Sunday's Sports Update.... (2016-12-04 17:34:20)

Cold-Shooting Second Half Dooms Men’s Hoops....BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s basketball shot just 3-for-21 in the second half and fell late to Western Carolina, 58-53, on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (2-5) pulled to within one point at 54-53 with 23 seconds left in the game, but wouldn’t be able to take the lead as the Catamounts (3-5) made four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Leading the Black and Gold offensively for the afternoon as the lone double-digit scorer was sophomore Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep W.V.)), who finished with 17 points, including 9-for-12 from the charity stripe. Freshman Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two steals.

Leading the board crashing for App State was sophomore Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson). Johnson finished with 11 boards to go along with six points and three blocks in 26 minutes of action.

After shooting 10-for-28 in the opening half, Appalachian went cold after the break, shooting just 14.3 percent from the floor to finish the game and 26.5 percent overall.

The Black and Gold’s defense was able to hold WCU to 14.3 percent 3-point shooting in the second half, but it wouldn’t be enough to offset the Apps’ 24-14 deficit in the paint.

Appalachian’s largest lead of the game came in the second half with 16:01 remaining. Already up 35-33, an Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) three put App State up five points. Unfortunately, a 10-2 run from the Cats would put Western Carolina in front for good. 

The Mountaineers return to action in the second game of their short two-game home stand when they take on Montreat College inside the Holmes Center on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

Notes: This marks the third-straight loss to Western Carolina in the all-time series … 53 points is the lowest total the Mountaineers have registered this season … the last time Appalachian State shot as poorly from the field was at Georgia Southern (29.0 percent - Feb. 25, 2016) … Ronshad Shabazz made a career-high nine free throws … Tyrell Johnson’s 11 rebounds were a career high … with an attendance of 2,497 - it was the largest attendance since Feb 2, 2013 against Western Carolina (2,852).


Carolina To Meet Stanford In National Semifinal

North Carolina and Stanford will face off in the second national semifinal match on Friday at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Kick off is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. EST on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app.

No. 9 seed North Carolina (14-3-3) reached the College Cup with a thrilling 1-0 double overtime victory over Providence this past Friday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels are making their seventh trip to the College Cup, and first since winning the program’s second national title in 2011.

Fifth-seeded Stanford (14-3-4) went on the road in the quarterfinals to knock off fourth-seed Louisville, 2-0, on Saturday night in Louisville, Ky. The Cardinal is making their fifth appearance in the College Cup, and will attempt to become the first back-to-back national champion in a dozen years.

Carolina and Stanford met once previously in a NCAA semifinal back in 2001. The Tar Heels came away victorious with a 3-2 win in quadruple overtime, and went on to win their first of two national championships two days later in a 2-0 victory over Indiana.

The first semifinal pits fellow ACC member and No. 2 seed Wake Forest against sixth-seed Denver at 6 p.m. EST on ESPNU.


Kennard Scores 35 Points in 94-55 Win Over Maine

.DURHAM, N.C. -- Luke Kennard is ready for Duke to finally resemble the team that was picked No. 1 in the preseason.

The fifth-ranked Blue Devils welcomed two key big men to the rotation -- but also played without two starting guards.

With Kennard scoring a career-best 35 points, Duke routed Maine 94-55 on Saturday in the long-awaited debut of freshmen Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden.

"I'm just excited for everybody to get back," Kennard said. "I'm excited to be a full, healthy team, and just step on the pedal and be who we are going to be during the season."

Amile Jefferson added a career-high 20 points and Tatum finished with 10 for the Blue Devils (8-1), who shot 60 percent while playing without a true point guard.

Preseason All-America Grayson Allen and freshman Frank Jackson -- their starting backcourt for the past four games -- were held out. Allen has been dealing with a lingering toe injury, while coach Mike Krzyzewski says Jackson has "a little bit of a sore foot."

Krzyzewski says both players should be back for Tuesday night's game against No. 24 Florida in New York.

