GREENSBORO, N.C. – Appalachian State men’s basketball forced Tennessee Tech into 21 turnovers in a 69-47 victory on the second day of the Spartan Invitational, hosted by UNC Greensboro on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (3-2) turned the 21 Golden Eagle (1-4) miscues into 29 points. In addition, the Black and Gold defense limited Tennessee Tech to just 38.3 percent (18-of-47) percent shooting. App State has now held its last two and three of its last four opponents under 60 points.
The Mountaineers featured a balanced offensive attack with nine players scoring and four reaching double figures in the victory. Isaac Johnson led the way with a game-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds. Justin Forrest reached double figures for the fifth time this season with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
O’Showen Williams tied his season-high with 13 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting, while adding three rebounds and a season-best five steals. Adrian Delph added 11 points and five rebounds.
After App State opened an early 10-6 lead, Tennessee Tech answered with an 8-0 run to take a 14-10 lead with 12:40 left in the first half. Trailing 16-12, the Black and Gold reeled off 10 consecutive points, getting threes from Delph and Williams along the way, to open a 22-16 advantage. Leading 25-22, App State used another 10-0 run to expand its lead to 35-22 late in the opening half and took a 35-24 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles chipped away at the App State lead, cutting it to 47-41 with just under 10 minutes to play. From there, the Mountaineers held the Golden Eagles scoreless for a 5:45 stretch and scored 14 straight points to build a 61-41 advantage with 3:39 remaining. Tennessee Tech would get no closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
The Black and Gold shot a season-best 54.5 percent (24-of-44) from the field and shot 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line.
The Mountaineers close out play at the Spartan Invitational on Monday at 7 p.m. against UNC Greensboro. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+ and be played in the Greensboro Coliseum. The Black and Gold then return to Boone for a meeting with Charlotte on Thursday at 7 p.m. 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.
App State men’s basketball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan as its presenting sponsor for the season.