Appalachian comes up short at Samford, loses second straight

Michael Bragg

Southern Conference opponent Samford handed Appalachian State men’s basketball their second straight loss, 72-68 in a close contest.

The Mountaineers (7-10, 3-3 SoCon) and the Bulldogs (7-12, 5-1) competed in a first-half shootout as both teams shot better than 53 percent and combined for nine three pointers, according to


The teams traded baskets for the half with the Bulldogs able to edge Appalachian out to lead 46-41. The teams combined to shoot 35-of-56 (58.9 percent) in the first half, according to

The Mountaineers proudly returned with Nathan Healy and Tab Hamilton hitting a pair of three-point shots to give the Mountaineers a one-point lead.

Appalachian would, however, surge late to cut the deficit to 67-65 but a three-pointer by Bulldog’s Tim Williams gave them a 70-65 lead and the win.

Jay Canty racked up 19 points and Hamilton received 16. Michael Obacha had 13 rebounds.

Appalachian State returns to action when it plays Georgia Southern Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center.

Story: JAMES ASHLEY, Sports Reporter