Williamsburg, Va.-Georgia State could not overcome the hot-shooting of William & Mary, falling to the Tribe 75-63 at Kaplan Arena on Monday night. William & Mary shot nearly 58 percent from the floor and 12-of-18 from three-point range en route to the 12-point victory.
All five William & Mary starters scored in double figures, led by junior Brandon Britt’s 20 points. Matt Rum added 16 points, with Tim Rusthoven scoring 11 and Kyle Gaillard and Marcus Thornton each scoring 10.
Georgia State (14-15, 9-7 CAA) had its two-game winning streak snapped, while William & Mary (12-14, 6-9 CAA) won its third straight and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Panthers.
“This is obviously a tough loss for us after an emotional win on Saturday,” commented head coach Ron Hunter. “I have to tip my cap to William & Mary. They moved the ball around extremely well and took advantage of some open three-point attempts.
“I was proud to see our guys fight back in the second half and cut it to four, but I think all of the effort that it took for us to get back in the game was too much to overcome.”
William & Mary started the game red-hot, taking a 31-16 lead with 5:49 to play. The Tribe hit seven of its first nine three-pointers and built its lead to as many as 16 with 4:11 to play in the opening half.
The Tribe shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the opening period and made 8-of-10 three-pointers, going into halftime leading 38-27.
Georgia State had its opportunities in the first half, forcing nine William & Mary turnovers, but were outrebounded on the boards, 18-9. The Panthers did a much better job on the glass in the second half, outrebounding the Tribe 22-10 to hold a plus-two rebounding margin for the game.
William & Mary opened the second half equally hot, hitting its first three three-pointers to go ahead 47-29 with 18:40 to play before Georgia State responded.
The Panthers used a 15-1 run to cut the deficit to just four, 48-44 with 14:40 to play in the game as Hunter hit a pair of three-pointers and junior Devonta White made a pair of jumpers.
White finished the game with nine points, snapping a streak of 23-straight games scoring in double figures. The junior is now just 39 points shy of becoming the 17th Panther to score 1,000 points in a career.
After the Panthers run, the Tribe pushed the lead back to 18, 70-52 with 5:11 to play in the game. Georgia State got no closer than 12 during the remainder of the game.
Junior Rashaad Richardson finished with 10 points for Georgia State.
Senior James Vincent played in his 115th career game, moving into a tie for sixth with Donnie Davis on the Panthers all-time list.
Georgia State will return to action at James Madison on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. It will mark the Panthers final regular season road contest of the season.