The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game on Saturday, falling 103-65 on the road to conference leader Louisburg College.
Tyrell Oglesby led the Red Hawks (8-12, 3-8 in Region X) with 15 points, while Marcus Talley added 12 points. Post player Matthew Gray also reached double figures in scoring, tallying a season-high 10 points in the game.
Seth McCoy paced the Hurricanes (15-4, 9-1 in Region X) with 24 points, including 16 of those scored in the first half. Lewis Freeman (16 points), Jalen Gaddy (15 points) and Jordan Oakley (12 points) also reached double figures in scoring for Louisburg.
The Hurricanes built a 64-23 lead by halftime and despite being outscored 42-39 were able to hold their large lead throughout most of Saturday’s conference game.
The CVCC men’s basketball team will try to get back on the winning track Wednesday when it hosts Guilford Tech at the Tarlton Complex. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis notched its first victory of the season on Saturday with a 6-1 win over USC Upstate at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
The Mountaineers (1-1) won the doubles point capturing two out of three doubles matches to jump out to an early 1-0 advantage. They then rattled off victories in five of the six singles matches to register the triumph in the first of three contests this weekend.
"This was a great bounce-back win for us," head coach Bob Lake said after the win. "We came up with those two huge wins in doubles, and then it rolled over from there. We're looking forward to our home opener tomorrow against Lees-McRae and North Carolina A&T."
In doubles competition, the No. 1 pairing of Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) defeated the Spartans' No.1 tandem of Fernando Bernardes/Ignacio Garrido, 6-3. After App's Spencer Brown (Spartanburg, S.C./Laurel Springs) and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) fell 6-3 in a hard-fought setback to Luka Eble/Felix Ewers, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth,Australia/Scotch College) picked up a 7-6 (2-0) tiebreak victory as the No. 3 tandem in the lineup to secure the doubles point.
Stone earned the first singles victory in the afternoon as he defeated Samuel Schiano 6-0, 6-3, to push App to a 2-0 lead. Ben and Brown helped App continue the momentum with a pair of straight-set sweeps, as Ben downed his opponent, 6-2, 6-3, followed by Brown's match-clinching 6-3,7-5 triumph as the No. 4 in the lineup.
Bargeron would fall in his contest at the No. 2 spot in three sets while Pavkovich dropped the first frame, but battled back to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Scott would end the day on a high note for the Mountaineers with his first win of the season at the top spot in the lineup in a clean sweep.
Appalachian will return home Sunday for a doubleheader to take on Lees-McRae and North Carolina A&T at Deer Valley Racquet Club. First serve is set for 9 a.m. against LMC.
The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (19-1, 13-0), ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II, remained at the top of the South Atlantic Conference standings and ran its winning streak to eight games with a 103-59 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (8-11, 6-7) Saturday afternoon at Tex Turner Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) was the lone player to score in double figures for the Bears, totaling 18 points in addition to four rebounds and three assists.
Lincoln Memorial was led by the duo of Cornelius Taylor (Claxton, Ga.) and Dorian Pinson (Greenville, S.C.), who combined for 44 points. Taylor led all scorers with 23 points while Pinson added 21 points for the Railsplitters, who hit 14 treys and shot 61 percent (40-of-66) for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Emmanuel Wembi (Charlotte, N.C.) and redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) both came off the bench to finish with nine points.
Four of the next five games for the Bears are at home, where they are 6-2 so far this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to Shuford Memorial Gymnasium to take on Newberry on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Laken Cook's victory in the 157-pound division highlighted strong performances by several Appalachian State wrestlers in the Appalachian Open at Varsity Gym on Saturday.
Five wrestlers with App State ties reached the championship round, as Cook defeated unattached teammate Matt Zovistoski by an 8-3 decision in the 157 final and App alum Denzel Dejournette, a 2017 All-American, won the heavyweight division. Taylor Jackson (184 pounds) and unattached teammate Paul Carson (197) also advanced to division finals.
The Mountaineers accounted for three of the top four places at 157 pounds with unattached Carl Guess claiming fourth.
