Adrian Delph tied his career-high with 21 points as App State men’s basketball overcame a nine-point halftime deficit in a 61-57 win at Charlotte on Friday evening.
Delph finished 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the field and went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He also tied his season-high with five rebounds, dished out a career-best five assists and added a pair of blocks.
Kendall Lewis added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Donovan Gregory chipped in with 10 points.
The Mountaineers (4-1) finished the with 10 blocks in the victory, getting three apiece from CJ Huntley and James Lewis Jr. The 10 rejections mark the most for the program since recording a single game program record of 12 against Lees McRae on Nov. 11, 2011.
Delph scored eight of App State’s first 12 points and gave them an early 12-9 lead with 12:44 left in the first half. Charlotte answered with eight straight points to jump in front 17-12 and held the lead for the remainder of the half, taking a 33-24 advantage into the intermission.
Trailing 35-26 early in the second half, App State mounted an 8-0 run, capped by a trey from Michael Almonacy, to pull within 35-34 with 14:59 left to play. The 49ers (1-3) came right back with a 9-2 spurt to build their lead back to 44-36 with just under 13 minutes to play.
App State answered right back with six straight points to pull within 44-42 with 10:02 left to play. Charlotte pushed its lead back to six at 53-47, before the Black and Gold went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Gregory 3-pointer, to take a 54-53 lead.
Leading 56-55, Delph hit a fadeaway 3-pointer from the top of the key to beat the shot clock with 15 seconds left to push the Mountaineer lead to 59-55. Charlotte came right back with a layup, but Delph hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left to put the game away.
In all, App State held Charlotte to just three points over the final 7:14 of the contest and just 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) shooting from the field.
The Mountaineers held a 14-4 edge in fast break points and forced the 49ers into 12 turnovers.
App State will play next on Tuesday at No. 12-ranked Tennessee. Tip is set for 7 p.m. on SEC Network and the Appalachian Sports Network from Learfield IMG College.