Appalachian St. 81, Tennessee Tech 68

Donald Sims scored 25 points, leading four Appalachian State

players in double figures as the Mountaineers beat Tennessee Tech

81-68 on Saturday night.

Kellen Brand added 16 points while Jeremi Booth and Isaac Butts

chipped in 15 apiece for the Mountaineers (17-11), who have won

five of their past six games.

Sims and Booth hit five 3-pointers apiece, and the Mountaineers

finished 12-for-22 from beyond the arc (54.5 percent). The Golden

Eagles were just 4-for-12 from long range (33.3 percent).

The teams were tied at 15-all midway through the opening half

when Sims, Ryann Abraham and Booth hit three consecutive

3-pointers. The barrage of 3s sparked an 18-4 run and the

Mountaineers led the rest of the way.

Kevin Murphy paced the Golden Eagles (13-16) with 25 points

while Alfred Jones added 12. Tennessee Tech has lost five of its

past six.