Appalachian St. beats Georgia St. 74-69, ends 4-game skid

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Tommy Spagnolo scored the final nine points and Appalachian State regained the lead in the last 21 seconds and held on to defeat Georgia State 74-69 on Saturday, breaking a four-game losing skid in Sun Belt Conference play.

Ryan Harrow made a pair of free throws, lifting Georgia State (11-7, 4-3 Sun Belt) to a 69-68 lead with 49 seconds left. But Spagnolo dunked with 21 seconds remaining. He was fouled while rebounding a Panthers miss with four seconds to go and made both foul shots. Still with four seconds to play, after each team called a timeout, Spagnolo stole the inbounds pass, was fouled and hit two more from the line.

Spagnolo finished with 22 points, dunking twice in the last 1:38. Frank Eaves scored a career-high 27 points on eight 3-pointers for the Mountaineers (5-10, 2-4), who hit 12 from distance.

Harrow led the Panthers with 21 points.

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