Towson, Md. (Feb. 5) - In overtime, Towson came back to defeat Georgia State, 63-59, on Sunday at the Towson Center.
Georgia State had a three-point lead with a minute to play, but made just one free throw on three-one-and-one opportunities to allow Towson to get the ball back and tie the game for the 13th time at 49 with seven seconds left on a lay-up. GSU did have a final attempt in regulation at the buzzer on an extra-long, off-balance attempt.
In overtime, the teams traded baskets for the 14th tie at 51 when Towson got a basket from Deree Fooks and then a basket and free throw from Krystal Parnell to open a 56-51 advantage. GSU closed to 56-54 with 1:51, but the hosts got a basket from Sheree Ledbetter and free throws from Parnell to claim the win.
Georgia State (7-14, 1-10) got a career-best 21 points, 13 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocks from junior center Cody Paulk. Senior forward Chan Harris contributed 12 rebounds and 10 points.
Towson (12-9, 4-7) got their career-best day from forward Deree Fooks with 20 points and 16 rebounds, Parnell added 14 points, with 10 of those in the overtime.
In the first half, the teams changed the lead seven times and were tied four times before Georgia State scored the final five points of the half to take a three-point lead into the break. In the see-saw first half, GSU scored six straight from 8:48 to 7:50 to open a five-point lead. But, the host Tigers responded with a 7-0 burst to retake the lead at 20-18 with 2:00 to play. The visiting Panther then made their final run to gain the halftime advantage, 23-20.
"We didn't take care of the basketball, especially in the second half (25 total turnovers) and we didn't make our free throws at the end, so we didn't get the win we had a chance to on the road," said coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "We did some good things, played hard, and all that, but we did not finish the game."
The Panthers defense today held Towson to just 28.4% shooting, forced 20 turnovers, had 15 steals and blocked five shots, but the Panthers turnovers (25) were a key. Perhaps the biggets stat was GSU shooting just 7-of-14 from the free throw line (50%) and not getting the second shot on the one-and-one opportunities.
In an even rebounding war, Towson ended with a 53-50 advantage.
Georgia State returns home for a Thursday game in Atlanta with UNCW.