 on Sunday. You would have to go back to December 30, 2013 for the last time Appalachian shot as well from the floor as they did on Sunday. In a game against Bluefield College, App State shot 63.2 percent (36-for-57).
The Mountaineers (2-5) had four student-athletes finish in double-figures on the night. Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) notched 19, while Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) each tallied 18 a piece. The total for Shabazz was a new career high after scoring 17 in a win over Liberty on Thursday.
Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) also finished with double-digit points by matching his career high with 14. The four leading scorers for the Black and Gold finished a combined 25-for-38 - good for 65.7 percent from the floor.
Appalachian State came out on fire and shot a robust 75 percent (18-of-24) from the field in the opening half. The Mountaineers started out 6-for-7 from the field and had themselves a 13-11 lead at the 15:01 mark of the first half. The Lumberjacks (3-3) would come out of the first media timeout and promptly go on a 7-0 run to gain a five-point lead at 18-13.
Stephen F. Austin’s first half lead would grow to as many as nine at one point, 31-22. Appalachian, however, would engineer an 8-2 run keyed by Shabazz getting to the foul line and hitting both free throws. The run took just 47 seconds for the Apps and they would bring themselves to within three points at 33-30 with 7:49 left in the half.
Both teams would match points for the next few minutes, but an 11-5 run from the Lumberjacks gave SFA its biggest lead of the first half at 50-40 with 2:20 to play. Once again, an 8-0 run that used just 57 seconds off the game clock brought App State to within two at 50-48. The run consisted of five-straight points from Shabazz followed by an Eaves three-pointer. The Lumberjacks would hit a three with 35 seconds left and App State would take a five-point deficit into the locker room.
App State turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, which led to 18 Stephen F. Austin points. The Lumberjacks also outscored the Mountaineers 31-18 in points in the paint and 8-5 in second-chance points.
Out of the break, Appalachian got back-to-back buckets from Eaves and Shabazz and were quickly to within one at 53-52 just 1:11 into the second half. Over the next 3:17, the Lumberjacks constructed an 11-1 run that put them back up by double digits at 64-53. The Mountaineers were kept to a distance for much of the half and trailed by its largest deficit in the game 86-70 with 5:06 to play.
The closest App State would get the rest of the way was 10 points following a Kinney layup with 26 seconds left in regulation.
For his efforts, Shabazz was named to the all-tournament team following the conclusion of the Mountaineers game against the Lumberjacks.
Appalachian will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 6 when they travel to the Big Apple and take on Hofstra from the “World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden. Tipoff from The Garden is slated for 1 p.m.
Led by a defense that limited UL Lafayette to 246 yards and pitched a shutout until the final minute of the game, Appalachian State University football closed the home portion of its 2015 schedule in style with a 28-7 romp over the Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Highlighting the dominant defensive effort, Appalachian State (9-2, 6-1 Sun Belt) surrendered just 42 rushing yards on 36 carries (1.2 yards per attempt), tallied nine tackles for loss, sacked UL Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack six times and hurried him eight times.
The Mountaineers allowed just 171 yards, forced eight punts and blocked a field goal through UL Lafayette’s first nine possessions, but the Cajuns spoiled the shutout bid by marching 75 yards against mostly Mountaineer reserves and scoring their only points with 57 seconds to go in the ballgame.
Senior defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) and sophomore linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) led the Mountaineers’ spectacular defensive effort. Blair tallied a team-high eight tackles with a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry while Boggs finished with a career-high three sacks among his six tackles. Playing in his final game at Kidd Brewer Stadium because he has elected to forego his final season of eligibility after graduating, fourth-year junior Tashion Singleton (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg) added a sack and two tackles for loss.
Offensively, Appalachian State quietly racked up 402 total yards. The Mountaineers gashed the Cajuns for 230 yards and 5.0 yards per rush on the ground and completed 14-of-21 passes for 172 yards through the air.
Appalachian scored one touchdown in each quarter to account for its 28 points. Playing for the first time in 23 days, running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) scored on nine- and one-yard runs to give the Mountaineers a 14-0 halftime lead. Freshman Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest) made it 21-0 with a career-long 54-yard run in the third quarter and walk-on tight end Michael Moll (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) closed the scoring with his first-career touchdown catch, a two-yarder in the final period.
