RALEIGH, N.C. – App State men’s basketball dropped its non-conference finale to NC State by a 72-60 score on Sunday afternoon.
Justin Forrest had another solid all-around game for the Mountaineers (8-5) with a game-high 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Adrian Delph reached double figures with 10 points and Isaac Johnson tallied seven points and eight rebounds. James Lewis Jr. had six points and six rebounds off the bench.
The Black and Gold conclude non-conference play with a 6-5 record. It marks the best non-conference season for the Mountaineers since a 5-4 mark in the 2007-08 season.
After the Wolfpack (10-3) jumped out to a 15-9 lead, the Black and Gold answered with six straight points to knot the score at 15-15. NC State came right back with the next five points to open a 20-15 lead. App State pulled within two points at 24-22, but the Wolfpack closed the half on a 11-4 spurt to take a 35-26 lead into the break.
NC State pushed its lead to 11 points early in the second half, only to see App State respond with six-straight to pull within five points at 39-34 with 15:59 to go. Following a Wolfpack basket, the Mountaineers got a trey from Forrest and layup from Delph to cut the NC State lead to 41-39 with 13:50 remaining.
The Wolfpack pushed their lead back to six points, but App State had another response, cutting its deficit to 50-48 on a layup by Lewis Jr. with 9:18 to play. From there, NC State scored eight consecutive points to build its lead back to 58-48. The Black and Gold trimmed its deficit to nine, but could get no closer the rest of the way.
DJ Funderburk had a team-high 22 points and 11 rebounds to pace NC State. Devon Daniels added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Markell Johnson tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Mountaineers will return to the High Country for three straight Sun Belt games. App State hosts Georgia State on Thursday at 7 p.m., Georgia Southern on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Louisiana on Jan. 6 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.
App State men’s basketball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan as its presenting sponsor for the season.