Senior Andre Williamson (Dayton, Ohio/Prince George) led Appalachian State University men’s basketball with 13 points and nine rebounds, but Georgia Southern continued its hot shooting streak to pull off a
73-62 win over the Mountaineers on Saturday night at Hanner Fieldhouse. The forward sank 6-of-7 shots on the night and added a block as ASU was dealt its first Southern Conference loss of the season.
The Eagles (3-4, 2-0 SoCon) drained 8-of-16 three-pointers, shot 47.3 percent from the field and connected on 13-of-21 free throws to take an early lead on the Mountaineers (4-3, 1-1) and used the solid shooting to develop a comfortable advantage in the first half. Appalachian missed on all five three-point attempts and knocked in just 5-of-12 free throws to fall behind 45-25 at the break.
The Apps then won the second half by a 37-28 margin, but the effort came too late in the 11-point setback. GSU owned a minor edge on the boards, 35-32, but neither team was successful on the offensive glass. ASU turned six offensive rebounds into 10 points while the Eagles converted just five second-chance points.
Playing in his home state, Isaac Butts (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military) added 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting with five rebounds. The Milledgeville native fouled out after 19 minutes.
Omar Carter (Charlotte, N.C./Charleston Southern) also reached double figures with 13 points to accompany four rebounds. Jamaal Trice (Los Angeles, Calif./Midland College) added eight points in the second half to accompany two rebounds and two of the Apps’ four steals.
Rodney Milum (Houston, Texas/Midland College) scored eight of ASU’s 12 bench points with two of the team’s four treys, while sophomore Mitch Woods (Naples, Fla./Community School of Naples) contributed a team-high three assists as a reserve.
Appalachian shot 48.9 percent from the floor in the contest, but sank just 4-of-15 shots from downtown and made just 12-of-26 foul shots. ASU had a balanced night crashing the boards as eight Mountaineers hauled in at least two rebounds in the game.
Four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Eric Ferguson’s 15 points to go along with nine rebounds. Willie Powers added 11 points and eight of Georgia Southern’s 15 assists on the night.
ASU takes a month-long break from league action and will close its two-game road swing at Minnesota on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 73, ASU 62
1st 2nd Total
Appalachian State........25 37 - 62
Georgia Southern........45 28 - 73
ASU: WILLIAMSON 13 (9 REBOUNDS), TRICE 8, BUTTS 11 (5 REBOUNDS), VILARINO 5, CARTER 13, MILUM 8, NEAL 1, WOODS 3. FG: 23-47, 3FG: 4-15, FT: 12-26. 32 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS, 7 ASSISTS.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN: BASKERVILLE 6, DRAYTON 14, FERGUSON 15 (9 REBOUNDS), HEWITT 7, POWERS 11, BAYNHAM 1, BUSSEY 12, BROWN 5, DUNNIGAN 2. FG: 26-55, 3FG: 8-16, FT: 13-21. 35 REBOUNDS, 13 TURNOVERS, 15 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Andre Williamson, by Bill Sheffield, ASU Athletics