App State Men's Basketball Grinds Out 59-56 Victory at Texas State

SAN MARCOS, Tex. -- The Appalachian State men's basketball team held Texas State to just 32.1 percent (9-of-28) shooting in the second half in a 59-56 road victory on Saturday.

A jumper by Shelby Adams of Texas State (14-11, 7-5 SBC) put the Bobcats in front 54-53. From there, the Mountaineers (10-15, 5-7 SBC) would not allow Texas State to make another field goal for the remaining 4:32 of the game.
The Black and Gold would jump in front 55-54 with 4:01 to play on a jumper from freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy), only to see the Bobcats tie the game with 2:44 to go on a free throw from Eric Terry.
The Mountaineers would jump back in front 56-55 with 2:28 to go on a freebie from senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth). But the Bobcats were able to draw a foul a minute later and got a free throw from Nijal Pearson to tie the game at 56-56 with 1:13 to go.
From there, the Mountaineers would get one free throw from Forrest and one free throw from junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) to build a 58-56 advantage with 13 seconds left.

The Mountaineers dug in and forced a tough jumper from Pearson with six seconds remaining. Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) was fouled battling for the rebound and drained a free throw to give App State a 59-56 edge with 2.6 seconds left in the game.

Texas State would get a look from the right corner to tie the game at the buzzer, but Tyler Blount's attempt was no good giving the Mountaineers the win.

In the first half, the Mountaineers used an early 7-0 run to take a 12-8 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the opening stanza.
The Black and Gold would build a seven-point lead at 25-18, only to see Texas State close the half on a 10-2 run to take a 28-27 advantage into the locker room.

Kinney paced the Mountaineers with game-highs of 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting (85.7 percent), and seven rebounds. Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) chipped in with 15 points and two assists.

Pearson led Texas State with 14 points, while Blount added 10 points.

Overall, the Mountaineers held the Bobcats to 19-of-46 (41.3 percent) shooting. The Black and Gold went 22-of-48 (45.8 percent) from the field. The Apps also held a 32-26 advantage in the rebounding battle.

App State will be back at it on February 10, playing their third consecutive road game at 3:30 p.m. at Coastal Carolina.

WBB: Texas State 92, App State 50 

SAN MARCOS, Texas - Appalachian State University women's basketball (6-17, 4-8 SBC) suffered a 92-50 loss to Texas State (16-7, 9-3 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum. 

Anna Perez Gomez (Canet de Mar, Spain/Eastern Wyoming) scored a personal-high 12 points with four off the glass while playing a career-high 22 minutes and shooting 5-of-9 from the field. Gomez was aggressive getting to the rim as four of her five field goals were layups. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) scored 10 points for her ninth game of the season in double figures and added a team-high five assists. It's the second game of the season for Mathews where she posted at least 10 points and five helpers. 

Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central)
 rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points, seven of which were from the charity stripe. Gosnell hit a personal-high seven free throws going 7-of-10 from the line. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led the Black and Gold with nine rebounds. 

The Mountaineers started off hot hitting five of their first seven shots over the first 4:57 of the game after Mathews hit a 3-pointer to give App an 11-10 lead. However, the Apps went cold from the floor as it scored just two points over the final 6:03 of the opening frame, which led to a 24-13 lead for the hosts. 

Appalachian improved on defense in the second quarter holding Texas State to 15 points but couldn't get any momentum going on the other end to close the gap. Texas State wouldn't look back the rest of the way, picking up a fourth straight win.

Four players scored in double figures for TXST with Toshua Leavitt recording 19 points. App made it hard for the Bobcats' leading scorer to find her buckets, as she shot just 6-of-17. 

App will look to bounce back next Saturday against Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. 


MTRACK: Mountaineers Compete at Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- The Appalachian State men's track & field team participated in the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Friday and Saturday, hosted by East Tennessee State.

Junior Michael Utecht (New Hill, N.C./Apex) led the Mountaineers, capturing the pole vault with a new PR height of 16-4.75.

