Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. By Ryan Bower. November 19, 2014. GREENVILLE, SC – Furman hit eight of its first nine shots and built an early double digit lead to hand Appalachian State University men’s basketball its second-straight loss as the Mountaineers (0-2) fell by an 84-65 final on Wednesday night at Timmons Arena.
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After Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) knotted the contest at 3-3 with 18:48 on the clock, the Paladins (1-1) reeled off a 12-0 run to take a 15-3 advantage and never led by less than eight points the rest of the way. It was Furman’s second-straight victory over former Southern Conference rival, App State.
During Furman’s 8-of-9 start, sophomore Stephen Croone connected on a pair of three pointers while Daniel Fowler and Larry Wideman each scored four in the opening five minutes to give the Paladins an insurmountable lead.
The Mountaineers mounted a small comeback when, down 23-11 with 10:25 to go in the first half, they pulled within eight (25-17) thanks to Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) and Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page). Spagnolo nailed a jumper and threw down a dunk while Eaves hit a pair of free throws during the stretch to help cut into the deficit.
It was all the closer Appalachian would get, as Furman outscored the Mountaineers 22-13 over the final nine minutes of the opening period to take a 47-30 lead into the locker room.
The Paladins shot a blistering 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the floor in the first half and hit 5-of-12 shots from beyond the arc while Appalachian managed to connect on just 9-of-23 attempts (39.1 percent).
In the second half, Furman remained hot from the floor, shooting 50.0 percent (11-of-22). The Paladins led by as many as 26 points and never led by less than 15 over the final 20 minutes of action.
Eaves led all scorers with a career-high 20 points and finished 8-of-12 from the charity stripe. Spagnolo notched his ninth career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Furman was paced by a team-high 14 points from Kris Acox, who also pulled down 10 rebounds, while four other Paladins scored in double figures. Croone finished with 12 points and a game-high seven assists while Wideman and Kendrec Ferrara each poured in 12. William Gates added 10 off the bench.
On the night, the Mountaineers shot just 39.3 percent (22-of-56) and were outrebounded 39-29. Furman outscored the Apps 42-32 in the paint and the Paladin bench outscored Appalachian’s 30-8.
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday when they head to Virginia Tech for a 1 p.m. tipoff against the Hokies.
- The Mountaineers fell to 39-46 all-time against Furman
- The Paladins upped their record to 28-10 when facing App State at home
- Appalachian has dropped back-to-back games to the Paladins for only the second time since in the last 20 seasons
- The loss marked the Mountaineers’ 10th-straight to a Division I non-conference foe (last win – Dec. 22, 2012, 78-70 vs. Presbyterian)
- Logan Jackson (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge [NC State]) saw his first action as he was subbed in during the final two minutes of play
- Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) did not play due to a violation of team rules. No timetable has been set for his return.