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Ajayi leads South Alabama past Appalachian State 78-70

BOONE, N.C. -- Josh Ajayi scored 19 points and South Alabama shot 70% from the floor on its way to a 78-70 victory over Appalachian State on Thursday night.

Ajayi sank 7 of 10 shots from the floor and all five of his free throws for the Jaguars (17-11, 10-7 Sun Belt Conference). South Alabama made 30 of 43 shots overall, including half of its 12 3-pointers. Trhae Mitchell totaled 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Andre Fox came off the bench to sink three 3-pointers and scored 13, while Chad Lott pitched in with 11 points and eight rebounds.

O'Showen Williams tied a school record with 10 3-pointers and scored a career-high 32 points for the Mountaineers (15-13, 9-8). Williams made half of his 20 3-point tries, tying a mark set by Nate Cranford at Chattanooga in 2007. Reserve Adrian Delph added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from distance.

Appalachian State shot 42% overall and 37% from distance (14 of 38).

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