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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-5, 4-3) got back to its winning ways with a 50-36 victory over Newberry (7-4, 3-4) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) led the way with a game-team 14 points while sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 12 points as the Bears held the Wolves to just 23 percent shooting (13-of-57) for the contest in the setback.

Newberry was led by Shelby Britten (Shepparton, Vic, Australia) with 13 points and Jaya Shultz (Santa Clarita, Calif.) with eight points and 17 rebounds in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense, the top-ranked unit in the conference, was on full display tonight. The Bears held the Wolves to just five points in the third period and used a 14-0 run to end the stanza on their way to the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 7-0 at home and has now won 14 straight games at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium dating back to last year.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne also held Newberry to one three-pointer in 12 attempts and blocked six shots in the triumph.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Anderson, S.C., to take on Anderson.

Girls basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 58
Lake Norman: 39

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 42
Hibriten: 41

St. Stephens: 59
Patton: 32

Freedom: 54
Watauga: 41

South Caldwell: 60
Hickory: 31

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Shelby: 43
Draughn: 42

East Burke: 90
Chase: 17

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 52
Maiden: 49

Lincolnton: 60
Bunker Hill: 46

Newton-Conover: 58
East Lincoln: 35

West Caldwell: 70
West Lincoln: 41

Boys basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 54
Alexander Central: 52

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 77
Watauga: 46

Hibriten: 59
Fred T. Foard: 41

South Caldwell: 57
Hickory: 56

St. Stephens: 54
Patton: 51

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 71
Chase: 53

Shelby: 74
Draughn: 51

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 60
Newton-Conover: 44

Lincolnton: 87
Bunker Hill: 38

Maiden: 58
Bandys: 40

West Caldwell: 64
West Lincoln: 57

Appalachian State University head women’s golf coach Heather Brown announced the 2017 spring schedule on Tuesday. The Mountaineers will participate in five tournaments in the spring, hosting their annual Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate in Morganton.

“We have a familiar slate for spring 2017 which should bode well for our upperclassmen,” Brown said. “We have also added the River Landing Classic, which will include some of the top teams. I am confident we will build on our success in the fall, keep improving and head into the Sun Belt Championship ready to compete!”

Appalachian launches the spring slate by traveling to Wallace, N.C. to participate in the River Landing Classic on March 9-10. The Black and Gold then head to the Low Country Intercollegiate in Bluffton, S.C. (March 18-19). The Mountaineers finished fourth of 18 teams in last year’s Low Country Intercollegiate as the team shot a 314 overall score. Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) carded a team-best 153 on the tournament, with a 75 on day one and a 78 on day two (+9) to finish ninth overall.

Rounding out the month of March, the Mountaineers will play in the John Kirk Panther Invitational in Stockbridge, Ga. on March 26-28.

App State will host its lone tournament of the spring 2017 season when it welcomes teams to the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate on April 2-3. The Apps will look to three-peat the tournament, having claimed first place the past two years. Last year, Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) led the Mountaineers with a team-low 75 and 73 – good for second place overall.

After the home tournament, the Mountaineers will head to compete against conference foes in the 2017 Sun Belt Championship tournament in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Date - Tournament - Location
March 9-10 - River Landing Classic - Wallace, N.C.
March 18-19 - Low Country Intercollegiate - Bluffton, S.C.
March 26-28 - John Kirk Panther Invitational - Stockbridge, Ga.
April 2-3 - Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate - Morganton, N.C.
April 17-19 - 2017 Sun Belt Championship - Muscle Shoals, Ala.
*Bold denotes home tournament

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:59

Bryant Hired as New Freedom Football Coach

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Freedom High School Principal Mike Swan announces Jim Bob Bryant is slated to be the Patriots new head football coach. Bryant has 20 years of teaching and coaching experience and has been a high school head football coach for the past 14 years. He comes to Freedom after nine seasons as head football coach at Havelock High School in Craven County.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Bryant to the Patriot family and look forward to him taking the helm of our football team. Coach Bryant is a two-time Associated Press North Carolina Football Coach of the Year, has won three state championship games and has a very impressive overall winning record on the football field. Just as impressive is Bryant’s success with student athletes and his character development and community service programs off the field.”