Moore and Cox combined for 182 rushing yards — 104 for Moore and 78 for Cox. Quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) added 36 yards on the ground to go along with his 14-for-21, 172-yard passing performance. Seniors Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett), Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Montez McGuire (Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta) led the receiving corps by totaling eight catches for 139 yards — three for 58 for Jones, three for 44 for McElfresh and two for 37 for McGuire.
With the win, Appalachian stayed in contention for the Sun Belt Conference championship heading into the final week of the season. Appalachian is one game behind league-leading Arkansas State (8-3, 7-0 Sun Belt) with one game to play. The Mountaineers travel to South Alabama (5-6, 3-4 Sun Belt) while A-State hosts Texas State (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) next Saturday.
The Mountaineers’ season finale at South Alabama is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The Sun Belt Network Game of the Week will be carried nationally on ESPN3.
NOTES: Appalachian State won for the 15th time in its last 17 games overall and 12th time in its last 13 Sun Belt games ... the Mountaineers’ nine wins are their most in a season since they finished 10-3 in 2010 ... Appalachian finished 5-1 at home this season, good for its most home wins since it went 6-1 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in 2011 ... the Mountaineers won for the seventh time in their last eight games that immediately followed a regular-season bye .. App State fell just 57 seconds shy of recording its third-straight shutout following a bye — the Mountaineers blanked Georgia State, 44-0, following their second bye of last season (Nov. 1) and whitewashed Old Dominion, 49-0, following their first bye this season (Sept. 29) ... in two all-time games against UL Lafayette, Appalachian has totaled 12 sacks and 16 tackles for loss ... the Mountaineers’ six sacks were their most since they had six in last season’s 35-16 win at UL-L ... on his nine-yard touchdown run in the first half, Cox became the first student-athlete in school history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... Cox has run for 1,069 yards through 10 games this season.
The Limestone Women’s Basketball Team (5-0), ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division II, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (1-3), 77-66, Saturday afternoon at the Timken Center.
The Saints’ Maurissa Lester (Marietta, Ga.) led all scorers with 29 points while Amaura Brandt (Aiken, S.C.) added 15 points as Limestone led by as many as 20 points – 60-40 with 9:35 left – and held on to remain unbeaten.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its second straight setback, was led by junior forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) with 20 points and junior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) with a double-double – 16 points and 11 rebounds – in the losing effort.
Limestone held a 35-32 advantage at halftime but took control in a third period by outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne by a 23-8 count. The Bears tried to rally with 26 points in the final period but the deficit was too great to overcome.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) added 13 points and the Bears held a 43-32 edge on the boards despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne was also hurt by 19 turnovers and missed 13 free throw attempts in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Dahlonega, Ga., to take on North Georgia on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (6-0) kept its record unblemished with a 78-61 win over St. Augustine’s (3-3) Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Finis Horne Classic.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points and connected on all eight field goal attempts as the Bears wrapped up the weekend with two wins in the tournament.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) added 19 points and junior guard JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) finished with a double-double – 12 points and 14 rebounds – as the Bears continued their best start in 25 seasons.
St. Augustine’s was led by Anthony Gaskins (Greenville, N.C.) with 19 points and Quincy January (Atlanta, Ga.) with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.
In the first half, Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off 16 straight points for a 26-13 advantage capped off by a pair of free throws from Palmore at the 10:15 mark and maintained at least an eight-point lead the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne also hit 10 three-pointers and shot 53 percent (29-of-55) from the field in the victory. St. Augustine’s hit 10 treys in the setback as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday night when the Bears host No. 17 Lincoln Memorial at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m.
A fourth quarter drought doomed Appalachian State women’s basketball Saturday afternoon, falling to Delaware State, 76-69, in the third-place game at FAU Arena in the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament.
Farrahn Wood led the team with a career-high 15 points on a career-high five 3-pointers. The senior came in the game shooting 3-for-23 from outside the arc, but shot out of her slump going 5-of-8 (62.5) from 3-point land. Bandys grad Madi Story also stepped up with 13 points, just one shy of tying her career high. The guard scored on five buckets and three free throws while dishing out three assists.
KeKe Cooper was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field en route to tying a season high with 10 points and grabbed a season-best 11 boards for her ninth double-double of her career.