Cook improved to 19-10 this season by going 4-0 with wins against Chattanooga's Jake Adcock (fall, 0:36), VMI's Will Lawrence (fall, 4:00), Duke's Ben Anderson (11-4 decision after trailing 4-3 in the third period) and Zovistoski.
Jackson's 3-0 start featured a 6-1 decision, a win by fall and a 4-0 decision. NC State's Nick Reenan posted a technical fall in the championship round.
Carson used an 8-3 decision and medical forfeit to reach his final against Virginia Tech's John Borst, who built a 4-0 lead in a 5-3 decision, and App State heavyweight Demazio Samuel had two pins to reach a semifinal.
Sixteen schools had wrestlers entered in the open field.
The Mountaineers will resume their SoCon schedule against VMI in Boone on Jan. 31, visit Chattanooga on Feb. 4 and return to Varsity Gym for a Feb. 8 matchup with Duke.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team nearly overcame a 29-point second half deficit, but fell 93-88 to Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
The Red Wolves (8-14, 3-6 SBC) built a 56-32 halftime lead and pushed their advantage to as large as 65-36 with just over 16 minutes to play.
The Mountaineers (9-14, 4-6 SBC) mounted a furious rally and would cut the lead down to eight points with 3:57 left to play on a basket by junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep).
The Apps continued to cut away at the lead and Shabazz brought the Mountaineers within six points at 83-77, on a pair of free throws.
The Red Wolves answered with a basket, but Shabazz drew another foul with 56.8 seconds left. He would hit both freebies making the score 85-79 in favor of Arkansas State.
The Mountaineers would cut the deficit to five points three times over the next 30 seconds, before freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) drained a three-pointer and was fouled on the play. He would miss the free throw and the Black and Gold trailed 92-88 with 14 seconds left.
Grantham Gillard of Arkansas State pulled down the rebound off the missed free throw and was fouled with 11.7 seconds. He made one of two free throws. The Mountaineers would miss two threes in the final seconds to give Arkansas State the win.
Shabazz finished with a game-high 27 points, 20 of which came in the second half, on 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) shooting and a 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) mark on three-pointers. Forrest added 15 points, three rebounds and four assists.
Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added 14 points and six boards, while sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) had 11 points and three assists off the bench. Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) tallied his first double-double of the season and second of his career with 10 points and 12 rebounds (seven offensive).
Simms paced Arkansas State with 23 points and Cockfield added 20. Marquis Eaton chipped in with 16 points and Gillard had 13 in a reserve role.
The Black and Gold finished 31-of-63 (49.2 percent) in shooting and 14-of-28 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Red Wolves went 31-of-61 (50.8 percent) from the field and 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from deep.
The Mountaineers will hit the road for their next two games, taking on UT Arlington on Thursday at 8:15 EST and Texas State on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Big plays down the stretch and a 3-pointer by Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) with 11 seconds left helped Appalachian State University women's basketball (6-15, 4-6 SBC) gut out a thrilling 68-66 triumph against Arkansas State (10-10, 5-4 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.
Leading up to the final few minutes, the Mountaineers and Red Wolves were tied after Jada Ford hit a 3-pointer to knot things up, 61-61. After Plummer had missed the back end of a pair at the line, Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) muscled her way for an offensive rebound and then laid it back up to give App a 64-61 cushion.
Arkansas State would then score three quick points to tie up in the thrilling contest after Akasha Westbrook scored on a layup in transition. On the ensuing possession, LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) fed Mathews with a perfect pass on the left wing for the most significant 3-pointer of her App career to push the Mountaineers in front, 67-64. Arkansas State had a chance to tie up the game on the next trip down the floor. Payton Tennison's tying attempt fell short. Mathews went 1-2 at the line after being fouled on the next offensive possession, giving the Black and Gold the 2-point edge. A-State had another shot of tying the game, but the clock ran out before it could get a shot off. The Mountaineers snap a three-game skid and capture their third straight win over the Red Wolves.
