App State Tops Akron on Second Day of Gulf Coast Showcase

AP Entertainment
November 23, 2021
Delores Joan (Barlow) Rose
November 23, 2021
App State Tops Akron on Second Day of Gulf Coast Showcase


ESTERO, Fla. – App State men’s basketball used a tough defensive effort to defeat Akron 57-45 on the second day of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

The Mountaineers (3-3) advance to play Vermont on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on FloHoops in their final game of the tournament.

The App State defense limited Akron (2-3) to just 30.5 percent (18-of-59) shooting and 21.2 percent (7-of-33) shooting from deep. The Mountaineers also forced the Zips into 14 turnovers in the victory.

Akron’s 45 points scored is the lowest for a Mountaineer Division I opponent since App State held The Citadel to 45 points on Feb. 6, 2014.

Trailing 10-5 early, App State mounted a 10-0 run to take a 15-10 lead with 8:33 left in the opening half. The Mountaineers pushed their lead to eight points at 22-14 on a pair of free throws from Adrian Delph, but the Zips closed the half with seven straight points to cut the Black and Gold lead to 22-21 at the break.

App State used a basket from Michael Almonacy and a 3-pointer from Delph to score the first five points of the second half and take a 27-21 lead. Following an Akron basket, App State scored 10 of the next 13 points to open a 37-26 lead with 13:10 to play. The Mountaineers expanded their lead to 49-34 with 3:54 remaining on a basket from Almonacy. The Zips pulled within eight, but could get no closer the rest of the way.

Almonacy tallied a season-high 18 points on a season-best 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) shooting, while adding a season-best six rebounds and dishing out three assists.

Donovan Gregory added a season-high 14 points, going a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He added five rebounds and a block.

Delph also reached double figures with 11 points, while recording six rebounds and a pair of steals.

App State shot a season-best 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) from the free throw line.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Mountaineers return to the High Country for two straight home games, taking on Hartford on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Boyce on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast on ESPN+. Season and single game tickets for the 2021-22 season are on sale and can be purchased by clicking here.