East Carolina holds off Mountaineers
by Staff Reports
GREENVILLE — Appalachian State men’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game, an 82-72 loss at East Carolina Tuesday night at Minges Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (1-3) jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, but the Pirates (4-0) reeled off a 14-4 run to jump out to a 16-10 lead and never trailed again.
Appalachian would make things interesting in the closing moments as another three from Healy and a jumper by Jay Canty would make it 72-69 with 3:02 left in the game.
The Pirates responded by making key stops and converting at the free-throw line down the stretch to keep their perfect record intact.
Canty led all scorers with a career-high 25 points while Healy notched his first career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Baskin scored seven points, dished out five assists and grabbed 10 boards while Trice scored 10 points off the bench.
The Pirates were paced by Maurice Kemp’s team-high 21 points and four blocked shots. Robert Sampson scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Miguel Paul added 14 points and six assists.
Appalachian shot 42.6 percent (26-of-61) from the floor and converted 17-of-20 free throws. East Carolina shot 45.2 percent (28-of-62) on the night and connected on 22-of-30 shots at the foul line. The Pirates won the rebounding battle by a 40-37 margin and grabbed 13 offensive boards.
Appalachian State, which struggled defensively in its previous two outings, was able to keep the contest close throughout the first half thanks in large part to Canty, who scored 12 points in the first 20 minutes of play.
After trailing by six points following ECU’s early run, the Mountaineers were able to chip away at the lead and draw within two (20-18) after back-to-back buckets by Tevin Baskin and Jamaal Trice with 9:10 left in the first half.
The Pirates responded with three-straight points to extend the lead to five (23-18), but and Canty would score the next four points to pull the Mountaineers within one.
ECU would lead by as many as seven points on two occasions in the closing moments of the half, but a three-pointer from Healy and back-to-back buckets by Trice and Canty cut the deficit to three (36-33) before the Pirates scored again to go into the break with a 38-33 lead.
After East Carolina opened the second half with a layup, the Mountaineers would notch the next five points to cut the deficit to two (40-38) as the teams began a back-and-forth battle that would ensue for the final half of play.
The Pirates built an eight point lead (48-40) with just over 15 minutes left to play and kept a lead that hovered between three and five points until Trice brought the Mountaineers within two (55-53) with 9:36 remaining in the contest.
East Carolina answer with a 10-3 run and jump out to a 65-56 lead with just over seven minutes left to play.
Appalachian State plays at Virginia Tech for a 2 p.m. game on Friday.
GAME NOTES: Appalachian’s opening bucket to put it up 2-0 marked its first lead in the last 80:39 of the season. The Mountaineers never led in the previous two contests against High Point and Campbell. …ECU finished with a 44-34 edge in points in the paint. …Appalachian fell to 27-35 all-time against the Pirates... Appalachian State has dropped four-straight road contests dating back to last season. …The Mountaineers are 0-5 in their last five non-conference road games.
East Carolina 82, Appalachian State 72
Appalachian State (1-3)
Ohacha 0-0 0-0 0, Healy 9-15 3-3 24, Hamilton 1-8 2-2 4, Burgess 1-3 0-0 2, Canty 8-18 9-11 25, Baskin 3-10 1-2 7, Trice 4-7 2-2 10, Spagnolo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 17-20 72.
East Carolina (4-0)
Kemp 6-14 9-13 21, Armstrong 3-6 1-3 7, Sampson 7-13 3-3 17, Paul 4-9 6-7 14, Campbell 2-5 0-0 5, Richmond 2-4 0-0 6, Gaines 1-1 1-2 3, Bowden 1-4 0-0 3, Zangari 1-2 0-0 2, Giulmette 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 28-62 22-30.
Halftime score—East Carolina 38, Appalachian State 33. 3-point goals— ASU 3-12 (Healey 3-6, Hamilton 0-2, Canty 0-2, Baskin 0-2); ECU 4-16 (Richmond 2-4, Bowden 1-3, Campbell 1-4, Sampson 0-2, Paul 0-3. Rebounds—ASU 37 (Healy, Baskin 10), ECU 40 (Sampson 18). Assists—ASU 13 (Canty 5), ECU 15 (Paul 6). Turnovers—ASU 14, ECU 13. Total fouls—ASU 27, ECU 22. Fouled out—ASU, Ohacha, Baskin; ECU, Armstrong. Technical fouls—ASU, Trice;l ECU Richmond. Att.—4,014.