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Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) hit the game-winning shot with one second remaining as Appalachian State University men’s basketball upset Virginia Tech, 65-63, on Saturday at Cassell Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (1-2) jumped out to an early lead and withstood a late first-half surge by the Hokies (2-1) before hanging on in the final seconds to pick up their first win of the season.

It looked as if Virginia Tech would take a one-point lead when Joey van Zegeren stepped to the line for a pair of free throws with 10 seconds to play but Justin Bibbs was called for a lane violation on van Zegeren’s second free throw.

Eaves took the inbound pass and dribbled the length of the floor before getting caught between two defenders in the paint and, while falling forward, threw an off balance shot towards the basket that caught the front of the rim and bounced in. Van Zegeren’s desperation heave from just across halfcourt fell well short and the Apps hung on for the win.

The Mountaineers jumped on top early, racing out to a double-digit lead (18-7) just over seven minutes into the game. After extending the lead to as many as 12 points (23-11) with 9:16 in the opening period, the Apps fell flat and Virginia Tech took advantage, reeling off a 17-4 run to take its first lead of the game (28-27) with 1:31 on the clock.

Dustin Clarke (Newland, N.C./Avery County [Hartford]) hit a layup with 34 ticks left to send Appalachian to the locker room with a 29-28 halftime lead.

The second half featured an intense back-and-forth battle as the Apps went up by six points (36-30) with 17:21 to play before the Hokies made another run to take a 51-45 lead midway through the period. Facing a six-point deficit, freshman Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) nailed back-to-back three pointers to knot the game at 51-all with 8:32 left.

With the Mountaineers nursing a one-point lead (59-58) with less than six minutes to play, Virginia Tech looked as if it would pull ahead when Devin Wilson stole the ball and raced down the floor on a fast break, but Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) came out of nowhere to swat away Wilson’s layup and keep App State in front.

Less than a minute later, Lawson swatted away a Bibbs jumper, but the Hokies forced a turnover and van Zegeren threw down a thunderous dunk to give the Hokies a one-point lead (60-59) with 4:01 to go. A layup from Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla/George Jenkins) would give the Apps a 61-60 lead on the next possession and Eaves extended the lead to three (63-60) with a pair of free throws at the 1:57 mark.

After a Bibbs jumper brought the Hokies within one (63-62) on the ensuing Virginia Tech possession, van Zegeren was poised to give the Hokies the lead with 10 seconds remaining, but the lane violation came up huge and Eaves converted just before the buzzer to seal the win.

Eaves led all scorers with 19 points and connected on 7-of-8 free throws. Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) posted his second-straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Clarke scored a career-high 11 and Lawson added nine off the bench.

Adam Smith paced the Hokies with 11 points while Bibbs and Wilson each scored 10. Malik Muller finished with a team-high six rebounds while van Zegeren scored eight points.

Appalachian State dominated on the boards with a 42-27 edge in rebounds and show 41.4 percent (24-of-58) from the floor. Virginia Tech shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) but converted just 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the charity stripe.

The Mountaineers return to action on Monday night when they host Hampton at 7 p.m. in the home opener at the Holmes Center.

NOTES: The Mountaineers improved to 2-7 all-time against Virginia Tech ... with the victory, the Apps snapped a six-game losing streak to the Hokies ... the win also snapped a 10-game losing streak against Division I non-conference foes and a four-game losing streak against ACC opponents ... Appalachian finished with a 23-5 edge in second-chance points thanks to 19 offensive rebounds ... App State led for 30:08 of the game’s 40 minutes while Virginia Tech led for just 6:05 ... the game was tied for just 3:45 total ... Jim Fox became the first head coach in school history to earn his first win against an ACC opponent ... Lawson returned after serving a one-game suspension for a class attendance issue ... he will not travel with the team for its Dec. 4 game against Jacksonville so that he can attend the class ... Tab Hamilton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Fishburne Military Academy) sat out his third-straight game for a violation of team rules.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams placed 14th and 16th overall, respectively, at the 2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships Saturday morning on the campus of the University of Montevallo.

On the men’s side, Mars Hill advanced to the national championship on December 6, in Louisville, Ky., after finishing first overall. The top individual was North Greenville’s Ahmad Nesbitt, who ran the 10K course in 31:23.

Mount Olive (second place) and Queens (third) advanced to the finals as well. The NCAA Division II Championship race takes place at Tom Sawyer Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Kyle Barry (Gilbertsville, Ky.), who finished 79th overall with a time of 35:33. Freshman Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) ran a 35:49 to place 85th for the Bears as well.

In the women’s race, the host school – top-ranked Montevallo - won the region championship while Catie Byrd of Queens took home individual honors. Byrd ran the 6K course in 21:56.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, freshman Lauren Bourne (Worthing, Sussex, UNITED KINGDOM) led the team with a 45th-place finish. Bourne ran a 24:20 while junior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.) clocked a 24:46 to finish 64th overall.

