ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men’s basketball makes the short trip to Asheville, N.C. this weekend in search of the program’s third Southern Conference Tournament title.
The Mountaineers (12-17, 7-11 SoCon) earned the North Division’s fifth seed and square off with College of Charleston in Friday’s opening round. The winner advances to face North Division champion UNCG in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.
Appalachian is 40-38 all-time in SoCon Tournament play. ASU last advanced to the championship game in 2010. Last season, ASU downed Georgia Southern, 65-57, in the opening round before falling to eventual champion Wofford.
ASU enters the tournament relying on several seniors to step up to extend and extend their careers. Omar Carter leads the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting. He adds 5.6 rebounds per contest and is second on the team with 53 assists.
Andre Williamson leads the team in rebounding (6.8 per game) and blocks (1.4) and stands among the league leaders in both categories in addition to his 57.6 percent field goal accuracy. The forward ranks second on the squad with 9.8 points per game.
Fifth-year senior Isaac Butts dominates the paint with a 64.1 field-goal percentage to account for 7.2 points per game. The center adds 6.2 boards per contest and has swatted 17 blocks on the year, the second most on the team.
Petey Hausley rounds out the graduating class with 2.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in just 8.6 minutes per game. The forward from Marion, N.C. has seen action in 14 games with a pair of starts. He shoots 42.4 percent from the field with seven blocks on the season.
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