After scoring just 14 points over the past three games combined, Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) broke out of her mini-scoring slump to score a game-high 18 points on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting from the field. The 18 points are the highest output when coming off the bench, while all six shots connected from 3-point range. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-best 10 rebounds. Plummer stuffed the stat sheet with four assists, three blocks, and a steal. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) hung 12 points along with four rebounds and three helpers, while Mathews finished the game with nine points, four assists and three off the glass.
Contributions were received by everyone as App assisted on a staggering 22 of 25 field goals (88 percent) with six Mountaineers collecting multiple assists and five with at least three helpers. The bench also stepped up their game. On top of Gosnell's 18, Maya Calder added five points and three off the window including crunch-time rebounds in the fourth frame. The reserves combined to shoot 9-for-12 with 26 points and seven rebounds.
The 3-point shot for App was falling as it went 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) from deep. Appalachian has hit 10 or more 3-pointers in three games.
Both teams came out scorching in the first frame hitting 18-of-29 combined field goals and 10-for-15 from deep. Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) started the Mountaineers on a stretch of five straight baskets in a row to stretch a three-point lead into a 17-10 advantage following a Mathews trey. However, the Red Wolves clawed back to cut the deficit to one, 22-21. Wilson found Gosnell in transition for a corner trey just before the horn sounded to give the Black and Gold a 25-21 lead going into the second period.
App shot 10-for-13 from the floor while the 76.9 percent shooting was the highest out of any quarter, and all 10 field goals were assisted on.
Neither team could get any separation as the lead never grew larger than four points. Trailing 33-29 with 3:21 left in the half, Hampton sparked an 8-0 spurt with her second of three jumpers before back-to-back trifectas from Gosnell capped off the surge and gave App a 37-33 lead. However, the Red Wolves would score the final five points to take a one-point edge into the break.
A-State continued the hot shooting hitting six of its first nine shots to take its largest lead of the game at six, 53-47. App State then came back with a run of its own when Gosnell and Wilson converted back-to-back shots from 3-point land backed by a Plummer layup and another trifecta from the Demorest, Ga., native. The run gave App the three-point edge, 58-55, before Westbrook's free throw made the score 58-56.
Appalachian wouldn't relinquish the lead the rest of the game despite Arkansas State tying up the game on two occasions. The Black and Gold held a slim margin while the defense clamped down to limit A-State to 3-for-19 in the final frame including a stretch where the Red Wolves missed 16 straight shots and endured a 5:56 scoring drought. App didn't fare much better from the field hitting just two field goals, but both shots came in the final three minutes of the game when App need them the most.
The Mountaineers will look to keep the momentum going next week when they head Arlington, Texas to face UT Arlington on Thursday at 6 p.m. (ET).
"Today was a great effort from our team. We got back to running the floor and playing the brand of basketball we are capable of playing. When the team needed "one more", we executed."
- App State is 6-0 this season when shooting 40 percent or better from deep
- Despite Stanley not hitting a field goal, the freshman led the team in plus/minus with a plus-9 after scoring three points with four assists and three boards
- Plummer led the team in PER with 18
- Gosnell has scored in double figures in five games this season
- Wilson has reached double figures in 12 contests
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (12-9, 6-7) made it four victories in a row with a 74-55 South Atlantic Conference triumph over Lincoln Memorial (11-8, 7-6) Saturday afternoon at Tex Turner Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, finished with 14 points – tying for the game-high – while junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Bears limited the Lady Railsplitters to just 26 percent shooting (18-of-69) for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne led by as many as 30 points – 68-38 with 5:31 left in the contest – in avenging an earlier setback to Lincoln Memorial in December at home. The Bears also shot 59 percent (27-of-46) for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Ashley Rodriguez (Orlando, Fla.) scored exactly 11 points for the fifth straight contest.
