N.C. Central holds off App State in overtime
by Staff Reports
DURHAM -- Appalachian State came back from a 16-point deficit, but could not deliver a knockout punch to N.C. Central and fell 76-70 in overtime to the Eagles in front of 2,482 at McDougald-McLendon Gym Friday night.
The Mountaineers trailed 32-18 at halftime, but outscored the Eagles 45-31 in the second half to send the game into overtime. The Mountaineers could never build a lead by more than two points, the final time coming on a Frank Eaves 3-point basket that gave App State a 63-61 lead with 1:00 left in the game.
N.C. Central (4-1), which shocked North Carolina State 82-72 in overtime on Wednesday, got a layup from Jeremy Ingram with 10 seconds left to tie the game. App State had a final chance to win the game in regulation, but Chris Burgess' 3-point attempt was no good. Michael Obacha got the offensive rebound, but could not convert it into a basket.
App State fell behind by four points in the overtime period, but made one final comeback when two foul shots by Eaves with 1:16 left gave the Mountaineers a 70-69 lead. N.C. Central scored the next seven points, including a key 3-point basket by Reggie Groves with 20 seconds left that put the Eagles in front 74-70. Burgess could not convert a 3-pointer on the other end, and Ingram put the game away for good with two foul shots with seven seconds left.
Burgess made 3-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points. Tevin Baskin led the Mountaineers with 23 points. Eaves came off the bench to score 14 points helped by 8-of-10 foul shooting.
Ingram led all scorers with 36 points after making 18-of-24 from the free throw line. As a team, the Eagles made 23-of-31 from the foul line.
Alfonzo Houston added 16 points on the strength of his 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Emanuel Chapman dished out 12 of N.C. Central's 17 assists.
Appalachian State connected on 51.6 percent of its shots in the second half to overcome a terrible shooting performance in the first half, when they made just 5-of-25 shots (20 percent) from the field.
App State fell behind 15-2 out of the gate and could never get closer than 12 the rest of the first half. N.C. Central made 12-of-23 shots in the first half to take a 14-point halftime lead.
N.C. Central held a double-digit lead until the Mountaineers went on a 8-0 run to pull to 39-33 with 13:41 left. The Eagles pushed the lead back to 48-35, but App State scored the next 10 points to close to 48-45 with 8:51 left.
N.C. Central never led by more than six the rest of the game.
The Eagles, whose win over N.C. State was N.C. Central's first over an ACC team in the school's history since they went Division I, also beat Campbell 62-43 on Monday.
Their only loss was 74-61 to Cincinnati, which gives App State and N.C. Central three common opponents during the young season. N.C Central has won four straight games after falling to Cincinnati in the Eagles' season opener.
The Mountaineers, who beat Lees-McRae on Wednesday, have a week off before playing at Georgia on Nov. 24. They return home for a Dec. 4 game against North Greenville and a Dec. 8 game against Charlotte that will be televised by WCCB in Charlotte.
N.C. Central 76, Appalachian State 70 (OT)
Appalachian State 70 (1-4)
Baskin 9-16 5-7 23, Hamilton 4-11 2-5 10, Burgess 6-13 1-1 16, Spagnolo 1-1 0-0 2, Neal 0-2 2-2 2, Kobani 0-0 0-0 0, Obacha 0-4 1-4 1, Eaves 2-11 8-10 14, Toney 1-4 0-1 2. Totals 23-62 19-30 70.
N.C. Central 74 (4-1)
Copeland 2-4 4-6 8, Jawara 2-6 0-0 5, Ingram 8-17 18-24 36, Chapman 0-6 0-0 0, Houston 7-11 1-1 16, Parks 3-8 0-0 6, Moody 0-0 0-0 0, Groces 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 24-55 23-31 76.
Halftime score--NC Central 32, App State 18. 3-point goals--App State 5-22 (Burgess 3-6, Eaves 2-7, Toney 0-1, Neal 0-1, Baskin 0-2, Hamilton 0-5), NC Central 5-19 (Ingram 2-8, Houston 1-2, Groves 1-2, Jawara 1-3, Parks 0-1, Chapman 0-3). Rebounds--App State 40 (Baskin 11), NC Central 39 (Jawara, Parks 8). Assists--App State 5 (Toney, Burgess 2), NC Central 17 (Chapman 12). Steals--App State 6 (Hamilton 3), NC Central 8 (Chapman, Houston 2). Turnovers--App State 12, NC Central 14. Total fouls--App State 26, NC Central 22. Fouled out--App State, Baskin; NC Central, Copeland, Jawara. Technical fouls--None. Att.--2,482.