Mountaineers host Montreat
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
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.