Not only have the Bears won four consecutive games, but three of those contests have come away from Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lincoln Memorial’s Rachel Griffith (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) scored 14 points but was the lone player to score in double figures for the home team.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Bunker Hill: 62
East Burke: 61
Fred T. Foard: 45
West Caldwell: 33
South Caldwell: 29
St. Stephens: 58
Alexander Central: 54
South Fork Athletic:
Lake Norman Charter: 39
West Lincoln: 23
Bunker Hill: 48
Fred T. Foard: 47
East Burke: 31
West Caldwell: 69
South Caldwell: 27
St. Stephens: 48
Alexander Central: 34
South Fork Athletic:
Lake Norman Charter: 50
West Lincoln: 31
Appalachian State University women's tennis (2-2) gave Virginia Tech (2-0) all it could handle in a 5-2 setback on Friday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
The Mountaineers started off with the doubles point capturing two of the three doubles matches, but the hosts claimed five of the six singles matches to nab the win.
Sandra Anglesjö (Norrkökoping, Östergötland, Sweden) and Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) fell in the first completed doubles contest as the No. 2 in the lineup, 6-3, to Nika Kozar and Nina Sorkin. The Mountaineers kicked it into gear when Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) downed Eleza Cerezo-Codina and Sarah Born, 6-3, to improve to 2-2 thus far as partners. After the No. 1 pairing tied up the contest, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia) fought for a 6-4 triumph against Shene Disbergen/ McKenzie Collins to give App the 1-0 lead.
With App leading, the Hokies responded winning the first four singles matches to clinch the victory and move to 2-0 on their first day of the season following an early win against ETSU. Zacarias gave App its only singles win of the evening as the No. 2 in the lineup, defeating Caroline Daxhelet, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. Zacarias picked up the first frame before Daxhelet tied up the match and from that point on the freshman for App took control to earn her first singles win of the season.
Appalachian will have a week-long break before traveling to Norfolk, Va. for a pair of matches. The Mountaineers will face the Monarchs of Old Dominion on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. before facing Charlotte on Sunday at 2 p.m.
1. #25 Natalie Novotna (VT) def. Teodora Sevo (AppSt) 6-3, 6-4
2. Maria Zacarias (AppSt) def. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) 3-6, 6-1,4-6
3. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Taylor Bygrave (AppSt) 6-3,6-3
4. Katherine Butler (VT) def. Heidi Swope (AppSt) 6-2, 6-0
5. Nina Sorkin (VT) def. Melissa Machado(AppSt) 6-2, 6-0
6. Shene Disbergen (VT) def. Rebecca Morse (AppSt) 6-4, 1-6 (10-5)
Order of finish: 5,4,3,1*,6,2
1. Swope/Zacarias (AppSt) def. Cerezo-Codina/Baron (VT) 6-3
2. Kozar/Sorkin (VT) def. Anglesjo/Gaskins (AppSt) 6-3
3. Machado/Sevo (AppSt) def. Disbergen/Collins (VT) 6-4
Order of finish: 2,1,3*
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team is ranked No. 17 in the first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. II poll, which was released on Thursday.
This marks the sixth-straight year that the Red Hawks have been ranked in the preseason top-20 poll by the NJCAA.
“It’s nice to be acknowledged, but we are a long way from where we want to be,” said fourth-year CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “I hope our guys feel the same way, and I know they do. Being ranked 17th is great. Any number is really great because people out there know who you are, but for me to be honest with you it doesn’t mean a whole lot until you’ve got a number next to your name at the end of the season.”
CVCC is coming off a 31-25 baseball campaign in 2016-17, including a 16-10 mark in Region X play.
The Red Hawks had their sixth-consecutive All-American and first-ever National Player of the Year last season in outfielder Chandler Jenkins and their third-straight ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove winner in catcher Riley Smith.
This year’s CVCC baseball team includes three Junior College Players to Watch as named by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, including left-handed pitcher Julian Smith — an N.C. State signee — as well as first basemen David Graves and third baseman Graham Mitchell.
The CVCC baseball team opens its season on Saturday, Feb. 10 with a home doubleheader against the Piedmont International JV team. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Shaniya Lester scored her career high of 27 points four different times during her Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball career.
On Thursday, Lester finally eclipsed that mark, notching 30 points in a 95-69 victory for the Red Hawks against Louisburg College at the Tarlton Complex.
It marked the first time since Nov. 2, 2014 that a CVCC women’s basketball player scored more than 30 points in a contest (Keyara McKnight).
