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Appalachian State Men’s Basketball Defeats NC Wesleyan
CJ Huntley led the Mountaineers with 18 points in the win.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Men’s Basketball Defeats NC Wesleyan

CJ Huntley scored a career-high 18 points as App State men’s basketball posted an 81-57 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan on Sunday evening.

Huntley finished 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from the field and 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) on 3-pointers. He added three rebounds.

Kendall Lewis added a season-best 17 points, while adding six rebounds and three steals off the bench. Donovan Gregory added 14 points and four rebounds, while Adrian Delph tallied 10 points and a team-high tying four assists.

Isaiah Lewis paced the Battling Bishops (1-3) with 21 points and seven rebounds.

After N.C. Wesleyan jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, the Mountaineers (3-1) responded with eight straight points to take an 8-4 lead. The Black and Gold broke a 25-25 tie with five straight points, getting a trey from Justin Forrest and a pair of free throws from Lewis. Leading 32-30, the Mountaineers closed the half on a 10-2 spurt to take a 42-32 lead into the half.

In the second half, the Black and Gold went on a 6-0 run to open a 50-34 edge with 17:20 remaining. The Battling Bishops trimmed the Mountaineer lead top 50-39, but App State came right back with a 9-1 run to extend its lead to 59-40. App State pushed its lead to as large of 26 points en route to the 81-57 victory.

The Mountaineers finished 25-of-55 (45.5. percent) from the field and 22-of-28 (78.6 percent) from the free throw line. The Battling Bishops shot 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the field and went just 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) on 3-pointers.

The Black and Gold forced the Battling Bishops into 16 turnovers, scoring 23 points off those miscues. In addition, App State held a 34-11 edge in bench points.

App State’s Monday contest against LaGrange has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Panthers program. The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday at Charlotte at 5 p.m. on ESPNU and the Appalachian Sports Network from Learfield IMG College.