BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men's basketball remained in contention for a first-round Southern Conference Tournament bye with a 70-67 double-overtime victory over Samford on Thursday evening at the Holmes Center.
Tyler Hood led all players with 22 points for the Bulldogs while Tim Williams poured in 12 and Connor Miller score 11. Kelly, who entered the night averaging a team-best 14.8 points per game, was held to just six points and committed five turnovers.
On the night, the Mountaineers shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the floor while the Bulldogs connected at a clip of 42.4 percent (25-59). Both squads finished with 36 rebounds but the Apps dished out 14 assists and committed just 13 turnovers while forcing Samford into 17 turnovers to just nine assists.
Appalachian State closes out the regular season when it plays host to Chattanooga at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The contest will mark the final home game for Healy and Trice.
GAME NOTES: Appalachian State improved to 6-4 all-time against the Bulldogs... the Apps moved to 3-2 when facing Samford in Boone... Thursday's game was the fifth overtime game of the season, breaking the previous school record of four set in 1998-99... it was also the first multiple-overtime game since am 87-84 double-overtime win over Charlotte on Nov. 19, 2008... Trice matched a career-high with five three-point field goals... the Apps have now won at least nine home games for the fourth-straight season... Neal did not start at point guard for the first time since Dec. 30 due to an illness, but did play 32 minutes and scored nine points.
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