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Spagnolo, Mountaineers defeat Samford

Nathan Ham nham@civitasmedia.com

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Tommy Spagnolo played all but three minutes and notched his fifth double-double in the last seven games as Appalachian State held on for a 74-68 win over the Samford Bulldogs.


The former Husky scored 20 points, blocked three shots and recorded 10 rebounds in 37 minutes of play.


Spagnolo once again shot the ball very well from the field, hitting 9-of-14 shots.


Mountaineer teammate Tab Hamilton scored 18 points and handed out four assists. Chris Burgess added 14 points and a team-high five assists.


Ty Toney had another big game off the App State bench with 14 points, three assists and two steals in 22 minutes. Michael Obacha led the team in rebounding with 12 in 30 minutes starting at the other forward position opposite of Spagnolo.


Samford had four players in double figures. Isaiah Williams had 13 points, Tim Williams scored 12, Connor Miller had 10 and Raijon Kelly added 10 points and a team-high seven boards off the bench in 29 minutes.


The turning point of the contest came with five minutes left. Samford held a 60-56 lead, but App State managed to reel off a 12-0 run to take a 68-60 lead with just over one minute left. Spagnolo scored four of those 12 points.


The Mountaineers shot a blistering 71-percent in the second half to overcome a four-point halftime deficit.


ASU is now 8-16 overall and 4-7 in the Southern Conference


Samford dropped to 11-16 overall and 5-7 in the SoCon.


App State has four regular season games remaining before it participates in its final Southern Conference Tournament with the move to the Sun Belt coming in a few months.


Long-time rival Western Carolina comes to Boone this Thursday for Senior Night at the Holmes Convocation Center.


After that, ASU is on the road for the last three games at Furman (Feb. 22), Samford (Feb. 27) and Chattanooga (March 1).


*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87

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