ATLANTA - Jada Lewis scored a team-high 16 points but Georgia State fell 78-71 to Georgia Tech Sunday after an exciting fourth quarter comeback came up just short at GSU Sports Arena.

 

Madison Ervin, who scored all 12 of her points in the second half, helped the Panthers cut a 14-point second half deficit to as little as five late in the fourth quarter, but Georgia Tech hung on, led by Francesca Pan, who scored a game-high 22 points.

 

Georgia Tech put on the defensive pressure early, jumping out to an eight point lead midway through the second quarter. Georgia State cut the lead to four with 2:01 left in the half, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a 7-0 run to give them an 11-point halftime lead.

 

Lewis helped Georgia State keep pace in the third quarter, but still faced a 13-point deficit heading into the fourth. Ervin’s hot second half helped the Panthers cut the Tech lead to five with just under three minutes to play, but Pan answered with a three as Georgia Tech held on to win.

 

Georgia State will next face off against Kennesaw State on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at GSU Sports Arena.