ATLANTA - Walnatia Wright and Allison Johnson combined for 42 points Thursday night to lead Georgia State to an 85-75 win over Appalachian State at the GSU Sports Arena.

The Panthers (15-10, 9-5 SBC) outscored the Mountaineers (12-12, 6-7 SBC) 44-18 in the paint and scored 22 points off turnovers. Madison Ervin joined Wright and Johnson in double-digits with a 14-point night and five assists.

Appalachian State led by two at the end of the first quarter but Georgia State raced to a 28-point second quarter to hold a 45-38 lead at the half.

The Mountaineers once again pulled ahead in the third quarter, but the Panthers responded by closing out the period on a 9-2 run. GSU then scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter and would lead by as much as 17 before App State fought back to close the gap to 10 in the final seconds.

The win Thursday night sealed a winning regular season for the Panthers, something that hasn't been done since the 2009-10 season. It marks five wins in the last six games and seven in the last nine as GSU remains one of the hottest teams in the Sun Belt.

Georgia State sits in fourth in the Sun Belt standings a half game behind Troy for third. The Panthers are three games ahead of Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers visit the Sports Arena Saturday at 2 p.m.

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