Form followed function when Georgia State traveled over to Montgomery, AL for the 2021 Camellia Bowl, looking to earn a record-setting eighth win to finish the 2021 season. They did so in dominant fashion, overpowering Ball State 51-20 to complete a similarly commanding 7-1 closing stretch to turn what could have been a disastrous season into their best ever. What led the Panthers to such a convincing win? And just why were they so much better over the final eight games of 2021?
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An undermanned Georgia State mounted a furious comeback to overcome a late double-digit deficit but came up short in the end, falling 70-63 to UTA in their Sun Belt opener. The loss drops the Panthers to 6-6 in the 2021-22 season. It was the team’s first on-court action since the overtime loss to Georgia Tech on December 21.