Recap: Georgia State vs. Louisiana
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Harrow netted 18 points and dished out seven assists as the Georgia State Panthers narrowly defeated the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, 80-77, in a Sun Belt Conference clash at GSU Sports Arena.
Devonta White scored 17 points, and R.J. Hunter chipped in with 14 for Georgia State (20-7, 13-1 SBC). Manny Atkins and Markus Crider each tallied 12 points, while Atkins added seven rebounds in the win. The Panthers have won three straight contests.
Shawn Long scored a game-high 22 points, adding eight rebounds for Louisiana (18-10, 9-6). Bryant Mbamalu contributed 19 points, Elfrid Payton notched 13 with eight assists, and Xavian Rimmer chipped in 10. The loss snaps a six-game win streak for the Ragin' Cajuns.
Louisiana connected on 46.7 percent of its shot attempts in the first half, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range, and took a 38-30 lead into the midway break. Georgia State hit on 37.5 percent of its tries in the frame, and went 9-of-11 from the free-throw line.
The Panthers had the hot hand in the second half, netting 58.1 percent of their shots from the floor, including 5-of-10 from deep. The Cajuns cooled to 40 percent shooting, but went 14-of-21 from the free-throw line. The Panthers created an 11-point swing in the half and took the three-point victory.
Georgia State outscored Louisiana in the paint, 32-24, and in points off turnovers, 17-13. The Cajuns had the edge in fast break points, 21-17.Game Notes