BOONE, N.C. (AP/WRCB) - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga snapped its longest losing streak of the program's Division I era last week, but two more rock-bottom records remains alive after Wednesday night.
Appalachian State built up a 22-point lead before cruising to a 79-70 win that keeps the Mocs winless on the road at 0-13. A loss at Furman next Wednesday night will secure the first season in UTC's Division I era without a road win.
If Chattanooga (10-18, 4-12 in SoCon play) loses two of its final three games overall, the Mocs will also be saddled with their first 20-loss season in the school's Division I history.
Mike Neal scored 23 points for the Mountaineers (11-15, 7-9), who used a 14-1 run late in the first half to open a 40-25 lead at the break.
The Mocs, who have now lost nine of their last ten, shot just 26.5-percent (9-of-34) from the field in the first half and finished at 33.3-percent (23-of-69) for the game.
Chattanooga head coach John Shulman benched his starters while swapping his entire lineup four minutes into the second half with ASU's lead at 52-31.
Dontay Hampton led a surge from the Mocs' bench that outscored the Mountaineers 26-15 over the next ten minutes to cut the lead to 67-57 with 5:23 to play, but the would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Hampton, who hit a game-winning shot in the closing seconds of the year's first meeting between the two teams, led Chattanooga with 17 points. UTC's bench accounted for 45 points, including 16 from freshman Rico White.
Drazen Zlovaric was the only Mocs' starter to finish in double figures with 12 points.
Nathan Healy added 11 points for the Mountaineers, who have now won two of their last three games after a three-game losing skid.
The Mocs return home to McKenzie Arena to host The Citadel on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
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