ATLANTA- Georgia State fell to Drexel, 72-57, Monday at the GSU Sports Arena, snapping the Panthers' three-game winning streak as well as an eight-game home streak.
Trae Goldston scored 15 points and Joe Dukes had 13 points and six rebounds for the Panthers, who fell to 8-7 overall, 2-1 in the CAA.
Jamie Harris scored a career-high 32 points to lead Drexel (7-8, 2-1 CAA), and Gerald Colds added 16 points. Daryl McCoy grabbed 13 rebounds for the Dragons.
The Panthers fell behind from the opening tip as Drexel shot 68 percent in the first half to take a 44-27 lead into the locker room. Georgia State hit 6-of-7 threes in the first half but could not stop Harris, who poured in 21 points before the intermission. He finished the game 12-for-19 from the field and 7-for-8 at the line.
"That was really a wake-up call for us," said GSU head coach Rod Barnes. "They came out more physical and more aggressive than us, and we didn't respond very well. Drexel is an excellent team, and they are a big and wide, but we've got to do a better job."
Georgia State, which has played strong defense all season, was much better in the second half, holding the Dragons to just six field goals and 27 percent from the field. But the Panthers only managed 35 percent themselves, and after cutting the deficit to 12 points with nine minutes to go, GSU could get no closer.
"We played better in the second half, but we dug ourselves in too big a hole," said Barnes.
Dante Curry scored a season-high 10 points off the bench for the Panthers, and freshman James Vincent grabbed five rebounds.
Georgia State now hits the road for a Wednesday game at UNC Wilmington (7 p.m.) before returning home to the Sports Arena to host Northeastern Saturday at 12 noon.