ESTERO, Fla. – App State men’s basketball used a tough defensive effort to defeat Akron 57-45 on the second day of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
The Mountaineers (3-3) advance to play Vermont on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on FloHoops in their final game of the tournament.
The App State defense limited Akron (2-3) to just 30.5 percent (18-of-59) shooting and 21.2 percent (7-of-33) shooting from deep. The Mountaineers also forced the Zips into 14 turnovers in the victory.
Akron’s 45 points scored is the lowest for a Mountaineer Division I opponent since App State held The Citadel to 45 points on Feb. 6, 2014.
Trailing 10-5 early, App State mounted a 10-0 run to take a 15-10 lead with 8:33 left in the opening half. The…