|Mountaineers Suffer Fifth Consecutive Loss|
|Written by Ryan Bower|
|Friday, 17 January 2014 08:34|
Despite 18 points, five rebounds and three assists from Jay Canty, Appalachian State University men's basketball couldn't overcome double-doubles by Chattanooga's Z. Mason and Casey Jones in an 80-70 loss to the Mocs on Thursday night at the Holmes Center.
Canty made 5-of-10 shots to lead four Mountaineers in double-figures. However, Mason poured in 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Jones added 14 points and 11 boards to lead Chattanooga (11-8, 5-0 SoCon) to its seventh-straight win.
Appalachian State (4-13, 0-4 SoCon) jumped out to a 15-5 advantage less than seven minutes into the game but UTC closed the first half with a 35-14 run and led 40-29 at the break. The Mocs stretched the lead to as many as 16 points in the second half before the Mountaineers chipped the deficit to eight points with under seven minutes to play. Appalachian pulled within eight points again in the final minute but couldn't get any closer, thanks in large part to Chattanooga recording its ninth and 10th blocks of the game on the Apps' final possession.
The Mountaineers looked poised to pick up their first league win of the season when they jumped out to a double-digit lead (15-5) with 13:31 to play, but the Mocs recovered from the early deficit and rallied to grab the lead for good (28-25) on Martynas Bareika's three pointer with 4:56 to go in the first half.
Chattanooga held a steady double-digit lead for most of the second half, though Appalachian cut the lead to 70-62 on a pair of free throws with five minutes to play and, after trailing by 12 with just over three minutes to go, once again cut the deficit to eight points (76-68) with 1:26 to go, but the Mocs hit each of their final four free throws to snag the win.
In addition to Canty's 18 points, Mike Neal scored 16, Tab Hamilton added 12 and Michael Obacha chipped in with 10 on 4-of-4 shooting from the field to pace the Mountaineers. Neal also dished out a game-high four assists.
Mason recorded six of the Mocs' 10 blocks to go along with his 22 points and 12 rebounds in the monster performance. Bereika scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Jones finished with 14 points and 11 boards while Ronrico White poured in 13 off the bench.
The Mocs outrebounded the Mountaineers 39-32 and shot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the floor while holding Appalachian to just 40.3 percent (25-of-62). Chattanooga was deadly from long range, connecting on 8-of-15 three point attempts.
Appalachian State returns to action on Saturday when it hosts SoCon rival Georgia Southern for a 2 p.m. contest at the Holmes Center.
NOTES: The Mountaineers dropped to 31-44 all-time against Chattanooga... the loss snapped a string of seven-straight home wins in the series for the Mountaineers dating back to Jan. 16, 2006... the Mocs' 10 blocks were the most by an Appalachian opponent since Feb. 22, 2007 against UNCG (10)... Appalachian State was 0-of-6 from beyond the arc in the first half... Chattanooga scored 38 points in the paint to the Mountaineers' 30.
CHATTANOOGA 80, APPALACHIAN STATE 70
SCORE BY PERIODS 1ST 2ND TOTAL
CHATTANOOGA 40 40 - 80
APPALACHIAN STATE 29 41 - 70
UTC: BAREIKA 16, MASON 22 (12 REBOUNDS), PRYOR 6, McGHEE 7, JONES 14 (11 REBOUNDS), WHITE 13, ROBERTSON 2. FG: 27-56, 3FG: 8-15, FT: 18-24. 39 REBOUNDS, 12 ASSISTS, 13 TURNOVERS.
ASU: OBACHA 10, HAMILTON 12, NEAL 16 (4 ASSISTS), CANTY 18, BURGESS 3, SPAGNOLO 5 (7 REBOUNDS), EAVES 6. FG: 25-62, 3FG: 3-14, FT: 17-25. 32 REBOUNDS, 11 ASSISTS, 8 TURNOVERS.
Photo Courtesy: Tab Hamilton, ASU Athletics
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