“We needed to get this win,” Lester said. “We needed to bounce back from our last loss. That wasn’t a good feeling. We didn’t want to feel that again. I wanted to come in here and make sure I finished on every shot I put up.”
Sophomore Tanisha Wall added 20 points for CVCC — finishing three points shy of her career high — and freshman forward Zharia Brown recorded a double double — 14 points and 10 rebounds — for CVCC, which improved to 12-4 overall and 7-1 in Region X play.
Thursday’s game was the first for CVCC assistant women’s basketball coach Tyra Carver against her former team. Carver coached women’s basketball last season as an assistant at Louisburg.
“It was difficult at first because as a coach you build relationships with players,” Carver said of Thursday’s game. “It was a little weird being on the other side because I coached them for a year, but I’m excited where I’m at. I’m happy for our team. I enjoyed the win tonight.”
The Red Hawks built a 46-38 halftime lead and expanded that to a 69-58 margin after three quarters.
CVCC exploded offensively in the fourth and final quarter, outscoring the Hurricanes, 26-11. Wall led the Red Hawks in the fourth quarter with nine points, while Lester added seven fourth-quarter points.
Yatte Melvin paced Louisburg (13-3, 9-3 in Region X) in Thursday’s contest with 16 points, while teammate Teana Lewis added 14 points.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Wake Tech at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team used some tough defense and strong rebounding to post a 72-67 overtime victory over Little Rock on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.
After the Trojans (5-16, 2-6 SBC) shot 43.3 percent (13-of-30) in the first half, App State (9-13, 4-5 SBC) limited Little Rock to a combined 27.0 percent (10-of-37) in the second half and overtime.
In addition, the Mountaineers held a 54-43 edge in rebounding, including a 19-11 advantage on the offensive glass.
Sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) paced the Black and Gold with a team-high 13 points, four rebounds and a game-high six assists off the bench. Senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) added six points, seven rebounds and a career-high three blocks in a reserve role.
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) posted his second straight double-double with 10 points (all in the second half) and a career-high tying 12 rebounds. It also marks the second straight game in which Kinney has pulled down 12 boards.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) had 12 points and junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) tallied 10 points and three assists. Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) chipped in with seven points and 11 rebounds.
After falling behind early 9-5, the Black and Gold would score seven of the next eight points to jump in front 12-10 with just under 13 minutes left in the first half.
Little Rock would regain the lead and used a 13-2 run to open a 31-18 advantage with 7:10 left in the first half.
From there, the Mountaineers would hold the Trojans scoreless for a span of 5:01 and outscored Little Rock 13-5 over the final seven minutes to trail just 38-32 at the break.
In the second half, the Trojans scored the first five points to build a 11-point lead at 43-32.
Later in the half, App State would hold Little Rock scoreless for 5:17 span and used a 9-0 run to take a 55-53 lead with 7:32 remaining.
With the Apps leading 59-58, Little Rock's Waldy Mompremier would split a pair of free throws to tie the score with 44.3 seconds to play.
On Appalachian's next possession, Shabazz fired a three-pointer that rimmed out. A scrum ensued on the floor and a jump ball was called, with possession favoring the Trojans. Little Rock held for the last shot and Jaizec Lottie drove the lane, but his layup attempt was blocked by junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) to send the game into overtime.
The Black and Gold opened the extra session with the first four points, before a trey from Camron Reedus cut the Mountaineers lead to one-point at 63-62 with 3:19 to play.
After each team got a defensive stop, Williams was fouled and stepped to the free throw line with 1:51 to play. He hit both free throws to push the Mountaineer lead to 65-62.
The Trojans would get a free throw and following a stop, Andre Jones converted a layup and was fouled. He missed the ensuing free throw and the game remained tied at 65-65 with 1:15 to play.
On the Mountaineers next possession, Williams drove the lane and found Hinton in the right corner. Hinton drained the trifecta to give the Black and Gold a 68-65 lead with 53 seconds remaining.
Little Rock answered with a basket, but Shabazz was fouled and converted on a pair of free throws to put the Mountaineers up 70-67 with 23 seconds.
