The Georgia State Crimson Panthers hit eight 3-point shots in the second half Saturday and held on for a 73-69 victory over the Texas State Bobcats.
Playing at home in San Marcos, the Bobcats jumped out to an eight-point lead in the first half and had the game tied with 12:49 remaining.
But a that point, in a battle of Sun Belt Conference contenders, the Panthers went on a 17-5 streak to gain the upper hand.
Forward Malik Benlevi capped the run with two 3-point baskets for a 58-46 Georgia State lead.
At the end, the Bobcats made it interesting, pulling to within three.
But D’Marcus Simonds hit a free throw with four seconds left for the final point.
Early in the first half, the Bobcats constructed a 17-6 run that included seven points by Nijal Pearson.
Chandler Davis capped the streak with an offensive rebound and a put back attempt and two free throws, lifting the Bobcats into a 21-13 lead.
Not to be outdone, the Panthers answered with a 13-3 spree to the halftime buzzer.
A layup by Simonds with two seconds left boosted Georgia State into a 26-24 intermission lead.
Georgia State turned the game in its favor with second-half three-point shooting.
After hitting only 1 of 10 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Panthers made 8 of 15 after intermission.
Georgia State 11-4, 2-0
Texas State 12-3, 1-1
Georgia State — Malik Benlevi 19 points, 4 three-pointers, 7 rebounds. Kane Williams, 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists. Devin Mitchell, 16 points, 4 three-pointers.
Texas State — Tre Nottingham 17 points, 3 three-pointers. Jaylen Shead, 13 points, 7 rebounds. Nijal Pearson, 10 points. Eric Terry, 10 points.