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Appalachian State Men’s Basketball Downs Greensboro College
Donovan Gregory had 18 points to lead the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Men’s Basketball Downs Greensboro College

Donovan Gregory tallied a career high 18 points as App State men’s basketball recorded an 87-47 win over Greensboro College on Thursday evening.

The win pushes App State’s record to 5-2 on the season and clinches a winning mark in non-conference play. Paired with a 6-5 record in non-conference action last season, the Mountaineers have now posted back-to-back non-conference winning records for the first time since the 1998-99 season (6-4) and 1999-00 campaign (6-4).

Gregory finished an efficient 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) from the field and 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) from the free throw line. He added a career best five assists and a block. Gregory has now reached double figures in scoring in five games this season.

In his first game of the season, Deshon Parker tallied 12 points, five rebounds and a team best three steals. Adrian Delph reached double figures with 12 points and a season high seven rebounds. RJ Duhart added nine points and five rebounds off the bench, while James Lewis Jr. recorded a team high eight rebounds and a pair of steals.

App State broke an early 2-2 tie with a 9-3 spurt to take an 11-5 edge. Leading 22-17, the Black and Gold used a 12-3 run to extend its lead to 34-20. The Mountaineers closed the opening half on a 12-2 run and took a 46-25 edge into the break.

In the second half, the Mountaineers limited the Pride (1-4) to just two points over the first 9:45 and pushed its lead to 63-27. App State opened a lead as large as 44 points in the second half, en route to the victory.

The Black and Gold held a 51-29 edge in rebounding, including a 20-7 advantage on the offensive glass. In addition, the Mountaineers held a 38-10 edge in points in the paint and a 19-0 advantage in second chance points.

The App State defense continued its strong performance in the early going of the season, limiting Greensboro to 25.5 percent (13-of-51 percent) shooting, including a 4-of-22 (18.2 percent) clip in the second half.

The Mountaineers have a quick turnaround and will host Columbia International on Friday at 4 p.m.