ESTERO, Fla. – Adrian Delph became the 35th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, but App State men's basketball fell at the buzzer 65-63 to Vermont in its finale at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday.

Delph scored his milestone point at the 19:36 mark of the second half on a layup. He is now one of two players on the active roster to have 1,000 or more career points, joining Justin Forrest.
 
A free throw from Michael Almonacy with 9:18 to go gave App State (3-4) a 52-45 lead. Vermont (5-2) answered with a three on its next possession, but Forrest came right back with a 3-pointer of his own to put App State back up 55-48.
 
Leading 58-53 with 4:31 to go, the Catamounts went on a 6-0 run to take a 59-58 lead. Forrest responded with a layup to give the Mountaineers the lead back, but Vermont answered with four straight points to open a 63-60 advantage with 26 seconds to go.
 
Delph answered for the Mountaineers with a 3-pointer to tie the score at 63-63 with 16 points left. But Ben Shungu of Vermont knocked down a jumper as the horn sounded to give the Catamounts the victory.
 
App State scored the first seven points of the game and pushed its lead to 13-5 on a pair of free throws from Donovan Gregory. Leading 16-12, the Mountaineers used back-to-back 3-pointers from Almonacy as part of an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 24-12 with 8:20 left in the opening half. Vermont pulled within six at 26-20, before a trey from Forrest pushed the Black and Gold lead to 29-20. From there, the Catamounts closed the half of an 11-0 run to take a 31-29 lead into the intermission.
 
Delph finished with 22 points on 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) shooting and five rebounds. He concludes the tournament with 72 points, which was just eight points shy of tying the Gulf Coast Showcase record of 80 points.
 
Forrest tallied 16 points and three rebounds, while Almonacy finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) shooting and a perfect 3-of-3 mark on 3-pointers.
 
Shungu paced the Catamounts with 17 points and Ryan Davis added 14 points and seven rebounds.
 
The Mountaineers will return to the High Country for two consecutive home games. App State hosts Hartford on Monday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. home contest against Boyce as part of a doubleheader with the women's program. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+. Season and single game tickets for the 2021-22 season are on sale and can be purchased by clicking here.

Photo Courtesy: Adrian Delph, App State Sports