They certainly didn't need them to rout the struggling Black Bears (2-6).

Ilker Er scored all 20 of his points in the first half for Maine.

The story of this one was who finally played for Duke, as well as who didn't.

Duke has been without three injured five-star freshmen all season, with Tatum out since spraining his foot during an October practice in front of NBA scouts and Bolden sidelined since injuring his leg before the regular season started.

Tatum wound up starting and scored his first basket on a banked jumper about 7 minutes in. Bolden was the first man off Duke's bench and his first points came when he stuck back Tatum's missed layup with about 7 1/2 minutes until halftime.

Tatum played 20 minutes and left after catching a leg cramp in the second half. Bolden logged 12 minutes off the bench and Krzyzewski said he "just got tired."

"I was just happy to be out there -- to rebound, to play defense and to win," Tatum said.

Duke: Now that two of their injured key players are back, the focus shifts to the two other players who sat this one out. Neither one took part in pregame warmups -- both stood standing next to injured big man Sean Obi on the baseline -- and they were on the bench in their warmup gear throughout.

Krzyzewski says Allen has turf toe that's "not on the main part, it's on the side part" and probably needs the extended rest that will come during exam week and over the holidays to approach 100 percent. Duke plays only two games between Dec. 11-30.

Krzyzewski said he's "just trying to deal with the bottom line that eventually, everybody gets well. ... Just kind of running motion offense here."

Maine: As their record might indicate, the Black Bears have some things to sort out, and Cameron Indoor Stadium is a tough place to fix those problems. To their credit, they kept things interesting in the first half while Duke figured out how to play without Allen and Jackson, but they didn't have any answers for Kennard and managed just 23 points in the second half.

"Everything about them kind of wore us down," coach Bob Walsh said. "I thought they took our spirit away in the second half."

Duke figures to benefit from a pair of top-five upsets this week -- No. 3 North Carolina's loss at 13th-ranked Indiana, and No. 1 Kentucky's home loss to 11th-ranked UCLA -- and slide up a couple of spots when the new rankings are released Monday.

Kennard was 11 of 16 from the field, tied a season high with four 3-pointers and was 9 for 9 from the free-throw line. He scored Duke's first nine points and had 20 at halftime.


Harris Reflects on 41st and Final Football Season

DURHAM, N.C. – It was 471 consecutive Duke football games broadcast for the "Voice of the Blue Devils," Bob Harris, who called his final Duke football game at Miami last Saturday. Harris is retiring from his post following the 2016-17 men's basketball season.
Harris is a three-time recipient of the North Carolina Broadcaster of the Year honor from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1988, 1991 and 2011. He is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (inducted in 2006) and the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame (1993). In 2009, he was honored with the Atlantic Coast Conference’s prestigious Skeeter Francis Award, an honor presented annually to individuals for distinguished service to the league. In 2016, Harris received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an honor conferred by the Governor of North Carolina for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and its communities.

He will retire as the longest-tenured play-by-play announcer in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
David Cutcliffe's Duke Football TV Show sat down with Harris to talk about his 41 years of service to the football program and a few of his favorite memories. Cutcliffe also discussed his friendship with Harris and how Harris will be missed next year.  


