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Ajayi has 26 points, 14 boards as South Alabama wins 77-66

BOONE, N.C. (AP) Josh Ajayi had 26 points to go with 14 rebounds to help South Alabama continue its domination of Appalachian State with a 77-66 win over the Mountaineers in Sun Belt Conference action on Thursday night.

Ajayi was 9 of 16 from the floor while going 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Rodrick Sikes added 24 points, nailing 4 of 9 from long range, and making 8 of 12 from the line.

South Alabama (13-12, 6-6) has won the last five meetings between the schools, including an 83-77 victory in January.

The Mountaineers held a 32-31 halftime advantage and pushed that to 43-38. The teams swapped leads until Ajayi scored six unanswered points that put South Alabama ahead for good, 62-57 at the 4:37 mark. Ajayi had 14 points in the final 5:35 to secure the win.

Griffin Kinney was 8 of 11 from the floor for 19 points while grabbing nine rebounds to lead Appalachian State (11-16, 6-8). Isaac Johnson added 13 points while pulling down 12 rebounds.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo S. Alabama 14-12 314677
home team logo App. St. 11-16 323466
Team Stats
away team logo S. Alabama 14-12 69.6 PPG 39.9 RPG 12.4 APG
home team logo App. St. 11-16 76.4 PPG 43.4 RPG 12.5 APG
Key Players
14
R. Sikes 18.7 PPG 3.1 RPG 0.8 APG 42.3 FG%
2
R. Shabazz 18.5 PPG 2.5 RPG 3.0 APG 40.0 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Starters
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Bench
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Starters
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Starters
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Bench
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB