Here is the latest Tennessee sports news from The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Frank Eaves scored 18 points and made 10 of 13 free throws, Ronshad Shabazz added 17 points, and Appalachian State rallied to beat Liberty 73-62 yesterday in the opening round of the Challenge in Music City. Anthony Fields and Lovell Cabbil each scored 15 for Liberty, with Cabbil hitting 3 of 4 3-pointers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Clide Geffrard scored 21 points with nine rebounds — both career highs — to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 79-71 win over Western Michigan last night in the opening round of the Challenge in the Music City. Thomas Walkup had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Demetrious Floyd and TJ Holyfield scored 10 apiece for the Lumberjacks, who face Tulane on Friday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Phillip Leonard scored 14 points to lead Mercer to a 71-61 win over Tulane at The Challenge in Music City last night. Tulane was led by Louis Dabney's 16 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Perrin Buford scored 18 on 7-of-14 shooting and Giddy Potts added 16 points, including a pair of free throws with three seconds left, to help Middle Tennessee escape with a 75-72 win over Division II Alaska-Anchorage in the Great Alaska Shootout last night. Sekou Wiggs led Anchorage with 33 points.