Georgia State Men’s Golf: Panthers Competing in Top Amateur Events During Holidays

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Dec. 18, 2018

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Panthers Competing in Top Amateur Events During Holidays

ATLANTA – Four golfers with Georgia State ties will be teeing it up in two of the premier amateur events during the holiday season starting Wednedsday.

Senior Severin Soller, along with recent graduates Alex Herrmann and Max Herrmann will be competing in the South Beach International Amateur beginning on Wednesday, while Will Chambless, who will compete for the Panthers starting next season will compete in the Jones Cup Junior Invitational starting Thursday.

The South Beach International Amateur is ranked the No. 5 amateur tournament in the world. The tournament is limited to the top 210 amateurs in the world and played in Miami Beach, Fla.

Soller finished the fall with a 72.67 scoring average including a tie for fourth at the GSU hosted Autotrader Collegiate Classic. The Herrmann brothers graduated from Georgia State last spring as two of the top golfers in program history.

“The South Beach International Amateur is an elite field and I’m happy to see three Panthers competing in Miami Beach this week,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “Severin is coming off of a 4.0 semester academically that included six A’s and now has time to focus on his golf. He’s one of our hardest workers and I’m excited to see him put that work on display. Alex and Max are incredible ambassadors for our program and we love seeing their names on leaderboards. Alex had three rounds of 70 or lower here last year, so hopefully he can get in to contention this week.”

 

The Jones Cup Junior Invitational is a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 84 of the best junior golfers in the country on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. The event begins on Thursday with a champion being decided on Saturday.

 

“It’s a great honor for Will to compete in the prestigious Jones Cup Junior,” Wilson said. “The list of current PGA Tour players that have competed in this event is very long and Will gets the chance to show how well he can handle the tough Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. The best junior golfers get invited to this event and to see Will among them has to be exciting for him and his family. “

Chambless is currently a senior at Stratford Academy and will join the Panthers as a freshman in the fall.

Fans can follow the action this weekend on the official Georgia State men’s golf Twitter account @GaStateGolf.

Georgia State will return to the course for the Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn Feb. 24-26, at Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Ala.

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MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Host Former Conference Foe UNCW Wednesday

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters from the 2017-18 squad.

• GSU will play just its fourth home game of the season (as compared to eight games on the road) on Wednesday.

• Georgia State and UNCW will meet for the 20th time on Wednesday. As former CAA foes, the Panthers had a five-game winning streak going against the Seahawks before their last match-up in Feb. 2013.

• Georgia State has faced five opponents who competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the first 11 games of the season. GSU faced Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, Alabama, and No. 24 Kansas State all away from home going 2-3.

• Last time out, GSU dropped a hard-fought contest at No. 24 Kansas State 71-59. The Panthers led 53-50 with just over eight minutes to play, but the Wildcats outscored GSU 21-6 to end the game and earn the win.

• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). In the 2000-01 season, GSU topped Georgia to open the season then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.

• Georgia State’s 21-point halftime comeback over Alabama (Dec. 4) is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.

• GSU won five games in November for just the third time in program history. The previous two Novembers (2014 & 2017) found the Panthers playing in the NCAA Tournament the following March.

• Over the last 10 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA last week, while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Georgia State has won more games (117) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Since returning to the Sun Belt in 2013-14 (5 seasons), Georgia State has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times.

• D’Marcus Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas has made 166 3-pointers in his career, sixth on GSU’s all-time.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

•             Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Georgia State Hosts Former Conference Foe UNCW Wednesday

ATLANTA-After playing eight of their first 11 games on the road, Georgia State will return home to face former conference foe UNCW on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.

Georgia State (7-4) is coming off a hard-fought 71-59 loss at No. 24 Kansas State on Saturday, while UNCW (4-7) fell on the road at No. 23 Furman 93-50.

The two schools were “travel partners” as members of the Colonial Athletic Association from 2005-2013. The Panthers lead the series 10-9 and have won five of the last six meetings with the Seahawks.

Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Lamont McIntosh calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Sam Crenshaw and Rodney Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

“Obviously our guys are disappointed with the loss on Saturday, but we showed we are able to go wire-to-wire with a team ranked in the top 25,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “I loved the way we played defensively. If we play defensively like that every night, we will be hard to beat. Offensively the shots just didn’t fall for us, but I know our guys are excited to get home and start making them again on Wednesday.”

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, is second in the league averaging 20.9 points per game which also ranks No. 33 in the NCAA. He stands in sixth-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,360 points, just 15 points shy of Chavelo Holmes for fifth on the all-time scoring list. He is currently on pace to break R.J. Hunter’s school record of 1,819 career points by the end of the season.

