ATLANTA - Allison Johnson missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with seven seconds left as Georgia State fell 67-62 to Coastal Carolina Saturday at GSU Sports Arena. Johnson scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Panthers dropped just their second game in the month of February.
Georgia State (15-11, 9-6 Sun Belt) played from behind most of the way, but led 62-61 with two minutes left in the game. Coastal Carolina (15-10, 7-7 Sun Belt) would hold the Panthers without a basket for the final 3:40 of the game as the Chanticleers hit their free-throws to hang on for the win.
D.J. Williams scored a game-high 26 points for Coastal Carolina, and Naheria Hamilton added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia State was outrebounded 47-28 as Coastal Carolina outscored the Panthers 14-0 on second change points.
Coastal Carolina led by as many as nine in the first half behind a 13-0 run spanning from the final 2:31 of the first quarter until the 8:02 mark of the second quarter. Georgia State hit just two of its first 10 shot attempts in the second quarter, but Wright put the team on her back, scoring the last seven points of the half for Georgia State to cut the deficit to just three at halftime.
Georgia State came out firing in the third quarter behind Johnson, who scored six quick points to spark a 9-0 run and give the Panthers a four-point lead. The Chanticleers would answer though, with a 15-3 run during which Georgia State shot just 1-for-10.
Johnson and K.K. Williams led a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter as Georgia State evened the score at 54 with eight minutes left. The Panthers took a one-point lead on a layup by Wright with 3:40 to go, but that would be the last basket Georgia State would manage in the game.
Georgia State will play its next two games on the road, starting Thursday Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. against Arkansas State.