What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State cruised to a 71-48 win over Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon to close out non-conference play.
* The Panthers picked up their ninth non-conference win of the season, tying a school record.
* Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds finished with 21 points and has now scored in double-figures in 30-straight games dating back to last season.
CHATTANOOGA-Led by 21 points from D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State cruised to a 71-48 record-tying non-conference win over Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon at McKenzie Arena.
Georgia State (9-4) picked up its ninth non-conference win of the season, tied for the most in program history. Chattanooga fell to 6-7 after being held to just 30.2 percent shooting and 6-of-27 from 3-point range.
Simonds finished 10-of-14
Chattanooga missed 19 of its first 22 shots, including its first 10 3-pointers. Georgia State held the Mocs to just 18.5 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes, while shooting 59.3 percent from the floor before the break.
“We just played really well defensively today and have gotten back to playing the type of defense we expect out of this group,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Anytime you can go on the road and win it is a great thing. We have gone on the road to some tough places over the last week and came away with a couple of great wins before we open conference play.”
Simonds scored the first 10 points of the game for the Panthers and ended the half with 16, while Georgia State’s defense played its best half of the year.
The Panthers went into the locker room leading 33-15 dominating the paint 18-6. Chattanooga made just 5-of-27 shots in the first half and 2-of-13 from 3-point range.
Georgia State scored the first 10 points of the second half and pushed the lead to as many as 33 points with just under 11 minutes to play before Hunter started to clear the bench toward the end of the game.
Chattanooga was led by Nat Dixon who finished with 18 points and five rebounds, while Makinde London just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.
Georgia State will open Sun Belt Conference play on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET at South Alabama. It will mark the fourth of a stretch of five-straight road games.