Joining Montevallo at the women’s national championship meet are North Georgia and Wingate, who placed second and third, respectively.

2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Region
Cross Country Championships
Montevallo, Ala. - University of Montevallo, host
November 22, 2014

1. Mars Hill 76
2. Mount Olive 94
3. Queens 120
4. King 123
5. Columbus State 128
6. UNC Pembroke 179
7. Flagler 186
8. GRU Augusta 222
9. Montevallo 290
10. Georgia College & State 291
11. Armstrong State 323
12. Lincoln Memorial 350
13. Wingate 368
14. Lenoir-Rhyne 416
15. Clayton State 428
16. Anderson 439
17. Limestone 442
18. Young Harris 444
19. Pfeiffer 495
20. Coker 499
21. Tusculum 503
22. Carson-Newman 541
23. Barton 611

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
79. Kyle Barry 35:33
85. Derek Chavis 35:49
86. Aubrey Hite 35:50
90. Zach Gross 35:56
100. Charles Koontz 36:13
107. Jack Stuart 36:31

1. Montevallo 60
2. North Georgia 90
3. Wingate 91
4. Queens 165
5. Flagler 176
6. Anderson 216
7. Mars Hill 219
8. GRU Augusta 220
9. Lincoln Memorial 246
10. King 295
11. Columbus State 348
12. Converse 352
13. Young Harris 354
14. UNC Pembroke 355
15. Georgia College & State 397
16. Lenoir-Rhyne 419
17. Mount Olive 433
18. Clayton State 468
19. Barton 470
20. Limestone 521
21. Brevard 538
22. Coker 541
23. Georgia Southwestern 593
24. Carson-Newman 600
25. Pfeiffer 608
26. USC Aiken 773

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
45. Lauren Bourne 24:20
64. Paige Smith 24:46
81. Jessica Rumple 25:05
121. Erin Illich 26:20
127. Hope Rust 26:31
134. Blakely Gantt 26:46

The fourth-ranked Columbus State Women’s Soccer Team (21-0-1) punched its ticket to the national quarterfinals after downing Lenoir-Rhyne (16-4-3), 1-0, Friday evening in the 2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship at Barker Family Stadium.

Columbus State will now face the winner of Saint Leo and Rollins on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., for a trip to the NCAA Division II Final Four.

The Cougars scored the lone goal of the match in the 21st minute thanks to Cassandra Wade (Augusta, Ga.), who finished off a cross in the box from Kiana Nicholson (Marietta, Ga.). Nicholson was credited with the assist. The goal was Wade’s fifth of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 16-7 advantage in shots taken on the day including a 10-0 edge after halftime but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

Columbus State’s Maylyn Parsons (Greenville, S.C.) earned the shutout victory in goal. Parsons made six saves on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) suffered the loss despite allowing just one goal to go along with two saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, made its fifth straight trip to the national tournament. The Bears have also won the past five South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships and have a five-year record of 90-15-10.

Friday, 21 November 2014 09:09

Appalachian State Volleyball Wins Home Finale

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Appalachian State University volleyball won a three-set match against Texas State on Thursday, featuring scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 32-30.

The Mountaineers (20-9, 10-9 Sun Belt) beat the fourth-place Bobcats (19-12, 14-5) in three close sets, taking the third set into extended time with a score of 32-30.

With the scored tied at four to begin the first set the Mountaineers pulled ahead with kills from Jess Keller and Jacqui Spurgeon. The Bobcats responded by going on a 4-3 run to lead by just one point with a score of 9-8.

From there the Apps would recover, going on a 8-2 run to lead 17-10 and continued to score, taking a 21-12 lead. It looked as though the Mountaineers would easily take the first set but then Texas State took control, scoring seven of the next nine points to trail by just four points.

Appalachian was able to close it out with a kill from Emily Corrigan to win the first, 25-21.

The second set would be even closer as each team struggled to maintain the lead. With score tied at seven, the Bobcats went on a 5-1 run, forcing an Appalachian timeout.

App State would return and score to trail by just one points with the score 16-15, but Texas State would go on another run, scoring four-straight points to make the score 20-15.

The Apps then began to dominate, scoring seven-straight points to take a 21-20 lead and finishing out the set with a block assist from Keller and Hailey Kerr to win the second set, 25-23.

The third set began with Appalachian taking a 4-0 lead and Texas State immediately responding with four-straight points of their own. From there the set would be a battle as the teams would tie the score 19 different times during the third.

With the score tied at 14 Texas State scored four-straight for an 18-14 lead but Appalachian held their own, soon only trailing by two points with the score 20-18.

The Mountaineers would score three of the next four points to tie the score at 21, but then the Bobcats recorded three-straight points to lead, 24-21. Appalachian did not give up, forcing errors to make the score 24-24.

