JONESBORO, Ark. - Jada Lewis' game-winning layup lifted Georgia State to a 64-62 road victory at Arkansas State Thursday night.
Trailing 60-51 with under five minutes to go in the game, Georgia State (16-11, 10-6 SBC) mounted a ferocious comeback to top the Red Wolves (10-16, 5-10 SBC) for the first time since 2013-14.
With GSU down by five with 2:10 remaining, Janessa Murphy nailed her second 3-pointer of the game to cut the AState lead to two. Jada Lewis then hit another 3-pointer to give GSU a one-point lead with 50 seconds left.
The Red Wolves tied it with a free throw and Georgia State held possession with the shot clock turned of. The Panthers ran the clock down to under 10 seconds before driving to the basket. Arkansas State poked the ball free for a steal and pushed up-court, but Kierra Henry and Walnatia Wright applied pressure, forcing another turnover around the 3-point line. Wright found Lewis all alone under the GSU basket and Lewis dropped in the game-winning layup with 2.4 seconds to go.
Arkansas State's shot at the buzzer went wide right as GSU celebrated its 10th conference win. The last time GSU won 10 conference games was the 2004-05 season.
The Panthers led for 1:13 while AState led for 36:42. The Panthers' biggest lead came on the final basket.
Arkansas State led 18-10 after the first quarter. The Panthers battled back to pull within two at halftime and Murphy gave the Panthers their first lead of the game with a 3-pointer to open the second half. AState retook the lead and regained control, stretching their advantage to nine in the fourth quarter.
Murphy's season-high 17 points led Georgia State. Lewis finished with 16 and Wright recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 11 rebounds and 10 points.
The Panthers remain in fourth place in the conference standings with two games to go. GSU plays at second-place Little Rock Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
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