Defense Holds Troy, Eagles Win 28-24 on Senior Day

STATESBORO, Ga. – Senior BJ Johnson III caught a 64-yard pass for the go-ahead touchdown, and the Georgia Southern defense held off a late Trojan drive as the Eagles fought off the Trojans for a 28-24 Sun Belt Conference football victory Saturday afternoon on Senior Day in Paulson Stadium.
Troy called its final timeout facing third down with the ball on the Eagle 8-yard line with 22 seconds left, and Brandon Silvers threw a pass to Josh Anderson in the flat. Jessie Liptrot and a host of Eagles rallied to the ball to make the tackle for no gain, and the clock kept rolling as the officials spotted the ball. The Trojans could not spike the ball because it was fourth down, and Silvers got the snap just as time expired. He tried a pass to Tevaris McCormick in the front of the end zone, but the ball fell incomplete.
Johnson finished with a career-high 129 receiving yards on seven receptions with two touchdowns for Georgia Southern. Senior Kevin Ellison logged 115 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and completed 10 of 14 passes for 127 yards and two scores. Classmate Matt Breida ran for 66 yards, and redshirt junior Ukeme Eligwe posted 18 tackles, including 13 solo, and a sack.
Silvers threw for 218 yards and a touchdown for Troy (9-3, 6-2), and Jordan Chunn carried 19 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Emanuel Thompson caught seven passes for 96 yards. The Trojans were looking for a share of the Sun Belt title, but the loss pushes Troy into second in the league standings. 
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With the Eagles down 24-21, Ellison connected with Johnson on a slant route, and the receiver caught the ball between two Trojan defenders, shrugged off both and scampered 64 yards for the touchdown and a 28-24 lead with 9:46 to go.
Troy got the ball back for its final possession with 6:22 to play and converted a pair of third downs while moving into GS territory. Facing fourth-and-1 at the Eagle 36-yard line, Silvers threw a screen pass to Thompson for a 5-yard pickup with 1:19 to play and connected with Thompson on a 20-yard pass on the next play to move the ball to the GS 11-yard line, setting up the last defensive stand.
Trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Eagles scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the third quarter, and both were delivered by the feet of Ellison. After the opening kickoff of the second half, the Eagles gobbled up 75 yards on the ground in 2:51, and Ellison took the keeper around the left side and reached for the end zone, just putting the ball across the goal line before going out of bounds.
The Eagle defense forced a three-and-out, and Myles Campbell gave GS good field position with a 16-yard punt return. Two plays later, Ellison went around the right side, faked the option pitch and dashed down the sideline for a 54 yard score. Younghoe Koo added the PAT to give the Eagles a 21-10 lead midway through the quarter.  
The Trojans converted a third-and-10 with a 14-yard pickup on a pass from Silvers to Thompson, and hurried back up to the line, creating some confusion in the Eagle defense. Silvers hit a wide-open McCormick down the right sideline for a 16-yard touchdown pass that trimmed the lead to 21-17.
Troy took advantage of a short field after its defense forced an incompletion on a pass attempt from Ellison to Johnson on fourth-and-2 from the GS 48-yard line. The Trojans zipped down the field and retook the lead on a Chunn 4-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
Georgia Southern sees its season come to end with a 5-7 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Sun Belt play.
Head coach Tyson Summers
“I’m just really excited for our players, and particularly our seniors, to be able to go out and finish the way they did today. A key momentum piece all week was trying to do this for this senior class. I can’t say enough about the job these seniors did throughout their career and in the victory today.”
Senior quarterback Kevin Ellison
“Our offensive line did a great job getting a push and opening up lanes for all the backs today.”
“It’s been the best experience of my life - the atmosphere, the fans and all the support we get. It’s been a great journey, and I’m blessed to be able to play for Georgia Southern. It’s a very special place.”

Wrestling Blasts Wildcats, Pioneers in Dominant Wins

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Appalachian State University wrestling used six pins on the day to overpower Southern Conference foe Davidson, 43-3, and Sacred Heart, 43-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Baker Sports Complex.

The No. 23 Mountaineers improve to 4-1 (1-0 SoCon) on the season, dropping the Wildcats to 3-2 (0-1), while the Pioneers fall to 1-3.


Appalachian State University wrestling only allowed one loss on the day against its first Southern Conference opponent of the 2016-17 season, ripping past the Davidson Wildcats 43-3 on Saturday.

The Mountaineers gained the victory by pinning four Davidson wrestlers, getting one major decision and one forfeit.

After senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) won by forfeit at the 125-pound match, freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) improved to 11-4 on the year by getting the close victory over Dustin Runzo with a 3-2 decision. 

The Black and Gold began to assert strength in the 141- and 149-pound matches when sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) got pins over Hunter Costas (2:51) and Aiden Conroy (6:01), respectively. 

App State would drop its lone match of the day at the 157 weight class as freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) fell in a close, hard-fought battle to Tony Palumbo in a 4-3 decision.

The Mountaineers immediately regained its stride at the 165-pound match when No. 18 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) pinned Noah Satterfield (1:23) before No. 18 174-pounder, junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) returned to action in a big way, pinning Conor Fenn (5:24). 

Junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) then downed Konnor Pritchard in a 5-2 decision before sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) bounced back from a midweek loss, getting an 11-2 major decision over Ryan Devlin.

Wrapping up the decisive win for Appalachian was sophomore Cary Miller (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) in the heavyweight bout. Miller took on Will Cooley and improved to 7-4 on the season by downing the Wildcat in a 7-3 decision.


125: Vito Pasone (APP) wins by forfeit
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Dustin Runzo (DAV) 3-2 dec.
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Hunter Costa (DAV) pin (2:51)
149: Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Aidan Conroy (DAV) pin (6:01)
157: Tony Palumbo (DAV) def. Gavin Londoff (APP) 4-3 dec.
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Noah Satterfield (DAV) pin (1:23)
174: Nick Kee (APP) def. Conor Fenn (DAV) pin (5:24)
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Konnor Pritchard (DAV) 5-2 dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Ryan Devlin (DAV) 11-2 maj. dec.
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Will Cooley (DAV) 7-3 dec.


Appalachian State University wrestling continued its hot play, making quick work of its second opponent of the day in a 43-0 victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday. 

The match began with Vito Pasone getting the decisive 16-0 technical fall over Tim Johnson at the 125 match and Colby Smith getting the 15-7 major decision over Gerald Daley in the 133-pound matchup.

Irvin Enriquez carried the momentum forward, getting the 5-2 decision win over Brandon Levesque at the 141 weight class before Matt Zovistoski got the commanding 19-7  major decision over Alex Harnsberger at the 157.

The Mountaineers continued to roll as Gavin Londoff got back on track from the loss earlier, getting the 5-4 decision win over Casey Mitchell. Forrest Przybysz and Nick Kee combined to get huge wins for App State at the 165 and 174 weight classes, respectively, getting the 14-4 major decision and 17-1 technical fall. 

David Peters-Logue got his third pin of the year, downing Elliott Antler in 1:15 before Randall Diabe got his second win of the day with the 6-2 victory over Sasha Oliinyk.

Once again, Cary Miller took the Mountaineers home to victory in the final match of the day, ending with a bang as the sophomore got his second pin of the season, taking Dan Hayden down in 2:22.

Appalachian State wrestling now goes on a brief break from duals matches after having four matches in six days, returning to Varsity Gym on Dec. 14 when the Mountaineers host Campbell. The action begins at 7 p.m.


125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Tim Johnson (SH) 16-0 TF
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Gerald Daley (SH) 15-7 maj. dec.
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Brandon Levesque (SH) 5-2 dec.
149: Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Alex Harnsberger (SH) 19-7 maj. dec.
157: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Casey Mitchell (SH) 5-4 dec.
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Matt Fisher (SH) 14-4 maj. dec.
174: Nick Kee (APP) def. Mark Boyle (SH) 17-1 TF
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Elliott Antler (SH) pin (1:15)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) 6-2 dec.
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Dan Hayden (SHU) pin (2:22)



App State Women Wrap-Up Competition in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Appalachian State University women’s track and field put up a great showing in their season opener on Saturday at the JDL College Kick-off Classic in Winston-Salem. The Mountaineers finished the day with ten top-ten finishes including a 1-2-3 punch in the pole vault.

Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./ Watauga) started the season with a first place finish and an indoor personal-best clearance of 12-5.50 (3.80m). Right behind her was Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, NC./South Mecklenburg) in second with a lifetime-best mark of 11-11.75 (3.65m) and Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) in third producing a vault of 11-5.75 (3.65m). In the horizontal jumps, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) was the top Black and Gold finisher in the long jump with a mark of 18-5.74 (5.63) which tied for fourth. In the triple jump, sophomore K’Lynn Beal ( Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) bounded to ninth place with a 35-8.75 (10.89m) effort.

On the track, freshman LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) broke out on the scene early landing inside the top five in both of her events in her first Division I competition in an Appalachian uniform. King sprinted past the finish in 25.83 to place third in the 200 meters and ran a time of 7.65 in the 60 meters to take fourth. In the hurdles, sophomore Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) produced a time of 8.83 to grab third in the 60-meter hurdles. For the middle distance competition, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) placed seventh in the mile with a time of 5:22.83 in her first race after the cross country season.

Lastly, In the circle, Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./ Gimsley) tossed the shot put 40-4.25 (12.30m) to snatch seventh place out of 45 competitors.


4. 60m-LaBria King: 7.65

3. 200m-LaBria King: 25.83

17. 400m-Cahterine Crawford: 59.62

39. 400m-Sydni Fields: 1:02.40

DNF. 400m-Micah Hanks

11. 800m-Sarah Hoffert: 2:28.43

7. Mile-Phylissa Greeley: 5:22.83

3. 60H-Imani Chapman: 8.83

15. 60H- Makaila Roberts: 9.33 (PR)

17 60H- Sydni Fields: 9.34 (pr)

14. 4x400m Relay: 4:22.91

T-4. LJ-Chelsey Hargrave: 18-5.75 (5.63)

11.  LJ- K’Lnn Beal 17-2.75 (5.25m)

NM. LJ Ila Mumford

9. TJ-K’Lynn Beal:36-8.50 (11.19m)

11. TJ-Ila Mumford: 35-8.75 (10.89m)

NM. TJ: Chelsey Hargrave

1. PV-Taylor Drummonds: 12-5.5 (3.80m) (indoor PR)

2. PV-Lainey Hunnicutt: 11-11.75 (3.65m) (PR)

3. PV- Hannah Emery:11-5.75 (3.50m)

7. SP-Amber Daniel 40-4.25 (12.30m)

Up Next

The Mountaineers will travel down to Johnson City, Tenn. on January 13-14 for the ETSU Meet.


Appalachian Men Conclude Action at the JDL Meet

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Appalachian State University men’s track and field gathered nine top-ten finishes at the JDL College-Kickoff-Classic on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Two Mountaineer newcomers had breakout performances in their first Division I competition sporting the Black and Gold jersey. Freshman Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) snatched first-place in the 200m (21.85), and Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) was the fastest Mountaineer hurdler running a time of 8.33 to place sixth in the 60-meter hurdles.

In the 60 meters, senior William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) stormed across the finish line in 6.90 to take third place out of 84 competitors. Sun Belt Champion Ryan Hastings (Matthew, N.C./Porter Ridge) started the season finishing in fifth place in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.15. In the 4x400-meter relay, the Mountaineer quartet landed in sixth with a team effort of 3:26.02.

In the field events, Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) finished third and fourth in the shot put throwing 55-3.75 (16.86m) and 54-6.50 (16.62m) (PR) respectively. Lastly, in the high jump, Nick Hinton opened up the indoor season finishing the day with a clearance of 6-2.75 (1.90m) to tie for seventh.


