ATLANTA, GA (astateredwolves.com) – Georgia State outscored the Arkansas State University men’s basketball team 41-30 in the second half to defeat the Red Wolves 69-61 at GSU Sports Arena Saturday.
A-State falls to 11-16 on the season and 7-9 in conference play with their fifth-straight loss. Georgia State snaps a four-game losing streak and improves to 14-11 on the year and 7-9 in conference action.
Devin Carter posted his second-straight 20-point game and 13th of the season to lead all scorers with 20 points. Carter was 5-for-12 (42 percent) from the field, including 3-for-7 (43 percent) from 3-point range. Anthony Livingston added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Red Wolves while Sean Gardner also reached double figures with 10 points. Jeremy Hollowell led the Panthers with 18 points.
“We just have to find a way to make plays,” said A-State head coach John Brady. “We were out of sync offensively and those little things add up. Our effort is there, but we don’t have any one player to count on to step up and carry our team. Devin (Carter) is the closest thing to that, but if you look back we missed a lot of easy shots in the paint. We missed about six layups in the paint and if you make four of those it’s an even game.”
The Red Wolves held a 31-28 lead at halftime, but the Panthers opened the half by outscoring A-State 17-6 to open an eight point advantage, 45-37, with 14:13 remaining. A-State was able to get within three, 51-48, with 8:56 remaining.
Georgia State pulled away in the final eight minutes, building a 12-point lead with less than two minutes remaining. The Panthers went back up by five, 53-48, on a second-chance opportunity and Georgia State closed the game with a 21-8 run to set the final margin.
After the game was tied 4-4 in the first half, A-State used three-straight 3-pointers to grab their largest lead of the first half, 13-4, with 14:10 on the clock. Gardner hit the first of the three-straight treys for the Red Wolves and Carter netted two from long range to give A-State the nine-point lead.
Georgia State responded by pulling to within one, 19-18, with 6:15 left in the half. A-State knocked down a pair of free throws to keep the lead and expanded the advantage to 27-21 with 4:35 left in the half. The Panthers score the next seven points to take their first lead of the day, 28-27, but A-state scored the final four points of the half on two free throws by Carter and a tip-in by Bocoum.
A-State converted 4-of-9 (44 percent) from 3-point range in the first half while shooting 33.3 percent (9-27) from the field. Carter scored 14 points in the period and Gardner was the only other player to reach at least five points.
The Red Wolves struggled in the second half, shooting 30.8 percent (8-26) from the field and just 1-for-8 (12.5 percent) from 3-point range. Georgia State was 54.8 percent (17-31) in the second half and 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
A-State finished the day shooting 32 percent (17-53) from the field while the Panthers were 45.8 percent (27-59). The Red Wolves were 29 percent (5-17) behind the arc and Georgia State finished 31.3 percent (5-16) from long range. The Red Wolves were 22-of-27 (81.5 percent) from the charity stripe while the Panthers were 10-for-15 (66.7 percent).
Donte Thomas played for the first time in the last four games and logged six rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes.
Georgia State forced the Red Wolves into 14 turnovers and finished with a 16-7 edge in points off turnovers. The Panthers also outscored A-State in the paint, 24-14.
The Red Wolves return to the Convocation Center for the final two home games next week. A-State hosts Texas State Thursday (Feb. 25) at 7:30 before closing the home schedule with a 7 p.m. contest versus UT Arlington on Saturday (Feb. 27).