What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State cruised to an 81-51 victory over Little Rock on Saturday night at the Jack Stephens Center.
* Junior Devin Mitchell scored a career-high 38 points while knocking down 10 3-pointers.
* The Panthers won for the ninth-straight time, the third-longest winning streak in program history.
LITTLE ROCK-Devin Mitchell knocked down 10 3-pointers and finished with career-high 38 points to lead Georgia State to an 81-51 win over Little Rock on Saturday evening at the Jack Stephens Center. The Panthers won for a ninth-straight time, the third-longest winning streak in program history.
Mitchell’s 10 3-pointers are tied for the second-most in school history. The 38 points scored by the junior is tied for the eighth-most in school history, is the most-ever for a member of the team in a Sun Belt game and established a new Jack Stephens Center record. The 10 3-pointers are also the second-most by a player in the NCAA this year.
Georgia State (18-6, 9-2 Sun Belt) entered the day with the 12th-longest winning streak in the country and is now 9-0 in 2018. At 18-6, the Panthers are off to the second-best start to a season in program history.
Senior Jordan Session just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore D’Marcus Simonds added 12 points, eight assists
Little Rock (5-19, 2-9 Sun Belt) was led by Cameron Corcoran who scored 18 points and knocked down five 3-pointers.
“Really impressed with the way we played today,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Devin Mitchell was absolutely locked in and really got our offense going in the first half. We needed these two games in Arkansas and I am proud of the way our guys came out and responded.”
After Little Rock opened the game scoring the first five points, Georgia State immediately responded with a 14-0 run to lead 14-5 with 12:01 to play.
The Panthers pushed the lead to double figures as Mitchell hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Georgia State a 20-9 lead with 6:37 to play.
Minutes later, Mitchell hit back-to-back 3-pointers again to give Georgia State a 30-18 lead with 3:04 to play.
Georgia State went into the locker room leading 38-24 as Mitchell scored 20
Georgia State opened the second half with a 21-0 run to push the lead to 59-24 with 12:48 to play. The Panthers hit eight of nine shots, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range to start the half and didn’t allow Little Rock to score until 12:27 to play.
Georgia State outrebounded Little Rock 36-26 and shot 54.0 percent from the floor. The Panthers held Little Rock to just 36.0 percent shooting, the sixth-straight game holding an opponent under 40 percent shooting.
Georgia State will return home to face first-place Louisiana on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in a match-up of the top two teams in the Sun Belt.