Bryant said, “I am excited to become the next head football coach at Freedom High School and look to build on an already great football tradition. I loved my years at Havelock High School and will ever be grateful to Principal Dr. Jeffrey Murphy and Havelock, but I am ready for a new challenge. Football is a team game, and I will need help from the administration, assistant coaches, players and the Freedom football community to be successful. I have always lived and coached in eastern North Carolina and look forward to coaching in the western part of the state. My wife and I have always wanted to live in or near the mountains, and we are excited about the next chapter in our lives.”

Bryant played quarterback for Guildford College and has a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise and sports science from East Carolina University. Before becoming the head coach at Havelock High School, he spent five seasons as the head coach at Greene Central High School and seven seasons as offensive coordinator at Williamston High School. His overall head coaching record is 160-35. Bryant has had 58 players go on to play football in college, and he has lead character development and volunteer/community service programs for his players.

In addition to the three state championship wins, during Bryant’s tenure at Havelock High School, the football team won seven conference championships, made seven eastern final appearances and won four east region championships.

Bryant is married to Mary Candace Bryant, who has two sons. He enjoys outdoor activities, including bungee jumping, surfing and skiing, as well as lifting weights, fantasy football and spending time with friends and family.

The Burke County Board of Education votes on all personnel matters during regular monthly meetings.

Bryant’s coaching highlights include:

2008-2016 - Head Football Coach at Havelock High School

118-16 overall record

2008 - Turned around a program that had only won 7 games the previous 3 years; went 8-4 in first season as head coach and tied for 2nd in conference.

2009-2015 Coastal Conference Champions, only 1 conference loss in 7 years.

2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 Conference Coach of the Year

2009 - 13-2 Eastern Finals

2010- 11-4 Eastern Finals

2011 - 3A State Champions, beat 3-time defending state Champions West Rowan 38-6; 16-0 record: Max-Preps led state in total yards and points; NC AP State Coach of the Year
2012 - 3A State Champions, beat Concord 55-21; 15-1 record; Max-Preps led state in total yards and points

2013 - 3A State Champions, beat Concord 21-13; 16-0 record; Max-Preps 3A led state in total defense; NC AP State Coach of the Year; Coached in Semper Fidelis All-American Game
2014 - 3A State Runner-up; 14-2 record; Max-Preps led state in total yards and total points; Selected to Coach in Under Armour All-American Game

2015 - Conference Champions; 12-1 Over-All Record

2016 -East Regional Finalist; 13-2 Over-All Record; Carolina Panthers NFL Coach of the Week.

2003-2007 Head Football Coach at Greene Central High School

42-19 Overall record
2003 and 2005 - EPC Champions (Three 2nd Place finishes)
2003 and 2005 - Coach of the Year

2003, 2005, and 2007 - Area Coach of the Year

2001 - Started NC Shrine Bowl Combines
2007 - Selected to coach in NC Shrine Bowl (33 years old)

1996-2002 Offensive Coordinator at Williamston High School

1999 - 1A State Championship
2001-2002 - State Runner-up

Appalachian State University men’s basketball got a career-high 14 points from Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and eight rebounds, coupled with Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) tying his career-high of 21 points, but it would not be enough in a 84-69 defeat at University of Texas-Arlington on Monday night.

The Mountaineers (5-8, 0-2 Sun Belt) opened the game on a hot start with back-to-back threes from Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) and led 13-6 at the first media timeout.

For the majority of the first half, the Black and Gold held the advantage over the Mavericks (12-3, 2-0 Sun Belt) including a four point lead at 24-20 with 8:26 remaining in the half. However, UTA would go on a 13-2 run and take a 33-26 lead with 2:44 remaining.

Appalachian would finish the half strong on a 7-4 run with buckets from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) and Good to trail by just four at the break.

Despite a late run in the first half from the Mavs, Appalachian came out in the second half with a hook shot from Kinney and two free throws from Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) to knot the score at 37-37 just 38 seconds into the half.

