Donald Sims scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead Appalachian State over Georgia Southern 65-57 in the opening round of the Southern Conference tournament on Friday.

The Mountaineers (16-14) will play Wofford in the tournament quarterfinals on Saturday. Ben Drayton had 16 points to lead Georgia Southern (5-27).

A 3-pointer by Georgia Southern's Jelani Hewitt tied the score at 35 with 10:14 to go, but Appalachian State converted on a short jumper by Anthony Breeze and the Eagles trailed by at least three the rest of the way.

Omar Carter scored 14 points and Petey Hausley added 11 for Appalachian State, which has won four straight and eight of nine.

Hewitt finished with 15 and Marvin Baynham 13 for the Eagles, who lost 18 of their final 19 games.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Donald Sims scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead Appalachian State over Georgia Southern 65-57 in the opening round of the Southern Conference tournament on Friday.

The Mountaineers (16-14) will play Wofford in the tournament semifinals on Saturday. Ben Drayton had 16 points to lead Georgia Southern (5-27).

A 3-pointer by Georgia Southern's Jelani Hewitt tied the score at 35 with 10:14 to go, but Appalachian State converted on a short jumper by Anthony Breeze and the Eagles trailed by at least three the rest of the way.

Omar Carter scored 14 points and Petey Hausley added 11 for Appalachian State, which has won four straight and eight of nine.

Hewitt finished with 15 and Marvin Baynham 13 for the Eagles, who lost 18 of their final 19 games.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Appalachian State 65, Georgia Southern 57. Corrects next round of tournament in 2nd paragraph.)