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).

About The Author

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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