Matias, Wiedeman lead Georgia Southern to 77-58 win for 20th victory



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BOONE, North Carolina — Angel Matias scored 15 points and Trent Wiedeman 12 to lead Georgia Southern to a 77-58 victory over Appalachian State on Thursday night.

The victory gave the Eagles (20-6, 13-4 Sun Belt) their first 20-win season since 2005-06 and the eighth in their Division I era.

Frank Eaves scored 15 points for the Mountaineers (9-17, 6-11), who dropped their fifth consecutive game.

Matias hit a 3-pointer in the game's second minute and the Eagles never trailed, leading 20-2 with 10:44 left before the break. The Eagles led by as many as 24 in the second half.

The Eagles outscored the Mountaineers 44-22 in the paint and 17-5 off turnovers. Georgia State shot 48.3 percent and outrebounded Appalachian State 38-26.

The victory kept Georgia Southern on top in the Sun Belt, sharing first place with Louisiana-Monroe with three regular-season games remaining.

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