Georgia Southern beats Appalachian State 68-65

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STATESBORO, Ga. (AP)—Antonio Hanson scored 21 points to lift Georgia Southern to a 68-65 win over Appalachian State on Wednesday night on the same day the NCAA placed the Eagles on probation.

Before the game, the NCAA doled out a two-year punishment on Georgia Southern due to an unnamed former assistant coach providing class work for two players in 2007-2008. The Eagles will vacate all wins including the players and forfeit one scholarship per year for three years.

Georgia Southern suspended three players—Julian Allen, Trumaine Pearson and Antoine Johnson—for the final 10 games in February 2009 during its own investigation. Johnson was later cleared.

Hanson’s 3-pointer with 54 seconds left sparked a 6-1 run for the Eagles to pull away.

Willie Powers added 20 points for Georgia Southern (5-15, 2-5 Southern Conference).

Donald Sims led the Mountaineers (10-8, 4-3) with 16 points.

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