Friday, 11 January 2019 03:16

Appalachian State Men's Basketball Falls to UT Arlington

Isaac Johnson finished with 16 points, nine of which came from the free throw line Isaac Johnson finished with 16 points, nine of which came from the free throw line Appalachian State Athletics

Four players reach double figures, but Appalachian State men's basketball came up on the short end of a 82-72 home contest against UT Arlington on Thursday evening.

Isaac Johnson finished with 16 points, including a 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) mark from the free throw line, to go along with seven rebounds. Johnson's nine made free throws ties his career-high, which was set last season against UT Arlington.

Ronshad Shabazz also had 16 points for the Mountaineers (5-11, 0-3 SBC), while adding three rebounds and two steals. He also moved into second place on the all-time scoring list, passing Don King (1,794) with a jumper at the 5:19 mark of the second half.

Off the bench, O'Showen Williams tallied 13 a season-high points on 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) shooting, to go along with a team-high tying three assists and a game-high tying two steals. Tyrell Johnson added 12 points, a season-high eight rebounds and a season-high tying two blocks.

The first half was tight throughout and featured eight ties and nine lead changes. With the score tied at 24-24, App State scored the next four points to take a 28-24 edge. The two teams traded buckets on each of their next two possessions and the Mountaineers took a 32-28 lead into the intermission.

In the second half, the Mavericks (5-11, 1-2 SBC) scored the first 11 points to jump in front 37-32. UTA pushed its lead to 52-42 with 9:50 remaining and opened as large of a lead of 14 points at 69-55 with 3:43 to play. The Black and Gold trimmed the deficit to seven points in the final two minutes, but could get no closer.

The Mountaineer bench outscored the Maverick bench 33-19 in the contest. The 33 bench points marks the fourth time the App State bench has scored 30 or more points in a game this season.

Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround and will host Texas State on Saturday. Tip is set for 2 p.m. on AppVision. Single game tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking here or by contacting the Appalachian State ticket office at 828-262-2079.

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