Appalachain State-Charleston: Mountaineers Hit the Rim, Come Up Short

Drew SechlerContributor IFebruary 18, 2010

Appalachian State University's basketball team fell on the road Wednesday night to fellow division leader College of Charleston 73-72.

Donald Sims led ASU with 19 points and four assists.

The Mountaineers dropped their overall record to 16-11, but remained 10-5 in the North Division of the Southern Conference, still in first place ahead of rival Western Carolina.

Andrew Goudelock sank a pair of free throws to put the Cougars in front for good with 19 seconds left. ASU had a look at the end, but Josh Hunter's shot hit the far side of the rim as the horn sounded.

Hunter finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

Cougar Jeremy Simmons led all scoreres on the night with 20 points.

Despite the loss, the Apps proved they could play with the likes of the College of Charleston, playing neck and neck throughout the entire contest in a hostile environment. This could prove worthy as the regular season draws to an end and the conference tournament heats up.

The Mountaineers and Cougars could potentially meet up in Charlotte for the SoCon Tournament, which begins on March 4 and goes through March 8.

The Apps return home to face Tennessee Tech in the ESPNU BracketBusters game Saturday at 7 p.m.