-- After a home victory over Howard on Tuesday, Appalachian State men's basketball eyes a 4-0 home record by hosting North Carolina Central at 2 p.m. in the Holmes Center on Sunday. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.
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LAST TIME OUT
- This will be the second meeting between the two schools.
- The Eagles won the lone meeting in the 2013-14 season by a 76-70 score in overtime in Durham.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
- The Black and Gold reached the century mark in scoring for the second time this season in a 100-86 win over Howard on Tuesday evening.
- Justin Forrest had a game-high tying 21 points on 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) shooting. He added a season-high nine rebounds. Ronshad Shabazz also had 21 points on 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) shooting. He pulled down a season-high tying five rebounds and dished out three assists. In addition, Shabazz continued his ascent up the all-time scoring list, moving past Darryl Robinson (1,631) for sixth place. Tyrell Johnson poured in a season-high 20 points on 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) shooting and a 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) mark from deep, while adding six rebounds and two blocks. Isaac Johnson posted his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while adding a season-high tying six assists. Adrian Delph added 11 points and four rebounds in a reserve role.
- With the score knotted at 12-12 in the early going, Shabazz scored eight consecutive points to give the Black and Gold a 20-12 lead with 13:29 left in the first half. After Howard pulled to within four points at 22-18, App State countered with a 12-2 run to build a 34-20 edge. The Mountaineers took a 45-32 lead into the half. In the second half, the Black and Gold scored the first 11 points to expand its advantage to 56-32. App State built as large of a lead as 23 points in the second half and did not allow the Bison any closer than 14 points for the remainder of the game.
- The 20 or more points scored by Forrest, Tyrell Johnson and Shabazz marked the first time since Dec. 30, 2010 that three Mountaineers have all scored at least 20 points in a game.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- App State stands at 3-5 on the season and features on of the nation's top offenses, ranking 13th with a scoring average of 87.8 ppg.
- Justin Forrest and Ronshad Shabazz make up one of the top backcourts in the Sun Belt and nation. Forrest is averaging a team-high 19.4 points, with Shabazz right behind at 19.0 points. The duo is just one of six pairs of teammates in the nation to both be averaging at least 19.0 points per game.
- The Mountaineers' victory on Tuesday marked their 10th straight non-conference win dating back to the 2016 season. During that span, the Black and Gold are averaging 98.5 points and limiting opponents to 61.4 points.
- Isaac Johnson now has two double-doubles on the season after his 13-point, 10-rebound effort on Tuesday. Over his last four games, Isaac Johnson has posted seven or more rebounds in each contest and is averaging 11.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
- Tyrell Johnson recorded two blocks in Tuesday's win, marking the 26th time in his career he has had at least two blocks in a game. Tyrell Johnson also moved into seventh place on the all-time blocks list, breaking a tie with Isaac Butts (96).
- North Carolina Central overcame an 11-point second half deficit in a 67-66 home victory over McNeese State on Dec. 1.
- Raasean Davis tallied a team-high 21 points and a game-high 17 rebounds (six offensive). Larry McKnight Jr. added 20 points and Reggie Gardner Jr. chipped in with 17 points off the bench.
- Davis was tabbed as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week after averaging 19.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in a pair of Eagle wins last week.
- Nicolas Fennell was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week after posting eight steals against Christendom on Nov. 28.
The Mountaineers will take some time off for finals and will return to the court on Dec. 15 with a road contest at 1 p.m. at South Florida. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. App State will then travel to Washington D.C. for a road contest at Georgetown on Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. on FS1.