Newark, Del.-Despite double-doubles from Eric Buckner and Brandon McGee, Delaware overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to earn a 77-74 double-overtime victory over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Jarvis Threatt scored a game-high 30 points for the Blue Hens, including 6-of-9 from three-point range as Delaware rebounded from missing its first 14 shots of the game to earn the victory.
Buckner's free throw with 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime, but a missed put back off a Josh Micheaux jumper as time expired at the end of the first regulation allowed the Blue Hens a chance in the second overtime.
Delaware opened the second overtime on a 5-0 run and never trailed en route to the win.
Buckner finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while McGee added 12 points and 10 rebounds returning to the starting line-up for the first time in the last 12 games.
Georgia State dropped its second straight to fall to 13-6 and 5-3 in the CAA. Delaware snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 8-10, 4-4 in conference action.
The double-overtime contest was the Panthers first since Jan. 6, 2007 and first overtime game of the year.
Delaware led just twice in regulation, the second coming when Devon Saddler hit a three-pointer with 55 seconds to play, giving the Blue Hens a 60-59 lead.
The Panthers finished the game with 15 steals and forced 19 turnovers, but GSU allowed the Blue Hens to heat up from three-point range in the first half, hitting eight from beyond the arc.
"I am extremely disappointed by this loss," commented Ron Hunter after the game. "We played well enough at times to win, but you have to play the entire game to earn a victory.
"We played very well the first 10 minutes of the game, but allowed Delaware to make it a game the rest of the half. You have to credit them as they fought hard and started to make baskets."
Georgia State opened the game on a 14-0 run, as Delaware missed its first 14 shots. A three-pointer by Saddler, the second leading scorer in the CAA, finally put the Blue Hens on the board with 12:06 to play.
Saddler played all 50 minutes, scoring 17 points while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Devonta White's three-pointer with 15:26 to play in the half gave the Panthers an 11-0 lead and was the 500th straight game in which the Panthers have hit a trey dating back to February 18, 1995.
A jumper by senior James Fields pushed the Panthers lead to 18-3 with 11:13 to play in the half. Fields finished with seven points, five assists and four steals.
McGee grabbed seven rebounds during the first 10 minutes of the game, as Hunter looked to use him to spark the offense.
"Brandon did a lot of good things for us today," continued Hunter. "Our offense played better, but we are going to have to defend the three-point line if we are going to get back to winning. This was the second straight game in which we allowed teams to shoot freely from behind the arc."
Delaware used the second ten minutes of the half cutting into the Panthers lead, going into the half down just 33-31. Threatt nailed five first-half three-pointers, including four over the final three minutes of the half.
After starting 0-14 from the floor, the Blue Hens hit 10-of-14 to end the half, knocking down eight first half three-pointers.
Delaware finished the game 12-of-28 from three-point range while shooting 41.3 percent from the floor.
The Panthers held Delaware's second-leading scorer Jamelle Hagins scoreless in the first half, but the junior finished the game with a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Freshman Kyle Anderson opened the second half with a three-pointer, giving the Blue Hens their first lead of the game, 34-33. Anderson finished 11 points and eight rebounds in 47 minutes.
Micheaux' basket with 8:16 to play gave GSU 55-49 lead, before Delaware held the Panthers with out a basket for nearly four minutes, cutting the lead to 56-55. Ali's three with 2:28 to play pushed the Panthers lead back to four.
Ali finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Devonta White added 13 points.
Georgia State will continue a stretch of five games in 11 days on Monday, returning home to face James Madison at 7 p.m. in the Sports Arena.
The game can be heard live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning at 1:30 p.m. with the Panther Pregame Show. Live stats are available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
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