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Kellen Brand scored a career-high 37 points in Sunday's 23-point semifinal win over Charleston.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, 1983)
Most Memorable Games of 2009-10 — No. 4
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Monday 08/02/2010 (ET)

From July 7-August 5, GoASU.com will recap Appalachian State University athletics' 30 most memorable games, matches and meets from the 2009-10 academic year. Check back daily to relive the excitement from a fantastic year!

Men's Hoops Crushes Cougars to Advance to Monday's Final

March 7, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kellen Brand poured in a career-high 37 points to lead Appalachian State University men’s basketball to an impressive 77-54 semifinal win over College of Charleston Sunday evening at Time Warner Arena. The win vaults the Mountaineers into Monday’s final against Wofford. The game is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

Brand sank 14-of-19 shots, including 5-of-6 from downtown, including 15 points in the first half. The senior added seven rebounds and had three of the squad’s six steals. His 37 points were the most scored by a Mountaineer in SoCon Tournament history.

After the Cougars (21-11) demolished Chattanooga in the quarterfinal, CofC made just three of its first nine attempts as the teams found themselves deadlocked at 9-9 through five minutes. From there, the Apps went on a 12-3 run to take a nine-point lead midway through the half and kept the advantage in double figures for the game’s final 25 minutes.

Isaac Butts added his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 boards, while two other players came within two boards of the feat as well.

Josh Hunter scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds while Donald Sims had a relatively quiet night with 10 points and a career-high eight boards.

ASU doubled Charleston’s shooting percentage on the night, knocking down 56.6 percent of shots from the floor. Charleston drained only 9-of-32 attempts in each half to finish the game at a season-worst 28.1 percent.

A bright spot for the Cougars was Andrew Goudelock, who scored 19 points and swiped five of the team’s nine steals. Five different players recorded a block for Bobby Cremins’ squad in the game.

Appalachian again fared well from downtown, draining 7-of-11 attempts, compared to 8-of-30 for CofC. The Apps were again dominant on the boards with a 46-26 advantage.

The Mountaineers (22-11) turned the ball over 20 times in the contest, which Charleston converted into 22 points. ASU owned a 40-16 lead in points in the paint.

It is Appalachian’s ninth trip to the final round, and fourth under Buzz Peterson. Peterson led ASU to its second NCAA berth with a SoCon tournament win in 2000. With 10 tourney wins, Peterson ties Cremins for first in program history. The win was Peterson’s 101th at ASU which pushed him past the 100 wins Cremins tallied at ASU from 1975-81.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak against CofC and marked ASU’s third win against the Cougars in tournament play.

Looking ahead to Monday’s contest, the Mountaineers won a 77-76 game at Wofford in December. Since then, the Terriers have gone 21-3 and 12 in a row dating back to January. Appalachian won the only SoCon Tournament meeting, a 66-65 first round matchup in 2006.

GoASU.com's 30 Most Memorable Games of 2009-10
30. Football 52, Georgia Southern 16 (Oct. 24, 2009)
29. Men's Tennis 6, Davidson 1 (Apr. 18, 2010)
28. Women's Tennis 4, Charlotte 3 (Apr. 8, 2010)
27. Women's Indoor Track and Field SoCon Championship (2nd) (Feb. 25-26, 2010)
26. Men's Soccer 3, Alabama A&M 2 (Sept. 11, 2009)
25. Softball 7, Virginia Tech 5 (April 7, 2010)
24. Casey Johnson Wins Men's Golf Spring Hill Suites Intercollegiate (Sept. 15, 2009)
23. Women's Outdoor Track and Field SoCon Championship (2nd) (April 25, 2010)
22. Wrestling 21, The Citadel 16 (Jan. 24, 2010)
21. Volleyball 3, Samford 2 (Oct. 11, 2009)
20. Baseball 5, Furman 4 - 10 innings (April 3, 2010)
19. Field Hockey 3, Sacred Heart 2 (Aug. 29, 2009)
18. Women's Soccer 2, Davidson 0 (Sept. 27, 2009)
17. Men's Basketball 93, Harvard 71 (CIT First Round — March 17, 2010)
16. Women's Basketball 66, Samford 55 (Feb. 15, 2010)
15. Football 30, The Citadel 27 OT (Oct. 3, 2009)
14. Women's Basketball 66, College of Charleston 64 OT (Jan. 18, 2010)
13. Men's Indoor Track and Field SoCon Championship (1st) (Feb. 25-26, 2010)
12. Football 20, South Carolina State 13 (NCAA Division I Football Championship First Round — Nov. 28, 2009)
11. Men's Basketball 93, Morgan State 92 OT (Nov. 28, 2009)
10. Caudle wins SoCon Women's Cross Country Championship (Oct. 31, 2009)
9. Men's Soccer 1, Davidson 0 (Oct. 14, 2010)
8. Men's Cross Country SoCon Championship (Oct. 31, 2009)
7. Yue Xu wins SoCon Women's Golf Championship (April 20, 2010)
6. Baseball 3, Western Carolina 2 (SoCon Tournament — May 29, 2010) 
5. Volleyball 3, Elon 2 (Nov. 14, 2009)
4. Men's Basketball 77, College of Charleston 54 (SoCon Semifinals — March 7, 2010)
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