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Originally published: 2013-02-21 00:51:09
Last modified: 2013-02-21 00:51:34

The Citadel surprises ASU

by Staff Reports

Appalachian State's goal in the final stretch of the season was to win all of its home game and then try to grab a win on the road.

The Mountaineers close out their regular season with three home games. The first one slipped away when The Citadel beat the Mountaineers 80-77 in overtime in front of 1,822 fans at the Holmes Center Wednesday night.

The Mountaineers (12-15, 8-8 SoCon) is trying to secure the final first-round bye in the Southern Conference Tournament. The Mountaineers have home games left against Samford on Feb. 28 and against Chattanooga on March 2.

Samford, one of the teams that is in competition for the bye, is 8-6 in the SoCon (10-17 overall) and in second place in the SoCon's North Division. Western Carolina (8-8, 11-17 overall) is tied for third with Appalachian State, while Chattanooga (6-8, 11-16) is in fifth.

Appalachian State had an advantage by playing its final three games of the regular season at home. The Citadel put a wrench in those plans after handing the Mountaineers just their second SoCon home loss of the season.

Appalachian State had a chance to win the game in regulation after making three straight 3-point baskets after trailing 64-59 with 4:11 left in the game. Mike Neal made the first, which was followed by two 3-point baskets by Tab Hamilton.

Hamilton's second 3-pointer gave the Mountaineers a 68-64 lead with 1:02 left.

But The Citadel came back with a layup from Matt Van Scyoc and another by Mike Groselle, that basket coming with 19 seconds left. Groselle stole the ball on Appalachian State's ensuing possession, which preserved the 68-68 tie.

From there, The Citadel made 4-of-5 shots in the overtime period, while the Mountaineers made 3-of-7.

Appalachian State made 12-of-27 3-pointers. Hamilton made 3-of-5 and finished with 13 points. Neal went 3-for-6 from the 3-point line and also finished with 13 points.

The Citadel got 24 points from Van Scyoc and 22 from Groselle.

 

 

The Citadel 80, Appalachian State 77 (OT)

The Citadel (7-19, 4-12)

Robinson 2-6 0-0 4, Van Scyoc 8-12 4-6 24, Horgan 5-7 0-0 10, Groselle 7-16 8-9 22, Harris III 2-7 1-3 6, Stexekorn 1-1 0-0 3, Jenkins 1-3 0-1 2, Moore 1-4 2-2 5, Elmore 1-2 0-0 2, Marshall 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-60 15-23 80.

Appalachian State (12-15, 8-8)

Obacha 3-3 1-3 7, Healy 2-8 2-2 8, Canty 4-8 0-0 8, Hamilton 5-7 0-0 13, Neal 5-10 0-1 13, Neal 5-10 0-1 13, Burgess 2-3 0-0 4, Trice 4-11 0-0 11. Totals 29-61 7-11 77.

Halftime score--Tied 34-34. End of regulation--Tied 68-68. 3-point goals--Citadel 7-13 (Van Scyoc 4-6, Setzkorn 1-1, More 1-1, Harris III 1-2, Jenkins 0-1, Robinson 0-2), ASU 12-27 (Hamilton 3-5, Neal 3-6, Trice 3-6, Healy 2-6, Baskin 1-2, Canty 0-1, Burgess 0-1). Rebounds--The Citadel 37 (Groselle 14), ASU 36 (Healy, Trice 7). Assists--Citadel 23 (Harris III 9), ASU 12 (Canty 4). Turnovers--Citadel 16, ASU 18. Total fouls--Citadel 16, ASU 20. Fouled out--ASU, Obacha. Technical fouls--None. Att.--1,822.