ATLANTA – For a third-straight year and once again in dominating fashion, the Panthers have won the annual Georgia State-Georgia Southern Rivalry Series. Georgia State earned a 16.5-5.5 win and improved to 3-0 all-time in the series.
The competition includes the 15 sports in which the two schools compete against each other, plus academics and community service components. At the end of each school year, the institution with the most points will be crowned the champion and receive the series trophy at the following year’s football game.
Among the highlights during the 2017-18 was football’s come-from-behind 21-17 win in Statesboro last November as Penny Hart caught a touchdown pass from Conner Manning with 2:31 to play. The football team has now won three-straight games in the series which will continue when the Eagles return to Atlanta for their first game in Georgia State Stadium on Nov. 24.
Men’s basketball took two-of-three from the Eagles, including a 73-67 win in New Orleans in the Sun Belt Conference tournament that propelled the Panthers to the championship game and then on to a second NCAA tournament appearance in the last four years.
Men’s soccer picked up a pair of points over the Eagles, earning a bonus point for their win in the Sun Belt tournament last November. Women’s basketball also picked up a pair of points with their sweep of the Eagles during the winter.
Last year Georgia State earned an 18-4 win in the series. During the inaugural 2015-16 season of the Rivalry Series, the Panthers won 14-7.
Points come from head-to-head match-ups and conference championship finishes, along with additional points being available in Sun Belt Conference tournament match-ups when the two rival schools meet in postseason play.