Hempstead, N.Y, (Jan. 12) - Georgia State dropped an 80-67 Colonial Athletic Association decision to Hofstra Thursday evening at the Mack Sports Complex.

Hofstra, the nation's No. 12 scoring team and No. 33 in RPI, got an early lead that the Panthers could never overcome, even though GSU outscored the Pride in the second half.

All-America power forward Shante Evans led co-first place Hofstra (12-3, 4-0) with 26 points (10-of-21 field goals) and 12 rebounds.

Georgia State (6-9, 0-4) got 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting from sophomore guard Kendra Long. Tiffany Anderson had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals in a good effort for the Panthers. Point guard Jerlisa Taylor added 10 more points and four assists.

The visiting Panthers fell behind by 43-27 at halftime but didn't quit as they outscored the fast-pace offense Pride, 40-37 in the second half. Hofstra had built a lead as big as 21 points, but GSU kept fighting back and had the margin down to 10 points at 74-64 with 3:18 to go.

"We settled down in the second half and played a little better," said head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "But, we did guard anyone in the first half and we should have been more ready to play better at the start of the game."

"With this young team, we will continue working on the basics of basketball, trying to eliminate turnovers and doing a better job of boxing out for rebounds."

GSU actually got off more shots than Hofstra, 78-76, making 29 to Hofstra's 30. But, the difference came at the free throw line where the host Pride nailed 16-of-26, while GSU only got to the line 15 times, making 8.

The Panther defense improved in the second half to finish with 20 forced turnovers on the Pride, while making 12 steals and blocking six shots. GSU had 18 turnovers and Hofstra had 10 steals. Hofstra held a 58-44 rebound advantage and had 22 offensive rebounds, while GSU battled for 15 offensive rebounds.

Both teams used their full rosters as 10 players scored for each team.

Six of Georgia State's nine losses this year have been to team's in the top 50 RPI of the 343 Division I schools.

GSU moves on down the east coast to play in Philadelphia on Sunday against the Drexel Dragons.