ASU Men's Basketball Struggles Against The Citadel
The Apps started out strong and led by four points early on before The Citadel pulled even and scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 26-19 lead into the break. ASU cut its deficit to as few as four points on five different occasions in the second half but could not get over the hump to complete the comeback as The Citadel held on for the victory, 62 to 51. The Citadel owned a 36-26 advantage on the glass and turned nine offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points. Nathan Healy scored a career-high 19 points and sank 6-of-12 shots, three 3 pointers and 4-of-5 free throws to surpass his previous high of 14 points. He also added three rebounds, an assist and a steal in the effort. The Mountaineers shot just 35.7 percent for the game as the Bulldogs snapped ASU’s two-game winning streak. Andre Williamson came off the bench to tally 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. The forward was 5-for-6 from the field and added an assist, a block and one steal. Omar Carter and Tab Hamilton combined to shoot 5-of-19 from the floor for six points each. Carter added one steal while Hamilton chipped in a pair of assists and two steals. Mitch Woods dished out three of ASU’s eight assists. He added two points, a rebound and a steal. ASU forced 13 Bulldog turnovers on the night and converted them into 12 points. Appalachian also scored the game’s only two fast-break points. The Mountaineers close out the regular season on Saturday at Western Carolina. Tipoff against the rival is set for 2 p.m. at Cullowhee’s Ramsey Center.