Appalachian men’s basketball loses in overtime, 91-88

Chelsey Fisher

Appalachian State University men’s basketball five-game winning streak came to an end Thursday, losing 91-88 in overtime to Chattanooga in The McKenzie Arena.

The Mountaineers (7-9, 3-2 SoCon) have lost six-straight road games against the Mocs (8-10, 3-2), according to

Early in the game, Appalachian was able to jump out to a quick lead. Nate Healy hit a three pointer on the first possession, which would ignite the Mountaineers. UTC cut the lead down to two points (12-10), but Appalachian would go on a 10-2 run to lead by 10 just under the 12-minute mark.

Appalachian gained their biggest lead (28-16) with 9:35 to play in the first half but an 11-1 run by the Mocs would tie the game at 29-29. Eventually, the Mountaineers heated up went into the locker room with a 38-30 lead.

The Mountaineers looked to ease to victory in the second half, going on an 11-2 run to make the lead 15 and as many as 19. The Mocs were able to use their defensive pressure to force Appalachian turnovers. The run would bring the Mocs within six points (70-64) with a little over three minutes remaining.

Chattanooga, only back by three (78-75), tied the game on a desperation three pointer. Appalachian tried to answer but Mike Neals’ last-second shot fell short.

Both teams traded baskets in overtime, but Chattanooga’s Dontay Hampton banked in a three pointer to give the Mocs their first lead of the game (83-82). The Mocs converted game-winning free throws down the stretch to give them the win.

Healy led ASU with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Tab Hamilton had 21 points. Jay Canty finished with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Z. Mason, who had a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds, led the Mocs. Hampton came off the bench and scored 22.

Appalachian State returns to action when it travels to Samford for an 8 p.m. matchup Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

Story: JAMES ASHLEY, Sports Reporter