The rest of the set would feature six more tied scores before the Mountaineers would finally win the third, off a service ace from Corrigan, making the final score 32-30 and winning the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team with 14 kills, while Keller followed with 13. Paige Brown tallied a match-high of 39 assists and Meghan Mahoney led the team with 22 digs.

Texas State was led by Alexandra Simm's 11 kills.

The Mountaineers hit .163 on the match, holding the Bobcats to a .146 hitting percentage.

The Apps return to action for their last regular-season match on Saturday against Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (22-10) concluded the 2014 season with a 3-1 loss to Armstrong State (29-2) Thursday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament at Cuddy Arena.

The Pirates, ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-9 and 25-22. Armstrong State was the second seed in the tournament while Lenoir-Rhyne was seeded seventh.

Armstrong State moves on to face sixth-seeded Carson-Newman (27-6) in the regional semifinals Friday at 5:00 p.m. The Eagles defeated third-seeded USC Aiken (21-9) by a 3-0 score in their opening round match.

Emily Wylie (Gillsville, Ga.) led the way with a match-high 23 kills while Kamryn Sherman (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) added 56 assists and 18 digs as the Pirates defeated the Bears for the second time this year.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) had a team-high 12 kills and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) chipped in with 35 assists and eight digs despite the loss.

The Pirates’ Stephanie Sfara (Boardman, Ohio) added 16 kills as Armstrong State finished with 68 kills for the match. The Pirates also hit .351 for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which won 20 or more matches for the fourth time in school history, also received a team-high 15 digs from sophomore libero Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.).

Due a forecast for severe thunderstorms late in the day, Saturday’s football game between Appalachian State and UL Lafayette has been moved up three hours to 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT), the schools and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Thursday afternoon.

The game will still be shown live on ESPN3. The Appalachian IMG Sports Network’s live radio coverage now starts at noon ET. New arrangements for the radio broadcast of Appalachian State’s men’s basketball game at Virginia Tech (1 p.m. ET) have not yet been finalized.

Ironically, the time change is Appalachian State’s second-straight for a game played in Louisiana. The last time the Mountaineers visited the Bayou State for their season opener at LSU in 2008, kickoff was moved from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. CT due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Gustav.

Appalachian State University women's basketball got its first win of the 2014-15 season on Wednesday night against East Tennessee State, 76-70.

The Mountaineers (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) trailed the Bucs (2-1, 0-0 Southern) for the majority of the game but were able to get their first lead with 8:54 left to play to come behind and win in thrilling fashion.

The Buccaneers' Serena Clark scored two points just 15 seconds into the game to give ETSU its first lead of the game, but the Mountaineers would tie the score at six with a layup from Joi Jones.

From there ETSU would take a 10-6 lead and would not let the Apps pass them until late into the second half. The Bucs continued the score, finding points from both their post players and their guards to lead 21-15 with 8:18 left in the first half.

Despite trailing ETSU for most of the game, Appalachian did not let them out of their reach, never trailing by more than six points. With 4:16 left in the first half Bria Huffman would hit a jumper to put the Mountaineers within three points for a score of 27-24.

Appalachian tied the score at 29 off a three-pointer from Katelyn Doub with 2:28 in the first, but the Bucs would enter the half with a 34-29 lead.

Katie Mallow and Maryah Sydnor each notched nine points in the first half to lead the Mountaineers while the team shot 36.4 percent from the floor.

ETSU was led by Destiny Mitchell's 10 points as the team recorded a 42.9 field goal percentage.

Appalchian came out in the second half with vengeance, scoring the first three points of the half from Sydnor. Despite only trailing by two points the Mountaineers continued to struggle to take the lead as the Bucs found points from behind the arc from Shamauria Bridges.

Ashley Bassett-Smith got her first minutes of the game in the second half, immediately coming out to score four points, putting the Apps down by three points with 15:50 to play.

The rest of the game would be a battle as a team would score and the other would immediately respond. Appalachian found points but it seemed like they would not be able to catch up to the Bucs until free throws from KeKe Cooper and Mallow would give the Mountaineers their first lead with a score of 55-54 and 8:54 to play.

From there the Mountaineers would take charge, as Mallow and Sydnor collectively scored 16 of Appalachian's next 18 points to lead the Bucs, 72-64 with a 1:32 to play.

The Mountaineers would hold on to the game, thanks to two free throws from Cooper with 30 seconds left, to get the 76-70 win over ETSU.

Sydnor led the team with 25 points, while Mallow added a career-high of 21 points. Sydnor also led the team on the boards, tallying eight rebounds and Mallow added a game-high six assists.

The Mountaineers 43.3 percent from the floor on the night, while grabbing 34 boards and turning the ball over 21 times.