Despite being just a junior, Simonds is either in the top 10 or on the verge of the top 10 in Georgia State history in points, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, free throws attempted, assists, and steals.

Seniors Malik Benlevi and Jeff Thomas are also averaging in double figures. Benlevi, who has knocked down a team-high 25 3-pointers, is averaging 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Thomas is adding 11.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest and currently stands sixth in program history with 166 3-pointers.

Sophomore Kane Williams and redshirt-junior Damon Wilson round out the starting line-up. Williams is averaging 10.9 points per game to go along with 36 assists, while Wilson is shooting 49.0 percent from the floor and grabbing just under four rebounds per game.

Georgia State enters play averaging 8.5 steals per game, No. 1 in the Sun Belt and 39th in the NCAA. The Panthers swiped 13 steals at K-State on Saturday. Benlevi, along with Williams rank among the top four in the conference in steals. The Panthers 4.9 blocks per game average is also second in the league and No. 42 in the nation.

Notes:

  • Georgia State has won four-straight home games dating back to last season.
  • With wins in the final two non-conference games, Georgia State would tie for the most wins before the start of conference play in program history.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (117) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.

Following Wednesday’s game, Georgia State will conclude non-conference play hosting Middle Georgia State on Dec. 29, in the GSU Sports Arena at 1 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com/Tix or calling 404-413-4020.

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MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Football: Media Availability on Early Signing Day

College Football Early Signing Day

Wednesday, Dec. 19

 

Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott will be available to the media at 1 p.m. at the GSU Practice Complex (188 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30312)

 

Parking: Parking is available in the front parking lot as well as street parking in the area, including Moore Street on the east side of the practice field.

 

Contact: Allison George (678-595-7728)

 

 

ALLISON GEORGE | Assistant AD – Communications | Georgia State University
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| Office: (404) 413-4032  |  Cell: (678) 595-7728

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Fall Late at No. 24/25 Kansas State

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Dec. 15, 2018
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Georgia State Falls to No. 24/25 Kansas State 71-59

MANHATTAN, Kan.-After Georgia State took the lead with just under 10 minutes to play, No. 24/25 Kansas State finished the game on a 21-6 run to top Georgia State 71-59 on Saturday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Georgia State (7-4) took a 53-50 lead on a jumper by freshman Nelson Phillips with 9:51 to play, but Kansas State (7-2) held the Panthers to just six points the rest of the game to remain extend its home court winning streak to 27-straight non-conference games.

Phillips, who was celebrating his 20th birthday, finished with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in just 14 minutes off the bench. Senior Jeff Thomas led the Panthers with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, while Sun Belt Conference leading scorer D’Marcus Simonds was held to 10 points.

The Wildcats, which advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament last season, finished with four players in double figures led by All-Big 12 Second Team member Barry Brown who scored 21 points, going 8-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

“I want to give Kansas State a lot of credit,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “I thought the crowd really helped them. We took a top 15 program and hung with them wire-to-wire. I’m really proud of our guys. We have played a number of road games this season and to end our last non-conference game like this, I really like the direction we are going.”

Georgia State played its fifth 2018 NCAA Tournament opponent in its first 11 games on Saturday, finishing 2-3 against those opponents with none of those games coming on the Panthers’ home court.

Kansas State used an early 8-0 run to take an 8-2 run at the first media timeout, but the Panthers immediately responded an on a jumper by Devin Mitchell, the Panthers led 11-9 with 13:35 to play.

 

Brown scored the first eight points of the game for the Wildcats, but picked up two quick fouls and ended the first half playing just six minutes.

 

Tied 15-15, Kansas State used a 10-0 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 25-15 lead with 8:41 remaining in the first half.

 

However on a steal and fast break lay-up by Phillips, the Panthers trailed 31-27 with 3:07 to play, causing K-State to call a timeout.

 

Thomas’ 3-pointer with just seconds to play in the half sent the Panthers into the locker room trailing just 35-32, despite Georgia State shooting just 4-of-16 from beyond the arc in the opening half. The Panthers finished the game shooting an uncharacteristic 8-of-31 from 3-point range.

 

Georgia State scored the first five points of the second half to take a 37-35 lead just over a minute into the half before the Wildcats responded with a 10-0 run to take a 48-39 lead with 15:28 to play.

 

The Panthers responded again and tied the game 48-48 on a 3-pointer from Mitchell before taking a 51-50 lead on a trey from Phillips.

 

With Georgia State leading 53-50, Kansas State started its final run by using a 12-0 stretch to lead 62-53 with just over five minutes to play.

 

Sophomore Kane Williams finished with eight points and five steals as Georgia State forced Kansas State into 19 turnovers which led to 25 points. Mitchell came off the bench to score eight.

