BOONE, N.C. — Seniors Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) and Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) combined for 38 points as the Appalachian State men’s basketball team posted a 76-67 victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
Hinton recorded his first double-double of the season and second of his Mountaineer career with a career-high 20 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds (four offensive). He went 7-of-10 (70.0 percent) from the field and went 3-of-6 on three-pointers. His seven made field goals represent a new career-high and his three made treys tie his career-best.
Kinney had 18 points on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
With the win, App State (14-17, 9-9 SBC) concludes the season with a 9-4 mark inside the Holmes Center, which is their best record at home since the 2010-11 season, when the Mountaineers went 9-3 at home.
The Black and Gold used an early 6-0 run to build a 11-6 lead. For the remainder of the half, App State led by as many as seven points and took a 38-33 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Mountaineers were able to push their lead to double digits at 44-34 courtesy of an old-fashion three-point play by sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day).
The Black and Gold would expand its lead to 14 points at 58-44, only to see Coastal Carolina respond with the next five points to trim the Mountaineer lead to 58-49. Kinney would come right back with a basket to give the Apps a 60-49 advantage with 8:20 remaining.
But the Chanticleers had an answer and scored six consecutive points to pull within five points at 60-55 with 6:31 to play.
Leading by four points, a jumper from freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) put the Mountaineers up 71-65 with 1:52 to play.
The Chanticleers answered with a basket, but App State would respond with four straight points from the free throw line to open a 75-67 lead and put the game away.
App State will now turn its focus on the Sun Belt Tournament, which will tip off on Wednesday at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. With the win, the Mountaineers will be seeded either No. 5 or No. 6 in the tournament, pending outcomes of other conference games on Saturday.