NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Erick Neal scored 37 points, Kevin Hervey added 17 and UT Arlington raced past Appalachian State 84-68 on Friday, advancing to the Sun Belt semifinals.
UT Arlington (20-12), the No. 4 seed, takes on top-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette (27-5) on Saturday. The Mavericks lost twice to Louisiana-Lafayette in the regular season.
The Mavericks led all the way, built a double-digit lead by the midpoint of the first half and held a 43-31 lead on Appalachian State by the break.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Reserve O'Showen Williams scored a career-high 22 points, Justin Forrest added 19 and fifth-seeded Appalachian State cruised to a 93-64 win over Little Rock in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
Griffin Kinney and Ronshad Shabazz added 12 points apiece and Isaac Johnson had 11 with 11 rebounds for the Mountaineers (15-17), who face fourth-seated Texas-Arlington on Friday.
Appalachian State beats Coastal Carolina 76-67
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Craig Hinton scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Appalachian State beat Coastal Carolina 76-67 on Saturday in a regular-season finale.
Hinton was 7 of 10 from the floor including three from distance for the Mountaineers (14-17, 9-9 Sun Belt Conference), who finish the regular season tied with Louisiana-Monroe for sixth place in the conference standings. Griffin Kinney added 18 points and eight rebounds, Ronshad Shabazz had 11 points and Tyrell Johnson 10.
Appalachian State beats Troy 65-54
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Ronshad Shabazz scored 15 points, Griffin Kinney had 12 points and eight rebounds and Appalachian State beat Troy 65-54 on Saturday.
App State outscored the Trojans 15-2 over the first seven minutes of the second half for a 49-29 lead. Jordon Varnado made two 3-pointers during an 8-2 Troy run to pull to 61-54 with 43 seconds left but O'Showen Williams and Justin Forrest made four free throws to seal it.
Ajayi has 26 points, 14 boards as South Alabama wins 77-66
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Josh Ajayi had 26 points to go with 14 rebounds to help South Alabama continue its domination of Appalachian State with a 77-66 win over the Mountaineers in Sun Belt Conference action on Thursday night.
Ajayi was 9 of 16 from the floor while going 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Rodrick Sikes added 24 points, nailing 4 of 9 from long range, and making 8 of 12 from the line.
Appalachian St. closes strong, tops Coastal Carolina 81-66
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — O'Showen Williams scored a career-best 20 points and Ronshad Shabazz added 19 with three steals as Appalachian State pulled away in the second half for an 81-66 win over Coastal Carolina in Sun Belt Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
Griffin Kinney added 14 points for Appalachian State (11-15, 6-7) which won two straight for the first time since ending December with wins over Texas State and UT Arlington.
Kinney leads with 17, Appalachian St. upends Texas St. 59-56
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Griffin Kinney scored 17 points with seven rebounds and Appalachian State upended Texas State 59-56 on Saturday night.
Appalachian St. battles back, beats Little Rock 72-67 in OT
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — O'Showen Williams had 13 points and Griffin Kinney added 10 with 12 rebounds as Appalachian State battled back to beat Little Rock 72-67 in overtime on Thursday night.
Appalachian State (9-13, 4-5 Sun Belt Conference) outscored the Trojans 13-8 in the extra period.
Appalachian State's Tyrel Johnson blocked Jaizec Lottie's layup with six seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Ajayi, Rodrick lead South Alabama past App State 83-77
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Josh Ajayi scored the game-winner with 44 seconds to go, Rodrick Sikes scored eight of the last 10 points and South Alabama held off Appalachian State 83-77 on Saturday.
Neither team led by more than nine during a contest that saw five ties and five lead changes. Griffin Kinney knotted the score for Appalachian State three times down the stretch. Each time Sikes put the Jaguars back in the lead.
Shabazz scores 21, Appalachian State hangs on 80-76
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Ronshad Shabazz scored 21 points, including a pair of key free throws with 22 seconds left, and Appalachian State blew most of a 25-point second-half lead before pulling out an 80-76 win over UT Arlington on Sunday.
The Mountaineers (7-8, 2-0 Sun Belt) were leading by 12 with 1:02 remaining and then were nearly undone by 8-of-14 free-throw shooting before ending a four-game losing streak to the Mavericks (9-6, 0-2).
Duvivier, Utomi lead Akron over Appalachian State 94-89
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Malcolm Duvivier hit 6 of 9 from 3-point range and scored 24 and Daniel Utomi added a double-double to propel Akron to a 94-89 victory over Appalachian State on Saturday night in a game that tipped off three hours late because of weather conditions.
Utomi finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds and the sophomore buried two late 3-pointers to help the Zips (5-2) hold off the Mountaineers (5-6) in the first meeting between the schools.
Shabazz scores 18; Appalachian State beats Davidson 79-62
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Ronshad Shabazz scored 18 points and Appalachian State rolled to a 78-62 victory over Davidson on Saturday night.
Shabazz was 6 of 14 from the floor and made four 3-pointers. Griffin Kinney and Justin Forrest added 16 points apiece for Appalachian State (4-3), which now is 3-0 at home.
Shabazz efficiently leads Appalachian State to 95-57 win
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Ronshad Shabazz scored 25 points in 28 minutes and Appalachian State beat Bridgewater 95-57 on Sunday.
The Mountaineers led from the opening seconds after Griffin Kinney's 3-point play. Shabazz made two 3-pointers and scored eight points in a 16-3 run that put the Mountaineers in front 39-16 before the Division III Eagles closed to 41-21 at halftime. That was as close as Bridgewater would get with Appalachian State's lead climbing to 42 points.