What you need to know:
* Georgia State improved to 12-17 (8-10 SBC) with a 63-62 win over rival Georgia Southern Saturday.
* Makeba Ponder hit a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to lift GSU over GS.
* Georgia State heads into next week’s conference tournament at the No. 7 see and will play No. 10 South Alabama Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET in New Orleans.
ATLANTA - Makeba Ponder dropped 20 points on Saturday, but it was her last basket, a 3-pointer with four seconds left, that led Georgia State past rival Georgia Southern 63-62 on Senior Day in the Sports Arena.
Ponder hit six 3-pointers on the day, but none were as big as the final dagger. Coming off a timeout, the Panthers inbounded the ball and Ponder got loose on top of a screen, drilling the long range bomb. Georgia Southern missed a 3-point shot on the other end, but got a put-back at the buzzer to make the final score 63-62 in favor of the Panthers.
Jada Lewis joined Ponder in double figures with 17 points as the freshmen continues her stellar first season. Tiffany Holston led the team in rebounding with eight and Haley Gerrin added eight points to go with four rebounds.
As a team, GSU outrebounded GS 33-29 which led to a 21-9 advantage in second-chance points. The Panthers and Eagles traded blows all game with the lead changing 10 times.
Five Panthers were honored before the game as part of Senior Day. Haley Gerrin, Tiffany Holston, Tatianna Jackson, Alaysia Mitchell and Taleah Williams were each honored at midcourt and head coach Sharon Baldwin gave her five seniors the start in today’s contest.
Georgia State will be the No. 7 seed in next week’s Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Panthers will play Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET in New Orleans against No. 10 seed South Alabama.
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