Shooting Woes Doom Mountaineers at NC State (2016-12-16 17:07:49)

RALEIGH, N.C. –– Appalachian State University men’s basketball shot just 31.6 percent from the floor and 4-for-29 from long range, while NC State finished 34-for-41 from the free throw line en route to a lopsided 97-64 loss on Thursday night. 

The Mountaineers (3-6) started 0-for-6 from the field before back-to-back buckets from Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) got App State on the board.

Shabazz finished as the Mountaineers’ leading scorer with 14 points, while Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) also finished in double-digits with 10 points. The Wolfpack (8-2) had six finish in double-figures with Dennis Smith, Jr. tallying a game-high 22 points.

Trailing 10-2 with 15:43 left, the Wolfpack’s Smith, Jr. hit a jumper before a Shabazz 3-pointer cut the NC State lead to 12-5. Over the course of the next six minutes, NC State went on a 16-7 run to open up a 28-12 lead with 8:10 left in the half. 

Following a layup from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy), the Mountaineers trailed by just 13 at 29-16, but the Wolfpack would push its lead to a game-high 24 points with a minute to go and would take a demanding 48-28 lead into the break.

NC State would extend its 20-point halftime lead to its largest of the game, 33 points at 95-62 with 44 seconds left in the game before claiming the 97-64 victory.

Despite tying a season-low with 11 turnovers on Thursday and outscoring the Wolfpack 40-36 in the paint and 14-7 in second-chance points, it wasn’t enough to cool off the Wolfpack’s hot shooting (51.8 percent) from the floor. 26 Mountaineer fouls led to 41 free throw attempts for NC State.

App State is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 17 when it hosts James Madison at 1 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.

Notes: With the loss, App State moves to 1-12 all-time against NC State … Ronshad Shabazz tallied his 26th double-digit scoring game of his career and eighth of the season … Jake Babic collected his ninth double-figure scoring game and third of the season … Appalachian’s 11 turnovers tied a season-low (Montreat -11) … 76 field goal attempts was a season high … 13.8 percent (4-29) from 3-point range was a season-low … the Mountaineers outrebounded the Wolfpack 14-4 on the offensive glass.


Photo Courtesy: Ronshad Shabazz, App State Athletics