BOONE, N.C. — O’Showen Williams tied the program record for three-pointers made in a game with 10, but App State men’s basketball fell to South Alabama 78-70 on Thursday evening.
Williams finished with a career-high 32 points, going 10-of-20 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc. He joins Ronshad Shabazz and Nate Cranford as the only Mountaineers to ever make 10 three-pointers in a game. Shabazz hit 10 treys last season at ULM and Cranford buried 10 triples during the 2006-07 season at Chattanooga.
Adrian Delph hit four threes off the bench to finish with 12 points. Isaac Johnson added six points, a game-high tying eight rebounds and a team-high six assists. Johnson now has 931 rebounds in his career and passed Mel Hubbard (926) for fourth place in program history in the contest.
Williams hit a pair of threes in the first 1:11 of the game to give the App State (15-13, 9-8 SBC) an early 6-3 lead. South Alabama (17-11, 10-7 SBC) responded with the next eight points to build a 11-6 edge and pushed its lead to 10 points at 23-13. The Black and Gold came right back with a 9-1 spurt, but the Jaguars scored seven straight to extend their lead to 30-22. App State pulled within a point at 34-33, but South Alabama’s Andre Fox made a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the opening half to give the Jaguars a 37-33 lead at the break.
App State pulled within a point early in the second half, only to see South Alabama extend its lead to 17 points at 64-47 with 7:26 to play. The Black and Gold cut the lead to single digits at 69-60 with 2:45 to go thanks to an 8-1 run. The Jaguars pushed their lead back to 72-60 and the Mountaineers were unable to get closer than eight points the rest of the way.
The Mountaineers dished out 18 assists on 25 made field goals in the contest. The 18 assists ranks as the third most in a game this season, trailing only a 20-assist output against St. Andrews on Dec. 3 and 19 versus Howard on Dec. 14.
App State also tied its season-high with 14 made three-pointers in the game. The Mountaineers also made 14 treys against Louisiana on Jan. 6.
The Black and Gold welcome Troy to the Holmes Center on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Alumni Day. Tickets for the remainder of the 2019-20 season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079 or clicking here.
App State men’s basketball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan as its presenting sponsor for the 2019-20 season.