Nathan Ham Sports Writer email@example.com
January 6, 2014
Appalachian State never recovered from a poor-shooting first half of basketball, falling to Duquesne by a 24-point margin, 79-55.
Former Husky Tommy Spagnolo matched a career high in rebounds with 10 off the Mountaineer bench. Spagnolo added four points, one assist and one block in 20 minutes of action. This is the third time this season that Spagnolo has recorded 10 rebounds in a game.
As a team, ASU shot just 29-percent in the first half while Duquesne shot 49-percent from the field and hit five of 10 three-point shots to take a 49-24 halftime lead.
The Mountaineers shot a bit better in the second half (33-percent) but never had a chance to make a comeback. The Dukes continued to shred the App State defense, shooting 45-percent from the floor.
Tab Hamilton led App with 18 points, but shot 7-21 from the field. Jay Canty and Chris Burgess each scored 12 points and Michael Obacha scored four points and had seven rebounds. Canty returned to the court for the first time this season after being ruled academically ineligible for the first semester.
Tevin Baskin and Mike Neal, two of the team’s top scorers, combined to shoot just 1-15 from the field and scored only five points. The two were also kept without a three-point basket in five attempts.
This marked the final non-conference game of the year for the Mountaineers. ASU enters conference play with a 4-9 overall record.
ASU returns home on Jan. 9 to face UNC-Greensboro in the conference home opener.