Panthers Beat Troy, Snap Losing Skid as Simonds Sets Record


Georgia State bounced back in grand fashion after a lackluster Louisiana road trip, beating Troy 77-63 Wednesday night in the Sports Arena. Junior guard D’Marcus Simonds led the way with 27 points and six assists.

Simonds also edged past a 33-year old Georgia State career field goal record. His 14 field goals on the night pushed the new record to 592 and counting with six games remaining in the 2018-2019 season. The 1986 record, set by former Panther Chavelo Holmes, was 589.

The Trojans were without their star player, Jordon Varnado, who was kept out of the game with a concussion.

Georgia State had turnover problems in the first half, losing the rock 11 times before the interval. Despite the turnovers, the Panthers managed to keep the score close and closed out the first half up by 1 with a score of 34-33.

The second half performance stood in stark contrast. The Panthers gave the ball up only twice to the Trojans’ seven turnovers. Georgia State also managed to shoot 50% from three after making less than 28% of their shots behind the arc in the first half.

Other notable games stats, courtesy of Sports Information Director Mike Holmes:

  • With this win, the Panthers are now 16-0 on the season when ahead at the half
  • Georgia State has won 127 games since the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, more than all Georgia Division I men’s basketball teams in that stretch of time

The Panthers are back in action Friday night at home against the South Alabama Jaguars at 7pm.

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