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Terence Harcum
Terence Harcum had 15 points for the Mountaineers in the win.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Men’s Basketball Knocks Off Sun Belt Leading Troy

App State men’s basketball put forth a fierce defense effort to earn a 58-45 win over first-place Troy.

The Mountaineers (10-9, 3-3 SBC) allowed only 45 points, which were the fewest in a league game since 2015, when App State defeated ULM, 68-43. In both of these contests, the opponent held the first-place standing in the Sun Belt.

After Terence Harcum tied the game with a 3-pointer six minutes through the first half, the Mountaineers led the rest of the way.

App State held the Trojans (12-7, 4-2 SBC) to a four-minute scoring drought from the 15-minute mark to the 11-minute timestamp of the first half, halting the visiting team to eight points in the first eight minutes of play.

Minutes later, the Black & Gold did not let the Trojans score in the last five minutes of the first half.

App State’s offense began to click in the second half, making the score 42-35 with 7:34 left in the game. At that point, the lead would not go below seven for the rest of the contest.

The No. 1 team in the conference for field goal percentage defense proved itself yet again, holding Troy to 26.7% shooting, and 16.1% from downtown.

Offensively, Harcum led the way with 15 points, including an 8-9 performance from the free-throw line.

Donovan Gregory scored in double-figures for the 50th time in his career, adding 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Justin Abson blocked two shots, increasing his freshman total to 41, the 13th-highest tally in the country. Abson also had seven points, eight rebounds and two assists.

Xavion Brown put on a great showing in his first start of the season, scoring eight points and grabbing a career-high seven rebounds from the guard position. He also assisted three shots in the most minutes the junior has ever played (33:49).

The Mountaineers hit the road next week for a Thursday night rematch at Coastal Carolina before they visit Old Dominion on Saturday. Following that, App State will have a string of four consecutive home games.