All five starters scored at least eight points as App State men’s basketball posted a 77-41 victory over Columbia International on Friday.
The win pushes the Mountaineers record to 6-2 on the season, marking the best start for the program since the 1989-90 season, when App State also opened the season 6-2.
Adrian Delph paced the Black and Gold with a game high 14 points, while adding three rebounds and a pair of steals. Donovan Gregory added a near double-double with 13 points and a season best nine rebounds.
Kendall Lewis finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists, Michael Almonacy added nine points and seven rebounds and RJ Duhart had eight points and six rebounds.
The App State defense was tough again, limiting the Rams to 30.0 percent (15-of-50) shooting, including a 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) mark in the second half. The Black and Gold have now held four opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting this season.
The Mountaineers held a 49-19 edge in rebounding, including a 13-3 advantage of the offensive glass. App State also held a 34-12 edge in points in the paint, a 16-1 advantage in second chance points and a 16-0 edge in fast break points.
App State used an early 11-0 run to build a 13-3. The Rams pulled within three at 18-15, but the Mountaineers answered with a 9-0 spurt to take a 27-15 lead with 6:03 left in the half. App State took a 40-26 advantage into the break.
In the second half, the Black and Gold scored the first nine points to extend its lead to 49-26. Columbia International would get no closer than 22 points the rest of the way.
The Mountaineers shot 25-of-51 (49.0 percent) from the field and went 20-of-25 (80.0 percent) from the charity stripe.
App State will conclude its non-conference season on Tuesday with a 2 p.m. contest at SEC foe Auburn.