ETSU was led by Serena Clark's 18 points and 10 rebounds, while the team recorded a 40.4 field goal percentage, notching 45 rebounds and 24 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 22 for their home opener vs. UNCW at 2 p.m.

The Queens Men’s Basketball Team (1-2, 1-0) ran away in the second half en route to a 77-52 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (0-3, 0-1) in the South Atlantic Conference opener Wednesday night at the Levine Center and Cuddy Arena.

Rob Lewis (Houston, Texas) led all scorers with 32 points for the Royals, who rallied from a five-point halftime deficit and outscored the Bears by a 52-22 margin after intermission in their first win of the season.

Junior guard Will Perry (Raleigh, N.C.) finished with a team-high 14 points for Lenoir-Rhyne, who led by as many as 11 points in the first half in the setback.

Queens took the lead for good on a lay-up by Lewis at the 17:25 mark of the second half which broke a 32-32 tie and never looked back. The Royals also shot 68 percent (19-of-28) after halftime and forced the Bears into 18 turnovers in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 11 points and eight rebounds but the Bears shot just 26 percent (six-of-23) in the second half.

Nkosi Ali (Atlanta, Ga.) added a double-double – 12 points and 13 rebounds – in the victory for the Royals.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Anderson.

Furman hit eight of its first nine shots and built an early double digit lead to hand Appalachian State University men’s basketball its second-straight loss as the Mountaineers (0-2) fell by an 84-65 final on Wednesday night at Timmons Arena.

After Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) knotted the contest at 3-3 with 18:48 on the clock, the Paladins (1-1) reeled off a 12-0 run over to take a 15-3 advantage and never led by less than eight points the rest of the way en route to their second-straight victory over their former Southern Conference rival.

During Furman’s 8-of-9 start, sophomore Stephen Croone connected on a pair of three pointers while Daniel Fowler and Larry Wideman each scored four in the opening five minutes to give the Paladins an insurmountable lead.

The Mountaineers were able to mount a small comeback when, down 23-11 with 10:25 to go in the first half, they pulled within eight (25-17) thanks to Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) and Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page). Spagnolo nailed a jumper and threw down a dunk while Eaves hit a pair of free throws during the stretch to help cut into the deficit.

It would be all the closer Appalachian would get, as Furman outscored the Mountaineers 22-13 over the final nine minutes of the opening period to take a 47-30 lead into the locker room.

The Paladins shot a blistering 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the floor in the first half and hit 5-of-12 shots from beyond the arc while Appalachian managed to connect on just 9-of-23 attempts (39.1 percent).

In the second half, Furman remained hot from the floor, shooting 50.0 percent (11-of-22). The Paladins led by as many as 26 points and never led by less than 15 over the final 20 minutes of action.

Eaves led all scorers with a career-high 20 points and finished 8-of-12 from the charity stripe. Spagnolo notched his ninth career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Furman was paced by a team-high 14 points from Kris Acox, who also pulled down 10 rebounds, while four other Paladins scored in double figures. Croone finished with 12 points and a game-high seven assists while Wideman and Kendrec Ferrara each poured in 12. William Gates added 10 off the bench.

On the night, the Mountaineers shot just 39.3 percent (22-of-56) and were outrebounded 39-29. Furman outscored the Apps 42-32 in the paint and the Paladin bench outscored Appalachian’s 30-8.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday when they head to Virginia Tech for a 1 p.m. tipoff against the Hokies.

NOTES: The Mountaineers fell to 39-46 all-time against Furman ... the Paladins upped their record to 28-10 when facing App State at home ... Appalachian has dropped back-to-back games to the Paladins for only the second time since in the last 20 seasons ... the loss marked the Mountaineers’ 10th-straight to a Division I non-conference foe (last win - Dec. 22, 2012, 78-70 vs. Presbyterian) ... Logan Jackson (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge [NC State]) saw his first action as he was subbed in during the final two minutes of play ... Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) did not play due to a violation of team rules ... no timetable has been set for his return.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (1-2, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 55-46 win over Queens (0-3, 0-1) Wednesday evening at Curry Arena and the Levine Center.

Senior guards Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) combined for 35 points for the Bears, who picked up their first win under first-year Head Coach Katie Pate. Charles led all scorers with 19 points to go along with seven rebounds while Gust added 16 points in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 23-4 lead to start the game and held off several Queens’ rallies to take the league road victory.

Abby Pettit (Raleigh, N.C.) scored a team-high 14 points and Lacey Singletary (Burlington, N.C.) added 12 points for the Royals, who just 16 percent (three-of-19) in the first half and never led in the contest.

Queens cut the lead to three points on several occasions including a 42-39 deficit with 5:38 remaining but Lenoir-Rhyne responded with a 9-0 run to take control the rest of the way. The Bears also forced the Royals into 17 turnovers.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference match in Anderson, S.C., against Anderson beginning at 2:00 p.m.