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Josh Hayes
Freshman Josh Hayes scored 18 points in leading the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Men’s Basketball Dominates Division 2 Central Penn

After notching a historic win against the Auburn Tigers in front of a sold-out Holmes Convocation Center, the App State men’s basketball team took the floor to wrap up their four-game homestand with no letdown as App blew out NCAA Division II Central Penn, 111-35. Eleven of the twelve players who saw action scored for the Mountaineers, with three players garnering double-doubles. Josh Hayes came off the bench to lead App with 18 points. He also added 12 rebounds. Xavion Brown grabbed 16 rebounds, with 13 of them coming off the defensive end.

The Mountaineers were 50.6 percent shooting from the field, throwing up 87 shots in the contest. Starter Bryant Greene led the assist category with seven, and he also added 14 points and five rebounds. Justin Abson came close to a very unique triple-double with 15 points, eight rebounds and a game high six blocks. That was the most blocks in a single game since 2017 and two off from the record set in 2008 by Jeremy Clayton against Chattanooga and Ricky Nedd against Tennessee Tech in 1993. As a team, the Mountaineers swatted away 16 shots by the Knights, eclipsing the previous program high of 12 set in 1996 against Milligan and again in 2011 against Lees-McRae.The 111 points scored is tied for the 16th highest points scored by the Mountaineers.

App improves to 7-2 overall. The Mountaineers will have eight days until their next contest when they travel to Charlotte to face the Queens Royals for the first time ever next Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.