What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State earned a 90-70 win over Point on Tuesday night in the final non-conference home game of the season.
* A week after scoring a career-high 35 points, sophomore D'Marcus Simonds finished with 33 points on Tuesday night.
* Junior Malik Benlevi just missed his second double-double of the season with 13 points and nine rebounds.
ATLANTA-Led by a near career-high 33 points from sophomore D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State cruised to a 90-70 win over Point on Tuesday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
Simonds, who entered the day No. 4 in the Sun Belt in scoring, finished with 30 or more points for the second time in the last three games after scoring a career-high 35 points last week. He finished 11-of-18 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Georgia State (7-3) finished with four players in double figures to win for the fourth time in the last five games.
Junior Malik Benlevi just missed his second double-double of the season with 13 points and nine rebounds, while junior Devin Mitchell added 12 points. Freshman Kane Williams came off the bench to add 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists in 22 minutes of action.
Point (3-12) was led by Taboris Griggs who scored 15 points and added seven rebounds, while Tyonn Stuckey also scored 15 points.
“I was glad to see our offense start to pick it up, but we need to get back to playing the type of defense we are capable of if we are going to be as successful as we want to be,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Point played well tonight, but we have to start doing the little things on defense that have made us successful earlier this year.”
After a slow start and with the game tied 6-6, Georgia State used a 7-0 run to build a 13-6 lead with 14:30 to play in the first half.
With the Panthers leading 20-11, Point responded with a 6-0 run to cut the margin to three. A possession later the Skyhawks cut the deficit to two points before tying game 25-25 with 6:24 to remaining in the half.
Georgia State responded with an 8-0 run to build a 33-25 lead with 5:03 to play as Simonds heated up, hitting 3-pointers on four-straight possessions.
The run helped send the Panthers into the locker room with a 50-36 lead as Georgia State shot 56.8 percent in the opening half, including 8-of-15 from 3-point range.
With Georgia State leading 56-38 early in the second half, Point made one last 11-0 run to cut the Panthers’ lead to 56-49 with 16:21 to play.
The Panthers led 71-60 before using a 13-2 run to build a 22-point lead with just over four minutes to play as Hunter cleared the bench for the final few minutes.
Junior Jeff Thomas added nine points and four rebounds for the Panthers which shot 51.5 percent from the floor and 10-of-22 from 3-point range.
Georgia State outscored Point 50-20 in the paint and finished plus-nine on the boards.
Georgia State will begin a five-game road trip at Dayton on Saturday.