Unfortunately, the Mountaineers would go scoreless over the next 2:11 and UTA would engineer a 9-0 run - pushing its lead to 11 at 51-40 following a 3-pointer from Kevin Hervey. For the game, Hervey finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Mavericks.

The Apps would keep battling and came to within eight points at 54-46 following a Logan free throw. The Mavericks, however, would keep the Mountaineers at a safe distance the rest of the way with App State not coming closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Kinney finished the game with his third ultra-impressive performance in a row with eight points and seven rebounds.

To go with Good’s 21 points, the true freshman finished 7-for-12 from the field, including an incredible 7-of-11 from downtown. Robinson also finished with nine points on the night.

The Mountaineers shared the ball at a really good clip, posting 18 assists on 23 field goals.

Appalachian State will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 7 when it hosts Little Rock as part of a doubleheader. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.

Notes: With the loss, App State falls to 1-5 all-time against UTA … Patrick Good finished with a career-high seven 3-pointers en route to tying his career-high with 21 points … Isaac Johnson notched a career-high 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting … Johnson also finished with a team-high eight rebounds … Griffin Kinney finished another solid game with eight points and seven rebounds … the Mountaineers grabbed 39 rebounds … App State assisted on 18 of its 23 field goals in the game ... 44 of the Mountaineers' 69 points were produced by freshmen.

Appalachian State University wrestling had three wrestlers battle for placing in the Southern Scuffle to start the new year, with sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) placing seventh in the 149-pound weight class.

Against a field of 23, the 17th-ranked Mountaineers (7-2, 3-0 Southern Conference) finished with a team score of 36 to end the two-day event 14th overall, the second-highest representative of the SoCon with the host team Mocs placing just three spots higher.

Zovistoski led all Mountaineers with a 6-2 record, getting key wins against Alex Butler of Missouri, Joe Oliva of Penn State and Nick Montgomery of Cleveland State. The sophomore also faced two SoCon opponents on the day, going 2-0 against The Citadel and Campbell.

Also competing for placement was freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt), who went 3-3 on the event, getting wins against Marshall Brown of NC State, Korbin Myers of Edinboro and Cole Baumgartner of Duke. Senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) also battled for placement, finishing 3-2 over the two days, getting wins against Sam Breese of Edinboro and Cory Daniel of North Carolina, while also getting a pin against Jordan Karst of Utah Valley.

With the three victories at the Southern Scuffle, Dejournette eclipsed the 120-win mark for his career. He currently ranks third in program history for wins behind All-Americans Kyle Blevins (‘08-’12 – 124) and Austin Trotman (‘07-’12 – 129).

Junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) finished 3-2 overall, defeating Quentin Perez of Campbell and Cameron Harrell of Virginia before getting an 8-6 sudden victory decision over Isaiah Patton of Northern Iowa.

Sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) took down A.J. Vindici of Penn State with a huge 17-8 major decision before pinning Chase Call of Utah Valley in 2:56 to finish 2-2 overall. Junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) also finished even for the open, getting an 8-4 decision over Christopher Pfarr of Minnesota and a 12-2 major decision over Michael Billingsley of Air Force.

Also helping Appalachian with wins was junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) who downed Elijah Kerr-Brown for the second time this season in a 5-2 decision. Sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) was able to take down Duke’s Tyler Patrick in a close, 3-1 decision, while Demetreus Kostis (Boone, N.C./Watauga) made his debut of the season, getting a victory over Cody Lambert of Navy with a 6-1 decision.

The Mountaineers will return home to Varsity Gym on Jan. 8 when they host SoCon foe The Citadel, as well as Clarion in a Sunday doubleheader. The action begins at 2 p.m.

