Appalachian State - Full Men's Basketball
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BOONE, N.C. -- 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 .  Season tickets and single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079.


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BOONE, N.C. -- Appalachian State men's basketball welcomes Ferrum to the Holmes Center on Thursday evening in its home opener. Tip is set for 7 p.m. inside the Holmes Center on ESPN . The contest will also be the first game in Boone for new head coach Dustin Kerns and his coaching staff.

TICKETS
Season tickets and single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079.

KEY TAG GIVEAWAY
The first 1,000 fans through the door on Thursday evening will receive a key tag, featuring head coach Dustin Kerns and players.

ALCOHOL
The Holmes Center is planning to serve alcohol in concourse concession areas at select future basketball games. Details will be shared at a later time.

THE SERIES
  • This will be the first regular season meeting between the two schools
  • App State won an exhibition meeting over the Panthers last season by a 97-44 score
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
  • The Black and Gold fell 79-71 in its season opener at Michigan on Tuesday. Justin Forrest had a game-high 27 points, while Isaac Johnson added nine points and seven rebounds. Off the bench, Kendall Lewis tallied nine points and Michael Bibby had six points, a career-high five rebounds and a career-high tying three assists
  • App State outscored Michigan 46-33 in the second half and went a 32-6 run over a 12:39 span in the second half, cutting the Wolverines lead from 30 points to four points
  • After his 27-point performance, Forrest is now just 42 points shy of becoming the 33rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points
  • The Mountaineers have won their last five home openers, scoring over 100 points in the last three (125 vs. Mars Hill in 2018-19; 135 vs. Toccoa Falls in 2017-18; 119 vs. Warren Wilson in 2016-17)
  • App State has won 12 straight non-conference home games, which is the longest active streak in the Sun Belt. During the streak, the Mountaineers are averaging 97.0 points and holding opponents to 61.8 points
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
  • Ferrum posted a 5-20 overall record in 2018-19 and went 4-14 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play
  • Rashad Reed returns this season for the Panthers after finishing second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.2 points. Reed was also second on the team in assists (52) and third in steals (24)
  • Marcus Plair averaged a team-high 6.3 rebounds last season, while also shooting a team-best 56.5 percent from the field and blocking a team-best 16 shots
UP NEXT
The Mountaineers welcome East Carolina to the Holmes Center on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. on ESPN .


Forrest

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Appalachian State men's basketball cut a 30-point second half deficit to just four points, but fell 79-71 in its season opener at Michigan on Tuesday evening.
 
With 12:59 left in the game, Michigan (1-0) opened a 67-37 lead. From there, App State (0-1) scored nine straight points to cut the Wolverine lead to 67-46 with just over 10 minutes to play.
 
Following a Wolverine three, the Mountaineers scored 18 consecutive points, with 11 coming from Justin Forrest, to pull within six points at 70-64 with 2:23 to play.
 
After a Michigan layup, Adrian Delph drained a deep 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to cut the Mountaineer deficit to five points at 72-67.
 
The Mountaineers continued to draw closer and pulled within four points at 73-69 on a pair of free throws from Isaac Johnson with 20 seconds left. Over a span of 12:39 in the second half, the Black and Gold outscored Michigan 32-6. In addition, the Mountaineers held a 46-33 edge in scoring in the second half.

From there, Michigan drained four free throws to push its lead back to eight points and held on for the 79-71 victory.
 
Michigan used an early 10-0 run to build a 14-point lead at 19-5 seven minutes into the contest. Trailing 25-8, the Mountaineers countered with 11 of the next 13 points to trim its deficit to 27-17 with just under eight minutes remaining in the half. The Wolverines used a 7-0 run later in the half and pushed their lead to 46-25 at the half.
 
Forrest paced the Black and Gold with a game-high 27 points, including 18 in the second half.

Johnson finished with nine points, seven rebounds and two steals, Off the bench, Kendall Lewis had nine points and two steals and Michael Bibby added six points and a career-high five rebounds.
 
The Mountaineers will return to Boone for two straight home games. App State will host Ferrum on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in its home opener and East Carolina on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Season tickets and single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079.


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Appalachian State men's basketball will officially tip the 2019-20 season and Dustin Kerns era on Tuesday evening at Michigan. The contest is set for 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

TICKETS
Season tickets and single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079.

