MADRID – Despite eight 3-pointers from senior Devin Mitchell, Georgia State fell to the Madrid All-Stars 82-77 on Friday night.
Mitchell, who finished last season with 98 3-pointers, second-most in school history, scored 24 points while sophomore Kane Williams added 12 points for Georgia State.
Madrid took an early 8-2 lead and led by as many as 10 points before holding a 25-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We came out a little slow which I had expected,” head coach Ron Hunter. “However, I was happy with the way we got things going in the second and third quarters. Madrid was by far the best team any of my squads have faced in international competition over the years. They were pretty close to a pro team. At the end of the day, we just have to be better at the free throw line.”
Georgia State went just 13-of-31 from the free throw line while Madrid finished 13-of-20.
The Panthers rebounded with 18 points in the second quarter, holding Madrid to nine total points and just two in the first five minutes. Georgia State went into halftime leading 35-34 following back-to-back 3-pointers by Mitchell.
Madrid came out quick again in the third before the Panthers immediately responded to take a 52-51 lead with 2:28 to play. Georgia State trailed 59-56 heading to the fourth quarter.
On another 3-pointer by Mitchell, the Panthers led 68-66 with 7:50 to play and trailed by just one, 78-77, with one minute to play following a free throw by senior Jordan Tyson.
Reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year D’Marcus Simonds was limited to just six points after an injury early in the first quarter.
Madrid had three players finish in double figures.
Georgia State will leave Madrid on Saturday morning to fly to Barcelona for the remainder of the trip.
Sunday will be the busiest day of the trip. Georgia State will participate in a shoe distribution and basketball clinic with Samaritan’s Feet in the morning. After a tour of Sagranda Famila Basilica, the Panthers will face the Mataro All-Star Team at 2 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. CEST).
After a morning tour on Monday, Aug. 6, the Panthers will play their final game of the international tour that night squaring off against Barcelona Select at 2 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CEST).
Tuesday, Aug. 7, will serve as the last day of the trip and will see the Panthers head to the Mediterranean Sea before flying home on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Georgia State is coming off a remarkable 24-11 season that ended with a Sun Belt Conference Championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years.
Supporters will be able to follow Georgia State on his trip to Spain with planned blog updates, video highlights and social media posts throughout the trip.