Panthers’ Late Comeback Bid Against Texas State Falls Short
Georgia State (18-12, 11-7 in Sun Belt) played from behind all game and couldn’t mount a last-minute comeback on the road against Texas State (19-11, 12-6 in Sun Belt), losing 86-76 in the end. The Panthers never led in the game and trailed by as much as 11 in the second half before fighting back to tie the game at 74 on a Justin Roberts three-pointer with 3:27 left. However, the Bobcats made their shots down the stretch, finishing on a 12-2 run and completing a 4-0 home stand to catapult into 2nd place in the conference. Junior guard Kane Williams led all scorers with 23 points and contributed 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Corey Allen scored 17 points – all in the first half. For Texas State, Eric Terry and Nijal Pearson had 20 and 18 points respectively in the final regular season home game of their careers.
On what was their Senior Night, Texas State fed off all the energy in Strahan Arena early, throwing the first haymaker and jumping out to a 14-3 lead. Georgia State settled down after their slow start and used a concerted effort to drive to the rim to fight back into the game, cutting the deficit to 28-24 on a Corey Allen layup with 8:13 in the half. For the rest of the half, the Panthers kept the game within single digits but couldn’t push it any closer than 4, going into halftime down 46-38.
The Panthers come back home and play just one game next week, hosting the Georgia Southern Eagles on Friday night. Tip-off from the Sports Arena is at 7pm.