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@ USA 
W 84-81
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@ USA 
W 82-73
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vs. ArkSt 
W 71-68
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vs. UL-Laf 
W 84-73
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vs. App 
L 73-80
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App State returns to NCAA tourney for 1st time since 2000

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.

Appalachian State was just 7-8 in conference play this season with two wins in three attempts against league championship Georgia State. And Almonacy was in his first year with the program after playing for Division II-member Southern New Hampshire last season.

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Leaders
Points: C. Allen15.0
Rebounds: E. Nsoseme10.1
Assists: J. Roberts4.7
FG%: C. Allen44.4%
FT%: K. Williams67.3%
3P%: C. Allen42.5%
Steals: J. Roberts1.6
Blocks: J. Thomas1.6
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Gonzaga31-1
2 Illinois24-7
3 Baylor28-2
4 Michigan23-5
5 Alabama26-7
6 Houston28-4
7 Ohio State21-10
8 Iowa22-9
9 Texas19-8
10 Arkansas25-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Baylor28-2
2 Gonzaga31-1
3 Houston28-4
4 Michigan23-5
5 Alabama26-7
6 Arkansas25-7
7 UCLA22-10
8 Illinois24-7
9 USC25-8
10 Florida State18-7
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Sun Belt Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Texas State 12-3 18-7
Georgia State 8-4 16-6
Coastal Carolina 9-5 18-8
Louisiana 10-7 17-9
South Alabama 10-7 17-11
UT Arlington 9-8 13-13
App State 7-8 17-12
Arkansas State 7-8 11-13
Georgia Southern 7-9 13-13
Little Rock 7-11 11-15
ULM 5-13 7-19
Troy 4-12 11-17
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 80.3 (19)
Rebounds: 11.4 (68)
Assists: 16.8 (13)
FG%: 46.8% (52)
FT%: 68.5% (246)
3P%: 35.8% (79)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 72.7 (244)
Rebounds: 26.2 (112)
Assists: 12.2 (111)
FG%: 41.3% (60)
FT%: 69.7% (118)
3P%: 33.8% (183)
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