 

Dean Wade just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds for Kansas State before leaving the game with an injury. Kamau Stokes added 15 points while Xavier Sneed scored 14.

Notes:

  • Georgia State fell to 0-3 all-time against Kansas State.
  • The Panthers fell to 1-10 all-time against current members of the Big 12.
  • Georgia State is now 2-1 against Power 5 opponents this season.
  • Georgia State has played three Power 5 opponents in the same season for the first time since 2013-14.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (117) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.

Georgia State will return home to face UNC Wilmington on Wednesday in the GSU Sports Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com/Tix or calling 404-413-4020.

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MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Look for Top 25 Win at Kansas State Saturday

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters from the 2017-18 squad.

• Georgia State is facing its fifth 2018 NCAA Tournament opponent in the first 11 games of this season. GSU has already faced Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, and Alabama leading into tonight.

• The Panthers are looking for their first regular season win against a Big 12 opponent. GSU’s lone win over the league came against Baylor in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

• GSU has four all-time wins over teams ranked in the top 25. The last came against No. 16 Baylor in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The last ranked opponent GSU faced was No. 6/10 Cincinnati in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

• Last time out, GSU earned a 95-88 win over Chattanooga on Wednesday night. Four Panthers finished in double figures while the team shot 57.7 percent from the floor and 10-of-23 from 3-point range.

• GSU has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). In the 2000-01 season, GSU topped Georgia to open the season then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. Those wins are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt schools this season.

• Georgia State’s 21-point halftime comeback over Alabama (Dec. 4) is tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history.

• GSU won five games in November for just the third time in program history. The previous two Novembers (2014 & 2017) found the Panthers playing in the NCAA Tournament the following March.

• Over the last 10 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA last week, while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Georgia State has won more games (117) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Since returning to the Sun Belt in 2013-14 (5 seasons), Georgia State has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times.

• D’Marcus Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas has made 163 3-pointers in his career, seventh on GSU’s all-time.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Georgia State Looks For Top 25 Win at Kansas State Saturday

ATLANTA-Having already knocked off two Power 5 opponents this year, Georgia State will look to top a top 25 foe when the Panthers travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face No. 24/25 Kansas State on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET at Bramlage Coliseum.

Georgia State (7-3) has won four of its last five games, including wins over Georgia and Alabama. The Panthers have started 7-3 for the fourth time in the last five years, including a pair of seasons that led to NCAA Tournament appearances.

Kansas State (6-2) returns home following two-straight losses on the road dropping the Wildcats from as high as No. 15 in the country. K-State advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament last year and will be the fifth 2018 NCAA Tournament opponent Georgia State faces in its first 11 games.

Saturday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, calling the action. The game will also air live on Fox Sports Kansas City, the Fox Sports Mobile App, and ESPN3 with Ben Boyle, Stan Weber, and Bridget Howard calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

“After a week of final exams, our guys were excited to get back on the court on Wednesday night and it showed,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “It was good to get a game under our belts before heading back out on the road. Our team is truly road-tested this season, but we will be facing arguably our stiffest test on Saturday. Kansas State is an extremely talented team, but I believe we are pretty good ourselves and this should make for a great match-up of NCAA Tournament teams.”

Junior D’Marcus Simonds continues to lead the Sun Belt Conference averaging 22.0 points per game which also ranks No. 23 in the NCAA. He stands in into sixth-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,350 points, just 25 shy of Chavelo Holmes for fifth on the all-time scoring list. He is currently on pace to break R.J. Hunter’s school record of 1,819 career points by the end of the season.

Despite being just a junior, Simonds is either in the top 10 or on the verge of the top 10 in Georgia State history in points, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, free throws attempted, assists, and steals.

Seniors Malik Benlevi and Jeff Thomas are also averaging in double figures. Benlevi, who has knocked down a team-high 24 3-pointers, is averaging 12.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Thomas is adding 11.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest and currently stands seventh in program history with 163 3-pointers.

Sophomore Kane Williams and redshirt-junior Damon Wilson round out the starting line-up. Williams is averaging 11.2 points per game to go along with 34 assists, while Wilson is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point range.

Georgia State enters play averaging 8.0 steals per game, No. 2 in the Sun Belt and 59th in the NCAA. Benlevi, along with Williams rank among the top four in the conference in steals. The Panthers 4.9 blocks per game average is also second in the league and No. 45 in the nation.

Notes:

  • Head coach Ron Hunter is 0-1 in his career against Kansas State while Georgia State is 0-2.
  • Georgia State is looking to defeat three Power 5 opponents for the first time in program history.
  • The last time Georgia State even played three Power 5 opponents in the same season was 2013-14 when the Panthers took on Vanderbilt and Alabama during the regular season along with Clemson in the Postseason NIT.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (117) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.