THE SERIES
  • This is the first ever meeting between the two teams
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
  • Appalachian State welcomes back seven players from last season's squad, including four starters
  • Justin Forrest was named Second Team Preseason All-Sun Belt and Isaac Johnson was tabbed as Third Team Preseason All-Sun Belt
  • Forrest posted career highs in scoring average (16.2 ppg), shooting percentage (.407), rebounding (3.3 rpg) and assists (74) last season. In 30 games (29 starts), he reached double figures in 24 contests, including two games of 32 points. He also had four or more assists in eight games, including a career-high six in two contests. He enters the 2019-20 season just 69 points shy of 1,000 for his career
  • Johnson established himself as one of the top rebounders in the Sun Belt last season, finishing second in the conference at a career-high clip of 8.6. He also averaged a career-best 10.0 points and shot a career-high 51.2 percent from the field. He reached double figures in scoring 16 times, rebounding 12 times and had a team-high eight double-doubles. Johnson enters the season 248 points shy of 1,000 for his career and 255 rebounds shy of 1,000 for his career and can become the third player in program history to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds
  • Also returning for App State is Adrian Delph and Hunter Seacat. Delph averaged 7.1 points last season, making 19 starts in 32 games. Seacat shot a team-best 55.9 percent from the field last season, while averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.
  • O'Showen Williams returns after seeing action in all 32 games last year, dishing out 57 assists and posting 22 steals. Michael Bibby is also back after shooting 48.3 percent on three-pointers. App State also returns James Lewis Jr., who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
  • Michigan opens the 2019-20 campaign with a new face at the helm of the program in Juwan Howard
  • The Wolverines appeared in the receiving votes portion of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll (two points) and USA Today Coaches Poll (28 points)
  • Zavier Simpson was named Preseason All-Big Ten after posting 244 assists last season, which ranked as the second most in program single season history. Simpson was also named to the Bob Cousy Award preseason watch list, which is given to the nation's top point guard
  • Jon Teske was one of 20 players selected for the preseason watch list for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which is given to the nation's top center by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
UP NEXT
App State returns to the High Country for two home games. The Mountaineers host Ferrum in their home opener on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. and then welcome East Carolina to the Holmes Center on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Both games will be on ESPN .


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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Appalachian State junior guard Justin Forrest and senior forward Isaac Johnson have been named Preseason All-Sun Belt the league announced Friday.

Forrest was tabbed as Preseason Second Team All-Sun Belt and Johnson was named Preseason Third Team All-Sun Belt.

Last season, Forrest posted career highs in scoring average (16.2 ppg), shooting percentage (.407), rebounding (3.3 rpg) and assists (74). In 30 games (29 starts), he reached double figures in 24 contests, including two games of 32 points. He also had four or more assists in eight games, including a career-high six in two contests. He enters the 2019-20 season just 69 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

Johnson established himself as one of the top rebounders in the Sun Belt last season, finishing second in the conference at a career-high clip of 8.6. He also averaged a career-best 10.0 points and shot a career-high 51.2 percent from the field. He reached double figures in scoring 16 times, rebounding 12 times and had a team-high eight double-doubles. Johnson enters the season 248 points shy of 1,000 for his career and 255 rebounds shy of 1,000 for his career and can become the third player in program history to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds.

In the preseason coaches poll, the Mountaineers were selected to finish ninth, with South Alabama chosen to win the league.

App State tips the 2019-20 season under head coach Dustin Kerns on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Michigan on the Big Ten Network. The Black and Gold return to Boone two days later and host Ferrum in its home opener at 7 p.m.

Season tickets and single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079.