It was a game of runs as Delaware State finished and ended the contest with runs that played an intricate part in the win. The Hornets came out of the game on a 15-0 barrage while finishing the affair outscoring App State,12-4, over the final 5:16 of the game.
Delaware State’s Amber Bogard (29 points) and Mikah Aldridge (17 points) combined for 46 of the team’s scoring output and took advantage of their opportunities at the free throw line going a combined 21-of-25. Overall, the Hornets were 29-for-38 from the charity stripe while App State was just 9-for-21.
The Hornets started the contest 5-for-10 from the field that contributed to the hot start, as the Apps came out in a funk missing on their first seven shots and committed six turnovers in the first 5:46 of the first quarter. However, Appalachian came alive to outscore its opponent, 34-18, over the final 14:04 of the first half.
Appalachian started the comeback late in the first quarter with a 11-4 in the final 4:09 of the frame. Story finally got the Black and Gold on the board with a jumper before Wood connected on a trifecta and Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph) hit a free throw to trim the deficit to single digits, 15-6. Just before the horn sounded, Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) threw a slick pass to Cooper down low to put the score at 19-11.
Coming out of the second quarter, the Apps kept clawing their way back until they tied the contest, 30-all, following a Marshall layup. Trailing, 33-31, just before the break, Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph) scored three of her six points on a step-back 3-pointer that gave Appalachian its first lead of the game, 34-33.
After the early dry spell, App State shot 13-22 (59 percent) from the field while holding DSU to 33 percent shooting during the comeback.
App State held the lead for majority of the third quarter despite the contest being tied twice on two occasions in the third frame. While tied, 42-42, with 5:32 left in the third quarter, Appalachian outscored its counterpart, 17-7, over the next 3:27 to take a 59-49 advantage. Wood spearheaded the run with three treys en route to the Apps taking their largest advantage of the game.
Delaware State was able to cut the lead to four after a quick six points before the end of the third quarter that eventually turned into a 12-2 run en route to tying the game, 61-apiece.App State regained the lead by one point on a pair of occasions, the last being a jumper from Story that put the score to, 65-64.
From that point on, App State went on a 4:49 scoring drought and converted on two of its final 10 shots, while the Hornets scored the next 10 points to take a commanding 75-65 lead. Cooper’s jumper and layup from Jones cut the lead in half to five, 74-69, with 24 seconds left, but it was too late as DSU held on for the victory.
App State will continue the road trip with a 6:30 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday at College of Charleston.
Delaware State Starters: #11 N’Kayah Kersey, #15 Mikah Aldridge, #21 Aliah Stinnett, #22 NaJai Pollard, #23 Nikkei Blackburn,
Appalachian State Starters: #2 Farrahn Wood (Kersnersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day), #10 Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth), #23 KeKe Cooper (Spartaburg, S.C./Dorman), #34 Madi Story (Bandys/Maiden, N.C.), #42 Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga./Lilburn)
East Linclon: 35
East Burke: 14
Cavailers season ends at 8-6.
Kings Mountain: 28
Panthers season ends at 8-6.
South Caldwell: 6
Spartans season ends at 11-3.
Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) matched his career high with 31 points - finishing 11-for-22 from the field and a gaudy 7-of-15 from three-point range, but it wouldn’t be enough as Appalachian State University men’s basketball fell to Mercer in heartbreaking fashion 71-70 on Friday evening.
The Mountaineers (2-4) were led by Eaves’ 31, while Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) chipped in 12 points - all in the second half - and converted on four triples on 4-of-8 shooting and 4-of-7 from long range. Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) also finished in double-figures with a career-high 11 points, including tying for the team-lead with five boards.
Appalachian State made a season-high 13 three-pointers on 29 attempts, while also tying its season high with 24 field goals on the afternoon. The Apps shot a season-best 46.2 percent from the floor, including a season-best 44.8 percent from distance. Despite being outrebounded 30-27, App State outscored Mercer in second-chance points 14-6 .
The Bears (5-1) jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the opening 6:31 of the game. Beginning with a Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military/Purdue) layup, App State put together a 13-2 run spanning 4:21 to take a 20-16 lead with 8:39 to go in the opening half. With Mercer closing the gap to 20-19, Appalachian built another 8-0 run for its biggest lead of the game at 28-19.