John Erneste (Missouri) pinned Demetreus Kostis (APP), 4:25
Demetreus Kostis (APP) def. Cody Lambert (Navy), 6-1 dec.
Korbin Myers (Edinboro) def. Demetreus Kostis (APP), 7-6 dec.
Demetreus Kostis (APP) finished 1-2

No. 7 Colby Smith (APP) def. Marshall Brown (NC State), 15-1 maj. dec.
No. 7 Colby Smith (APP) def. Korbin Myers (Edinboro), 5-3 dec.
No. 2 Scott Parker (Lehigh) def. No. 7 Colby Smith (APP), 12-8 maj. dec.
No. 7 Colby Smith (APP) def. Cole Baumgartner (Duke), 8-2 dec.
No. 3 Kevin Devoy (Drexel) def. No. 7 Colby Smith (APP), 10-4 dec.
Korbin Myers (Edinboro) def. Colby Smith (APP), 7-4 dec. (7th Place)
Colby Smith (APP) finished 3-3

No. 6 Matt Manley (Missouri) pinned Irvin Enriquez (APP), 3:21
Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. A.J. Vindici (Penn State), 17-8 maj. dec.
Irvin Enriquez (APP) pinned Chase Call (Utah Valley), 2:56
Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 3-2 dec.
Irvin Enriquez finished 2-2

Kennedy Monday (Unat. North Carolina) def. Miller Clark (APP), 4-2 dec.
Dylanger Potter (Chattanooga) def. Miller Clark (APP), 9-1 maj. dec.
Miller Clark (APP) finished 0-2

No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Alex Butler (Missouri), 4-0 dec.
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Joe Oliva (Penn State), 3-1 dec./S-V
Nick Montgomery (Cleveland State) pinned No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP), 1:37
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Ben Barton (Campbell), 7-2 dec.
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Cortlandt Schuyler (Lehigh), 4-3 dec.
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Ty Buckiso (The Citadel), 3-1 dec./S-V
No. 4 Laike Gardner (Lehigh) def. No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP), MD 16-4
No. 7 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Nick Montgomery (Cleveland State), 8-3 dec. (7th place)
Matt Zovistoski (APP) finished 6-2 for 7th place at 149

No. 1 Joe Smith (Oklahoma State) def. Angel Najar (APP), 11-3 maj. dec.
Phyllip Deloach (Missouri) def. Angel Najar (APP), 6-3 dec.
Angel Najar (APP) finished 0-2

No. 4 Jake Short (Minnesota) def. Laken Cooke (APP), 6-2 dec.
Ryan Mosley (Gardner-Webb) def. Laken Cooke (APP), 13-2 maj. dec.
Laken Cooke (APP) finished 0-2

Chase Delande (Edinboro) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 9-0 maj. dec.
Taylor Simaz (Cornell) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 8-3 dec.
Gavin Londoff (APP) finished 0-2

No. 1 Elliot Lewis (Missouri) pinned Elliott Raiford (APP), 2:40
John Weiss (Campbell) def. Elliott Raiford (APP), 12-1 maj. dec.
Elliott Raiford finished 0-2

Keilan Torres (Northern Colorado) pinned Forrest Przybysz (APP), 1:43
Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Quetin Perez (Campbell), 6-3 dec.
Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Cameron Harrell (Virginia), 14-3 maj. dec.
Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Isaiah Patton (Northern Iowa), 8-6 dec./S-V
Cole Walter (Lehigh) def. Forrest Przybysz (APP), 3-2 dec.
Forrest Przybysz (APP) finished 3-2

Nick Kee (APP) def. Christopher Pfarr (Minnesota), 8-4 dec.
No. 5 Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) pinned Nick Kee (APP), 6:51
Nick Kee (APP) def. Michael Billingsley (Air Force), 12-2 maj. dec.
S. Mappes (Chattanooga) def. Nick Kee (APP), 6-4 dec./S-V
Nick Kee (APP) finished 2-2

Max Dean (Unat. Finger Lakes Prep) def. David Peters-Logue (APP), 8-6 dec.
David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Elijah Kerr-Brown (North Carolina), 5-2 dec.
Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) def. David Peters-Logue (APP), 3-2 dec.
David Peters-Logue (APP) finished 1-2

Randall Diabe (APP) def. Tyler Patrick (Duke), 3-1 dec.
No. 2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 15-0 TF
D.J. Smith (Chattanooga) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 3-1 dec.
Randall Diabe (APP) finished 1-2

