What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State closed the regular season earning a 90-75 victory over South Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
* Three Panthers scored 20 or more points for just the sixth time in program history.
* Senior Isaiah Williams earned the start and finished with a season-high 23 points.
ATLANTA-Only fitting that on senior day, senior Isaiah Williams scored a season-high 23 points to lead Georgia State to a 90-75 win over South Alabama on Saturday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena.
Williams, who earned the start in his final game in the GSU Sports Arena, went 9-of-18 from the floor with three 3-pointers and three steals.
For the second time this year and the sixth time in program history, three Panthers finished with 20 or more points. Junior Devin Mitchell added 20 points, while sophomore D’Marcus Simonds finished with 21.
Mitchell sparked a second-half run with just under 14 minutes to play by nailing 3-pointers on three-straight trips down the court. He finished 6-of-8 from 3-point range and has 89 3-pointers this year, just 11 shy of R.J. Hunter’s school-record of 100.
Simonds struggled to go just 6-of-19 from the floor but went 8-of-10 from the free throw line to score in double figures for a 48th-straight game dating back to last year.
Georgia State (21-10, 12-6 Sun Belt) snapped a two-game losing streak and will enter next week’s Sun Belt Conference tournament as the No. 2 seed for the second-straight season.
South Alabama (14-17, 7-11 Sun Belt) was led by Rodrick Sikes who scored 18 points, while Trhae Mitchell scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
“I am really happy for our seniors,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “They won their first-ever game in this building and they were able to win their last. I was very pleased with our defensive effort tonight. We got off to a little bit of a slow start but then really turned it on and played the type of championship-style defense that will make us dangerous next week.”
After Devin Mitchell opened the game with a 3-pointer, South Alabama’s Rodrick Sikes scored 10-straight points for the Jaguars which pushed the lead to 15-5 with 14:54 to play in the first half.
South Alabama pushed the lead to 20-11 with 12:36 remaining in the half before Georgia State responded with a 12-0 run to take a 23-20 lead following a 3-pointer by Jeff Thomas with just over 10 minutes to play.
On a lay-up by Mitchell, Georgia State led 31-25 with 5:23 to play. The Panthers went on a 7-0 run with Isaiah Williams scoring five points to lead 40-32 with 1:21 to play.
The Panthers went into the locker room leading 44-35 after shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Georgia State dominated the paint 22-4 as Isaiah Williams finished the first half with 16 points.
Herb McGee opened the second half with a lay-up for South Alabama to cut Georgia State’s lead to 44-37, but the Jaguars never got closer than eight points again.
After Hunter was called for a technical foul with 13:51 to play, Mitchell responded by hitting 3-pointers on three straight possessions to give Georgia State a 65-49 lead with 12:20 to play.
Holding South Alabama without a field goal for more than six minutes, Georgia State pushed the lead to 72-53 with just under nine minutes to play.
The Panthers cruised from there before Hunter cleared the bench with a couple of minutes to play.
Georgia State will open the Sun Belt Conference tournament next Friday at 6 p.m. ET facing the winner of Wednesday’s No. 7/10 match-up in New Orleans.
D’Marcus Simonds moved to within 20 points of R.J. Hunter’s single-season scoring record of 688 points . . . Jordan Session was a part of the 82nd win in his career and is now just five shy of Ryann Green’s four-year record of 87 wins . . . Session also played in his 124th game to tie James Fields for third on Georgia State’s all-time list.