What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State saw its 10-game winning streak snapped with a 90-82 loss to UL Monroe in overtime on Saturday.
* The Panthers trailed by as many as 16 points with just under 13 minutes to play before mounting the comeback to send the game to overtime.
* Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds scored a career-high 39 points, including the game-tying free throw with 10.5 seconds to play.
ATLANTA-Georgia State overcame a 16-point second half deficit but fell to UL Monroe 90-82 in overtime on Saturday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena. Sophomore D’Marcus Simonds scored a career-high 39 points and earned his fifth double-double of the season.
Georgia State (19-7, 10-3 Sun Belt) saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end. It was the third-longest streak in program history and tied for ninth-longest in the country entering the day.
Simonds added 12 rebounds and five assists while shooting 15-of-27 from the floor. He has scored 30 or more points in a game four times this year. Senior Jordan Session recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, going 8-of-11 from the free throw line.
UL Monroe (11-12, 5-7 Sun Belt) was led by Sam McDaniel who finished with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Michael Ertel added 21 points and six assists.
Georgia State trailed by as many as 16 points with just under 13 minutes to play before mounting the comeback that sent the game into overtime.
A 3-pointer by Devin Mitchell with 42 seconds to play tied the game 73-73 before ULM immediately responded with a 3-pointer to go back up 76-73.
Simonds cut the lead to one with 26 seconds to play and then sank a free throw with 10.5 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime after Jordan Harris missed a lay-up in the final seconds.
“Give ULM a lot of credit as they came in here and played hard,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “I’m disappointed in the way we played defensively, especially in the first half. We were a step slow with everything. We got things going in the second half but it looked like we were just mentally tired and it cost us.”
Using an early 9-0 run, UL Monroe took a 17-7 lead following a 3-pointer by Travis Munnings with 12:04 to play in the first half. Munnings finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Shooting 75.0 percent in the first half, the Warhawks built the lead to as big as 45-31 with 1:20 to play.
Georgia State went into the locker room trailing 47-36 despite 17 points from Simonds and 10 from Session. The Panthers shot 44.4 percent in the first 20 minutes, but just 4-of-15 from 3-point range.
UL Monroe pushed the lead to 60-44 with 15:41 to play before Georgia State mounted its comeback to send the game to overtime.
The Panthers used a 6-0 run to cut ULM’s lead to 60-50 with 12:50 remaining. Minutes later, Isaiah Williams scored seven-straight points to cut the Warhawks’ lead to 62-57 with 9:15 on the clock.
On a dunk by Session with 4:48 to play, Georgia State cut the lead to two before ULM scored the next four points to go back up by six with just over four minutes to play.
With McDaniel and Marvin Jean-Pierre fouling out for ULM, Ertel took over in overtime, scoring eight points and 3-of-3 shooting.
Jean-Pierre just missed a double-double with nine points and eight assists for the Warhawks which finished the game shooting 56.7 percent.
Georgia State will begin a stretch of three-straight road games at in-state rival Georgia Southern on Friday. Tip is set for 9 p.m. live on ESPN2.
With his fifth field goal of the game, D’Marcus Simonds became just the ninth player in program history to make 200 or more field goals in a season . . . Simonds also moved into the top 25 in Georgia State history with 950 career points. He now stands No. 23 on the list after moving ahead of Jihad Ali, Manny Atkins, and Jeremy Hollowell . . . Senior Jordan Session played in his 199th game, tied for sixth-most in school history with Devonta White.