Brown with 18 as Georgia Southern shoots to 88-63 win

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Tookie Brown scored 18 points with seven assists as Georgia Southern defeated Appalachian State 88-63 on Thursday night.

Eleven players scored for Georgia Southern, which shot nearly 60 percent in the first half and trailed for just 18 seconds. Ike Smith added 14 points and Mike Hughes 12 for the Eagles (14-14, 10-8 Sun Belt), who are hanging on to a fifth seed and a first-round road game in the conference tournament.

Georgia Southern scored 23 points off 17 Appalachian State turnovers and finished the game scoring 51.5 percent (34-66).

Frank Eaves scored 13 points and Emarius Logan had 12 to lead Appalachian State (7-21, 5-12), which made just six field goals in the first half and trailed 52-23 at the break, the fourth-fewest points in a first half this season.

The Mountaineers were held to seven assists. Logan, who shot 5-for-11 from the floor, finished in double figures the fourth-straight game.

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