Nassau, Bahamas (Dec. 20) - SIU Edwardsville used nine three-point baskets to pull away from Georgia State for a 63-49 win in the second day of the SunSplash Shootout.
The Cougars (6-5) edged ahead at halftime, 31-25, with five treys. In the second half, they made four-of-their-first seven three-point attempts to open a 50-33 advantage with 11 minutes left. At that point, SIU Edwardsville had made more three-point baskets (9-of-18, 50%) than two-point baskets (eight).
Georgia State (4-6) led several times early and even held a rebound advantage for the game (35-32). But, 27 turnovers slowed the offensive progress to go against SIUE's hot outside shooting.
GSU got a double-double senior forward Chan Harris with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kendra Long added 3-of-5 outside the arc for nine more points for the Panthers.
SIUE got its outside spark from Jazmin Hill, who made 4-of-5 treys, for 12 points. Inside Raven Berry finished with her double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The key stretch proved to be the first nine minutes of the second half when the Cougars went on a 19-6 run, sparked by the four of seven three-point baskets.
Georgia State will return to Atlanta and take a few days of holiday break before returning for a game on Jan. 28 at Jacksonville State.