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Originally published: 2012-11-09 15:55:13
Last modified: 2012-11-09 15:55:36

Mountaineers host Montreat

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State played two dress rehearsals within three days of each other. Tonight, the Mountaineers start playing for keeps.
The Mountaineers host Division II Montreat at 7:30 p.m. at the Holmes Center looking to get off to a quick start. Appalachian State hosts High Point on Nov. 9 before playing seven of its next eight games on the road.
It’s a difficult stretch of schedule that includes games at East Carolina (Nov. 20), at Virginia Tech (Nov. 23), at Missouri (Dec. 1) and at South Carolina (Dec. 19). It also includes a Southern Conference road game at Western Carolina on Dec. 8.
Playing first is ASU’s women’s team, which hosts Division II Lees-McRae at 5 p.m. It’s ASU’s first game of the season.
Beating Montreat and High Point would send the Mountaineers men’s team to the road with some momentum. The Mountaineers already beat Lees-McRae and D-II Carson-Newman in exhibition games.
Appalachian State struggled against Carson-Newman, which plays in the South Atlantic Conference. The Eagles posted a 10-point lead early in the game, and did not surrender it until late in the second half.
“In putting our schedule together, I knew that Carson-Newman was going to be a good team,” Mountaineers coach Jason Capel said. “They’ve got two all-league guys and they’ve got two Division I (transfers). They’ve got some older guys, we’re a young team, and so it’s a challenge that we won.”
Appalachian State goes into the game with just two seniors — forward Nathan Healy and guard Jamaal Trice. The Mountaineers had to replace four graduated seniors and two transfers from their program last year.
Jay Canty, a transfer from Xavier who had to sit out last year because of NCAA transfer rules, led the ASU offense against Carson-Newman with 27 points. He also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
“It was a good game for us,” Capel said. “Are we a finished product? No. We’re a work in progress. We came out in the second half and we rallied and took the lead. It went back and forth. We built a lead, then we let it go and were able to make plays to win the game.”
Appalachian State takes on a Montreat team that lost 79-66 to Ave Maria on Sunday. La’Bris Adams led the Cavaliers with 26 points and five rebounds.