Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Jay Canty tallied 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Appalachian State Mountaineers brought down the UNC Greensboro Spartans, 76-68, in a Southern Conference clash at Greensboro Coliseum.
Nathan Healy scored 16 points for ASU (12-14, 8-7 SoCon), while Mike Neal recorded 10 points, eight boards, six assists and three steals. Michael Obacha added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Mountaineers, who have won two of three.
For UNCG (7-18, 6-8), Derrell Armstrong paced all scorers with 20 points, while Kayel Locke and Trevis Simpson netted 16 and 12 points, respectively. The Spartans are losers of three in a row and five of their last six.
ASU opened the game with 10 straight points, but UNCG climbed back in the contest to make its deficit just two, 32-30, heading into intermission. The Mountaineers shot 41.4 percent from the field in the first half, but only 2- of-13 from 3-point range (.154).
The Spartans tied the score at 53-53 with 6:22 left in the game on a Kelvin McNeil layup, but the Mountaineers responded with a 12-4 run to go up by eight with 3:41 remaining, and their lead would never dip below six points for the rest of the game.
ASU shot 48.2 percent from the field on the afternoon and won the rebounding battle, 44-33, which helped mask its game-high 16 turnovers.