App State MBB overwhelmed by Boilermakers, 92-70

App State MBB overwhelmed by Boilermakers, 92-70
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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. By Andrew Korba. November 15, 2018. CHARLESTON, SC — Appalachian State men’s basketball opened play at the Charleston Classic with a 92-70 setback to No. 23-ranked Purdue on Thursday evening.

The Mountaineers fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Boilermakers remain perfect at 3-0.

Justin Forrest paced the Black and Gold with a team-high 14 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw line, and four rebounds.

Off the bench, Joseph Battle tallied a career-high 11 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting and Adrian Delph finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting.

Purdue jumped out a early 13-2 lead and built a 39-21 advantage late in the first half. App State trimmed the lead to 11 points at 43-32 on back-to-back three-pointers from Breki Gylfason. The Boilermakers scored the final three points of the half and took a 46-32 lead into the intermission.

In the second half, Purdue built its lead up to 20 points at 55-35 with just over 17 minutes left in the game. The Black and Gold answered with a 10-2 spurt to pull within 57-45 with 14:25 remaining. From there, the Boilermakers used a 16-4 run to open a 73-49 edge and put the game away.

Carsen Edwards led four Boilermakers in double figures with a game-high 25 points. Ryan Cline added 21 points and Nojel Eastern and Matt Haarms each finished with 10 points.

Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround and will take on Wichita State on Friday on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. on the second day of the Charleston Classic.

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As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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