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Originally published: 2012-11-10 01:41:22
Last modified: 2012-11-10 01:41:22

Fast start carries Mountaineers past Montreat

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State got out to a fast start against Montreat in the Mountaineers’ 86-54 victory in their season-opening game Friday.

Appalachian State (1-0) struggled in the first half of its two exhibition games, both played against Division II teams. That wasn’t a problem against Montreat, another Division II team located in near Asheville.

The Mountaineers shot out to a 28-5 lead in an 8:40 stretch capped by two foul shots by Jamaal Trice. Montreat shot 18 percent from the field during that stretch, making just 2-of-11 shots.

Appalachian State’s defense also forced eight turnovers and allowed Montreat just one offensive rebound. The Mountaineers eventually took a 48-23 lead into halftime.

“I thought we set the tone from a defensive standpoint,” Mountaineers coach Jason Capel said. “We wanted to come out and dominate and really be aggressive defensively.

Appalachian State’s Tab Hamilton made all four of his 3-point shots during that period. Hamilton, a sophomore, led all scorers with 18 points despite playing on a handful of his 17 minutes in the second half.

“Our fast start came from our defense,” Hamilton said. “We started out pressuring the ball, and our transition is what got us some great shots.”

His backup, freshman Frank Eaves, scored 16 points in 22 minutes. Nathan Healy added 12 points and Michael Obacha scored nine.

Montreat, which shot 38.2 from the field and committed 26 turnovers, got 15 points and nine rebounds from La’Bris Adams and 11 points from Justin Ashford. Montreat had just four assists against Appalachian State’s defense.

Turnovers were a problem for both teams as Appalachian State committed 18. Tevin Baskin grabbed five of the Mountaineers’ 18 steals.

“We got deflections, we got steals and that allowed us to turn it up on the offensive end,” Capel said.

Appalachian State held a 37-10 lead with 6:01 left in the first half on a Jay Canty layup, but Montreat managed to pull to 41-20 before the Mountaineers scored the next seven points to claim a 48-20 lead, their largest of the first half.

Two foul shots by Rantavious Gilbert gave the Mountaineers their largest lead, an 82-42 advantage with 3:11 left in the game. Montreat eventually trimmed eight points off that lead in the final three minutes.

“We started the game with the mentality we needed to have,” Capel said. “As a young team, we’re not good enough to let up on the gas on anybody. We have to have a relentless attitude and a relentless pursuit for 40 minutes. I wasn’t pleased we didn’t have that, but it was definitely something to build on and I was happy some guys got some playing time to show what they could do.”

One of those guys was former Ashe County center Tommy Spagnolo, who scored four points — both on slam dunks — and pulled down six rebounds in just seven minutes.

 

 

Appalachian State 86, Montreat 54

Montreat (1-2)

McVay 1-5 0-0 2, Dockery 0-3 0-0 0, Adams 7-17 1-2 15, Ashford 4-12 2-4 11, Maxwell 3-4 2-2 9, Turner 2-9 2-2 6, Lucas 0-0 0-2 0, Kehler 0-1 0-0 0, Perry-Smith 0-0 1-2 1, Hawkins 1-1 0-0 3, Symonette 3-3 1-1 7. Totals 21-55 9-15 54.

Appalachian State (1-0)

Healy 5-6 1-1 12, Okam 0-1 0-0 0, Hamilton 6-11 0-0 18, Trice 0-6 2-2 2, Canty 3-12 2-4 8, Baskin 3-4 2-2 8, Ohacha 3-5 3-4 8, Burgess 0-5 1-1 1, Gilbert 3-3 2-2 8, Spagnolo 2-3 0-0 4, Rutherford 0-3 0-0 0, Eaves 6-12 2-3 16. Totals 31-71 15-19 86.

3-point goals—Montreat 2-11 (Hawkins 1-1, Ashford 1-2, Maxwell 1-2, Kehler 0-1, McVay 0-1, Dockery 0-1, Turner 0-3), ASU 9-27 (6-10, Eaves 2-5, Healy 1-1, Burgess 0-2, Trice 0-2, Rutherford 0-3, Canty 0-4). Rebounds—Montreat 31 (Adams 9), ASU 48 (Canty 12). Assists—Montreat 4 (Ashford 2), ASU 15 (Burgess 6). Steals—Montreat 13 (Ashford 5), ASU 18 (Baskin 5). Turnovers—Montreat 26, ASU 18. Total fouls—Montreat 18, ASU 14. Fouled out—None. Technical fouls—None.