What you need to know:
* Georgia State held on to beat Kennesaw State 62-59 Tuesday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
* The Panthers now lead the all-time series with the owls 8-1.
* GSU will spend Thanksgiving in Daytona Beach, Fla. and will play Penn State and American at the San Juan Shootout.
ATLANTA - After falling behind with under two minutes to play, Georgia State (3-2) rallied to score the final four points of the game to take down Kennesaw State (0-4) 62-59 Tuesday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
Although Georgia State led for the majority of the contest, the Owls came on strong in the second half and converted a layup with 1:52 remaining in the game to take a 59-58 lead. Georgia State had two looks from long range, but missed both as the clock reached one minute. Finally, Tiffany Holston broke the drought with a bucket down low to retake the lead. Following a KSU timeout, Jada Lewis picked off a pass for her third steal of the game.
The Owls would get their own turnover, however, and had a chance to go back on top with 13 seconds to go. But Lewis stepped up once again and snagged the rebound off the miss and was fouled with eight seconds left. The freshman went on to make both her free throws to give GSU the 62-59 advantage and the Owls missed a last-second three-point attempt that would’ve sent the contest to overtime.
“Jada doesn’t play like a normal freshman,” head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. “She expects to win and I really had no doubt that she was going to make both of those free throws.”
Lewis finished with 16 points in 37 minutes while Holston led all players with 19 points. Playing her fifth game as a Panther, Holston recorded her second double-double with 11 boards. The graduate transfer led the charge late for GSU, scoring nine of her points in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers pounded the ball inside all game and finished with a 46 points in the paint compared to KSU’s 28. GSU also had 23 offensive boards compared to KSU’s eight which led to 29 second chance points for the Panthers while the Owls scored just two second chance points.
Georgia State now leads the all-time series with Kennesaw State 8-1. All four of the last meetings have been decided by nine points or fewer.
Next up for Georgia State is two games at the San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fla. GSU plays Penn State on Thursday and American on Friday.Follow along with Georgia State on Twitter (@GSU_WBB) for the latest news.