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Originally published: 2014-03-01 22:20:31
Last modified: 2014-03-01 22:21:16

App State's men fall to Mocs in season finale

by Staff Reports

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- There was a time Saturday night at McKenzie Arena when Appalachian State was competitive with Chattanooga.

Then the teams played the second half.

 

Appalachian State made just 4-of-23 shots in the second half of a 63-44 loss to the Mocs in front of 4,953 fans. The cold shooting spread to the free throw line where the Mountaineers (9-20, 5-11 SoCon) made 6-of-17 free throws, also in the second half.

 

Chattanooga (18-13, 12-4 SoCon) didn't have to be accurate since the Mountaineers weren't even close. The Mocs made just 36.7 percent from the field and outscore App State 28-14 in the second half.

 

The 44 points are the fewest the Mountaineers have scored in a game, and the 14 points are the fewest the Mountaineers have scored in a half all season.

 

Appalachian State has also lost four of its last five games.

 

There was a short time in the first half when Appalachian State led 12-8, but saw that lead evaporate into a 20-12 deficit. Chattanooga led 35-30 at halftime and built a 47-35 lead with 14:28.

 

Bad shooting bit both teams for the next four minutes. Neither scored a point until Chattanooga's Martynas Bareika hit a 3-pointer with 10:42 left to give the Mocs a 50-35 lead. App State never got closer than 12 points the rest of the game.

 

Michael Obacha was the only Mountaineer to score in double figures. Obacha scored 11 points, helped by 7-of-10 shooting from the foul line. He went into the game shooting just 47 percent from the line.

 

Tommy Spagnolo added nine points and Ty Toney scored eight for the Mountaineers.

 

Z. Mason, playing in his final game at McKenzie Arena on Chattanooga's Senior Night, scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Mason, who was perhaps making a big for the Southern Conference's Player of the Year Award, also blocked six shots.

 

Gee McGhee added 11 points and Ronrico White scored 10 for the Mocs.

 

Appalachian State turns its attention to the Southern Conference Tournament, which begins Friday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville. The Mountaineers, seeded ninth, faces eighth seed Samford at 11 a.m. Friday in the first game of the tournament.

 

Appalachian State beat Samford twice this season, including a 63-57 loss on Thursday at Samford's Pete Hanna Center. The Mountaineers went on a 15-0 run that rallied them past an eight-point deficit and to the win.

 

Chattanooga 63, Appalachian State 44

Appalachian State 44 (9-20 5-11)

Obacha 2-4 7-10 11, Spagnolo 3-6 3-9 9, Hamilton 3-11 1-4 7, Burgess 1-6 0-1 2, Toney 3-8 2-4 8, Kobani 1-1 0-0 2, Baskin 0-3 0-1 0, Gilbert 0-2 0-0 0, Eaves 2-7 0-0 5, Scott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-49 13-29 44.

 

Chattanooga 63 (18-13, 12-4)

Stokes 1-3 0-1 2, Mason 8-15 6-9 24, Pryor 0-1 0-0 0, McGhee 4-7 3-4 11, Jnes 2-8 2-4 6, Doyle 0-1 0-0 0, Bareika 2-6 2-5 8, White 2-7 4-4 10, Bran 0-0 0-0 0, Robertson 0-4 0-0 0, Houts 1-1 0-0 2, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 17-27 63.

 

Halftime score--Chattanooga 35, App State 30. 3-point goals--App State 1-5 (Eaves 1-1, Hamilton 0-1,  Burgess 0-3), UTC 6-15 (Mason 2-3, White 2-4, Bareika 2-6, McGhee 0-1, Robertson 0-1). Rebounds--App State 32 (Toney, Obacha 7), UTC 50 (Mason 13). Assists--App State 7 (Toney 3), UTC 12 (McGhee, White 3). Steals--App State 4 (Hamilton 2), UTC 4 (Pryor 2). Turnovers--App State 7, UTC 13. Total fouls--App State 20, UTC 23. Fouled out--UTC, Bareika. Technical fouls--None. Att.--4,953.