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Originally published: 2013-01-31 12:15:32
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CofC pulls away from Mountaineers

by Staff Reports

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A long second-half scoring drought, and a high-powered College of Charleston offense, was too much to overcome for visiting Appalachian State in a 72-59 loss Wednesday at TD Arena.


The Mountaineers (8-12, 4-5 SoCon) went over six minutes without a point midway through the second half and gave the Cougars (15-7, 7-3) a window of opportunity to extend their slim lead to double digits for their third-straight victory.


Appalachian State led 35-33 at halftime, but was outscored 39-24 in the second half. The Mountaineers shot just 30.3 percent from the field in the second half, while College of Charleston shot 52 percent from the field during the same time.


Nathan Healy got Appalachian off on the right foot in the second half with a layup on the team’s first possession to give the Mountaineers a 37-33 lead.


The Cougars responded with an 11-3 run to take a 44-40 lead and would never trail again as it clamped down defensively. Appalachian scored on a free throw with 10:15 left to play and would not score again until Tevin Baskin nailed a jumper with 4:04 remaining.

During ASU's scoring drought, College of Charleston was able to extend its lead to as many as 17 points (65-48) and was never threatened again by the Mountaineers, who were never able to cut the deficit to less than 10 points over the final four minutes.


Baskin led the Mountaineers with 16 points while Jay Canty added 11. Obacha added eight points and grabbed eight rebounds while Healy ripped down a game-high nine boards. Mike Neal dished out six assists.


Andrew Lawrence paced the Cougars with 16 points while Anthony Thomas added 14 and pulled down seven rebounds. Anthony Stitt poured in 10 points with six assists and Trent Wiedeman added 10 off the bench.


The Mountaineers return to action at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Western Carolina as part of a men’s/women’s basketball doubleheader.

 

College of Charleston 72, Appalachian State 59

Appalachian State (8-12, 4-5)

Ohacha 4-7 0-0 8, Healy 2-13 0-0 5, Hamilton 4-8 0-1 9, Neal 0-3 1-2 1, Canty 5-13 1-2 11, Baskin 6-12 3-3 16, Burgess 1-1 1-1 3, Trice 2-7 1-1 6. Totals 24-64 7-10 59.

College of Charleston (15-7, 7-3)

Baru 1-1 7-10 9, Thomas 6-10 1-2 14, Hall 4-7 0-0 8, Lawrence 4-11 6-7 16, Stitt 4-10 1-4 10, Sundberg 0-3 0-0 0, N. Johnson 0-2 2-2 2, T. Johnson 1-1 0-0 3, Weideman 5-9 0-0 10. Totals 25-55 17-25 72.

Halftime score—ASU 35, CofC 33. 3-point goals—ASU 4-17 (Baskin 1-1, Trice 1-2, Hamilton 1-3, Healy 1-8, Canty 0-3), CofC 5-19 (Lawrence 2-6, T. Johnson 1-1, Thomas 1-2, Stitt 1-5, Hall 0-1, Sundberg 0-2, N. Johnson 0-2). Rebounds—ASU 37 (Healy 9), CofC 39 (Thomas, Stitt 7). Assists—ASU 9 (Neal 6), CofC 16 (Stitt 6). Turnovers—ASU 9, CofC 8. Total fouls—ASU 20, CofC 11. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—ASU, bench. Att.—3,530.