2019-20 SUN BELT CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL & HONORS
Preseason All-Sun Belt First Team
Quan Jackson, Georgia Southern (RJr., G, Tallahassee, Fla.)3
Josh Ajayi, South Alabama (RSr., F, El Monte, Calif.)2
Trhae Mitchell, South Alabama (RSr., F, Austell, Ga.)3
Brian Warren, UTA (Sr., G, Indianapolis, Ind.)3
Nijal Pearson, Texas State (Sr., G, Beaumont, Texas)1
 
Preseason All-Sun Belt Second Team
Justin Forrest, Appalachian State (Jr., G, Decatur, Ga.)
DeVante Jones, Coastal Carolina (So., G, New Orleans, La.)*
Ike Smith, Georgia Southern (RSr., G, Gainesville, Fla.)
Kane Williams, Georgia State (Jr., G, Douglasville, Ga.)
Michael Ertel, ULM (Jr., G, Indianapolis, Ind.)3
 
Preseason All-Sun Belt Third Team
Isaac Johnson, Appalachian State (Sr., F, Charlotte, N.C.)
Isaiah Crawley, Georgia Southern (Sr., F, Ripley, Tenn.)
Cedric Russell, Louisiana (Jr., G, Alexandria, La.)
JD Williams, ULM (Sr., G, Birmingham, Ala.)
Don Coleman, South Alabama (RSr., G, North Augusta, S.C.)
 
Preseason Player of the Year
Trhae Mitchell, South Alabama (RSr., F, Austell, Ga.)3
 
12018-19 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
22018-19 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
32018-19 Third Team All-Sun Belt selection
*2018-19 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year

Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. South Alabama (8) - 138
2. UTA (2) - 124
3. Georgia Southern (1) - 121
4. Texas State (1) - 110
5. Louisiana - 92
6. Georgia State - 76
7. Coastal Carolina - 75
8. ULM - 72
9. Appalachian State - 40
10. Arkansas State - 33
11. Little Rock - 32
12. Troy - 22


Shabazz

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State men's basketball alum Ronshad Shabazz was selected with the 13th overall pick by the College Park Skyhawks in the NBA G League Draft on Saturday.
 
Training camp for the Skyhawks, who are the G League affiliate of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, begins on Oct. 28 and runs through Nov. 4. The Skyhawks season officially tips on Nov. 8 against the Erie BayHawks.
 
A three-time All-Sun Belt honoree, Shabazz etched his name into the record books at App State. He is just one of two players in program history to score 2,000 career points, totaling 2,067, which ranks second all-time. He also holds the program record for career field goals made with 712 and ranks third in career 3-pointers made (269) and is tied for third in games played (126).
 
During the 2018-19 season, Shabazz led the team in scoring at 18.3 points and in assists with 75. He scored a total of 586 points during the season and is the only player in program history to score 500 or more points in three separate seasons.
 
On Feb. 28 at ULM, he had a game for the ages, scoring a career-high 47 points on a career-high 17 made field goals and a program record tying 10 3-pointers. The scoring output was also the highest scoring game in Sun Belt Conference history.
 
The NBA G League is the NBA's official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league's research and development laboratory. Featuring 28 teams — all with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises — in the 2019-20 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.


SingleGame

BOONE, N.C. – With the start of the basketball season just two weeks away, single game tickets for the 2019-20 Appalachian State men's and women's season are now on sale.
 
Single-game tickets for men's basketball are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, while women's single game tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
 
The men's home schedule features 14 contests, including 10 Sun Belt games and four non-conference contests. Head coach Dustin Kerns begins his first season at the helm of the Mountaineers, and the program will be celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout the year.
 
The women's home slate includes 12 games, including nine conference contests and three non-conference games. Head coach Angel Elderkin returns 11 letterwinners from last season's squad that posted 22 wins and won the WBI championship.
 
Season tickets for the 2019-20 App State men's and women's basketball season are on sale now.
 
Single game and season tickets can also be purchased by contacting the ticket office at 828-262-2079, heading to appstatesports.com or visiting the ticket office at the Holmes Center.
 
Men's Basketball Single Game Ticket Prices
Adult - $15
Youth - $10
 
Women's Basketball Single Game Ticket Prices
Adult - $10
Youth - $5




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BOONE, N.C. -- We check in on how Mountaineer men's basketball alums are faring in their overseas leagues:

Donald Sims led Michoacan (4-2) to a victory against over Angeles (0-6) 118-113 in the Mexican LNBP on Thursday, to push its win streak to four games. He poured in 20 points in 40 minutes of action and is averaging 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals this season.

