February 07, 2015

BOONE, N.C. (AP) Chris Burgess had 15 points Saturday with a late 3-pointer that put Appalachian State ahead for good in a 65-62 win over Troy.

Appalachian State (9-12, 6-6 Sun Belt) went up 62-59 with 2:52 left on Burgess' 3. Griffin Kinney followed with a jumper and Frank Eaves made 1 of 2 free throws with 13 seconds left.

Eaves had 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Mountaineers. Tommy Spagnolo added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Chris Bilbo's 3-pointer for Troy (9-13, 4-9) capped the scoring with less than a second left.

The Trojans never led after an early 12-11 advantage but challenged throughout the second half, culminating at 59-all on Musa Abdul-Aleem's 3-pointer with 3:48 left. Abdul-Aleem missed a pair of 3s in the final 2:30 that allowed the Mountaineers to pull away.

Kevin Thomas led the Trojans with 13 points, Bilbo scored 12 and Abdul-Aleem 11.

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