3. 60m-William Buckley:6.90

7. 60m-Antonio Marcano Jr.: 7.00 (PR)

1. 200m-Jabari Johnson: 21.85

13. 400m-Josh Hanna: 51.17

15. 400m-Brandon Smith: 51.45

28. 400m-Andrew Spear: 52.35

5. 800m-Ryan Hastings: 1:57.15

13. 800m-Sean Doyle: 2:01.38

6. 60H-Elliott Graves: 8.33

11. 60H-Andrew Spear: 8.46 (PR)

13. 60H-Brandon Smith: 8.50

6. 4x400:3:26.02

NM. LJ-Tylen Noel

t-7.  HJ-Nick Hinton: 6-2.75 (1.90m)

NH. PV-Phillip Thomas

3. SP-Nathan Milch: 55-3.75 (16.86m)

4. SP-Ellsworth Parham: 54-6.50 (16.62m) (indoor PR)

Up Next

App State will train over the break for to prepare for the ETSU Meet on January 13-14 in Johnson City, Tenn.


Georgia Southern to retain Tyson Summers in 2017

Answering speculation swirling around the program, Georgia Southern AD Tom Kleinlein announced Saturday the Eagles will retain head coach Tyson Summers for the 2017 season.

Hired to replace Willie Fritz, the defensive-minded Summers struggled to keep Georgia Southern’s offensive reputation up in his first year. The Eagles’ yards per play rank fell from 24th in 2015 to 108th this year and its scoring offense dropped from 24th to 78th as the Eagles’ record fell from 9-4 to 5-7. (Georgia Southern ended its season today with a 28-24 upset of Troy.)


But Kleinlein believes the path to improvement lies in retaining Summers for next season.

His full statement:

“It has long been my policy to evaluate all programs throughout their respective seasons and then comment after their last game. With our football season now complete, I want to end any speculation surrounding the future of Coach Tyson Summers and let our student-athletes, recruits and fans know he is our coach moving forward.

“Coach Summers and I have had several meetings over the past few weeks to assess our entire football program, and I have confidence that he has a plan in place and will make the necessary decisions to get us back to the level of excellence that all of Eagle Nation has come to expect. Like all of our head coaches, he has my full support, and I am committed to putting him in a position to be successful in the future.

“I recognize that the results on the field this year were not up to our standards, but as I evaluate the entire scope of our program, there are many aspects that are progressing well as we continue our third year in transition as an FBS program.”


A-State’s Captures SBC Crown with Win Over Bobcats

SAN MARCOS, Texas  – The Arkansas State football team captured the Sun Belt Conference Championship for the fifth time in the last six seasons with a 36-14 victory over Texas State Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.

With the victory, A-State (7-5, 7-1) became the only team in the nation to win five conference championships over the last six seasons (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016) and has now won 40 of 47 Sun Belt games during that span.

“Five championships in six years is just a testament to all the people that have held this thing together, even before we got here,” A-State head coach Blake Anderson said. “It really speaks to how this group has pulled together because half of this senior class is ours and the other half was already here and that can be really hard. You have to give them credit on how they came together and became family and went through a lot of tough stuff.”

Texas State led the Red Wolves 14-13 with 8:55 to go in the third quarter, but a Cody Brown interception put the A-State offense in a prime scoring opportunity and J.D. Houston converted a 27-yard field goal to start a run of 23 unanswered points.

Brown’s interception came after the A-State offense began the second half with back-to-back 3-and-out offensive possessions and after Texas State took the lead with a 10-play, 73 yard drive to open the half.

The Red Wolves’ defense forced the Bobcats’ to punt on their next offensive series following the field goal, and the offensive went on a 9-play, 74-yard drive that was capped with a 7-yard pass from Justice Hansen to Dijon Paschal to push the advantage to 22-14.

Hansen finished the game 13-for-21 for 179 yards and two touchdowns after also tossing a 14-yard score to Blake Mack with 9:49 to go in the game. Warren Wand, who had 199 yards of all-purpose yardage, also had a touchdown after scoring on a 26-yard scamper in the second quarter. Wand finished with 135 rushing yards on 23 carries and also had 64 receiving yards.

