Friday, March 03, 2006



The Appalachian State Mountaineers have knocked off the #1 seeded GSU Eagles by a score of 74-61 in the first game of day 2.
Elton Nesbitt was held to 13 points, all of which came in the first half. The Eagles seemed unable to shoot the ball from the outside but stayed close with strong drives to the hoop and finishes. Nesbitt had two fouls for most of the first half and was forced to sit on the bench. The refs were very tight with their calls as both teams were shooting free throws near the end, an element that helped ASU keep the Eagles from developing any sort of rhythm.
Up by three with under 2 minutes, all-conference PG D.J. Thompson hit a big three to extend the lead to six for ASU. GSU was fouled on the next possession but only hit 1 and ASU was able to extend its lead and seal the game on a Thompson steal.
With Georgia Southern gone, the Southern Conference is now guaranteed two postseason berths as the Eagles will pack their bags for the NIT, a new rule that the selection committee implemented this month.
ASU will play the winner of the Chattanooga-CofC game which starts in approximately 15 minutes.

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