BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men's basketball closes out the 2013 calendar year when it plays host to Bluefield College on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (3-8) are looking for their second-straight win after a 100-68 thrashing of Milligan on Dec. 21 while the Rams (6-2) picked up an 81-76 win over Washington Adventist on Dec. 15.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
• Bluefield College enters Monday’s contest with a record of 6-2 on the season and is 3-1 in its last four games, which includes and exhibition loss at UNC Asheville.
• The Rams, who play in the NAIA’s Mid-South Conference, will count Monday’s game as an exhibiton but the contest will count as a regular-season game for Appalachian State.
• Bluefield has played a total of four exhibition games this season and is 0-4 overall when playing teams at a higher level.
• Kearston Marion leads the Ram offense as he averages 16.9 points per game and has scored 20 or more points four times this season.
• As a team, Bluefield College has been dangerous on the offensive end as it averages nearly 80 points per game (79.3).
• The Rams have also been proficient on the defensive end, holding opponents to just 69.6 points per game.
• Appalachian State is a perfect 4-0 all-time against the Rams and picked up an 85-65 win when the teams last met on Jan. 2, 2003 in Boone.
• Appalachian has won all four meetings by 20 or more points, including a 28-point victory on Nov. 25, 1985.
• The Mountaineers are 6-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-South Conference.
• The Apps are 4-0 against Bluefield, 1-0 against Pikeville, and 1-0 versus Rio Grande.
THIS AND THAT
• Michael Obacha has been a force on the boards for Appalachian State this season. Through 11 games, the sophomore has ripped down 107 rebounds, 50 of which (46.7 percent) have come on the offensive glass.
• Obacha is tied for 12th nationally in offensive rebounds. Of the 11 players ahead of Obacha on the list, all but one have played in more games than the sophomore.
• Over the past five games, Obacha has pulled down 64 rebounds, an average of 12.8 per game. He has grabbed 13 or more rebounds in four of the past five games.
• At 9.7 rebounds per game, Obacha leads the SoCon and if he keeps up his current pace, he would post the team’s best rebounding average since 1994-95 when Chad McClendon averaged 10.1 per game.
• Rantavious Gilbert scored 22 points in 25 minutes in the win over Milligan on Dec. 21. The 22 points were three more than he had scored in his previous 14 career appearances combined.
• In addition to Gilbert’s breakout performance, freshman Aaron Scott made the most of his time on the court against Milligan. After recording no statistics in his first two collegiate appearances against Winthrop and Presbyterian, Scott poured in 14 points in 20 minutes against the Buffaloes.
• Tab Hamilton made seven three-point buckets in the Dec. 18 loss at Presbyterian. His seven made three-point field goals are tied for 10th in school history. The App State record for three-point field goals is 10, set by Nate Cranford on Jan. 6, 2007 at Chattanooga.
• Over the past three games, Hamilton is shooting an impressive 51.4 percent (18-of-35) from beyond the arc and is connecting on a total of 49.0 percent (25-of-51) of all his shots from the floor.
• During that stretch, Hamilton has scored 71 points and raised his scoring average from 9.8 points per game to 13.5 points per game.
• Appalachian State opens the new year at Duquesne (Jan. 2) before opening SoCon play at Elon (Jan. 6).
• The Mountaineers will open the home portion of their conference schedule when they take on UNCG on Jan. 9.
• Appalachian travels to Davidson (Jan. 11) and plays host to Chattanooga (Jan. 16) and Georgia Southern (Jan. 18) before closing out the first month of league play at The Citadel (Jan. 23) and UNCG (Jan. 30).