Monday, 13 November 2017 10:47

Shabazz's 25 Points Leads App State Men's Basketball to Second Straight Win

Ronshad Shabazz scored 25 points on 7-of-11 shotting from the field Ronshad Shabazz scored 25 points on 7-of-11 shotting from the field Appalachian State Athletics

Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) scored 25 points and junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added 20 to lead Appalachian State men's basketball past Bridgewater 95-57 in a non-bracket game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach on Sunday inside the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers stand at 2-0 on the season, marking the first time they opened the season 2-0 since 2010-11.

Shabazz tallied his second straight 20-point performance, after scoring 21 in Saturday's win over Toccoa Falls. He finished 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field, dished out four assists and recorded a career-high tying three steals.

Johnson knocked down 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) of his free throws and also pulled down seven rebounds in the win.

Off the bench, freshman O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) tallied a career-high 17 points to go along with four rebounds.

The Mountaineers scored the first seven points of the game to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. App State used an 8-0 run minutes later to expand its lead to 15-6 with just under 14 minutes in the opening half.

A 10-0 run by Appalachian pushed its lead to 39-16 with just over three minutes left in the first half. App State took a 41-21 advantage into the break.

In the second half, the Mountaineers would continue to expand their lead and used a 9-0 spurt over a 2:52 span to build an 81-42 lead with 5:36 remaining and put the game away.

The Black and Gold defense was tough for the second straight game, limiting the Eagles (0-1) to 31.1 percent (19-of-61) shooting and forcing 25 turnovers.

Appalachian also held a 54-36 edge in the rebounding battle.

The Mountaineers will be back at it on Thursday, as they open the bracket portion of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach. Appalachian will take on Iowa State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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