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UL Lafayette shot 51.7 percent from the field and scored 48 points in the paint to power past Appalachian State University men’s basketball, 80-64, in the Mountaineers’ first-ever Sun Belt Conference home game on Monday night at the Holmes Center.

Brian Williams led five Ragin’ Cajuns in double-figures with a game-high 15 points and propelled UL Lafayette (9-5, 3-0 Sun Belt) to its sixth win in its last seven games.

Appalachian State (4-7, 1-1 Sun Belt) trailed by just two points midway through the first half but saw the deficit balloon to 17 after a 5:02 stretch without a field goal late in the opening period. Milos Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia/IMG Academy) ended the drought with a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer but the Mountaineers went into the locker room down 38-24.

After neither team found the bottom of the net in the first two-plus minutes, Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) finally put the first points on the board with a jumper at the 17:44 mark to give the Mountaineers their only lead of the game.

The Cajuns tied it on Kasey Shepherd’s layup on the ensuing possession, then took the lead on a Devonta Walker jumper 30 seconds later and never trailed again.

Appalachian remained within striking distance until the final 10 minutes of the opening half, when UL Lafayette reeled off a 10-2 run to stretch its lead to 23-13 with 7:10 to go.

After Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) cut the deficit to six points (23-17) with 6:38 remaining, App State went cold and hit just 2-of-8 from the floor to close out the period.

App State cut the deficit to 12 early in the second half but never pulled closer the rest of the way. The Ragin’ Cajuns grabbed their first 20-popint lead (56-35) on Shawn Long’s dunk with 14:27 left in the ballgame and never led by less than 14 the rest of the way.

Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian Academy) led Appalachian with a season-high 12 points. Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) added 11 points and freshman Landon Goesling (Irving, Texas/Coppell) chipped in with a career-high 10 to round out three Mountaineers in double-figures. Obacha and Spagnolo also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds each.

Obacha, Spagnolo and Goesling combined to make 13-of-25 field-goal attempts (.520) but the rest of the squad shoot just 12-of-39 (.308) from the field.

UL Lafayette saw five players score in double figures. Brian Williams poured in a game-high 15 while Bryce Washington added 14 off the bench and ripped down eight boards.

Shepherd finished with 15 while Long and Walker each added 10. Long fell just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.

On the night, the Ragin’ Cajuns shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60) while limiting Appalachian to just 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the floor. UL Lafayette hauled in 38 rebounds to App State’s 36 and dished out 18 assists.

The Mountaineers must rebound quickly as they hit the road again for Sun Belt contests at South Alabama and UALR on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Tipoff for Thursday’s contest at South Alabama is slated for 8:05 p.m. (ET).

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 0-3 all-time against UL Lafayette ... the Ragin’ Cajuns 80 points were the second-most by an Appalachian opponent this season (84 - at Furman, Nov. 19) ... for the second-straight game, the Mountaineers shot under 60.0 percent from the charity stripe (58.8 percent) ... freshman forward Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) did not play as he returned home on Sunday to attend his grandmother’s funeral ... Monday’s game was Appalachian’s first home game in 29 days ... it was the longest stretch without a home game since the Mountaineers went 32 days without a home contest from Nov. 16-Dec. 18, 2010.

Appalachian State University women's basketball defeated UL Lafayette on Monday night, 63-51, in their Sun Belt home opener at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (6-5, 1-1 Sun Belt) were able to hold off the Ragin' Cajuns (8-4, 0-3), maintaining a lead for most of the game.

Appalachian struck first with a three-pointer from Maryah Sydnor, helping the Mountaineers take a quick 7-4 lead with 16:35 to play in the first half. The Ragin' Cajuns responded by scoring the next four points and taking the lead.

With the Apps trailing 9-10, Ashley Bassett-Smith would hit a layup, sparking a 14-3 run for the Mountaineers as they took a 23-13 lead at the 8:02 minute mark. From there the Ragin' Cajuns would hit two-straight three-pointers, going on a 14-4 run and tying the game, 27-27 at halftime.

App State was led by Sydnor's nine points and six rebounds in the first half as the Mountaineers shot 35.5 percent from the floor.

The Ragin' Cajuns were led by Keke Veal and Robbie Brown's six points each. The team recorded a 40.0 percent field goal percentage in the first half.

The Mountaineers came out on fire in second half, immediately going on a 9-2 run to lead 36-29 with 16:31 to play. UL Lafayette would strike back with two points, but Appalachian maintained a solid lead, going up 40-33 with a jumper from Bria Huffman at the 14:09 minute mark.

With 8:15 to play, Bassett-Smith would score two points to give the Apps a ten-point lead, but the Ragin' Cajuns responded with six-straight points, putting them right back into the game.

The Mountaineers were able to pull it out, finishing out the game with a15-2 run to get the win, 63-51.

