ATLANTA - Georgia State fought back from 16 points down but came up just short, losing 69-60 to Texas State Saturday at GSU Sports Arena.
Georgia State (7-6, 1-1 Sun Belt) cut the Bobcats’ lead to two early in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hang on as Toshua Leavitt was scored 35 points for Texas State (7-7, 1-1 Sun Belt) including nine 3-pointers. Brooke Holle added 14 points and 15 rebounds for TXST.
Texas State hit 12 total 3-pointers in the game, shooting 55% while holding Georgia State to just 25%. They also out-rebounded the Panthers while capitalizing with 20 second-chance points.
Texas State dominated the 3-point line from the start, going 6-for-11 in the first half, while the Panthers struggled at just 2-for-10. Texas State led by as many as nine, but the Panthers closed the deficit in the final four minutes of the half, outscoring Texas State 12-5, capping the run with Williams’ corner three as time expired, cutting the Bobcats’ lead to 30-28.
Texas State’s hot shooting continued into the third quarter, building a 16-point lead. But the Panthers battled back, going on a 17-3 run in a five minute stretch from the end of the third quarter through the first three minutes of the fourth, cutting the Bobcat lead down to two. Georgia State just had no answer for Leavitt, who answered the run with two straight from long range to put the game away.
Georgia State faces its first road game of conference play on Thursday Jan. 10 against Louisiana, at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+.