Mountaineers block Panthers in exhibition, 97-44

Mountaineers block Panthers in exhibition, 97-44
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Justin Forrest poured in a game-high 16 points for App State

By David Rogers. November 1, 2018. BOONE, NC — On a stormy night in the High Country, Appalachian State quickly rained on any hopes that tiny Ferrum College men’s basketball team harbored about upsetting the Mountaineers in a season-opening exhibition. App State outraced, outmuscled and outplayed the visiting Panthers in the Holmes Center, 97-44.

Mountaineer head coach Jim Fox was able to just about empty his bench, with 14 of 16 roster members seeing court time.

Sophomore guard Justin Forrest recorded a game-high 16 points in 24 minutes of playing time. He led a posse of six Mountaineers in double figures of points scored. Forrest also tied fellow guard O’Showen Willilams for game-high honors with eight rebounds.

Bennett Holley reaches past Ferrum defender.

Ferrum, which competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and has an enrollment of only 1,500, had only forward Nick Helton in double figures for points scored, with 13. The 6-4 sophomore from Lebanon, VA logged a game-high 31 minutes on the court.

App State officially opens its regular season next Tuesday (Nov. 6, 7:00 pm) at home against Division II contender Mars Hill. Then they travel to Tuscaloosa, AL to take on Alabama for November 11th date with the Crimson Tide before trekking to Charleston, SC for a tournament, where they face #24-ranked Purdue in the first round beginning November 15th (5:00 pm, ESPN2).

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