BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men's basketball renews its rivalry with in-state foe Charlotte when it plays host to the 49ers at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (2-5) are seeking their second-straight win while the 49ers (6-2) are looking to bounce back after having their five-game winning streak against Davidson on Wednesday.
Sunday's matchup will be broadcast live on WCCB-TV (CW - Ch. 18 Charlotte) and across the southeast on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. David Jackson will call play-by-play and will be joined by former Appalachian, College of Charleston and Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins (color analyst) along with Amanda Borges (sideline reporter).
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
• Charlotte enters Sunday’s contest with a 6-2 record that includes impressive victories over Kansas State and then No. 13/14 Michigan in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last month.
• The 49ers dropped their Wednesday game to Davidson, an 87-78 overtime loss that snapped a five-game winning streak.
• Entering the week, Charlotte was receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.
• The 49ers are an extremely deep team that features six players who average 10.0 or more points per game.
• It is possible that Charlotte could be without arguably its best player on Sunday as Pierria Henry (12.1 ppg) left the 49ers’ win over UNC Asheville on Dec. 1 with a knee injury and did not play against Davidson.
• Despite the potential loss of Henry, Charlotte has an array of offensive weapons in Shawn Lester (15.0 ppg), Willie Clayton (12.1 ppg), Terrence Williams (11.4 ppg), Mike Thorne Jr. (10.9 ppg) and Denzel Ingram (10.4 ppg).
• Though he has come off the bench in all eight contests, Lester leads the team in scoring and is also averaging 5.1 rebounds per game.
• Clayton is the backbone for the 49ers, averaging 10.6 rebounds per game.
• Appalachian State and Charlotte renew their regional rivalry on Sunday afternoon after a five-year hiatus from the series.
• Appalachia is 13-19 all-time against the 49ers, but has won three of the last five meetings and is 3-0 in the last three games played in Boone.
• With a close proximity (the two schools are roughly 100 miles apart), the Appalachian/Charlotte game always creates buzz around the state.
• Sunday’s game will be televised live on WCCB-TV in Charlotte and across the Southeast on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast.
• If recent meetings are any indication of Sunday’s game, the two teams should treat fans to a thrilling contest as each of the past five games have been decided by six points or less.
• Not only have the games been close, but fans have been treated to extra basketball in two of the last three meetings as the Mountaineers grabbed overtime victories at home in 2002 and 2008.
• The last time the two squads met, App State picked up an 87-84 win in double overtime at the Holmes Center.
• Charlotte trailed by two points in the waning seconds, but An’Juan Wilderness hit a jumper with three seconds left to send the game to overtime.
• Wilderness had a chance to end the game in the first extra period with a buzzer-beating jumper, but Eduardo Burmudez swatted away the would-be game winner to send it to double-overtime.
• The Apps scored the first points of the second overtime when Kellan Brand hit a fastbreak layup and the Mountaineers never trailed the rest of the way as Ryan Abraham went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final 12 seconds to clinch the win.
• The Mountaineers are 13-19 all-time against the 49ers but have won three of the last five games in the series, including an 87-84 double-overtime win when the teams last met on Nov. 19, 2008 in Boone.
• App State holds a 9-6 edge over Charlotte when playing in Boone and is 2-0 against the 49ers in games played at the Holmes Center.
• Despite a five-year hiatus from the series, fans have been treated to heart-stopping finishes in three of the last five meetings.
• Two of the last three contests between the Mountaineers and 49ers have gone into multiple overtime periods including a triple-overtime game on Nov. 25, 2002.
• In three of the last five meetings between the two squads, the game has come down to the final possession.
• The Mountaineers are 61-91 all-time against current members of Conference USA.
• Appalachian has taken on eight of the current 16 members of C-USA, though the vast majority of those meetings took place when Marshall and East Carolina were members of the Southern Conference.
• The Mountaineers have at least one connection to Charlotte sitting on their bench in Associate Head Coach Bobby Kummer.
• Kummer played for the 49ers from 1992-96 and was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1996-98 and 2005-10
• As a player, Kummer was 4-0 against Appalachian State and went 1-2 against the Mountaineers as a coach with Charlotte.
• Though no current Appalachian players have ever faced Charlotte, head coach Jason Capel has been successful against the 49ers.
• As a freshman at North Carolina during the 1998-99 campaign, Capel scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and tallied two steals in a 75-73 win overtime win against Charlotte.
• The Apps will travel to Winthrop (Dec. 15) and Presbyterian (Dec. 18) before wrapping up the calendar year at home against Milligan (Dec. 21) and Bluefield College (Dec. 30).
• Appalachian Stat 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.