The Trojans would look for a quick two, but missed their attempt. Isaac Johnson was fouled on the rebound and put App State up 72-67 with a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left.
Little Rock would miss a trio of threes in the closing seconds, giving the Apps the victory.
Mompremier would finish with a game-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds off the bench for Little Rock. Andre Jones had 15 points and Reddus scored 11 in a reserve role.
App State will return to the hardwood on Saturday as they play host to Arkansas State. Tip is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center. The contest will also be broadcast on ESPN3.
Appalachian State's pursuit of another Southern Conference wrestling championship got a boost from a sudden-victory upset and a tiebreaking bonus point.
App State claimed an 18-12 victory at Campbell on Thursday in Gore Arena to improve to 6-3 overall and 4-0 in SoCon competition.
Wins by Angel Najar (5-3 decision at 157 pounds), Forrest Przybysz (13-11 decision at 174), Alan Clothier (8-2 decision at 184) and Randall Diabe (2-0 decision at 197) gave the Mountaineers a 12-3 lead after five matches. Redshirt freshman Codi Russell's 10-8 decision by sudden victory against 25th-ranked Nathan Boston pushed App State ahead 15-9, and it was in front 15-12 before Gavin Londoff wrapped up the dual meet with a 5-4 decision against Zach Barnes at 149 pounds.
Appalachian and Chattanooga (4-0 SoCon) are now the only two teams left with no SoCon losses, as Campbell dropped to 1-1 in league competition.
"A lot of emotions going — it was a hard-fought battle," App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. "The whole night was just close match after close match. I thought our guys showed a lot of poise tonight in a difficult environment with a difficult opponent. There were a lot of swing matches, and I think the biggest thing was we found a way to get the wins in those matches."
Barnes led 3-1 entering the third period against Londoff. He gained a point with a quick escape from the down position, took a 4-3 lead on a takedown with 1:20 remaining and reached a minute advantage in riding time with 20 seconds left.
Barnes pulled even at 4-4 on an escape in the closing seconds, but the riding-time advantage gave Londoff the clinching win in a matchup of the 2017 regular-season champions and 2017 tournament champions.
"At the end of the first period, I get my wind and I'm ready to go," Londoff said. "I wasn't tired at all, so I was ready to battle. That, and the team needing me, is what got me to push through it and get the win.
"Coach preaches to us to not be the audience. You have to be the audience or the competitor, so I push the (team) score aside, barely watch the matches and zone into my match — what I'm good at, what I'm going to do."
Boston took a 14-8 record into his match against Russell, who trailed 7-4 in the third period before receiving a point for an escape and executing a tying takedown with 25 seconds remaining.
Boston made the first move in the sudden-victory period, and Russell won the match 28 seconds into the period by locking Boston's ankle from an over-the-top position.
"We work extremely hard as a team, so I knew I wasn't going to get tired and I could probably go for a long time," Russell said of his comeback. "He got in on my leg (in overtime) and was pretty deep. Going through my head, it was just sprawl hard and try to get a quick takedown."
App State built its lead before Campbell cut its deficit to 12-9 thanks to back-to-back victories from 29th-ranked heavyweight Jere Heino (3-2 decision against 32nd-ranked Cary Miller) and 23rd-ranked Korbin Meink (8-6 decision against freshman De'Andre Swinson-Barr at 125 pounds).
Najar established a 3-0 lead in his match-opening victory against Austin Kraisser at 157 pounds, and 27th-ranked Quentin Perez of Campbell pulled out an 8-6 decision against Thomas Flitz at 165.
The 15th-ranked Przybysz trailed 7-4 in the second period of his match against 29th-ranked Andrew Morgan, who was still ahead 8-7 entering the third period. Przybysz used a two-point reversal and two-point near fall in rapid succession to move in front 11-8. Morgan briefly tied the match with a takedown, but Przybysz broke the tie with a late escape and received a point for his advantage in riding time.
After Clothier secured an 8-2 decision against Luke Funck in one of only two matches decided by more than two points – the other was Jonathan Ryan's 10-5 decision against App State's Irvin Enriquez to set up Londoff's clinching win — Diabe followed Clothier's effort with a 2-0 decision against Chris Kober.
