“It was a good win for our team, but it was deja-vu there for a moment with us up 14 or 15 with 12 minutes left,” head coach John Brady said. “They cut it to five at one point, but in that stretch we went 1-2 at the free throw line and we missed other shots. We probably shot it a little quick a couple times, but we spread the floor and got it to the free throw line. The last four minutes we played well and made some free throws.
“We went to zone and made them make some passes and that got them out of rhythm. We shot the ball in the second half and defensively we were better. We rebounded very well in the last four minutes, much better than in the first meeting.”
Cameron Golden had a game-high 20 points on 50 percent (7-14) shooting from the field and three-point line (3-6). Anthony Livingston posted his sixth double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds and added a career high five blocks. PJ Hardwick had eight points, nine assists and a career high eight rebounds.
Appalachian State opened the game with an 8-2 run, but the Red Wolves scored 11 of the next 16 points in the game to knot the score at 13-all. A-State earned its first lead since January 8 against Georgia Southern (1-0) with a pair of free throws by Hardwick to make the score 15-13. The Red Wolves expanded their lead to 18-13 with a three by Gardner.
The Mountaineers went on an 8-0 run to lead 21-18, but A-State stopped the run with a layup by Livingston. The two teams traded buckets heading to the half with the Red Wolves holding the 29-27 halftime lead, their first halftime lead since the first meeting between the two teams (Jan. 3).
A-State opened the second half on a 10-0 run to gain a 39-27 lead. Charles Waters, who made his first start of the year, opened the period with a layup and a three-pointer from Golden gave A-State the 34-27 lead. The Red Wolves spurt went to 10-0 with a layup by Gardner and a three-point play by Golden.
The Red Wolves held their largest lead of 15 points with a 48-33 advantage, but Appalachian State used a 10-3 spurt to cut the A-State lead to 51-33. The Mountaineers trimmed the A-State lead to five, 55-50, with 2:56 remaining, but the Red Wolves held Appalachian State scoreless for the remainder of the game.
A-State shot 36 percent (20-55) from the field and 42 percent (5-12) from beyond the arc. The Red Wolves were 78 percent (14-18) at the free throw line and out-scored the Mountaineers 26-22 in the paint. Appalachian State finished 29 percent (17-58) from the floor and 17 percent (4-23) from downtown. The Mountaineers held a slight 43-41 edge on the boards and committed one more turnover than A-State, 14-13.
The Red Wolves return to the Convocation Center to host Texas State on Saturday at 7 p.m. The matchup will air on ESPN3.