Jan. 24, 2008
Greenville, S.C. - Senior Jeremy Clayton notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds while converting 8-of-8 field goal attempts as Appalachian State won its seventh straight Southern Conference game with an 84-66 victory over Furman on Thursday evening at Timmons Arena.
The Mountaineers (12-6, 7-2) outscored Furman 40-18 in the paint and turned 13 Paladin turnovers into 21 points to score their first victory at Timmons Arena since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Appalachian State raced out to an 8-0 lead before Furman answered with a 12-2 run to grab a two-point lead with 12:43 to play in the first half. Trailing 22-19 with under 8:30 to go in the first period, the Mountaineers regained control of the game as Donte Minter scored 10 points in a 22-5 run to give ASU a 41-27 lead at the 1:58 mark.
Clayton, who added six assists, two blocked shots and two steals to go with his game-high in points and rebounds, opened the second half with a three-point play to push the ASU lead to 49-32. The Paladins were unable to get closer than 12 points the rest of the way as the Mountaineers shot 60.9% from the floor over the final 20 minutes.
Minter connected on 8-of-10 field goal attempts to tally 19 points while freshman Donald Sims added 14 points and a game-high eight assists. Appalachian State shot 56.9% (29-51) from the field and 19-of-25 from the foul line. ASU registered nine steals and took a 33-30 edge on the boards.
Connor Nolte came off of the bench to lead Furman with a career-high 15 points and eight rebounds. Fellow freshmen Justin Dehm and Jordan Miller joined Nolte in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Furman shot just 39.7% from the floor despite connecting on 12-of-32 three-point attempts.
Appalachian State travels to Chattanooga for a key SoCon North Division battle on Saturday at 3 p.m. Furman, which concludes its four-game homestand with a 1-3 mark, travels to Georgia Southern on Saturday. Tip-off at Hanner Fieldhouse is slated for 7:30 p.m.