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Forget free throws; rebounding is the thing

It's all about the tournamentCoach Capel had one message for his Mountaineers last night.

See the Rodman. Be the Rodman.

And he was pleased.

Appalachian State entered Monday night’s game against Elon coming off back-to-back, one-point losses that largely could be traced to rebound deficits.

The Mountaineers rectified that situation.

They outrebounded the Phoenix by 10 in the second half, held on to a lead and walked away with a 79-71 victory at the Holmes Center.

“The last thing I said in the locker room was that I wanted us to win the battle of the boards, that I was tired of us getting our butts kicked on the glass,” Coach Jason Capel said. “That’s been our Achilles’ heel. We had to do a better job of it, and we did.

“We really stuck it to them on the boards.”

App nabbed 37 rebounds to Elon’s 29. Andre Williamson had 12 to go with 12 points. Omar Carter was also strong, going for 7 boards and a game-high 22 points.

Donald Sims finished with 12, all in the final 10 minutes of the game.

On the free-throw front, App State went 18 for 25 for a 72 percent clip. Carter, a 71 percent shooter from the line, went 1 for 4.

Next up for App – at The Citadel Thursday. The Dogs have lost four straight to D1 teams.

6 Comments

  1. appaner420

    January 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Just heard Coach Capel on the David Glenn Show 99.9 the fan. Sounds like we've got a great coach and I hope he stays for a while. He did mention that as a player he had 3 different coaches and it was hard on him, so I'm glad we have a coach who knows EXACTLY what our guys are going through.

  2. appgirl

    January 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Glad we finally got a good win. Congrats to the guys!

  3. tim

    January 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Only 3 teams (Charleston, Furman & Davidson) in the conference have a winning OOC record?!?

  4. DRM

    January 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Not surprising–SoCon isn't exactly a power conference in basketball, tim.

  5. appnaysayer

    January 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Better effort last night. We soooooo miss an inside presence. Watching the team at home for a change, I've generally been impressed with Capel. He's made some rookie mistakes, I think, but he seems to know what he wants the players to do and searches for the right on-floor combinations to get it done.

    I had to (grudgingly) admit last year that old what's his name was a good floor coach. I don't think Capel's quite there yet, but from all appearances he's a quick study. Let us see what he does when he can get some of his recruits in there and has a decent schedule with which to work.

  6. 87ASUgrad

    January 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    BUCK FUZZ!

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