What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State used an 18-4 run to start the second half and earn a 70-59 win over Tulane on Sunday afternoon.
* Senior Jordan Session and junior Malik Benlevi each recorded double-doubles for the Panthers which improved to 4-2 for the fourth-straight season.
* Freshman Kane Williams just missed a double-double with a career-high 12 points and seven assists.


ATLANTA-Georgia State used a big second-half run along with a double-doubles from Malik Benlevi and Jordan Session to earn a 70-59 win over previously undefeated Tulane on Sunday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena.

Benlevi earned his first career double-double with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds, while Session also picked up his first career double-double with a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.

Freshman Kane Williams came off the bench and just missed a double-double with career-highs of 12 points and seven assists. Sophomore D’Marcus Simonds, who was battling through an injury, finished with 16 points and four assists.

Georgia State improved to 4-2 for the fourth straight season, while Tulane (5-1) lost its first game of the year.

After the two teams shared six ties and seven lead changes in the first half, Georgia State opened the second half with an 18-4 run and the Green Wave were never able to get the game back to single digits.

Georgia State’s defense held Tulane to just 31.0 percent shooting and 3-of-21 from 3-point range. The Panthers, which entered the day No. 6 in the NCAA in turnover margin, forced the Green Wave into 17 turnovers which led to 22 GSU points.

“It was a very good non-conference win against a team that had not lost a game this year,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We struggled the last time out and I wanted us to come out and play like the real team that I thought we were. We got after them defensively and that is a staple of this team – play strong and smart on defense for all 40 minutes.”

Tulane took an early 5-0 lead before a put-back by Session put the Panthers on the board with 17:05 to play and spurred a 6-0 run to give Georgia State its first lead with 14:17 remaining.

With the early start time, both teams struggled from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes as Tulane went 1-of-8 and Georgia State managed just 2-of-11.

The Panthers went into the locker room leading 28-25 as the opening half featured six ties and seven lead changes. Georgia State did forced 10 turnovers in the first half which led to 11 points.

After struggling from 3-point range in the first half, the Panthers came out firing in the second half led by Benlevi. His 3-pointer with 17:08 to play gave GSU a 33-26 lead. Just two minutes later, he knocked down another to push the lead into double figures, a lead that Georgia State would not relinquish.

Georgia State led by as many as 19 with just under 12 minutes to play and shot 6-of-10 from 3-point range after the intermission.

Tulane was led by Samir Sehic who came off the bench to score 20 points and pull down eight rebounds. Melvin Frazier added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Green Wave.

Notes:

  • Georgia State was facing Tulane for the eighth time in program history and earned its first win over the Green Wave.
  • Senior Jordan Session played in his 99th career game on Sunday.

Georgia State will return to the road to conclude a home and home series that started last year with Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala. Tip is set for 7 p.m. ET.