Samford defeats Appalachian State 72-63

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BOONE, N.C. (AP)—Andy King scored 20 points to lead Samford to a 72-63 victory over Appalachian State on Saturday.

King hit four 3-pointers as the Bulldogs (14-15, 9-11 Southern Conference) won for the first time in three games heading into the conference tournament, which begins March 6 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Marcus Wright hit a layup to give the Mountaineers (12-17, 9-11) a 44-36 lead with 13:01 remaining before Samford began a comeback.

Trey Montgomery and Josh Davis hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the lead to 44-42 and Montgomery tied the score at 44-44 on a layup with 11:27 left in the game.

King’s 3-pointer with 8:51 left keyed an 8-0 run, giving Samford a 54-46 lead with 6:16 remaining.

Montgomery added 17 points and Josh Bedwell scored 10 for the Bulldogs.

Kellen Brand hit five 3-pointers to lead the Mountaineers with 21 points.

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