Last updated: March 09. 2014 12:09AM - 1055 Views
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Former Husky Tommy Spagnolo and the rest of the Appalachian State Mountaineer players saw their season come to an end in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament with a 70-56 loss to Samford.

Spagnolo scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 28 minutes of play.

Tab Hamilton and Frank Eaves led ASU with 11 points each. Michael Obacha and Ty Toney both added 10 points.

For Samford, Tim Williams continued his stellar season with 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Bulldogs advance. Michael Bradley scored 14 points and Conor Miller scored 11 points and hit all three of Samford’s three-point shots.

The Mountaineers trailed by just four points, 29-25, at halftime, but saw things unravel in the second half.

After tying the game at 31-31 just over one minute into the second half, Samford outscored App State by 15-4 to take a 46-35 lead with 13:13 left in the game.

A layup from Hamilton cut the ASU deficit to just six points at 57-51 with five minutes left, but the Bulldogs answered once again, scoring six straight to push the lead to 63-51 and held a double-digit advantage for the final three minutes.

ASU finished a disappointing season at 9-21 overall and 5-11 in its final year of play in the Southern Conference. This was the first time in six years that the Mountaineers lost its tournament opener.

Spagnolo finished the year playing in all 30 games, one of just three Mountaineer players to do that. His final stat line included averaging 8.5 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. Spagnolo’s scoring average was fourth best on the team behind Hamilton (12.7), Jay Canty (12.3) and Mike Neal (9.7) and his rebounding total was second best behind Obacha (8.7). Spagnolo also led the team with 26 blocks.

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

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