ATLANTA - Host Georgia State committed 31 turnovers and shot 27.9 percent in helping Appalachian State earn an 82-58 win in the final game of the Starwood Hotels of Atlanta Thanksgiving Classic at the GSU Sports Arena.
Five players scored in double figures for Appalachian State (4-1), led by Classic MVP selection Chakeitha Weldon (Atlanta's Mays HS) with 15 points.
Georgia State (1-3) was led by senior forward Chan Harris with a personal-best 19 rebounds to go with 18 points and three blocked shots. Kendra Long and Brittany Johnson added nine points apiece.
The 31 turnovers by GSU were the most in more than a decade as the Panthers turned over 15 possessions in the first half and 16 possessions in the second half. Harris was one rebound shy of joining just the five others who ever had a 20-rebound game in school history.
Georgia State started the game with a 12-5 lead through seven minutes, but the visiting Mountaineers answered to tie the game at 12 with 9:57 in the first half. The teams were never more than five points apart in the first half until Appalachian State took a 30-27 lead with 1:38 and scored a basket and then a three-point basket in the closing second to take a 35-27 lead into the break.
Appalachian State took advantage of GSU's mistakes to start the second half with a 10-3 run to make it 45-30 with 15:31 to go. It was 53-42 with 9:31 to go when Appalachian State began to pull away and the final score was the largest margin of the game.
Georgia State dominated on the boards with a decisive 55-36 margin, sparked by 28 offensive rebounds. But, the 27.9% shooting compounded with the 31 turnovers did them no good with that advantage.
The Starwood Hotels of Atlanta Thanksgiving All-Classic Team
Eastern Kentucky - Marie Carpenter
Campbell - Tonisha Baker
Georgia State - Kendra Long and Chan Harris
Appalachian State - Kelsey Sharkey and MVP Chakeitha "TC" Weldon