On the surface, Appalachian State wasn’t facing an easy assignment Saturday in its attempt to end a four-game losing streak. But the Mountaineers dug deep and knocked off Georgia State 74-69 at Holmes Center.
It was a significant victory for the Mountaineers against the team picked to win the Sun Belt Conference after going 17-1 in league play last season.
The Mountaineers (5-10 overall, 2-4 Sun Belt) trailed by as many as 13 points. They hit just 37 percent of their shots –compared to Georgia State’s 58 – but found ways to win.
Tommy Spagnolo, the Mountaineers’ lone senior, supplied the go-ahead points with an emphatic dunk on a feed from Frank Eaves (Greensboro Page) with 21 seconds left.
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Spagnolo finished with 22 points and Eaves scored a career-high 27 points on eight 3-pointers.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Southern Methodist 77, East Carolina 54: Nic Moore led five players in double figures, scoring 14 for the host Mustangs (14-4, 5-1).
Terry Whisnant (Cherryville) led the Pirates (8-10, 1-4) with 24 points.
Radford 85, Winthrop 77: R.J. Price made 5 of 6 3-pointers on his way to 20 points for the visiting Highlanders (12-7, 3-3).
Keon Johnson led Winthrop (8-9, 3-3) with 21 points.
UNC Asheville 69, Campbell 65: David Robertson (Cary Green Hope) scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half for visiting UNC Asheville (8-8, 4-1).
Campbell (7-12, 1-5) led 40-36 with 15:20 left, before Robertson scored 11 straight points.
Gardner-Webb 82, Coastal Carolina 67: Jerome Hill scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as visiting Gardner-Webb (12-7, 4-2) hit 11 3-pointers and pulled away in the second half. The Chanticleers (14-4, 5-1) had won 14 straight home games.
Winston-Salem State 82, St. Augustine’s 67: Donta Harper led the host Rams (10-5, 3-3) with 17 points. Raheem Jolliffe scored 20 for the Falcons (7-9, 1-5) on 10-of-10 shooting from the line.
Livingstone 83, Shaw 73: Hakeem Jackson scored 22 points off the bench for the visiting Blue Bears (10-6, 4-3). Koron Reed had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Shaw 9-8, 4-3.
Delaware State 60, S.C. State 49: Kendall Gray scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 23 boards to lead Delaware State (8-9, 2-1) at home.
Karon Wright hit a 3-pointer to bring S.C. State within one with 5:53 to go, but the Bulldogs (5-14, 3-2) scored just three more points the rest of the way, finishing at 18-of-68 shooting (26.5 percent).
N.C. A&T 64, Hampton 61: Bruce Beckford led the visiting Aggies (5-14, 2-3) with 24 points.
N.C. Central 60, Norfolk State 56: The visiting Eagles (13-5, 5-0) stayed undefeated in MEAC play behind 24 points from Jordan Parks.
Georgia 73, Florida 61: Marcus Thornton and Kenny Gaines scored 16 points apiece and host Georgia (11-5, 2-2), which never trailed, ended the Gators’ streak of 24 straight SEC wins.
Florida (10-7, 3-1) had not lost in the SEC since falling to Mississippi in the 2013 SEC tournament championship game.
Texas A&M 67, LSU 64: Danuel House scored four of his 18 points in the final 23 seconds, and visiting Texas A&M (11-5, 2-2) erased a 13-point second-half deficit for its first road victory this season.
Jordan Mickey had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots for LSU (13-4, 2-2).
Mississippi State 57, Vanderbilt 54: I.J. Ready hit a 3-pointer and two free throws in the final 71 seconds to help host Mississippi State (8-9, 1-3) snap its 16-game regular-season SEC losing streak. Vanderbilt is 11-6, 1-3.
Tennessee 59, Missouri 51: Armani Moore scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for visiting Tennessee (11-5, 3-1), which used a 14-3 run in the final five minutes to gradually pull away.
Lenoir-Rhyne 69, Anderson 50: The host Bears (7-7, 5-5) hit 13 of 29 3-point attempts in the win.
Lincoln Memorial 101, Queens 69: The undefeated host Railsplitters (16-0, 10-0) had six players reach double-figure scoring with Dorian Pinson’s 18 points leading the way. The Royals are 9-7, 6-4.
Catawba 86, Mars Hill 63: K.J. Arrington tied a career high with 30 points for the host Indians (7-8, 5-5). He was 5-of-6 from behind the arc and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
Wingate 70, Tusculum 65: Javon Price hit a 3-pointer for the visitors with nine seconds to go, but the Bulldogs’ (9-7, 6-4) Xavier Griffin (Victory Christian) sank two free throws for the final score.
Furman 74, The Citadel 62: Freshman Devin Sibley scored a season-best 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field to lead visiting Furman (5-12, 3-4).
The Citadel (8-10, 3-4) led 30-27 at the half, but a 9-1 run by Furman early in the second period put them in front and a 20-9 stretch midway through extending its lead to double digits.