Following Saturday’s game, Georgia State will return home to face UNC Wilmington on Wednesday in the GSU Sports Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com/Tix or calling 404-413-4020.

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MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Score Season-High in 95-88 Win Over Chattanooga

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Georgia State Scores Season-High in 95-88 Win Over Chattanooga

 

ATLANTA – D’Marcus Simonds scored a game-high 24 points and Devin Mitchell added season highs with 17 points and 32 minutes as Georgia State topped Chattanooga 95-88 Wednesday at the GSU Sports Arena.

 

Simonds finished 8-of-11 from the floor with six rebounds and five assists, while Mitchell was 5-of-10 from 3-point range as the Panthers shot 57.7 percent from the floor and 10-of-23 from 3-point range.

 

Suiting up for just the third time after missing the team’s first seven games of the season due to injury, Mitchell came off the bench early in the first half and looked to be in midseason form, making good on four of his first five shots, with three of them coming from behind the arc.

 

Georgia State (7-3) returned home following a six-game stretch away from the GSU Sports Arena to remain perfect at home (3-0) and has now won four of its last five contests overall.

 

Chattanooga (5-6) saw its three-game winning streak snapped despite five players in double figures led by David Jean-Baptiste who scored 19 points and dished out six assists.

 

“I thought we moved the ball extremely well tonight and offensively played well,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “However, defensively I thought we were a step slow. Credit to Chattanooga as they came in and played tough for 40 minutes.”

Kane Williams scored 17 and Malik Benlevi added 14 for the Panthers in the win.

 

Chattanooga took a slim early lead behind strong play from Jean-Baptiste, but Georgia State stole the momentum and the lead on a Mitchell three-pointer midway through the first half and never let up, leading for the final three-quarters of the game.

 

Trailing 20-18, Georgia State used a 10-0 run which included a pair of Mitchell 3-pointers to build a 28-20 lead with 7:26 to play and went into the locker room leading 47-38.

 

The Panthers pushed the lead to as many as 16 with just over a minute to play before calling on the reserves.

 

Despite being outrebounded 36-33, Georgia State outscored Chattanooga 38-24 in the paint while forcing 14 turnovers which led to 16 points.

 

Georgia State played in front of its home crowd at GSU Sports Arena for the first time since Nov. 13. The Panthers finished its recent road trip 4-2, capped off by an incredible 21-point second half comeback against Alabama, the program’s second win over a Power 5 program this year.

Notes:

  • Georgia State won its third-straight over Chattanooga dating back to 1989.
  • With 24 points tonight, D’Marcus Simonds has now scored 1,350 points, just 25 shy of Chavelo Holmes for fifth on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (117) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.

Georgia State will close out the road portion of the non-conference schedule at No. 24 Kansas State on Saturday. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen live on Fox Sports Kansas City, the Fox Sports App and ESPN3.

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MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Return Home to Face Chattanooga Wednesday

Game Notes attached

 

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters from the 2017-18 squad.

• GSU will face five 2018 NCAA Tournament teams this season. GSU has already faced Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, and Alabama. GSU will face No. 24 Kansas State on Saturday.

• This will mark the third SoCon opponent the Panthers face this season. GSU has already earned home wins over East Tennessee State and Mercer.

• Last time out, the Panthers earned an 83-80 win over Alabama on a game-winning 3-point buzzer-beater from Malik Benlevi. The Panthers overcame a 21-point halftime deficit, tied for the 12th-largest comeback in NCAA history.

• Georgia State has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). In the 2000-01 season, GSU topped Georgia to open the season then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament.

• The Panthers two wins over Power 5 opponents are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt Conference schools this season.

• The win at Alabama concluded a six-game stretch away from home as the Panthers went 4-2.

• Over the last 10 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA last week, while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Georgia State has won more games (116) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Since returning to the Sun Belt in 2013-14, Georgia State has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times.

• D’Marcus Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas has made 162 3-pointers in his career, seventh on GSU’s all-time.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

•             Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

 

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Road-Tested Georgia State Returns Home to Face Chattanooga Wednesday

ATLANTA-Following a successful stretch of six-straight games on the road, Georgia State will return home to face Chattanooga on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.

Georgia State (6-3) went 4-2 since its last home game on Nov. 13, but will now close out the non-conference portion of the schedule with three of the next four games at home starting with Chattanooga (5-5).

The Panthers are coming off a remarkable 83-80 game-winning buzzer-beater over Alabama last Tuesday as senior Malik Benlevi provided the heroics. Georgia State overcame a 21-point halftime deficit, tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history, to earn its second win over a Power 5 opponent this season.

The only other time Georgia State accomplished that feat was the 2000-01 season when the Panthers opened the season with a win over Georgia and then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers knocked off Georgia 91-67 in the Cayman Islands Classic in mid-November.

Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Lamont McIntosh calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Sam Crenshaw and Rodney Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

“Our guys are extremely excited to be back home after a tough, but rewarding six games away,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Since the day I got here, we take defending our home court extremely seriously. Last week’s win at Alabama was a great one, but that is in the past and now we need to focus on a Chattanooga team that has won three straight games and is playing very well.”

Junior D’Marcus Simonds continues to lead the Sun Belt Conference averaging 21.8 points per game and stands in into sixth-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,326 points. He is currently on pace to break R.J. Hunter’s school record of 1,819 career points by the end of the season.

Simonds, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, is 27th in the nation in scoring and among the league leaders in field goal percentage, assists, steals, 3-pointers made, blocked shots, assist/turnover ratio, and minutes played.

Benlevi, who provided last week’s heroics and Jeff Thomas are also averaging in double figures. Benlevi, who has knocked down 23 3-pointers, is averaging 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Thomas is adding 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest and currently stands seventh in program history with 162 3-pointers.

Sophomore Kane Williams and redshirt-junior Damon Wilson round out the starting line-up. Williams is averaging 10.6 points per game to go along with a team-best 31 assists, while Wilson is shooting 52.3 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point range.

Georgia State enters play averaging 8.2 steals per game, No. 1 in the Sun Belt and 51st in the NCAA. Benlevi, along with Williams rank among the top three in the conference in steals. The Panthers 4.9 blocks per game average is second in the league and No. 47 in the nation.

Notes:

  • Despite trailing Chattanooga 17-2 in the all-time series, the Panthers have won two-straight and not lost to the Mocs since 1989.
  • Georgia State has the only two Power 5 wins in the Sun Belt Conference this year.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (116) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.

Following Wednesday’s game, Georgia State will close out the road portion of the non-conference schedule at No. 24 Kansas State on Saturday. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen live on Fox Sports Kansas City, the Fox Sports App and ESPN3.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Return Home to Face Chattanooga Wednesday

Game Notes attached

 

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters from the 2017-18 squad.

• GSU will face five 2018 NCAA Tournament teams this season. GSU has already faced Montana, St. Bonaventure, Creighton, and Alabama. GSU will face No. 24 Kansas State on Saturday.

• This will mark the third SoCon opponent the Panthers face this season. GSU has already earned home wins over East Tennessee State and Mercer.

• Last time out, the Panthers earned an 83-80 win over Alabama on a game-winning 3-point buzzer-beater from Malik Benlevi. The Panthers overcame a 21-point halftime deficit, tied for the 12th-largest comeback in NCAA history.

• Georgia State has beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season for the second time in program history (Georgia and Alabama). In the 2000-01 season, GSU topped Georgia to open the season then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament.

• The Panthers two wins over Power 5 opponents are the only two P5 wins for Sun Belt Conference schools this season.

• The win at Alabama concluded a six-game stretch away from home as the Panthers went 4-2.

• Over the last 10 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA last week, while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Georgia State has won more games (116) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Since returning to the Sun Belt in 2013-14, Georgia State has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times.

• D’Marcus Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas has made 162 3-pointers in his career, seventh on GSU’s all-time.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

•             Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

 

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Road-Tested Georgia State Returns Home to Face Chattanooga Wednesday

ATLANTA-Following a successful stretch of six-straight games on the road, Georgia State will return home to face Chattanooga on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.

Georgia State (6-3) went 4-2 since its last home game on Nov. 13, but will now close out the non-conference portion of the schedule with three of the next four games at home starting with Chattanooga (5-5).

The Panthers are coming off a remarkable 83-80 game-winning buzzer-beater over Alabama last Tuesday as senior Malik Benlevi provided the heroics. Georgia State overcame a 21-point halftime deficit, tied for the 12th-largest halftime comeback in NCAA history, to earn its second win over a Power 5 opponent this season.

The only other time Georgia State accomplished that feat was the 2000-01 season when the Panthers opened the season with a win over Georgia and then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers knocked off Georgia 91-67 in the Cayman Islands Classic in mid-November.

Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by former Panther Lamont McIntosh calling the action. The game will also air live on ESPN+ with Sam Crenshaw and Rodney Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.

“Our guys are extremely excited to be back home after a tough, but rewarding six games away,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Since the day I got here, we take defending our home court extremely seriously. Last week’s win at Alabama was a great one, but that is in the past and now we need to focus on a Chattanooga team that has won three straight games and is playing very well.”

Junior D’Marcus Simonds continues to lead the Sun Belt Conference averaging 21.8 points per game and stands in into sixth-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,326 points. He is currently on pace to break R.J. Hunter’s school record of 1,819 career points by the end of the season.