No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Sam Breese (Edinboro), 12-2 maj. dec.
No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP) pinned Jordan Karst (Utah Valley), 3:27
No. 5 Jackob Kasper (Duke) def. No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP), 9-7 dec.
No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Cory Daniel (North Carolina), 12-5 dec.
No. 7 Billy Miller (Edinboro) def. No. 4 Denzel Dejournette (APP), 7-3 dec. (7th place)
Denzel Dejournette (APP) finished 3-2

No. 3 Nathan Butler (Stanford) def. Cary Miller (APP), 6-1 dec.
Dustin Dennison (Utah Valley) def. Cary Miller (APP), 12-4 maj. dec.
Cary Miller (APP) finished 0-2

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (7-5) fell to Livingstone (5-7), 76-61, Monday afternoon at New Trent Gymnasium.

The Blue Bears were paced by Deonna Young (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points while Zena Lovette (High Point, N.C.) added a double-double – 13 points and 13 rebounds – as Livingstone handed Lenoir-Rhyne its second straight loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) with a team-high 18 points while senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 15 points but the Bears turned the ball over 26 times in the setback.

Livingstone held a 35-30 advantage at intermission before taking control by scoring the first 10 points of the second half to take its largest lead of the contest.

Brittany Taylor (Suitland, Md.) added 16 points for Livingstone, who hit eight three-pointers and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored 12 points off the bench but the Bears hit just two-of-13 three-point attempts in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday against Newberry at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m.

West Caldwell is in search of a new head football coach. Chip English is taking another job out of state as he announced on Monday.

English leaves the Warriors after three seasons. English compiled a record of 21-16 in that time. His first team in 2014 missed out on the playoffs, but in the last two seasons, the Warriors advanced into the second round of the playoffs. This season, West Caldwell shared the Southern District-7 title with Lincolnton with a 6-1 conference mark.

Junior guard Madi Story hit a layup with three seconds left to push Appalachian State University women’s basketball (6-7, 1-1 SBC) to a gritty 66-64 victory over Texas State (6-7, 1-1 SBC) on New Year’s Eve in Strahan Coliseum.

Story paced the Apps with a game-high 14 points while chipping in with five boards. Ashley Bassett-Smith scored 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field. Bria Carter stuffed the box score with nine points, a game-best seven boards and four assists, and Q. Murray rounded out the leading scorers with eight points.

App State went on to shoot a season-high 47.4 percent from the field while scoring 42 of its 66 points in the paint.

Appalachian snaps the Bobcats’ three-game win streak, which was a Sun Belt best going into today’s contest. Despite TXST shooting 50 percent from the field and 3-point range, Appalachian made the plays it needed to down the stretch to pull out the first SBC win of the season.

Trailing 54-48 with 9:19 left in the game, Appalachian outscored the hosts 18-10 the rest of the way. The Black and Gold shot 9-for-15 (60 percent) during the stretch while limiting the Bobcats to just four made buckets.

Following a layup from Texas State’s McKinley Bostad with eight seconds left in the game, Murray found a cutting Story down the baseline before going through traffic to hit the game-winning shot. TXST had a chance to win the game, but the Bobcats’ go-ahead attempt fell short.

App State and Texas State went back-and-forth in a contest that saw seven ties and 14 lead changes. App State took its first lead of the game, 10-9, with 2:55 thanks to a 6-0 spurt capped off by Bayley Plummer. The Bobcats would retake the lead with a 15-13 advantage going into the second frame.

The second quarter was much of the same, where the Apps and Bobcats couldn’t gain any separation from each other. Bassett-Smith hit a shot down low to put App ahead 22-18 during the makings of what looked like a big run for the Black and Gold, but the Bobcats outscored the Apps 13-5 over the final 7:48 of the first half thanks to three trifectas and a 31-27 lead going into the break.

App State would score the first eight points of the second half to go out in front, 35-31, while three different Mountaineers scored during the charge. TXST answered with two treys to retake the lead that it wouldn’t give up and eventually went into the final quarter with a 49-46 edge.

