Varnado scores 27, Troy holds off Appalachian State, 89-85
TROY, Ala. (AP) — Justin Varnado put up 27 points, grabbed eight boards and dished six assists and Troy bounced back from its first loss in five games to beat Appalachian State, 89-85 in a Sun Belt Conference game on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans had a four-game win streak snapped by Coastal Carolina in the conference opener.
Appalachian State hit three 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the first half to cut its deficit to a point, 46-45, but the Mountaineers could never wrest the lead away from Troy. Ronshad Shabazz hit a 3 with :17 left to make it 83-80, but the Trojans hit 10 straight free throws in the final minute to preserve the win.