Simonds, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, is 27th in the nation in scoring and among the league leaders in field goal percentage, assists, steals, 3-pointers made, blocked shots, assist/turnover ratio, and minutes played.

Benlevi, who provided last week’s heroics and Jeff Thomas are also averaging in double figures. Benlevi, who has knocked down 23 3-pointers, is averaging 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Thomas is adding 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest and currently stands seventh in program history with 162 3-pointers.

Sophomore Kane Williams and redshirt-junior Damon Wilson round out the starting line-up. Williams is averaging 10.6 points per game to go along with a team-best 31 assists, while Wilson is shooting 52.3 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point range.

Georgia State enters play averaging 8.2 steals per game, No. 1 in the Sun Belt and 51st in the NCAA. Benlevi, along with Williams rank among the top three in the conference in steals. The Panthers 4.9 blocks per game average is second in the league and No. 47 in the nation.

Notes:

  • Despite trailing Chattanooga 17-2 in the all-time series, the Panthers have won two-straight and not lost to the Mocs since 1989.
  • Georgia State has the only two Power 5 wins in the Sun Belt Conference this year.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (116) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.

Following Wednesday’s game, Georgia State will close out the road portion of the non-conference schedule at No. 24 Kansas State on Saturday. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. ET and can be seen live on Fox Sports Kansas City, the Fox Sports App and ESPN3.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Georgia State Basketball: Benlevi’s Buzzer-Beater Helps Georgia State Overcome 21-Point Halftime Deficit to Alabama

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Benlevi’s Buzzer-Beater Helps Georgia State Overcome 21-Point Halftime Deficit to Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-Senior Malik Benlevi’s buzzer-beater 3-pointer helped Georgia State overcome a 21-point halftime deficit to top Alabama on Tuesday night 83-80 at Coleman Coliseum.

Georgia State (6-3) trailed 55-33 with 18:57 to play before mounting an epic comeback that included holding Alabama (5-3) without a field goal for more than nine minutes of the second half.

A lay-up by junior D’Marcus Simonds with 43 seconds to play gave the Panthers their first lead of the game, 80-78. Dazon Ingram tied the game on the other end before Benlevi came down to hit the game winner as time expired.

Benlevi finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Simonds, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year finished with 23 points and five rebounds, going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

The win gave Georgia State its second win in the same season over a Power 5 opponent for just the second time in program history. The Panthers knocked off Georgia 91-67 in the Cayman Islands Classic two weeks ago.

“I’m just really proud of my guys,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We were down 21 at half and we had not played well. It has been a rough road stretch the last few weeks, but I told them to go out and leave it on the court in the second half. They gave me everything they had and I am extremely proud of each and everyone one of them.”

Senior Jeff Thomas added 14 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Kane Williams chipped in with 12 points, five assists, and four rebounds.

Senior Devin Mitchell, who played his first season at Alabama before transferring to Georgia State, finished with three points in his second game back from an injury that kept him out the first seven games of the year.

Alabama was led by Kira Lewis, Jr., who scored 19 points, making 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Dazon Ingram came off the bench to score 17 points and grab eight rebounds.

Holding an early 10-9 lead, Alabama used an 8-0 run to build an 18-9 lead with 12:22 to play in the first half.

Trailing by 10, a Benlevi 3-pointer and dunk by Nelson Phillips cut the Crimson Tide lead to 27-22 with just under eight minutes to play.

Using a 17-2 run, Alabama pushed its lead to 50-29 with just under four minutes to play and went into the locker room leading 52-31. The Crimson Tide shot 59.4 percent in the first 20 minutes, while holding Panthers to 40.6 percent from the floor.

The comeback started with a 10-0 run capped by two Simonds’ free throws to cut the deficit to 61-49 with 11:51 to play.

A 14-2 run late in the game got the Panthers to within three, 69-66, with 5:28 to play before the teams traded baskets.

On senior Jordan Tyson’s two free throws with 4:04 remaining, the Panthers trailed just 75-71.

Trailing by five, Simonds made lay-ups on back-to-back possessions and was fouled on the second to tie the game with 1:35 to play, setting up a crazy final 90 seconds.

Georgia State held Alabama to 29.2 percent shooting in the second half and 22.2 percent from 3-point range.

Notes:

  • The last time Georgia State topped two Power 5 programs in the same season was 2000-01 when the Panthers opened the season with a win over Georgia and then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Georgia State earned its first win ever over Alabama (three games) and sixth win over an SEC program.
  • Georgia State faced its fourth 2018 NCAA Tournament team in the first nine games of the year and improved to 2-2 in those games.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (116) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.