Sophomore Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) finished second in the long jump with a leap of 23-11.75.

In the 3,000-meter run, sophomore Michael Flanagan (Landenburg, Pa./Tatnall School) crossed the finish line second in 8:49.55. Freshman Ben Cignarale(Greer, S.C./Riverside) finished right behind in third place in 8:51.15.

In the high jump, senior Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) cleared 6-4.75, which is a new PR and was third overall. Sophomore Daniel Lauffenburger (Wintson-Salem, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) was sixth in the event, with a height of 6-2.75.

Sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherford, N.C./Polk County) recorded a fifth place finish in 1:57.57 in the 800-meter run and sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) was fifth in the 400-meter dish 49.35 seconds.

Also competing on the day for the Black and Gold was senior Ryan Hastings (Mathews, N.C./Porter Ridge). Hastings competed at the Camel City Invitational in the Elite 800-meters and finished sixth with a time of 1:52.13.

App State will now set its sights on the VMI Invitational, which will take place on February 9 and 10.
WTRACK: Hargrave Named Top Field Performer at Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Senior Chelsey Hargrave (McCleansville, N.C./Williams) was named Most Outstanding Field Athlete to lead the Appalachian State women's track & field team at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State on Friday and Saturday.

Hargrave captured the long jump at the meet with a leap of 19-4.75. Her mark was five feet farther than the next closest jump in the event. Also in the long jump, junior K'Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) finished fifth with a mark of 18-6.00 and junior Ila Mumford (Rural Park, N.C./Parkland) was seventh with a distance of 18-5.00. Beal also recorded a sixth place finish in the triple jump, covering 37-11.50.

Senior Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) won the 3,000-meter run in a season-best 10:14.75. Freshman Sarah Hajnos (Apex, N.C./Apex) was sixth in the event in 10:34.54 and sophomore Megan Scannell (Nottingham, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy) crossed the finish line in seventh place in 10:38.44. Both times also represent new season-bests.

Sophomore LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenberg) captured the 60-meter dash in 7.60 seconds.

Senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) was second in the high jump with a mark of 5-3.00 and junior Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) placed third in the pole vault, clearing 11-1.75.

Junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) was second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.72 seconds

In the 5,000-meter run, freshman Samantha Kolor (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) finished fourth in a PR time of 18:18.07, junior Ann Sekutowski (Waukesha, Wis./Kettle Moraine) was fifth in 18:54.99 and sophomore Natalie Richardson (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) was sixth in 19:51.26.

Junior Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) was fourth in the 1-mile run in 5:15.68 and freshman Annika Merkh (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddon Township) was sixth in a PR time of 5:23.83.

Freshman Jessica Dixon (Louisburg, N.C./Broughton) was fourth in the 200-meter dash in a PR time of 25.27 seconds and junior Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) finished fifth in the 800-meter run in PR time of 2:18.78.

The Mountaineers will compete again next weekend at the VMI Invitational.
MTEN: Presbyterian 4, App State 3
CLINTON, S.C. - Appalachian State University men's tennis (4-2) suffered a narrow 4-3 setback to Presbyterian (3-4) on Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Tennis Courts. 
App State would sweep the doubles portion, but the Blue Hose won four of the six singles matches to grab the win, which snapped App's four-game win streak.
The Mountaineers got the start they wanted in doubles action to pick up a 1-0 lead. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) improved 4-1 and won their fourth straight doubles match with a 6-4 triumph over Jaime Castillo-Lopez/Daniel Stenger. In the following finish, Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) toughed out a 6-3 win to claim the doubles point over Alexander Lykou/Brandon Mills. The No. 1 pairing is now 4-0 on the year while boasting a 13-3 record as partners since last season. Appalachian has dominated the doubles circuit this season with a 13-3 record. 
Pavkovich suffered his first setback of the season in singles play in the first finished match when he fell to Castillo-Lopez, 6-1, 6-3, which tied up the contest at 1-all. The hosts claimed a 2-1 lead when Bargeron suffered a 6-3, 6-0 setback to Alejandro Bejar. Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) won his third singles affair in a row at a pivotal moment to tie up the contest, 2-2, when he defeated Luis Conde as the No. 6 in the lineup. PC took a 3-2 lead when Ben fell to Brandon Mills, 6-1, 6-3. Scott tied up the match at 3-3 over Lykou, 6-4, 6-4, for his third win in a row. 
However, the Blue Hose captured the win when Daniel Stenger won his match over Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton). The redshirt junior suffered a 6-0 loss in the first frame but gave Stenger all he could handle in the final stanza, 7-5. 
Appalachian will look to bounce back when it faces Eastern Kentucky next Saturday at 1 p.m.
WTEN: App State 5, Charlotte 2
NORFOLK, Va. - Appalachian State University women's tennis (3-2) got back on the winning track with a 5-2 triumph over Charlotte (2-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers handed the 49ers their first loss of the season by capturing two out of three doubles matches and four of six singles contests. Singles was about as close you could ask for with three affairs that were decided in three sets. 

