ATLANTA - Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds had another impressive week on the court to be named Georgia State Student-Athlete of the Week, powered by the U.S. Marines.
Simonds recorded another career week for the Panthers who split a pair of games. For the week, Simonds averaged a double-double with 30.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, while also dishing out 6.5 assists per contest. He shot 24-of-46 (52.2 percent) from the floor while averaging 41.0 minutes per game.
He opened the week nearly recording a triple-double as the Panthers earned a 106-92 win over Louisiana which was receiving votes in the coaches poll. It marked Louisiana’s first conference loss of the year and snapped a 10-game winning streak while GSU ran its streak to 10-straight wins. Simonds scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists plus just under 40 minutes as one of six Panthers to score in double figures. He shot 9-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. The 106 points scored by Georgia State were the most-ever in a Sun Belt game.
On Saturday, Simonds put the Panthers on his back to finish with a career-high 39 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out five assists in 42 minutes of an overtime loss to UL Monroe. Simonds went 15-of-27 from the floor and helped mount a second-half comeback as the Panthers trailed by 16 with just under 13 minutes to play. Simonds lay-up with 26 seconds to play and free throw with 10.5 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime.
For the season Simonds is averaging a Sun Belt-best 21.6 points per game, grabbing 6.0 rebounds and dishing out 4.8 assists per game. On Saturday he moved into the top 25 in Georgia State history in career scoring and also became just the ninth player in program history to make 200 or more field goals in a single season.
Georgia State will return to the court on Friday facing in-state rival Georgia Southern in Statesboro. Tip is set for 9 p.m. live on ESPN2.