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Originally published: 2012-12-16 22:11:48
Last modified: 2012-12-16 22:11:48

ASU cruises past UMKC 81-71

by Staff Reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tevin Baskin scored a team-high 18 points, and three other players scored in double figures as Appalachian State snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 81-71 win at University of Missouri at Kansas City on Sunday at the Swinney Center.


The Mountaineers (2-7) shot 61.9 percent (13-of-21) in the second half and connected on each of their final 17 free throws as they downed the Kangaroos (4-6) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.


Appalachian shot 55.3 percent from the floor, went 6-of-11 from long range and connected on 23-of-30 free throws. UMKC shot 51.0 percent and hit 16-of-17 free throws but was just 3-of-14 from beyond the arc.


Baskin finished 7-of-12 from the floor and ripped down four rebounds while Tab Hamilton finished with 17 points and connected on all eight free-throw attempts. Jamaal Trice, who knocked down four 3-pointers, scored 16 points. Jay Canty scored 12 points, while grabbing a team-high six rebounds.


Mike Neal, who was cleared to play Sunday after missing the Mountaineers’ first eight games for academic reasons, dished out four assists and scored four points in his season debut.

UMKC was paced by 18 points from Nelson Kirksey, while Estan Tyler notched 15. Thomas Staton (12) also scored in double-figures for the Kangaroos.


The Mountaineers finished with a 25-23 edge in rebounds and forced 14 UMKC turnovers.

UMKC took a 38-34 lead in the first part of the second half, but the Mountaineers answered with a 15-6 run to grab a 49-44 lead they would never lose. ASU eventually pushed out to a 75-61 lead in the final four minutes of the game.


Appalachian State got off to a good start by taking an 11-7 lead with 14:19 left in the first half.

UMKC would cut its deficit to two points (13-11) just moments later, but back-to-back buckets from Baskin and Trice would extend the Mountaineer lead to seven points (18-11) with 11:56 remaining in the first half.


A jumper and a three-pointer from Tab Hamilton would give Appalachian State its largest first-half lead (26-17) with just under nine minutes to play, but the Kangaroos went on an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to tie the contest at 28-28.


UMKC would regain the lead with 1:11 on the clock but Canty would nail a fast-break layup with two seconds left to send the Mountaineers into the locker room with a 33-32 halftime lead.

The Mountaineers play at South Carolina at 5 p.m., on Wednesday.


GAME NOTES: Appalachian also snapped a seven-game road losing streak dating back to last year. ... The Mountaineers were 18-of-20 from the charity stripe in the second half... Appalachian State improved to 1-0 all-time against UMKC. ... ASU outscored the UMKC 21-12 off turnovers, but UMKC finished with a 38-30 edge in points in the paint.

 

Appalachian State 81, UMKC 71

Appalachian State (2-7)

Obacha 1-4 3-6 5, Healy 4-7 0-0 9, Canty 4-8 4-6 12, Hamilton 4-5 8-8 17, Trice 5-9 2-2 16, Baskin 7-12 4-6 18, Burgess 0-0 0-0 0, Neal 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 26-47 23-30 81.

University of Missouri at Kansas City (4-6)

Staton 4-10 4-4 12, Hall 1-3 2-2 4, Chatmon 2-2 0-0 4, Rogers 1-5 0-0 2, Tyler 4-6 4-4 15, Kirksey 8-8 2-3 18, Burke 0-0 0-0 0, Wedel 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner 2-5 2-2 6, Johnson 3-5 0-0 6, Reid 1-3 0-0 2, Korver 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 26-51 16-17 71.

Halftime—ASU 33, UMKC 32.  3-point goals—ASU 6-11 (Trice 4-5, Healy 1-2, Hamilton 1-2, Canty 0-1, Neal 0-1); UMKC 3-14 (Tyler 3-4, Rogers 0-3, Korver 0-3, Staton 0-1, Wedel 0-1, Tanner 0-1, Tanner 0-1, Johnson 0-1). Rebounds—ASU 25 (Canty 6), UMKC 23 (Three with three). Assists—ASU 15 (Neal 4), UMKC 10 (Rogers 4). Turnovers—ASU 11, UMKC 14. Total fouls—ASU 17, UMKC 20. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None. Att.—779.