Five players reached double figures as Appalachian men's basketball posted an 83-56 win over Ferrum, giving head coach Dustin Kerns his first victory at the helm of the Mountaineers on Thursday evening.
Justin Forrest paced App State (1-1) with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-10 (60.0 percent) shooting, six rebounds and a game-high three steals. Isaac Johnson had a near double-double with 15 points on 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) shooting and nine rebounds.
O'Showen Williams added 13 points on 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) shooting, James Lewis Jr. had 10 points on 3-of-5 (60.0 percent) shooting. Off the bench, Donovan Gregory tallied 10 points on 3-of-5 (60.0 percent) shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 clip from the free throw line, to go along with eight rebounds.
In all, App State shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the field and limited the Panthers (0-0) to just 29.6 percent (21-of-71) shooting, including a 8-of-38 (21.1 percent) mark on from beyond the arc.
The Black and Gold came out of the gate strong and scored 13 of the first 15 points to jump out to an early lead. The Mountaineers expanded their lead to 18 points at 30-12 with 8:35 left in the first half thanks to a 9-0 run. Ferrum cut the App State lead to 16 points, but the Black and Gold scored the final seven points of the opening half to take a 47-24 at the break.
In the second half, the Panthers trimmed the Mountaineers lead to 19 points, but App State answered with eight straight points to open a 76-49 lead and put the game out of reach.
The Mountaineers forced Ferrum into 16 turnovers and scored 23 points off the 16 Panther miscues. In addition, the Black and Gold held a 38-20 edge in points in the paint and a 25-2 advantage in fast break points.
App State will play next on Tuesday evening when it welcomes East Carolina to the Holmes Center at 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN+.