Monday, 13 November 2017 10:35

School Records Fall in App State Men's Basketball Season Opening Win

Ronshad Shabazz led Appalachian State with 24 points Ronshad Shabazz led Appalachian State with 24 points Appalachian State Athletics

A total of four program records fell as Appalachian State men's basketball rolled to a 135-34 victory over Toccoa Falls in its season opener on Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center.

The Apps (1-0) 134 points topped the previous program record of 120 points, set in a victory over Wofford on December 7, 1977.

In addition, the 101-point margin of victory betters the program record of 68, set last season in a 119-51 win over Warren Wilson. It is also just the sixth game in Division I men's basketball history to have a margin of victory over 100 points. (ESPN Stats & Info)

App State made 50 field goals in the win, bettering the previous mark of 49 set on February 13, 1978 against Chattanooga. The Mountaineers also set a new program standard in 3-pointers made, draining a total of 20, topping the previous mark of 17 set against the Citadel on January 27, 2006.

All 13 Mountaineers to see action played double digit minutes and scored. Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) led App State with a game-high 24 points on 61.5 percent (8-of-13) shooting.

Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) and junior Trey Ford (Morresville, N.C./Lake Norman) each finished with 15 points. Ford's scoring output marks a new career-high.

Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) had 14 points and six rebounds, senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) tallied 13 points and seven rebounds and senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) and junior Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) each had 10 points.

On the glass, sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and junior Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) each posted new career-highs with 13 and 11, respectively.

Appalachian came out of the gates strong, scoring the first seven points to jump in front 7-0.

The Mountaineers later used a 18-0 run to open a 39-5 lead with 9:47 remaining in the first half. Appalachian held the Screaming Eagles scoreless for a span of 6:12 during the stretch.

App State took a 63-16 lead into the intermission.

In the second half, the Mountaineers went on a 35-1 run over a 9:45 span to put an exclamation point on the victory.

App State dominated the rebounding battle, holding a 76-24 advantage. The Mountaineers also dished out 31 assists on its 50 made field goals.

Defensively, the Apps limited Toccoa Falls to 15.9 percent (11-of-69) shooting mark and a 12.0 percent (3-of-25) clip from deep.

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