"A great week of practice let to this great team victory," head coach Blake Mosley mentioned after the triumph. "I'm very proud of the way we fought and stayed true to our identities when we faced adversity. Credit to Charlotte for a tough battle to the end."

App State started off the afternoon on the right foot with Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) coming away with a 6-3 triumph over Sasha Lee/Rocio Safont as the No. 3 duo. Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Wedington)/María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) gave App the 1-0 lead going into singles when the pairing dealt Tai Martin/Immie Cooper a 6-4 loss as the No. 1 tandem. 

The momentum rolled straight over to singles play where the Apps captured the first three finished matches to earn the win. 

Continuing the solid day for the Apps was Machado, who defeated Megan Smith in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) to give App a 2-0 lead. Zacarias ended her day on a high note with another solid victory as she defeated Martin playing the No. 1 in the lineup in a straight-set win, 6-1, 6-4.

Sevo clinched the match in straight sets but needed a tiebreaking first stanza 7-6 (7-5), followed by capturing the 6-3 win in the final frame over Lee in a matchup between the No. 2s. Both of Charlotte's points had to go to three sets where Swope fell to Pierina Imparato, 6-1, 4-6, 3-6, while Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) came back to push a match-deciding third frame, but lost to Zoe Radojicic, 2-6, 6-2, 4-6. Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) successfully earned a third singles win in a hard-earned three-set victory over Safont, 7-6, 2-6, 7-5. The junior won the first frame before Safont forced a third stanza followed by Bygrave taking the contest back over. 

Appalachian will look for another impressive win as it faces a tough foe in Old Dominion tomorrow at 2 p.m.
MTEN: App State 7, North Carolina Central 0
BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State men's tennis won its fourth-straight match with a 7-0 victory over North Carolina Central at Deer Valley Racquet Club on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (4-1) secured the doubles point, sweeping the Eagles (0-1) in both matches. Appalachian then rattled off five straight-set victories in singles competition to give the Black and Gold a third straight shutout.

Due to an NC Central forfeit for the No. 3 pairing, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College)  clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win over the Eagles' Theofanis Kontopolous and Pablo Juez Torres. The No. 1 pairing of Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) won minutes later, cruising to a 6-2 victory. Appalachian improved to 11-3 overall in doubles action with Scott and Bargeron posting a 3-0 mark, while Pavkovichand Ben own a 3-1 record. 
In singles, Ben pushed the Mountaineers' advantage to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sebastian Bromley. Shortly afterwards, Bargeron battled back in the second set to drop Kontopolous 6-2, 6-4.

Scott then picked up the match-sealing victory over Gabriel Cucalon 6-4, 6-2. With the Mountaineers up 4-0, Pavkovich and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) quickly downed their opponents 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-3 respectively.

Campbell and Ben are both on four-match winning streaks, and Pavkovich continued his impressive start, notching five straight victories to kick off the season. The sophomore is already one win away from matching last season's win total in singles. 

Appalachian will hit the road for a match Saturday at Presbyterian College. First serve is set for 10 a.m.