Three free throws by Kevin Hervey with 14:53 left in the game gave the Mavericks the lead for good. After trailing by 11, a basket by Eaves got the Mountaineers within eight points with 2:17 remaining. But Kaelon Wilson responded with a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 run that left the Mavericks ahead 81-66 with 28 seconds to go.
Appalachian State led 34-32 at halftime.
There were 44 turnovers in the game, 26 by the Mountaineers.