BOONE – App State men’s basketball fell to Louisiana 71-55 in their Sun Belt opener on Thursday, December 30 at the Holmes Convocation Center.
Adrian Delph drained five 3-pointers to finish with a high of 17 points, while adding seven rebounds. CJ Huntley also hit the double with 13 points, to accompany four rebounds.
Michael Almonacy had eight points and a season-high six assists. James Lewis Jr. had eight rebounds (five offensives) and added two steals.
Louisiana (6-5, 1-0 SBC) scored the first five points of the game and took a 12-3 lead. Following a basket from RJ Duhart, the Ragin ‘Cajuns took advantage of a 6-0 push to extend their lead to 27-9. Louisiana took a 43-19 lead at the break.
App State (6-8, 0-1 SBC) came out strong from the locker room and scored the first 11 points to get closer to 13 at 43-30. The Ragin ‘Cajuns reduced their lead to 18 points, but Huntley knocked down a trey to put the Mountaineers down to 48-33 with 13:51 to go.
Trailing 57-37, App State used back-to-back lines from Huntley and Almonacy to get closer to 14 points. The Mountaineers reduced Louisiana’s lead to 13 points on the home stretch, but couldn’t come close.
Theo Akwuba managed a double-double for Louisiana with 13 points and 11 rebounds, a game-high. Jordan Brown added 16 points and eight rebounds.
App State will conclude its Sun Belt game opening weekend on Saturday by welcoming ULMs. The tip is fixed at 4 p.m. on ESPN +.