After the Bobcats took their largest lead of the game with 9:19 left, 54-48. Appalachian kicked it into gear with a 14-3 run over the next six minutes to take a five-point lead, 62-57. Appalachian clamped down on defense forcing TXST into five turnovers and a 4:27 scoring drought.

Six different players scored for the Apps, three of which came off the bench. Amber Driver hit her lone field goal of the game to begin the run while two freshmen in Brooklyn Allen and Armani Hampton hit clutch back-to-back layups to cap off the stretch. Allen and Hampton played less than 15 minutes each, but both players came up big in crunch time.

TXST wouldn’t give up as it came back to tie the game before the thrilling finish, which both teams would exchange leads in the 1:08, including Bassett-Smith’s layup that gave App a 64-62 advantage.

Appalachian shot 58 percent in the second half (34.6 percent in first half) while scoring 30 of their 39 points in the second half in the box.

App State will return home on Thursday, Jan. 5 against Arkansas State at 7 p.m. for the Sun Belt home opener inside the Holmes Center.


On the Win (Coach Elderkin)
“Today was a great team win. I loved the grit and toughness our team played with, especially in the last 10 minutes.”

On the final play (Coach Elderkin)
“Our last play was obviously designed to get the ball in Joi’s hands. We discussed if they didn’t guard the inbounds, to look to throw the ball back. But give all the credit to Ashley [Bassett-Smith] flashing to the ball and then Q. [Murray] making a great pass to Madi [Story] for the great finish.

- Despite not scoring 20 points like the past two games, the bench did shoot 5-of-7 with 13 points.
- App State has scored 30 or more points in the paint in all six wins (6-0).
- The Mountaineers are 3-2 this season in games decided by five points or more.
- Appalachian is 3-2 against Texas State, and it’s the first win on the road against either Texas team in the Sun Belt (UT Arlington).

Despite a late surge in the second half behind a powerful 1:22 run that saw Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) pour in three consecutive triples to help bring Appalachian State University men’s basketball within just two points at 50-48 following a 19-7 run; Texas State would hold off the inspired rally and prevail 67-58.

The Mountaineers (5-7, 0-1 Sun Belt) were led offensively by Shabazz who would finish with a team-high 19 points, including 13 in the second half. Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) picked up his second career double-double and second in as many games - finishing with 13 points and a new career-high 11 rebounds.

The Apps fell behind in the early going to the Bobcats (8-5, 1-0 Sun Belt), after Texas State up a 17-5 advantage at the 13:41 mark of the opening half. However, over the course of the next 7:06, the Mountaineers would battle back to within just six points at 25-19 after a jumper from Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day).

From there, the Bobcats would score 10 unanswered points to end the half and lead the Mountaineers 35-19 at the break.

After trading buckets early in the second period, Appalachian State would go on an ensuing 24-10 run to cut what was an 18-point Bobcat advantage down to just two points at 50-48 with 8:11 to play. In the early going of the second half, App State garnered some momentum from Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) swatting shots on back-to-back attempts in the paint near the Bobcat basket. He finished with a career-high four in the game.

Following the furious run by the Black and Gold and behind Shabazz’s heroics from downtown, the Bobcats would not give in and push its two-point lead back up to nine with a 7-0 run.

Appalachian would not get closer than eight points the rest of the way and Texas State sealed the win in what was both teams’ Sun Belt Conference opener.

App State will get back on the court on Monday, Jan. 2 when they square off against UT Arlington at 8 p.m. ET from the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.

Notes: With the loss, App State moves to 3-3 all time against Texas State … Ronshad Shabazz’s 19 points was his 11th double-digit scoring game of the season and 29th of his career … Shabazz also tied his season high with four 3-pointers … Griffin Kinney picked up his second double-double of the season and of his career … Kinney also posted a career-high 11 rebounds … the Mountaineers 19 points in the first half was their lowest total of the season … App State collected 40 rebounds for the sixth time this season … Appalachian outrebounded its opponent for the eighth time this year … Tyrell Johnson swatted a career-high four blocks and now leads the team with 14 on the season.

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