Williams leads App State past Little Rock in Sun Belt opener
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Reserve O'Showen Williams scored a career-high 22 points, Justin Forrest added 19 and fifth-seeded Appalachian State cruised to a 93-64 win over Little Rock in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
The Mountaineers opened the game with a 12-2 burst and closed the first half with a 9-0 run to lead 46-25. They shot 54 percent, going 7 of 12 from distance, and Williams had 12 points. The Trojans got within 17 with 12 minutes to play but Appalachian State followed with a 10-0 run.
Williams made all three of his 3-pointers and was 6 of 8 from the field. Forrest as also 6 of 8 but made 4 of 5 from distance. Appalachian State shot 56 percent, including 12 of 22 behind the arc.
Little Rock (7-25), which lost the two regular-season meetings by a total of seven points and upset league champion Louisiana in its last game, got 13 points from Jaizec Lottie.
Updated March 7, 2018