LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Ronshad Shabazz pumped in 21 points and Appalachian State earned its first Sun Belt Conference victory by beating Little Rock, 77-73 on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers snapped a seven-game losing streak and had dropped their first six conference games, including an 82-81 loss in overtime at Arkansas State on Thursday night.
Appalachian State took the lead with 10:22 left in the first half on two free throws by Justin Forrest and stretched it to 36-31 by intermission. The Mountaineers led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but Little Rock battled back and cut its deficit to three, 70-67 with just under two minutes to go, but got no closer.
Shabazz knocked down 3 of 6 from distance and collected a pair of steals for Appalachian State (6-14, 1-6). Forrest converted 9 of 11 from the line and added 18 points and five assists.
Evansville's Riley banks a 3 with the shot clock winding down
K.J. Riley heaves up a trey with the shot clock dwindling down and gets it to go off the glass.
Jones shaken up after head-to-head collision
Tre Jones and Central Arkansas' Aaron Weidenaar go for a loose ball and bump heads sending Jones to the floor.
Carey flushes it home with 2 hands
Matthew Hurt gets it down low to Vernon Carey Jr. who dunks the ball down.