A-State scored the game’s first touchdown on a 6-yard run by Johnston White and then took a 13-0 lead on Wand’s touchdown run, but the Bobcats answered with 14 straight points to take the lead before answering with 23 unanswered points to secure the win.          

The Arkansas State defense finished the night with 8.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and was led by Chris Odom who had five tackles, three sacks and four tackles for loss. The defense also forced Texas State into two turnovers and held them to just 237 yards of total offense.

“They won the game for us,” Anderson said. “Bottom line is that their effort won the game for us and they just hung in there play after play after play and gave the ball back to us on a short field and we did just enough to get it in the end zone and we leaned on them just like we have all year.

Saturday night’s victory also guaranteed A-State would finish the season with a winning record for the sixth consecutive season for the first time in since 1912-17. It also gave the Red Wolves at least wins for the sixth straight year for the first time in school history. 

Arkansas State will now continue its 2016 season by making its sixth consecutive and 14th all-time bowl-game appearance.  An official announcement regarding the Red Wolves’ bowl-game destination is expected to be made tomorrow afternoon.


Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Rolls To 71-37 Win

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (3-3, 1-2) won its first South Atlantic Conference game of the year with a 71-37 victory over Brevard (4-1, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) and sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) combined for 44 points in the victory.

Romero led all scorers with 23 points while Suddreth added 21 points as the Bears broke the contest open by outscoring the Tornados by a 29-6 margin in the third period.

Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Tornados with 21 points but Brevard hit just five-of-27 three-point attempts and finished the game by shooting 27 percent (15-of-56) in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which shot 64 percent (18-of-28) in the decisive second half, held a 42-25 advantage on the boards in defeating Brevard for the 21st time in 22 all-time contests. Junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added eight rebounds and nine assists - both game-highs - in addition to three points in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne also blocked four shots and snapped a two-game losing streak in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Greensboro at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. Brevard, meanwhile, plays league-foe Lincoln Memorial on Monday in Harrogate, Tenn., at 6:00 p.m.


Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Snaps Skid With 69-58 Victory

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (3-4, 2-2) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 69-58 win over Brevard (1-6, 0-2) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in South Atlantic Conference action.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored a game-high 25 points - including 16 in the first half - in addition to five treys in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, Fla.) also scored in double figures - 10 points - for the Bears, who broke a 50-all tie at the 7:00 mark of the second half with a 9-1 run over the next three minutes to take control the rest of the way.

Four players scored in double figures for the Tornados - led by Omar El Diraoui (Beirut, LEBANON) with 14 points - and Brevard rallied from a 31-17 halftime deficit to take the lead briefly in the second half but eventually fell in the end.

Evan Dunham (Marietta, Ga.) and Stevie Williams (High Point, N.C.) added 13 points each for the Tornados, who turned the ball over 18 times in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Wednesday against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m. Brevard takes on Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., on Monday in a conference game beginning at 8:00 p.m.


Lenoir-Rhyne Track And Field Opens Indoor Season With Several School Records

Winston-Salem, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams opened the 2016-17 indoor season by establishing four new marks Saturday at the JDL Kickoff Fast Track Classic.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) finished seventh in the men's 200-meter dash with a school-best 22.60 seconds.

On the women's side, sophomore Savannah Drummonds (Palm Coast, Fla.) set a school record in the pole vault (10'6") while also placing seventh overall and freshman Kayonna Lewis (Fleming Island, Fla.) established a new Lenoir-Rhyne mark in the women's triple jump (33'3"). Lewis was 15th overall in the event.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) placed 10th overall in the women's shot put (38'5") as well.

Finally, the Lenoir-Rhyne women's 800-meter dash saw a new school record when freshman Sheniya Marshall (Columbia, S.C.) finished in 2:28.51, good for 12th-place overall.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Track and Field next competes in the Art and Linda Maillet Open, hosted by the University of North Carolina, on Saturday, January 14, in Chapel Hill, N.C.