Appalachian State’s basketball team dropped to 0-3 on the young season with a 77-49 defeat at Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Tommy Spagnolo started and played 23 minutes. The former Husky scored four points and led the Mountaineers in rebounding with seven and also had a team-high two blocks.
The Bearcats started with some hot shooting to take a 9-0 lead before the Mountaineers could get on the board.
After ASU pulled the score to within two points, Cincinnati ripped off a 27-10 scoring run to take a 19-point halftime lead.
Things did not get any better in the second half. The Bearcats continued to add on to its lead with some hot shooting and a suffocating full court press that forced 14 Mountaineer turnovers and held the offense to just 29-percent shooting from the floor.
Starting guards Mike Neal and Tab Hamilton combined to shoot just 3-24 from the court and had only nine points.
Tevin Baskin and Mike Kobani led ASU with 11 points each.
Cincinnati had five players in double figures. Titus Rubles and Troy Caupain were the high scorers with 13 points. Sean Kilpatrick added 12, Shaquille Thomas had 10 and Jermaine Sanders added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
The Mountaineers will be back at home on Tuesday to face Lees-McRae at the Holmes Convocation Center at 7 p.m. ASU will then travel to North Carolina Central on Friday to wrap up the week.