Andre Williamson managed to help Neptunas Klaipeda (2-1) win against Dzukija (1-2) 74-67 in the Lithuanian LKL last Wednesday, by scoring two points. Neptunas Klaipeda (2-1) is placed third in the LKL. Williamson is in his first season with the team and is averaging 1.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Jeremi Booth led SO Pont de Cheruy Charvieu Chavanoz (3-0) to a victory over the ninth-ranked Kaysersberg (1-2) 79-69 in the French NM1 on Saturday night. Booth had a strong performance, scoring 19 points, pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out three assists. Booth has had a strong start to the season, averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in the teams first three games.

Ryann Abraham could not help Indigenas (7-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Abraham had 27 points and six rebounds in a 96-85 loss to Real Esteli. This year Abraham is averaging 20.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals.

Bennett Holley was not able to help Prizreni in their game against Peja (1-0) in a 78-70 in the Kosovan Superliga. Holley recorded four points and grabbed five rebounds in 17 minutes. Through two games this season, Holley is averaging 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Other former Appalachian State University players, who play in pro basketball:

Griffin Kinney (6'8''-C-95) signed for Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen in Belgian Euromillions League
Tyrell Johnson (6'8''-F-97) signed for Plymouth University Raiders in British BBL

Information provided by EuroBasket


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BOONE, N.C. – When the clock struck 3:30 on Thursday afternoon, the 2019-20 Appalachian State men's basketball season, presented by AutoStar Nissan, officially began with the team's first practice of the season.

THE SCHEDULE
App State will tip the 2019-20 season on Nov. 5 against Michigan and open the home portion of their schedule on Nov. 7 versus Ferrum. The Mountaineers welcome East Carolina to the Holmes Center on Nov. 12 and then take part in the UNC Greensboro Tournament, battling Tennessee Tech on Nov. 15, Montana State on Nov. 16 and UNC Greensboro on Nov. 18. Other non-conference home contests include meetings with Charlotte on Nov. 21 and St. Andrews on Dec. 3, with road contests at ETSU on Nov. 26, Howard on Dec. 14 and N.C. State on Dec. 29. The Sun Belt season tips on Dec. 19 at South Alabama and at Troy on Dec. 21. The Mountaineers open the Sun Belt home slate with a three-game homestand, beginning on Jan. 2 against Georgia State. The full season schedule can be found here.

RUNDOWN
The Mountaineers brought the energy from the opening whistle with the focus on being better than the day before. App State worked on all facets of the game in both half court and full court settings.

HEAD COACH DUSTIN KERNS ON THE FIRST DAY
"We continue to grow as a group. We want to hold everyone accountable as a team. Our practices are all about improving as a team and that has been our emphasis so far."
 
WHO RETURNS
In all, the Black and Gold welcome back eight players from last season's squad, including four starters. Justin Forrest returns after averaging a career-high 16.2 points last season, while ranking second on the team in assists with 74. Isaac Johnson returns in the post after leading the team with eight double-doubles and finishing second in the Sun Belt in rebounding average at 8.6. Other starters who are back include forward Hunter Seacat, who shot 55.9 percent from the field, and guard Adrian Delph, who reached double figures in scoring 10 times last season. Other returners at the guard position include O'Showen Williams, who averaged 3.8 points in 32 games last year, and Michael Bibby, who shot 48.3 percent on three-pointers in 2018-19. Forward Breki Gylfason saw action in 24 games last season and returns in the post and James Lewis Jr. will be eligible this season after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
 
NEWCOMERS
In all, the 2019-20 Mountaineers have seven newcomers on the roster. Donovan Gregory joins the Black and Gold (Charlotte, N.C./Carmel Christian) after leading his team to the state title and averaging 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals. Forward Kendall Lewis (Snellville, Ga./Shiloh) joins App State after averaging 18.5 points and 16.5 rebounds as a senior, while J.C. Tharrington (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) earned All-State honors as a senior after averaging 11.8 points and 8.4 assists. R.J. Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) provides more depth in the post after scoring over 1,000 points and pulling down more than 1,000 rebounds during his high school career. Other newcomers to the program include Jamie Baker (Concord, N.C./Northwest Carrabus), Bryant Greene (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and Andrew Muse (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor).
 
WHAT'S NEXT
App State will hold practices throughout October in preparation for the start of the 2019-20 season, which tips on Nov. 5 at Michigan at 7 p.m. Season tickets for the upcoming season are on sale and can be purchased by clicking here or call the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079.