ATLANTA (JAN. 2) - Georgia State opened the new year with a 66-50 win over Bethune-Cookman Monday night at the GSU Sports Arena.

The Panthers (6-6 overall) built their largest lead of 27 points with five minutes to go in the game and was able to use all 13 players extensively today.

"Our press forced turnovers and got us some scoring opportunities," said Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "It helped to play all the young kids and help them gain some confidence for the CAA season."

That GSU defense forced 27 turnovers, made 15 steals and blocked 7 shots, while holding Bethune-Cookman to 39% shooting. GSU has five freshmen and two transfers.

GSU had three players in double figures, led by  reservejunior forward Tiffany Anderson with 12 points off the bench to go with 10 points each from Kendra Long and Chan Harris.  GSU got exactly half its points from the bench (33) as 12 of the 13 players scored, while the bench played 102 of the total 200 player minutes logged.

GSU took early control with an 11-0 run to gain control at 19-12 with 8:15 left in the half. The Panthers built that on to a 30-19 margin at halftime.

In the second half, a big 12-0 run increased the margin to 49-23 at 10:48 as everyone was contributing for the Panthers. GSU's largest lead was 60-33 of 27 points with at 4:53.

Bethune-Cookman University saw its two-game win streak end. Guard Jalisa Isaac led the Lady Wildcats with 14 points.

Georgia State finishes 6-5 in non-conference games and is 0-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play as they now head into the exclusive CAA games for the remainder of the season. That begins Wednesday night at ODU.

"This non-conference season was a step in the right direction as our schedule was in the top 75 toughest in the country, so we got some good experience and gained a little confidence to head into the tough CAA (7th rated of the 32 Division I conferences)," said Baldwin-Tener.