Appalachian State upsets defending champion Georgia State to win Sun Belt title, returns to NCAA tourney for 1st time since 2000

Appalachian State men's basketball wins 2021 Sun Belt Conference Championship (Photo:

Appalachian State men’s basketball wins 2021 Sun Belt Conference Championship (Photo:

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Almonacy scored a career-high 32 points with six 3-pointers and Appalachian State upset two-time defending champion Georgia State 80-73 on Monday night to win the Sun Belt Conference championship and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.

It was an improbable run for fourth-seeded Appalachian State (17-11), which lost six of its final seven regular-season games before winning four games in four nights — including two in overtime.

The Mountaineers didn’t win four straight during the regular season and last won four-straight league games in 2015.

Kane Williams had 18 points and eight rebounds for Georgia State.

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