What you need to know:

* Georgia State fell to 10-15 (6-8 SBC) with a 62-51 loss to Texas State Thursday night.

* Astaja Tyghter’s nine points led the Panthers and Haley Gerrin finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

* The Panthers are home again on Saturday to host UT Arlington. 

ATLANTA - Georgia State lost to Texas State 62-51 at home on Thursday night. The Panthers put on a big rally in the fourth quarter, but were unable to overcome an 18-point deficit to the Bobcats.

Texas State was hitting more than half its shots Thursday night as the Panthers struggled to get going on offense in the first half. Despite allowing five 3-pointers in the first half, Georgia State was able to hang around and keep it an 11-point game at the half.

The Bobcats came out hot in the third quarter as well and pushed their lead to as much as 18 before the Georgia State offense got going. The Panthers mounted a ferocious comeback to narrow the gap to just seven points in the fourth quarter, but  it was too little, too late for GSU and the Bobcats would hang on. The Panthers shot 50% in the second half after a 29% performance in the first half. Georgia State won the rebounding battle 30-25, but lost the turnover battle 21-16.

Astaja Tyghter led GSU with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting. Haley Gerrin came off the bench and scored eight points and added seven rebounds.

Georgia State hosts UT Arlington on Saturday in the Sports Arena. Entering tonight’s action, the Mavericks were tied for second in the Sun Belt standings with a 10-3 league record. The Panthers were in seventh, one game ahead of App State and Coastal Carolina.

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