Behind a season-high 20 points from Andre Williamson (Dayton, Ohio/Prince George), Appalachian State University men’s basketball rallied from a seven-point deficit to take a lead early in the second half before
Wofford regained control en route to a 73-61 win on Thursday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
Williamson sank 8-of-12 shot attempts and added a game-high nine rebounds to accompany a pair of assists in the setback. The senior’s 20 points match his career high, originally set against Milligan last season.
The Mountaineers (7-10, 3-4 SoCon) opened the second period with an 8-2 run, capped by a Jamaal Trice (Los Angeles, Calif./Midland College) runner in the lane to give ASU its first lead since the game’s opening minute, at 33-32. From there, Wofford took off on a 26-13 run to extend the lead to 12 points with less than eight minutes to play.
ASU then fought back to within seven points on three occasions in the game’s final five minutes, but the Terriers (11-8, 4-3) sank 12-of-14 attempts from the free-throw line to close out the win.
WC owned a 19-9 margin on the boards in the opening 20 minutes, but five treys and a 4-of-4 mark from the foul line kept the Apps within striking distance. Williamson sank 5-of-6 shots in the first half, including two three-point attempts, to lead all scorers in the opening period.
Mike Neal (Greensboro, N.C./Oak Ridge Military) chipped in eight points, three of ASU’s 11 assists and a rebound. Trice and G.J. Vilarino (McKinney, Texas/Gonzaga) added seven points each.
The Mountaineers committed a season-low six turnovers in the contest and swiped a pair of steals to help force eight WC turnovers. The six miscues were the team’s lowest mark since its last meeting with Wofford, when ASU turned the ball over just four times in the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament.
Appalachian fell victim to a 33-25 rebound margin, but converted nine offensive boards into 13 second-chance points compared to Wofford’s 11.
Omar Carter (Charlotte, N.C./Charleston Southern) pulled both of ASU’s steals in addition to six points and three boards.
The Apps shot 41.5 percent from the field and converted 8-of-23 three-pointers, while Wofford sank 53.8 percent of its shots, including a 62.5 percent clip in the second half.
Drew Crowell led the home team with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Kevin Giltner downed four three-pointers en route to 18 points and seven rebounds for the night.
Appalachian hosts ‘Bash Western’ on Friday from 2-4 p.m. at the TAPP Room, across the street from the Holmes Center. Fans will have the opportunity to bash in a Western Carolina-themed car with a sledgehammer alongside basketball team members to get in the spirit for Saturday’s 3 p.m. home game against the Catamounts. The contest will be televised on the SoCon Sports Network and ESPN3.
WOFFORD 73, ASU 61
SCORE BY PERIODS 1ST 2ND TOTAL
APPALACHIAN STATE..25 36 61
WOFFORD........... 30 43 73
ASU: WILLIAMSON 20 (9 REBOUNDS), CARTER 6, HAMILTON 5, TRICE 7, NEAL 8, VILARINO 7, HEALY 3, WOODS 5. FG: 22-53, 3FG: 8-23, FT: 9-13. 25 REBOUNDS, 6 TURNOVERS, 11 ASSISTS.
WOFFORD: GILTNER 18 (7 REBOUNDS), CROWELL 19 (8 REBOUNDS), SKINNER 7, COCHRAN 5, LOESING 10, BYRD 6, SMITH 8. FG: 28-52, 3FG: 5-14, FT: 12-14. 33 REBOUNDS, 8 TURNOVERS, 16 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Andre Williamson, ASU Atheltics