Georgia State will return home for three of its final four non-conference games starting with Chattanooga on Dec. 12. Tickets are available by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com/Tix or by calling 404-413-4020.

www.GeorgiaStateSports.com

 

 

MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @GSUPanthers

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Face Road Test at Alabama Tuesday

Game Notes attached

 

Quick Notes

• Georgia State made its second NCAA Tournament in the last four years in 2018 and returns four of five starters from the 2017-18 squad.

• GSU will face five 2018 NCAA Tournament teams this season. GSU has already faced Montana, St. Bonaventure, and Creighton. GSU also has games at Alabama (Tues.) and Kansas State on the list.

• This will mark the second SEC opponent GSU faces early in the season. The Panthers already have a 91-67 victory over in-state foe Georgia while down in the Cayman Islands.

• The Panthers have five wins all-time against SEC programs, but are 0-2 all-time against Alabama.

• Only once before has Georgia State beaten two Power 5 opponents in one season.  In the 2000-01 season, GSU topped Georgia to open the season then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament.

• Georgia State will conclude a six-game stretch away from home on Tuesday. The Panthers are 3-2 on the trip away from the GSU Sports Arena.

• Senior Devin Mitchell will be returning “home” as he played his freshman season at Alabama.

• Last time out, D’Marcus Simonds score 22 points and dished out five assists, but the Panthers went an uncharacteristic 2-of-16 from 3-point range and fell at Liberty 78-52.

• Over the last 10 months, three Panthers have made at least eight 3-pointers in a game. Malik Benlevi knocked down eight against UGA last week, while Jeff Thomas did it against Mercer earlier this year. Last season, Devin Mitchell made 10 3-pointers at Little Rock.

• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Georgia State has won more games (115) than any other NCAA Division I team in Georgia.

• Since returning to the Sun Belt in 2013-14, Georgia State has finished in the top two of the final regular season conference standings four times.

• D’Marcus Simonds was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year after earning AP All-America Honorable Mention last season. He earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12.

• Jeff Thomas has made 161 3-pointers in his career, seventh on GSU’s all-time.

• GSU is one of just 13 programs in the country to feature two assistant coaches who have NCAA D1 head coach experience (McCallum – Ball State/Houston/Detroit and Williams – Tennessee State).

• GSU was one of just 13 schools in the country to win a bowl game and advance to the NCAA Tournament last year. Only three schools (GSU, Marshall and New Mexico St.) were non-Power 5 programs.

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, earned the 150th win of his career at GSU in the opening game of the Cayman Islands Classic against St. Bonaventure.

•             Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons and 24 wins last year.

 

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Georgia State Faces Road Challenge at Alabama Tuesday

ATLANTA-Looking for a second win over a Power 5 opponent early in the season, Georgia State will close a stretch of six-straight road games at Alabama on Tuesday night. Tip is set for 8 p.m. ET at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Georgia State (5-3) is looking to earn multiple wins over Power 5 programs for the second time in program history. The last time was the 2000-01 season in which the Panthers opened the season with a win over Georgia and then defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers knocked off Georgia 91-67 in the Cayman Islands Classic two weeks ago.

The Panthers will face Alabama (5-2) for just the third time in program history, but the second under head coach Ron Hunter, with the Crimson Tide winning each of those last two games.

Tuesday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, calling the action. The game will also air live on SEC Network+ with Roger Hoover and Wimp Sanderson on the call. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices. 

Tuesday will also mark a homecoming of sorts for senior Devin Mitchell who played his freshman season at Alabama. A highly-recruited guard out of Lawrenceville, Ga., Mitchell returned to Atlanta after one season and has flourished with the Panthers. Last season he knocked down 98 3-pointers, second most in school history, while shooting 44.7 percent from beyond the arc.

“After a tough loss on Saturday, our guys are excited to be able to get right back out on the court to face a very good Alabama squad,” Hunter said. “We have had a couple of really good practices since we got back and I have no doubt that this team will rise up to the challenge on Tuesday.”

Junior D’Marcus Simonds, who is tied for first in the Sun Belt Conference averaging 21.6 points per game, has moved into sixth-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,303 points. He is currently on pace to break R.J. Hunter’s school record of 1,819 career points by the end of the season.

Simonds, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, is 31st in the nation in scoring while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.

Seniors Malik Benlevi and Jeff Thomas are also averaging in double figures. Benlevi, who has knocked down 14 3-pointers in the last three games, is averaging 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Thomas is adding 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest and currently stands seventh in program history with 161 3-pointers.

Georgia State enters play averaging 8.5 steals per game, No. 1 in the Sun Belt and 38th in the NCAA. Benlevi, along with sophomore Kane Williams rank among the top three in the conference in steals. The Panthers 5.4 blocks per game average is first in the league and No. 29 in the nation.

