Saturday’s Scores From the Sun Belt
A full slate of games were held Saturday in the Sun Belt Conference. Home teams were successful in five of the six games, with Louisiana's win over Texas State the only exception.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 92, APPALACHIAN STATE 88--The difference was at the free throw line, as Tookie Brown made more free throws than the entire Appalachian State team in leading the Eagles (13-6, 6-0) to their sixth straight conference win. Brown made 17-23 free throws en route to a season high 32 points. Ike Smith added 25 for the Eagles, who finished the game 34-47 from the line.
App State (6-11, 1-5) was 14-22 from the line in the game. Ronshad Shabazz had a career high 36 points hitting 13-24 from the field including six triples.
GEORGIA STATE 76, COASTAL CAROLINA 56--In Atlanta, The Panthers (11-7, 4-2) held Coastal Carolina to just 26 percent shooting in the blowout win. Georgia State opened up a 20 point lead early in the second half and the Chanticleers (9-10, 4-2) never got closer than eleven points after that.
Jeremy Hollowell led three Panthers in double figures with 16 points. Colton Ray-St. Cyr had twenty points and 12 rebounds for the Chants.
ARKANSAS STATE 82, TROY 80--Devin Simms hit a layup with just over a minute to play and Arkansas State got the two point win at home. Simms followed with a steal and a pair of free throws to increase the lead to three points. Devin Carter led the way with 23 points for the Red Wolves (13-6, 4-2). Jordan Varnado was the top scorer for Troy (10-10, 2-4) with 18.
LITTLE ROCK 73, SOUTH ALABAMA 56-- The Trojans got 22 points from Marcus Johnson, Jr. and another 16 from Jalen Jackson in the easy win. Little Rock (12-7, 3-3) led by 11 at the half and had their biggest lead 63-38 with just over eight minutes to play. South Alabama (9-10, 2-4) has now lost four of its last five.
UTA 71, ULM 55--The Mavericks held the Warhawks without a field goal over the final ten minutes and closed the game on a 19-2 run as the Mavericks (14-5, 4-2) stayed unbeaten at home. Jalen Jones tied his career high with 23 points. ULM was 0-13 in the final ten minutes and did not score in the final six minutes of the game. The Warhawks (6-13, 0-6) were led by Jordon Harris with 19 points.
LOUISIANA 79, TEXAS STATE 73--Jay Wright and Frank Bartley IV combined for 43 points and the Cajuns (13-6, 3-3) shot over 50% in both halves for the win. Louisiana took the lead for good at just inside of ten minutes to play in the first half. The Bobcats (10-8, 3-3) cut the lead to six points in the second half but the Cajuns quickly increased the lead to 15 points and held a double digit lead until the final minute. Kavin Gilder-Tilbury had 22 points to lead the Bobcats.