BOONE — Appalachian State chalked up an early season win against an in-state opponent on Thursday night.

The Mountaineers (4-3) handled Charlotte 64-55 in front of 2,203 at the Holmes Center.

The 49ers (2-2) were coming off wins against Davidson (71-58) and Wake Forest (67-65), but couldn’t handle the Mountaineers’ stingy defense.

“I told one of the officials during the game, I said ‘This is an old-school fist fight,” said Coach Dustin Kerns of App State. “But I thought we were able to score off our defense early, which really allowed us to get the lead.”

O’Showen Williams led the Mountaineers with 18 points, and Adrian Delph added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Here are three thoughts from the game:

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