What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State earned a 63-53 win at Alabama A&M on Wednesday night.
* Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 15 points.
* Senior Jordan Session played in his 100th career game and finished with six points.


HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-Georgia State used a big run to start the second half to earn a 63-53 win over Alabama A&M at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.

Sophomore D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 15 points and was one of three Panthers to score in double figures as juniors Devin Mitchell added 12 and Malik Benlevi scored 10.

Georgia State improved to 5-2 for the third time in the last four years, while Alabama A&M fell to 0-7.

“This was a gritty win for us tonight,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Our defense kept us in the game in a tough environment to play. Our defensive effort is going to be what wins us a lot of games this year.”

Senior Jordan Session, playing in his 100th career game, finished with six points, while Isaiah Williams and Kane Williams each finished with eight points.

Alabama A&M took an early 14-7 lead as Andre Kennedy scored six points in the first four minutes.

However, Georgia State’s defense responded and a 3-pointer by Simonds tied the game with 7:41 to play in the opening half. The Panthers held the Bulldogs without a field goal for more than seven minutes to tie the game during the stretch.

A possession late, Simonds hit junior Jeff Thomas for a dunk to give the Panthers a 17-15 lead, Georgia State’s first of the game, with 7:00 minutes to play.

The Panthers would lead for most of the remaining part of the half before going into the locker room tied 29-29.

Georgia State opened the second half scoring the first five points and used a 9-3 run to take a 38-32 with 15:45 to play in the game.

The Panthers continued to push the pace and led by as many as 12 in the second half.

De’Ederick Petty led the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Kennedy added 10.

Georgia State will begin a stretch of three-straight games at home starting on Monday against Liberty. Tip is set for 7 p.m., with the game airing live on WatchESPN/ESPN3.