What You Need to Know:
* A last-minute comeback fell just short as Georgia State fell to Troy 80-77 Monday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
* After hitting the game-winner on Saturday, a 3-pointer Devin Mitchell with seconds to play was just off the mark on Monday night. The Panthers had overcome a 13-point second half deficit.
* Senior Jeremy Hollowell led the Panthers with 19 points, including five 3-pointers.
ATLANTA-A last-second 3-pointer was just off the mark as Troy held on for an 80-77 win over Georgia State on Monday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
Georgia State (8-7, 1-2 Sun Belt) was able to overcome a 13-point second half deficit to Troy (9-8, 1-2 Sun Belt), but a 3-pointer to tie the game by redshirt-sophomore Devin Mitchell was just missed as regulation ended. Mitchell had provided the heroics in Saturday’s come-from-behind win over South Alabama with a 3-pointer with 11 seconds to play.
Senior Jeremy Hollowell led the Panthers with 19 points and seven rebounds, knocking down five 3-pointers, while Mitchell added a career-high 15 points.
“I thought Troy did a good job in the first half of making shots and shooting the 3-pointer very well,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We did a better job in the second half defending, but at the end we didn’t make enough plays. I thought we lost our composure at the end. I give our guys credit. Certain guys stepped up and played roles that they are not used to and gave it everything that they could.”
After Troy took an early 6-3 lead, Georgia State responded with a 10-run to lead 13-6 with 15:21 to play, knocking three down from 3-point range.
Trailing 33-28, Troy used a 9-0 run late in the first half to take a 37-33 lead with 4:46 to play. The Trojans pushed the run to 15-3 to lead 43-36 with 1:10 remaining before a Malik Benlevi made a basket and free throw cut the lead to four.
Shooting 62.0 percent from the floor, Troy went into the locker room leading 45-39. The Panthers shot 47.0 percent, including 6-of-13 from 3-point range.
Troy took its largest lead of the game, 55-42, with 14:38 to play before Georgia State responded with a 9-0 run. Clayton scored six-straight points, followed by a 3-pointer from Hollowell to cut the Trojan lead to 55-51 with 10:19 remaining.
A Jeff Thomas 3-pointer with 5:09 to play cut Troy’s lead to 63-62 and less than a minute later, Mitchell tied the game at 65 with a straight-away 3-pointer.
Troy followed with a 9-2 run to take a 74-67 lead with 57 seconds remaining. Trying to make a comeback for a second-straight game, Hollowell and Mitchell hit 3-pointers, along with a couple of free throws by Mitchell to cut the deficit to 78-75 with 23.1 seconds to play.
A Mitchell lay-up with 14.4 seconds remaining cut Troy’s lead to two at 79-77, but that is as close as the Panthers could get.
Sophomore Malik Benlevi played a career-high 37 minutes, finishing with seven points and eight rebounds. Senior Isaiah Dennis added nine points and four rebounds, while senior Willie Clayton finished with nine points and five boards.
Five Trojans finished in double figures led by Jeremy Hollimon and Juan Davis, Jr., who each scored 16 points. DeVon Walker added 15 on 7-of-10 shooting, while Jordan Varnado and Kevin Baker each added 14.
The Trojans finished the game shooting 55.1 percent from the floor, while GSU shot 44.8 percent, including 11-of-26 from 3-point range.
Georgia State will open a two-game trip to Louisiana on Saturday facing UL Monroe at 5 p.m. ET.