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Originally published: 2013-02-12 01:36:18
Last modified: 2013-02-12 01:36:37

ASU men hold off Furman 72-66

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State, playing in its third game in five days, could have been too tired to hold off a late Furman rally.

Instead, the Mountaineers did not allow Furman to lead at any time in their 72-66 victory in front of 818 fans at the Holmes Center. Appalachian State (11-13, 7-6 SoCon), which led by 18 in the first half, made 9-of-11 foul shots in the final 3:40 of the game to give itself enough cushion to hold off Furman (6-17, 3-9), which lost its fourth straight game.

“We did a good job of staying focused and locked in,” Appalachian State forward Jay Canty said. “Lately in practice, we’ve been doing a good job of working on our free throws and we’re getting better at that.”

The Mountaineers have been busy lately with games, but did not let that be a factor Monday, even though Appalachian State beat Georgia Southern 91-86 in overtime in Statesboro, Ga., on Feb. 7, but lost to Davidson 87-52 on Saturday. Appalachian State started strongly Monday by scoring the first two baskets and eventually taking a 34-16 lead. The Mountaineers shot 50 percent in the first half from the field and made all three of their 3-pointers.

Appalachian State had four players — Canty, Nate Healy, Michael Obacha and Mike Neal — scored 14 points each. Obacha, who went into the game shooting 41 percent from the foul line, made all six of his attempts.

Healy grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and Neal dished out six assists.

“The games are better than practice,” ASU’s Nate Healy said. “That’s for sure. It’s not over. We play Thursday and Saturday, so it’s not quite over.”

Furman did not roll over either. The Paladins closed out the first half with a 12-0 run and closed ASU’s lead to 34-28.

“We wanted to come out and be very aggressive and force Furman to deal with our pressure and deal with our traps and have to deal with us being the more physically, speed, athletically the more dominate team,” Mountaineers coach Jason Capel said. “I thought we did a phenomenal job of that.”

Appalachian State never led by more than 10 the rest of the game. Furman eventually pulled to 64-63 on a 3-pointer by Larry Wideman with 1:31 left, but the Mountaineers got an old fashioned three-point play from Canty with 1:07 left to put ASU back up 67-63.

Furman never got closer than three.

“When you get a team down, you have to put them away,” Capel said. “I’m very proud of our effort and we finished a game off. Michael Obacha going 6-for-6 from the foul line — there were a lot of positive things.”

The Paladins got 20 points from Stephen Croone and 11 from Wideman. Bobby Austin and Kendrec Ferrara each scored 10 points.

Appalachian State travels to face North Division rival Elon on Thursday.



Appalachian State men 72, Furman 66

Furman (6-17, 3-9)

Ferrara 4-10 1-2 10, Co. Reddick 2-7 3-6 7, Ch. Reddick 2-3 0-0 4, Croone 5-10 10-13 20, Wideman 3-7 2-2 11, O’Neill 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Irwin 2-5 0-0 4, Austin 4-8 0-0 10, Chuisseu 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 16-23 66.

Appalachian State (11-13, 7-6)

Obacha 4-7 6-6 14, Healy 6-8 2-2 14, Canty 6-12 2-3 14, Hamilton 2-6 0-0 5, Neal 3-7 5-5 14, Baskin 2-5 0-2 5, Burgess 1-2 0-0 2, Trice 0-4 4-6 4, Okam 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 24-51 19-25 72.

Halftime score—ASU 34, Furman 28. 3-point goals—Furman 6-15 (Wideman 3-5, Austin 2-2, Ferrara 1-3, Co. Reddick 0-1, Ch. Reddick 0-1), ASU 5-11 (Neal 3-5, Baskin 1-1, Hamilton 1-3, Healy 0-1, Trice 0-1). Rebounds—Furman 31 (Ferrara 8), ASU 35 (Healy 12). Assists—Furman 9 (Croone 3), ASU 10 (Neal 6). Turnovers—Furman 12, ASU 12. Total fouls—Furman 19, ASU 20. Fouled out—ASU, Obacha. Technical fouls—None Att.—818.