Appalachian State defeats Furman 56-50


BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Mike Neal scored 15 points and Jamaal Trice had a key dunk as Appalachian State defeated Furman 56-50 Thursday night in a Southern Conference game.

The Mountaineers (7-8, 3-2) led throughout the second half, taking a nine-point lead, 48-39, on Omar Carter's 3-pointer with 8:08 remaining.

The Paladins (7-9, 1-4) cut the margin to two points and trailed 52-50 on Brandon Sebirumbi's jumper with 2:35 left.

After two unsuccessful possessions by each team, Trice's dunk made it 54-50 with 36 seconds to play. Carter later added two free throws.

Furman led 20-10 with 11:03 left in the first half after Charlie Reddick's 3-pointer, but Appalachian went on a 15-3 run and took the lead on Neal's 3-pointer 4:31 before halftime. Neal scored the Mountaineers' final eight first-half points.

Nathan Healy added 12 points and Andre Williamson 10 for Appalachian State.

Sebirumbi led Furman with 18 points and Reddick had 14.

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