What you need to know:

* Georgia State dropped to 5-12 (1-5 SBC) with a 67-63 loss at to Appalachian State Thursday.

* Jada Lewis scored 19 points and Tiffany Holston scored 15 to go with nine rebounds.

* Georgia State hosts Coastal Carolina Saturday at noon.


ATLANTA - Once trailing double-digits, Georgia State came all the way back to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but Appalachian State would retake the lead in the final two minutes and hold on to win 67-63 at the GSU Sports Arena.

“We’ve got to be able to make plays down the stretch and hit free throws,” head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. “I thought we did a lot of good things. We shared the ball well, had some good help off the bench.”

Freshman Jada Lewis led the team with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting and added three assists with zero turnovers. Senior Tiffany Holston scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards, narrowly missing another double-double.

Georgia State raced to an 8-2 lead, but the Mountaineers finished the first period on a 17-5 run. The Panthers would not lead again until a 3-pointer by Jada Lewis put GSU on top 49-48 with 7:13 left in the game.

Kennesha Nichols scored six points off the bench. Her third basket tied the game at 61-61 with 2:21 remaining, but App State went back in front for good with 1:45 to go. Georgia State was within two with 10 seconds left and sent App State to the line, looking for at least one miss. Ashley Bassett-Smith would hit both, however, to maintain the two-possession lead and clinch the win for App State.

Georgia State (5-12, 1-5 SBC) looks to bounce back against Coastal Carolina Saturday at noon in the Sports Arena.

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