However, Mercer would come roaring back and score nine-straight points in 1:57 to knot the score at 28-28. A late Eaves three put the Apps up 31-28, but four unanswered points from the Bears gave Mercer a 32-31 halftime lead.
Out of the break, Eaves poured in back-to-back triples to put App State back in front 37-32. Following a Mercer jumper, App State used a layup from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) and Burgess’ first three-pointer of the game to open up a 42-34 advantage at the 16:35 mark.
Again, Mercer put together an 8-0 run to tie the game again at 42-42. Going back and forth, Mercer would build a four point lead at 48-44 with 11:46 to go in the game. On the following possession, Johnson would take contact and make a layup while drawing the foul. Johnson missed the foul shot, but a big offensive board by Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) led to another Eaves three-pointer to put App State ahead 49-48.
Both buckets keyed a 10-0 run for the Mountaineers that gave the Apps a 54-48 lead. Over the next 2:38, Mercer would score six-straight points to knot the score again at 54-54. Appalachian kept finding buckets to stave off the Bears and two Burgess three’s sandwiched a Mercer jumper to give App State a 60-56 lead.
The Black and Gold would go up by six points following an Eaves jumper, but the Bears clawed back to within one point at 62-61. Burgess drilled a three-pointer to go up by four and the Apps would eventually extend their lead to five at 67-62. However, Mercer would answer as they had all game long and convert a jumper and a and-one opportunity to tie it again at 67-67 with 2:00 left in regulation.
Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) drilled a highly contested three-pointer on the nearside wing with 41 seconds left in the game to go up 70-67.
After two missed free throws from Burgess, a quick layup from the Bears cut the App State lead to one at 70-69. Two more missed free throws from Eaves led to another quick layup that gave Mercer a 71-70 lead. A last second heave from Burgess didn’t draw rim.
Appalachian State will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 29 when it closes out the 2015 Challenge in Music City against Stephen F. Austin at 4:30 p.m. EST.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (5-0) kept its perfect record intact after dispatching Livingstone (1-4), 105-77, Friday evening on the first day of the Finis Horne Classic.
Senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) led all scorers with 22 points while sophomore guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 21 points and hit six treys for the Bears, who continued their best start since winning 12 straight to begin the 1990-91 campaign.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) also finished with his second triple-double in three games – 14 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds – and the Bears hit 18 three-pointers in the win.
Livingstone was led by Cordero Holt (Alexandria, Va.) with 17 points and Simuel Frazier (Norfolk, Va.) with 15 points in the setback.
The Blue Bears cut the lead to 27-24 on a field goal by Frazier with 4:19 left in the first half but the Bears responded with 14 straight points to take control which included three treys by Reed.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 46-29 advantage at halftime and scored 59 points after intermission in addition to extending its lead to as many as 34 points late in the game. The Bears were one three-pointer off their school single-game record – 19 vs. Newberry on January 15, 2014 – and finished 57 percent (18-of-32) from behind the arc.
On the final day of the Finis Horne Classic on Saturday afternoon, Lenoir-Rhyne faces St. Augustine’s at 1:30 p.m.
Junior guard Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) tied a season-high with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough as Appalachian State University women’s basketball fell, 87-60, to a tough South Dakota squad in the opening round of the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament. App State will square off against Delaware State in the third-place game at 12 p.m. on Saturday in FAU Arena.
Jones scored in doubles for the third time in the first four games after converting on five buckets and shooting 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Bassett-Smith notched a season-high 11 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe and a tied a career-best with seven boards.
Jasmine Ogunjimi (Chicago, Illinois/Hutchinson CC) and Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph) both came off the bench to round out the leading scorers with eight and seven points, respectively. The duo came off the bench to combine for 6-of-8 shooting from the field to lead the bench with 15 points total en route to the reserves scoring 34 of the team’s points.
Going up against a squad that came into the game averaging 10 3-pointers per game and shooting 42.1 percent from outside the arc, the Coyotes hit their season mark with 10 treys on a 45.2 shooting clip while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. This was key as App State failed to convert on a 3-pointer and shot just 31.7 percent.
