BOONE, N.C. – After a season-high four-game road swing, Appalachian State University men's basketball returns to the friendly confines of the Holmes Center when it takes on Presbyterian College at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (2-8) are coming off a hard-fought loss at South Carolina on Wednesday while the Blue Hose (2-9) dropped a 78-62 decision at Tennessee on Tuesday.
Saturday's contest as the first of two-straight at home and marks the final game for Appalachian before a week-long Christmas break
SCOUTING THE BLUE HOSE
• Presbyterian is 2-9 heading into Saturday’s contest with the Mountaineers.
• The Blue Hose started the season with six-straight losses while playing a demanding schedule with matchups against Clemson, Creighton, Georgia Tech and Wisconsin.
• PC picked up its first victory on Nov. 27 against Toccoa Falls before downing North Greenville on Dec. 12.
• The Blue Hose have yet to defeat an NCAA Division I opponent this season.
• In its lone matchup against a Southern Conference foe, Presbyterian was downed by Furman, 81-57, on Dec. 9.
• In their most recent outing, the Blue Hose were defeated by a 72-68 final at Tennessee.
• Khalid Mutakabbir paces PC with a team-best 15.0 points per game whole Josh Clyburn (12.0) and Jordan Downing (11.3) also average in double figures.
• Presbyterian’s offense, despite scoring just under 60 points per game, is converting 45.1 percent (255-of-566) of its field goals this season.
• One area that the Blue Hose have not excelled in is rebounding, where opponents hold a 33.9-29.3 edge per game.
• The Blue Hose have been proficient at the free-throw line, where they have connected on 70.6 percent of their attempts.
• Appalachian State is 9-1 all-time against Presbyterian and has won six-straight games in the series.
• The teams have not met for over 40 years as Appalachian grabbed a 72-62 win when the schools last met on Jan. 25 , 1969.
• Despite shooting just 40.7 percent in the contest, the Apps outrebounded the Blue Hose 40-32 en route to the win.
• Darryl Gibson led the Mountaineers with a game-high 20 points and hauled in 13 rebounds.
• Allan Price also chipped in with a double-double (17 pts, 12 reb) in the game.
• Presbyterian was led by a team-high 14 points from Dave Kerchner.
• Appalachian made 25-of-38 free throws in the contest and forced 23 Presbyterian turnovers.
• The Mountaineers have never dropped a home contest to the Blue Hose and are a perfect 7-0 when playing Presbyterian in Boone.
• Appalachian closes out 2012 and the season’s non-conference slate against Milligan (Dec. 30).
• The Apps open 2013 by jumping back into SoCon play at Wofford (Jan. 8).
• The Mountaineers play their first SoCon home contest of the year against Elon (Jan. 12).