Appalachian State is seeking its first Sun Belt Conference win when it hosts Arkansas State inside the Holmes Center on Monday, Jan. 9. Tipoff between the Mountaineers and Red Wolves is set for 7 p.m.
Monday's contest can be heard live locally on WATA 1450 AM in Boone and Blowing Rock. It will also be carried on Appalachian State's flagship station, WKBC 97.3 FM, as well as, WZGV 730 AM, WCOG 1320 AM, and online/worldwide on appstatesports.com and via the TuneIn app.
The first 200 fans that arrive at the game will receive a 15 percent off voucher to the App State bookstore. Be sure to stop by the App State bookstore during the day on Monday and pick up a voucher good for $5 off a single game ticket for the men’s basketball game vs. Arkansas State.
LAST TIME OUT
• Appalachian State dropped its Sun Belt home opener to Little Rock on Jan. 7, 76-68.
• The Mountaineers held the lead over the Trojans for 14:52 of the game, but fell by eight late in the second half.
• App State took a 63-62 lead after a Kelvin Robinson three-point play, but couldn’t sustain momentum.
• Griffin Kinney notched his third career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The rebounds tied a career high.
• Tyrell Johnson set a new career high with 14 points in the effort.
• Ronshad Shabazz collected his 31st career double-figure scoring game and 13th this season in 14 contests with 12 points.
TOP HEADLINES AND SERIES HISTORY
• Appalachian State and Arkansas State will match up for just the sixth time in program history tonight.
• After completing a two-game sweep of the season series last year, the Mountaineers own a 3-2 all-time record against the Red Wolves.
• The Black and Gold won the first meeting in Jonesboro, Ark. 86-72 and capped the 2015-16 season with a 80-73 win over A-State.
• Griffin Kinney led the Mountaineers with a career-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting.
• In three of his last four games this season, Kinney has posted his first three career double-doubles, including last time out against Little Rock.
• Kinney posted 14 points and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds.
• Tyrell Johnson also played well against the Trojans and tallied a career-best 14 points in the effort.
• For the 31st time in his career and 13th time this season, Ronshad Shabazz posted a double-figure scoring output with 12 points.
• Continuing its league-leading assists per game, the Mountaineers posted 16 assists on 24 field goals against Little Rock.
• Patrick Good currently leads the Mountaineers in 3-point shooting with 33 threes made on the year. Good is also shooting the long ball at a .493 clip this season.
• If Good’s percentage qualified for NCAA rankings he would be 10th in the country.
• According to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, the Mountaineers are the 13th-youngest team in the nation in terms of experience.
SCOUTING THE RED WOLVES
• Arkansas State enters tonight’s contest with an 11-5 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in Sun Belt play.
• The Red Wolves are recently coming off of a 80-65 loss at Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
• A-State posts three scorers averaging double-figures and are led by Devin Carter who has posted 16.8 points per game.
• The Red Wolves are shooting 47.4 percent from the floor this season and carry a +2.4 rebounding margin over its opponents.
• This season, the Red Wolves have limited its opponents to just 29.9 percent from long range.
• On the flip side, A-State shoots the ball fairly well from distance at a .382 clip with Carter having taken 134 of the team’s 301 attempts.
• Appalachian State will play at Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 14. Tipoff between the Mountaineers and Chanticleers is set for 4:40 p.m.
• The Mountaineers will take Monday, Jan. 16 off from conference action and return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 21 when it travels to Georgia Southern.