Appalachian did out shoot USD at the charity stripe, 26-18,converting on 20 free throws, won the turnover battle 20-18, and held a plus-six advantage in offensive rebounding,15-9. Defensively, Appalachian was able to hold Nicole Seekamp to six points and four assists after the USD guard went into the contest averaging 18 points and 11 assists. Four other players took on the scoring load in the game putting up double figures to lead the Coyotes.
South Dakota jumped out to a 10-2 advantage in the opening quarter, and the lead would balloon to 11, 20-9, with 1:29 left in the first quarter. The Apps fought back with a 9-0 spurt that stretched over into the second quarter. Craven scored the final five points of the first frame that trimmed the lead to six, 20-14.
Coming out in the second quarter, Appalachian scored on a pair of jumpers from Wood and Cooper that pushed the Apps to within one possession, 20-18. The Black and Gold defense forced USD to miss its next five shots and a 3:04 scoring drought during the spark. With the momentum turning to App State’s favor, South Dakota stopped the run with a trey that started a 22-4 run over the final 8:24 of the half to take a commanding 42-22 lead.
Jones, Craven and Bassett-Smith led the offense with 14 of the team’s 22 points going into the locker room.
USD kept the foot on the gas pedal never allowing App State to chip into the lead or threaten to gain any momentum. On multiple occasions, App State would score on back-to-back possessions but the Coyotes scored in flurries to prevent App State putting together a significant run.
App State shot much better in the second half (44.0-23.7) and was 16-for-19 from the charity stripe. Jones scored 13 of her points in the stanza with Ogunjimi tallying all of her points in the second half as well.
For App State, it was the third opponent in the first four games of the contest that went to the postseason in 2014-15, further proving the difficulty of the non-conference schedule.
Julia Buehler (Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard) and Elizabeth Norregaard (Middleton, Wisc./Middleton) both saw action in the game. Buehler converted on a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter to score her first points as a Mountaineer.
Notes: South Dakota Starters: #4 Tia Hemiller, #5 Jasmine Trimboli, #15 Kelly Stewart, #33 Caitlin Duffy, #35 Nicole Seekamp
Appalachian State Starters: #2 Farrahn Wood (Kersnersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day), #10 Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth), #23 KeKe Cooper (Spartaburg, S.C./Dorman), #34 Madi Story (Bandys/Maiden, N.C.), #42 Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga./Lilburn)
Appalachian State University defensive coordinator Nate Woody is one of 36 nominees for the 2015 Broyles Award, the Rotary Club of Little Rock announced on Wednesday. The Broyles Award is presented annually to college football’s top assistant coach.
In his third season as Appalachian State’s defensive coordinator, Woody oversees a unit that ranks among the top two in the Sun Belt Conference and/or the top 25 nationally in 10 different statistical categories. Most notably, the Mountaineers lead the Sun Belt in total defense (320.5 ypg - 15th nationally), scoring defense (18.5 ppg - 16th nationally), rushing defense (134.7 ypg - 31st nationally) and pass-efficiency defense (116.34 - 34th nationally).
Appalachian ranks No. 1 among 128 NCAA Division I FBS teams in red-zone defense, only allowing its opponents to score at a 58.8-percent clip when they get inside the Mountaineers’ 20 yard line. App State is also tied for fourth nationally with four defensive touchdowns.
Should Appalachian State finish the season as the Sun Belt’s top-ranked defense, it would mark the second-straight year that it accomplished the feat. Last season, Woody’s defense surrendered just 347.5 yards per game en route to being the Sun Belt’s No. 1 unit in the Mountaineers’ first year in the conference.
A 25-year coaching veteran, Woody came to Appalachian State in 2013 after 22 seasons as an assistant coach at former Southern Conference rival Wofford. He served as defensive coordinator for the final 13 seasons of his 22-year coaching stint at his alma mater. The Terriers led the SoCon in total defense three times under his direction.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Coach Woody,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “All of our coaches do an outstanding job and have played a huge role in our success this season. But, in particular, it’s great to see Coach Woody recognized for what he and the rest of our defensive coaches have done to make our defense one of the nation’s top units.”
Woody is Appalachian State’s second Broyles Award nominee in as many seasons as a member of FBS. Co-offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford was nominated for the award in 2014.
The list of 36 Broyles Award nominees will be trimmed to five finalists on Monday. The 2015 Broyles Award will be presented on Dec. 8 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark.