BOONE, N.C. — Ronshad Shabazz scored 20 points, Justin Forrest added 14 points including a key 3-pointer, and Appalachian State closed on a 5-0 surge to beat Texas State 66-62 on Friday night in a Sun Belt opener.

Tre’Larenz Nottingham made a layup and two free throws to give Texas State a 62-61 lead with 1:41 to play. Shabazz split a pair of free throws, Forrest hit a 3 with 18 seconds left, and Isaac Johnson made one of two free throws to seal it for Appalachian State (6-8).

Shabazz was 6 of 16 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Forrest was just 3-of-12 shooting but made all six of his free-throw attempts. Craig Hinton chipped in 10 points for the Mountaineers.

Nijal Pearson scored 18 points to lead Texas State (7-7). Eric Terry chipped in 12 and Nottingham finished with 10.