With the game tied at 46-46 with 12:50 to go, Buchan nailed back-to-back three-point baskets to put ODU in the lead for good. And, when GSU closed back to 61-55 with 6:51, ODU got a lay-up and then Buchan swished her fourth three-pointer of the game at 4:52 to make it a double-digit lead for the first time of the evening. Buchan, a junior 6-foot-2 center from Scotland, had never made more than one three-point basket in a game before and was 2-for-21 on the season before making her 4-of-6 treys tonight.
Georgia State (6-11, 0-6) was led by freshman center Alana Beroth, who scored 15 points on a perfect 7-for-7 in the paint. Senior forward Chan Harris was solid with 13 points on 6-for-9 field goals to go with 12 rebounds for her 20th career double-double game.
ODU (6-12, 3-3) had three other players in double figures besides Buchan. Jackie Cook and Tia Lewis each had 12 points, while JoNiquia Guilford added 11 more points.
Georgia State won the rebound battle, 44-41, but ODU had an important 17 offensive rebounds to help its cause for second-chance points (14 on the evening). The Panthers had 27 turnovers, which helped lead to 30 ODU points off of those miscues. GSU, who leads the CAA in blocked shots with 5.3 a game, added six more tonight with Beroth swatting away four shots.
"Our three big people did some good things inside tonight (scoring 37 points, making 17 of 22 shots and getting 21 rebounds), but we couldn't shoot it from the outside and our guards probably didn't even hit 20% of their shots this evening," said coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "The kids played hard, but we didn't help ourselves at all with the turnovers and allowing the second-chance attempts by not getting more rebounds than we did."
The Panthers host Towson on Sunday afternoon on Smyrna Day at the Sports Arena.