Sydnor and Katie Mallow led the Apps in their first Sun Belt win, scoring 14 points each. Sydnor tallied a game-high 13 rebounds, while Huffman dished out four assists and Bassett-Smith recorded four blocks.

The Mountaineers recorded a 44.9 field goal percentage in the game, grabbing 41 rebounds and turning the ball over 21 times.

UL Lafayette was led by Keke Veal's 17 points while the team shot just 32.4 percent from the floor. The Ragin' Cajuns recorded 36 rebounds and 17 turnovers in the game.

App State will return to action when they travel to Mobile, Ala. to take on South Alabama on Thursday.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jenni Gust has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Gust, a senior guard from Colfax, Wis., finished with a game and season-high 22 points in the Bears’ 85-67 victory over Lincoln Memorial in a conference game last Saturday at home.

Gust also pulled down eight rebounds, hit a pair of three-pointers and finished 10-of-17 from the field in the win over the Lady Railsplitters.

Gust, a 2013-14 All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree, currently ranks second on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and three-pointers made (10) this year. Gust also averages 4.7 rebounds per game.

Gust wins the weekly conference honor for the second time in her collegiate career as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne (4-6, 3-3) next travels to Wingate, N.C., to face Wingate (7-6, 5-1) in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team outscored Tidewater Community College 65-24 in the second half on 10 of 15 from three point range as the Red Hawks won 100-55.

Jamarkus Eison and Kenny Lemon each scored 12 points as CVCC improves to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Red Hawks will face Wake Tech Community College on the road Wednesday.

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Tidewater Community College 77-50 Sunday.

Keyara McKnight led CVCC with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Shakira Allen added 11 points and nine rebounds. Kelantra Allen had 10 points for the Red Hawks and led CVCC with five assists.

CVCC is 9-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The Red Hawks host Walters State Community College on Thursday.

Milos Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia/IMG Academy) scored the go-ahead layup with 14 seconds to play and Appalachian State University men’s basketball overcame a 14-point deficit to earn its first-ever Sun Belt Conference win in their league opener, a 74-73 thriller at Arkansas State on Saturday at the Convocation Center.

The Mountaineers (4-6, 1-0 Sun Belt) trailed 57-43 with 9:37 left to play, but hit 13 of their final 19 shots to complete their largest comeback in nearly eight years to snap a four-game winning streak for the Red Wolves (6-5, 1-1).

It looked as if Arkansas State was in firm control when Anthony Livingston dropped in a layup to tie the Red Wolves’ largest lead of the game, 57-43, with 9:37 to play, but the Mountaineers roared back with a 23-10 run over the next seven-plus minutes to cut the deficit to just one point (67-66) with 2:06 to play.

A-State hit a pair of free-throws to go back up by two points, but Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) tied the contest at 69-69 when he hit a layup in traffic, drew a foul and converted the three-point play with just under two minutes to go. After Livingston gave the Red Wolves the lead again (71-69) with 1:20 on the clock, Kostic drilled a three to give the Apps a 72-71 lead with just 51 ticks remaining.

Livingston again gave Arkansas State the lead with a layup on the ensuing possession, but Kostic grabbed a rebound after Jake Babic’s (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) jumper came up short and hit the eventual game-winner with 13 seconds remaining. The Red Wolves had one final chance to win but Sean Gardner missed with two seconds left and Eaves grabbed the rebound to seal the win.

Kostic scored a career-high 11 points in just seven minutes off the bench for Appalachian. Eight of his points came in the final two minutes of play, including a pair of three pointers.

Appalachian got off to a quick start, leading by as many as six points in the opening six minutes of the first half, but went cold over the remainder of the opening period and trailed 37-30 at the break. In all, the Mountaineers led for just 9:47 of a possible 40 minutes, but came through when it counted, outscoring the Red Wolves 31-16 over the last 10 minutes of play.

Eaves led all players with 22 points in an 8-of-14 effort from the floor. It was his fourth 20-point performance of the season and 13 of those points came in the second half. Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) poured in 12 and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds while Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) added nine and Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) tied a career high with seven rebounds and added six points off the bench.

Livingston paced the Red Wolves with a double-double as he tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds. Gardner scored 17 points, but missed the potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. Cameron Golden poured in 11 points and PJ Harwick scored 10 while dishing out an incredible 15 assists.

On the night, Appalachian shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) including 56.3 percent (18-of-32) in the second half. Arkansas State connected at a clip of 42.9 percent and made 13-of-14 free throws while the Mountaineers had an uncharacteristically bad night at the charity stripe, hitting just 10-of-19 shots.

Appalachian State finished with a 39-34 edge in rebounds and saw its bench outscore A-State’s by a 25-12 count. The Mountaineers return to action on Monday when they host defending league tournament champion UL Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. at the Holmes Center.

