MOBILE, Ala. - Georgia State had three chances to tie the game in the final minute but couldn't get the tying shot to fall as South Alabama held on to win 62-59 Saturday at the Mitchell Center.
The Panthers led for most of the game Saturday, but the Jaguars caught fire in the third quarter and used a 9-0 run to come back from a nine point deficit at halftime. after South Alabama went up by five with 2:07 to go in the game, Georgia State battled back and closed the gap to just two points with 55 seconds left. USA missed five free throws in the final minute, but GSU was unable to take advantage.
South Alabama made one of two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to go up 62-59 and The Panthers missed a half-court heave at the buzzer to tie.
The loss snaps a four-game win streak by the Panthers (14-10, 8-5 Sun Belt). South Alabama (19-5, 8-5 Sun Belt) becomes the first team to beat Georgia State twice this season.
Walnatia Wright finished the game with 12 points and seven rebounds. Allison Johnson scored 13 points with six rebounds. Jada Lewis also reached double figures with 11 points and six boards. K.K. Williams totaled six points with six steals.
Georgia State returns home to host Appalachian State Thursday and Coastal Carolina Saturday. The Panthers are currently fifth in the Sun Belt standings with five games remaining.