Diabe used a second-period escape to take a 1-0 lead into the third period, which began with Kober holding a 21-second advantage in riding time. Diabe didn't allow Kober to escape from the down position in the final period, swinging the riding-time advantage to a minute in his favor with 37 seconds left in the match.
"I'm proud of the guys and the way they battled on the road, in a tough environment against a tough opponent," Bentley said. "Like I've said, this team is still getting better."
The Mountaineers host the Appalachian Open on Saturday, resume their SoCon schedule against VMI in Boone on Jan. 31 and visit Chattanooga on Feb. 4.
App State 18, Campbell 12
157: Angel Najar (APP) def. Austin Kraisser (CU), 5-3 dec. (3-0)
165: #27 Quentin Perez (CU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 8-6 dec. (3-3)
174: #15 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. #29 Andrew Morgan (CU), 13-11 dec. (6-3)
184: #25 Alan Clothier (APP) def. Luke Funck (CU), 8-2 dec. (9-3)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Chris Kober (CU), 2-0 dec. (12-3)
HWT: #29 Jere Heino (CU def. #32 Cary Miller (APP), 3-2 dec. (12-6)
125: #23 Korbin Meink (CU) def. De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 8-6 dec. (12-9)
133: Codi Russell (APP) def. #25 Nathan Boston (CU), 10-8 dec. (SV) (15-9)
141: Jonathan Ryan (CU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 10-5 dec. (15-12)
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Zach Barnes (CU) vs. 5-4 dec. (18-12)
Appalachian State University women's basketball (5-15, 3-6 SBC) and Little Rock (11-8, 8-0) were involved in a defensive battle, but Little Rock came out on top in a 52-40 decision on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) each scored a team-high nine points for the Mountaineers, while Wilson shot 4-of-6 but all four of her field goals were in the first half of the game. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) scored eight points and grabbed five boards, and Nicola Mathews rounded out the leading scorers with seven points. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) amassed a game-high 10 rebounds with five points in the loss.
Both teams would hold each other to a season low in points during Sun Belt play. LR showed why it's holding conference foes to 44.6 points coming in and just 32.5 percent shooting, as it limited App to 34.6 percent from the field. Appalachian was also impressive on the defensive end, particularly in the final three quarters, holding the visitors to 37 percent from the field.
Dooming App was 22 turnovers that turned into 21 points for the Trojans and a first quarter where LR blitzed App with a 22-8 output. The Trojans shot 47.6 percent from the field and forced eight App miscues into 14 points. Appalachian performed better in the second quarter holding LR to just 11 points but was outscored by a point en route to a 33-18 advantage for the Trojans at the break.
After Little Rock scored the first layup of the second half to take a 35-18 with 6:52 left in the frame, the Mountaineers outscored the Trojans, 13-4, the rest of the way to slice the gap to single digits, 39-31. Mathews started the spark with five straight points followed by a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) layup to bring the Apps to within 10, 35-25. Both teams traded scores until a free throw from Plummer and a banked in 3-pointer from Gosnell capped off the run. App outscored Little Rock, 13-6, in the frame, which was the lowest output in any period during SBC play for the Trojans.
Once again both defenses were locked in as neither team scored until there was 6:29 remaining when the Trojans hit a trifecta before another Mathews layup brought the deficit back to single digits, 42-33. It was the last time the Mountaineers kept the gap to under 10 points, as the Trojans used a 7-0 run and held App scoreless over the next 3:52 of the game to keep the Apps at bay and capture their eighth straight win in Sun Belt competition.
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers improved their defense after the first quarter holding the Trojans to just 30 points and 32.4 shooting from the field. Appalachian improved its turnovers with only 13 over the last three frames following an eight-mistake first period.
App State won the rebounding battled, 37-27, but came up with just eight offensive rebounds.
Ronjanae DeGray scored a game-high 18 points, and Tori Lasker scored 14 to round out the leading scorers for Little Rock.
Appalachian will have a quick turnaround on Saturday as it faces Arkansas State at 1 p.m. in the Holmes Center.