NOTES: Appalachian State moved to 2-1 all-time against Arkansas State ... the 14-point deficit is the largest overcome since the Apps also came back from down 14 against The Citadel in a 75-71 overtime win on Feb. 9, 2008 ... Kostic scored all 11 of his points in the final 8:25 of the game ... he did not play in the team’s previous game at Charlotte and had appeared in just four games for a total of 19 minutes coming in to Saturday’s win ... the Mountaineers moved to 3-1 when opening play in a new league ... Appalachian also won its openers as a member of the North State Conference (1930) and the Southern Conference (1972) ... the Mountaineers improved to 54-32 all-time in league openers ... the last time Appalachian overcame a double-digit deficit was in a 78-70 win over North Greenville on Dec. 4, 2013 (trailed 47-37 with 16:34 to play).

The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (12-0, 6-0), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, remained unbeaten on the year after downing Lenoir-Rhyne (3-7, 1-5), 67-55, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Railsplitters were led by Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) with 16 points as Lincoln Memorial defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the ninth straight time.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 18 points and 10 rebounds – but the Bears lost for the third straight game.

Lorenza Ross (Savannah, Ga.) and Gerel Simmons (Accokeek, Md.) scored 10 points each for the Railsplitters, who broke a 42-42 tie with six straight points and held the lead the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman center Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C.) also scored in double figures today, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds in the setback.

Lincoln Memorial also held Lenoir-Rhyne without a three-pointer in nine attempts while the Bears hit just 19-of-33 free throw attempts in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Wingate in Wingate, N.C. at 8pm on Wednesday.

Appalachian State women's basketball fell to Arkansas State on Saturday in the team's first Sun Belt game, 89-75.

Inability to force turnovers plagued the Mountaineers (5-5, 0-1 Sun Belt) as the Red Wolves (7-5, 2-0) took advantage of Appalachian's shaky defense.

Arkansas State started the game with six-straight points until the Mountaineers would get two points from Joi Jones at the 18:40 minute mark. With the Apps trailing 10-7 with 15:57 to play, the Red Wolves went on an 11-2 run to lead 21-9.

With 7:57 to play, the Mountaineers would return from a media timeout, trailing 35-20. Jones would hit a layup to spark a 6-0 run for the Apps, featuring four points from Maryah Sydnor, to trail 35-26.

App State continued to record points, finding jumpers from Katie Mallow, Madi Story and KeKe Cooper, but they could not stop the Red Wolves from scoring as A-State led at halftime, 46-36.

Sydnor led the Mountaineers in the first half with eight points as the team shot a 50.0 percent field goal percentage.

The Red Wolves were led by Jasmine Hunt's 14 points, while the team shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the first half.

Arkansas State scored the first four points of the second half, but Cooper and Mallow would respond for the Apps, combining for five points. A-State would go on a 6-0 run, scoring four points from free throws, but the Apps continued to find baskets.

App State scored on several possessions, but were unable to stop the Red Wolves from scoring as they took a 71-51 lead with 10:09 to play. Bria Carter tallied four-straight points for the Mountaineers to put them down, 72-54, but A-State responded once again, recording three points of their own.

The Mountaineers scored 19 points in the last seven minutes of the game, but were too far behind to catch up as the Red Wolves took the game, 89-75.

Four players scored in double-figures for the Apps, with Cooper leading with 17 points and seven rebounds. Sydnor followed with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Bria Huffman recorded 11 points, three assists and two steals. Mallow added ten points.

The Mountaineers shot 43.8 percent from the floor in the game, recording 39 rebounds and turning the ball over 15 times.

Arkansas State had five players in double-figures as Hunt led the team with 19 points. The Red Wolves recorded a 46.5 field goal percentage, 38 rebounds and just five turnovers.

The Mountaineers are back in action on Monday, Jan. 5 when they host UL Lafayette at 5 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (4-6, 3-3) put an end to a two-game losing streak with an 85-67 victory over Lincoln Memorial (7-5, 4-2) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) led all scorers with 22 points while sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 19 points as four players scored in double figures for the Bears in the win.

The Lady Railsplitters were led by Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) with 12 points off the bench but Lincoln Memorial suffered its third consecutive defeat.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 46-45 advantage early in the second half then took control with a 16-2 run capped off by a lay-up by Cooper with 13 minutes left in the game and the Bears rolled the rest of the way.

The Bears also shot 52 percent (13-of-25) in the second half and led by as many as 27 points late in the game as Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Lincoln Memorial for the fifth consecutive contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) added 16 points and three treys as well for the Bears, who notched their season-high in points in a game.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne faces Wingate on the road.

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Virginia Western on Saturday, 115-46.

CVCC had six players score in double figures, led by Shkira Allen who had 17 points. Quytisha Marion added 13 and Keyara McKnight had 11. Kelantra Allen, Monifa Angle and Kianna Bowe all scored 10 points in the win.

The Red Hawks are now 8-4 overall, 4-2 in conference play.