Appalachian State beats Western Carolina 76-70

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BOONE, N.C. (AP)—Kellen Brand scored a career-high 31 points to lead Appalachian State to a 76-70 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday.

Brand shot 10-for-13 from the field, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range, and went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Josh Hunter added 11 points for the Mountaineers (7-10, 4-5 Southern Conference), while Isaac Butts grabbed 11 rebounds.

Harouna Mutombo’s jumper with 1:29 remaining in the game cut the Mountaineers’ lead to 70-69. But Brand, Hunter and Donald Sims made two free-throws each in the final 1:08 to clinch the win.

Mutombo scored 16 points to lead the Catamounts (9-9, 4-4). Brandon Giles chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Mountaineers.

The Catamounts have now lost four of their last five games.

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