BOONE, N.C. — O’Showen Williams scored a career-high 25 points as App State men’s basketball posted a victory 57-50 over UT Arlington on Thursday evening in the Holmes Center.
Williams bettered his previous career-high of 22 points, set earlier this season at ETSU and during the 2017-18 season. He scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half and finished 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from the field, while adding six rebounds.
Hunter Seacat tied his season-high with 13 points on 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) shooting to go along with four rebounds. Isaac Johnson chipped in with seven points, a game-high 10 rebounds, a team-high tying four assists and a team-best three steals.
The App State (13-11, 7-6 SBC) defense was tough all night, limiting the Mavericks (10-14, 6-7 SBC) to just 36.2 percent (21-of-58) shooting and a 2-of-24 (8.3 percent) mark on three-pointers. The Mountaineers also outscored UT Arlington 32-24 in the paint and held a 41-32 edge in the rebounding battle.
After UTA jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, the Mountaineers scored the next five points to open their first lead of the game at 9-7. App State used a 7-0 run to snap a 14-14 tie, with Williams scoring five of the seven points during the spurt. The Mavericks came right back with the next nine points to take a 23-21 lead, but the Black and Gold closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a 31-25 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Mavericks cut the App State lead to a point at 38-37, before the Black and Gold answered right back with five straight points to open a 43-37 advantage with 11:12 remaining. From there, UTA cut the Mountaineers lead to two three times, but the the Black and Gold used a 6-0 run to build a 55-47 lead with 1:32 to go. The Mavericks pulled within six, but App State drained a pair of free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Brian Warren paced UT Arlington with 14 points and David Azore added 12 points.
App State returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. versus Texas State on Youth Basketball Day. 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.
App State men’s basketball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan as its presenting sponsor for the 2019-20 season.