ELON, N.C. -- Donald Sims scored 25 points to lead Appalachian State to a 58-54 win over Elon on Monday night.
Sims shot 8-for-18 from the field and added six rebounds for the Mountaineers (18-11, 11-5 Southern Conference). Isaac Butts chipped in with a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Appalachian State held a 56-54 lead with 32 seconds left after Jeremi Booth made one of two from the free throw line. Elon had a chance to tie, but Chris Long missed a layup with 19 seconds remaining. Sims then made two free throws with 17 seconds left to secure the win.
Adam Constantine finished with 13 points and seven rebounds to lead the Phoenix (8-20, 5-11). TJ Douglas added 12 points, while Long dished out seven assists.
Appalachian State outrebounded Elon 46-29, and scored 17 second chance points off of 15 offensive rebounds.