Only one North Division team this season managed to beat App State. And that was ‘Nooga.
In last night’s rematch, the Mocs went down!
The Mountaineers, who had previously locked up the North Division’s No. 1 seed for the Southern Conference Tournament, secured an outright first-place finish in the North with last night’s victory. They improved to 19-11 overall and 12-5 in the SoCon.
The Mocs took advantage of an ASU scoring drought that lasted 3:26 with a 9-0 run that closed what once was a 13-point deficit to a single point. Ty Patterson’s steal and layup with 4:28 left closed the gap to 65-64.
Josh Hunter gave Appalachian a bit of breathing room, scoring inside, drawing a foul and completing a 3-point play that boosted the lead to 68-64.
Meanwhile, the fictional overall SoCon regular season title went to … /double take .. Wooford! The lil’ doggies knocked off CofC, 74-68, in a matchup of the league’s top two teams.
Looking back, App State hung tough with the South’s top teams. The games with the Cougars and Terriers were each decided by one point – App beat Woffie, lost to Cofc*. So you gotta feel good about tourney time next week.
One game remains till then – Lil Sammy in Jones Arena Saturday.
One side note – the official attendance last night was 2,003. That’s right at the reported average for the season, 1,999. Reports indicate a blizzard is now hugging Boone, and it may last until Saturday.
* Earlier we erred in saying Wofford won that game