Notes:

  • Georgia State has five wins over current SEC schools.
  • Georgia State is facing five teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament during non-conference play. The match-up with Alabama will be the fourth this season with the fifth coming at No. 15 Kansas State on Dec. 15.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (115) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.

Following Tuesday’s game, Georgia State will return home to face Chattanooga on Dec. 12. Tickets are available by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com/Tix or by calling 404-413-4020.

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MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
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| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Fall at Liberty 78-52

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Georgia State Falls on the Road at Liberty 78-52

LYNCHBURG, Va.-Georgia State could not overcome 12.5 percent shooting from 3-point range and fell to Liberty 78-52 on Saturday evening at the Vines Center. D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 22 points.

Liberty (7-1) shot 51.9 percent from the floor including 16-of-27 in the second half as Elijah Cuffee and Caleb Homesley each scored 19 points to lead the Flames.

Georgia State (5-3) was held to 40.0 percent shooting and was outrebounded 41-21, while the Flames shot 13-of-25 from 3-point range.

Simonds finished 8-of-18 from the floor, dished out five assists and swiped three steals for the Panthers.

“We may have lost to a good ball club, but we also did not play Georgia State basketball tonight,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We have got to have balance when it comes to scoring and we did not have that tonight. Even if we don’t shoot the 3-pointer well, there are still other things we can do to compete and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Liberty took an early 14-7 lead with just under 12 minutes to play in the opening half as Georgia State was held without a field goal for more than five minutes. The Panthers missed 12 of their first 16 shots before shooting 69.2 percent the remainder of the half.

Trailing 20-11, Georgia State used a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to just two with 5:22 to play and on a lay-up by Simonds tied the game 24-24 with just under two minutes to play.

Liberty went into the locker room leading 32-29 despite eight turnovers which led to 10 Georgia State points.

The Flames knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to open the second half and pushed the lead into double figures, 42-31, with 17:30 to play.

After trailing by as many as 16 points, Georgia State got as close as 12 points on a Simonds lay-up with 9:53 to play, but that was as close as the Panthers could get.

Sophomore Kane Williams added nine points, while senior Malik Benlevi score eight. Senior Devin Mitchell returned after missing the first seven games, but was held scoreless in 12 minutes on 0-of-5 shooting         2dfg.

Scottie James just missed a double-double with eight points and 17 rebounds for Liberty, while Keenan Gumbs also scored eight points.

Georgia State will close out its six game stretch away from home traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face Alabama on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET. The game will air live on SECN+.

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Georgia State Basketball: Panthers Fall at Liberty 78-52

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Georgia State Falls on the Road at Liberty 78-52

LYNCHBURG, Va.-Georgia State could not overcome 12.5 percent shooting from 3-point range and fell to Liberty 78-52 on Saturday evening at the Vines Center. D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 22 points.

Liberty (7-1) shot 51.9 percent from the floor including 16-of-27 in the second half as Elijah Cuffee and Caleb Homesley each scored 19 points to lead the Flames.

Georgia State (5-3) was held to 40.0 percent shooting and was outrebounded 41-21, while the Flames shot 13-of-25 from 3-point range.

Simonds finished 8-of-18 from the floor, dished out five assists and swiped three steals for the Panthers.

“We may have lost to a good ball club, but we also did not play Georgia State basketball tonight,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We have got to have balance when it comes to scoring and we did not have that tonight. Even if we don’t shoot the 3-pointer well, there are still other things we can do to compete and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Liberty took an early 14-7 lead with just under 12 minutes to play in the opening half as Georgia State was held without a field goal for more than five minutes. The Panthers missed 12 of their first 16 shots before shooting 69.2 percent the remainder of the half.

Trailing 20-11, Georgia State used a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to just two with 5:22 to play and on a lay-up by Simonds tied the game 24-24 with just under two minutes to play.

Liberty went into the locker room leading 32-29 despite eight turnovers which led to 10 Georgia State points.

The Flames knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to open the second half and pushed the lead into double figures, 42-31, with 17:30 to play.

After trailing by as many as 16 points, Georgia State got as close as 12 points on a Simonds lay-up with 9:53 to play, but that was as close as the Panthers could get.

Sophomore Kane Williams added nine points, while senior Malik Benlevi score eight. Senior Devin Mitchell returned after missing the first seven games, but was held scoreless in 12 minutes on 0-of-5 shooting         2dfg.

Scottie James just missed a double-double with eight points and 17 rebounds for Liberty, while Keenan Gumbs also scored eight points.

Georgia State will close out its six game stretch away from home traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face Alabama on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET. The game will air live on SECN+.

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| Office: (404) 413-4033 | Cell: (404) 259-9716

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