STATESBORO, Ga. – K.K. Williams scored a career-high 22 points to lead Georgia State to an 83-66 win over rival Georgia Southern at Hanner Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.

Williams drained six 3-pointers on eight attempts and registered four steals as the Panthers (11-9, 5-4 Sun Belt) ran away with things early.

After leading 21-11 at the end of the first quarter, Georgia State used a 17-2 run to increase its lead going into halftime. GSU led 47-25 at the break, tied for the second most points scored in a half by GSU this season.

Georgia Southern closed the gap in the second half, but GSU finished the fourth quarter strong to claim its sixth straight win over the rival Eagles.

Allison Johnson had a monster game, setting a new scoring high as a Panther for the second straight game. After posting 19 last Saturday at UTA, Johnson scored 21 points Saturday on 9-of-11 shooting. Johnson also finished with seven rebounds and six assists.

Walnatia Wright came on strong in the second half ending up with 10 points and eight boards. Jada Lewis gathered six assists to go with seven points.

The Panthers shot a remarkable 12-of-21 from 3-point range to tie the school record for most made 3-pointers in a game.

GSU shot a season-high 60.4% from the field. That mark is tied with fifth-best shooting performance in GSU history. GSU also shot 60.4% on Feb. 11, 1987. That contest was also against Georgia Southern.

Georgia State is at home next week as Louisiana and ULM visit the Sports Arena.

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