ATLANTA - Georgia State defeated UL Monroe 68-46 Thursday at GSU Sports Arena behind an overpowering defense and balanced offensive attack, as the Panthers hit six 3-pointers and shot 53% for the game while forcing 24 turnovers.


Georgia State (12-9, 6-4 Sun Belt) was led by five players scoring nine or more points, while the defense held UL Monroe (7-14, 1-9 Sun Belt) to just 31% shooting. The Panthers have now won five of its last seven games.


Madison Ervin and K.K. Williams each scored 11 points to lead Georgia State. Janessa Murphy scored 10 points, and Jada Lewis and Walnatia Wright added nine apiece.


Georgia State shot 58% in the first half, jumping out to a 39-21 halftime lead while holding ULM to 28% from the field. The Panthers hit four 3-pointers in the first half, assisting on nine of its 15 first-half baskets. Georgia State led by seven after the first quarter, but outscored the Warhawks 22-11 in the second quarter, ignited by a 12-4 run to start the period. The Panthers’ bench outscored the Warhawks’ bench 15-0 in the first half.


UL Monroe finished the third quarter on a 7-0 run to cut the Panther lead to 13 heading into the fourth. But Georgia State started the fourth quarter with a 14-5 run, extending the lead to as many as 23 as the Panthers sealed the win.


Georgia State stays home for its next matchup, Saturday Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. against Louisiana at GSU Sports Arena.