ATLANTA-James Vincent scored a career-high 18 points as Georgia State remained in first place in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 57-42 victory over Towson Saturday at the GSU Sports Arena.
Georgia State (13-4, 5-1) won for the 13th time in its last 14 games and extended its home-court winning streak to nine games, the second-longest mark in school history.
Vincent, the 6-10 junior from Columbus, Ga., enjoyed a perfect shooting night off the bench, going 7-for-7 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
It marked the third straight time that Vincent set a career-high in scoring against Towson after an 11 and 12 point game against the Tigers last season.
"James was our one bright spot today," commented head coach Ron Hunter. "We knew we needed to start to get him more minutes and he came through in a big way for us today.
"Although I am glad we one the game, I am extremely disappointed in the way we played. I have to give Towson a lot of credit as they played hard and with a lot of energy. They came prepared to play today and we did not. We did not show the effort necessary to be a championship-caliber team."
On an afternoon when the rest of the Panthers struggled offensively, Georgia State used defense to earn the victory, holding the Tigers to 25 percent shooting from the field and forcing 19 turnovers. GSU outrebounded Towson 43-30.
The Panthers entered the game 16th in the NCAA in field goal defense, holding opponents to just 37.5 percent shooting.
James Fields was the only other Panther in double figures with 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Towson opened the game by taking an 11-9 lead. The Panthers responded with a 21-3 run over an 11:04 stretch late in the first half to take a 30-14 lead with just 1:31 to go in the first half. GSU held Towson to just three free throws during that stretch as the Tigers shot 19 percent in the first half.
The Tigers opened the second half on an 11-6 run, cutting the Panthers lead to 39-31 with 14:49 to play.
After a GSU timeout, Georgia State responded with a 7-0 run, holding Towson without a basket for nearly six minutes.
Towson made one last run, cutting the deficit to 10 at 49-39 with 3:49 to play.
Towson's Robert Nwankwo achieved a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, along with six blocked shots, but the Tigers remained winless at 0-18, 0-6 CAA. Towson's losing streak is now 37 games.
Georgia State hits the road next week for trips to Northeastern and Delaware before returning home to host James Madison on Jan. 23. GSU will face the Huskies on Wednesday at 7 p.m.