What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 80-64 in the opening game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Wednesday night at the Dugan Wellness Center.
* Sun Belt Freshman of the Year D'Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 17 points, including 15 in the second half.
* Georgia State finishes the year with 20 wins, tied for the fifth-most in school history, after making its fourth postseason appearance in six years under head coach Ron Hunter.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas-Making its seventh postseason appearance in program history, Georgia State fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 80-64 in the opening game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at the Dugan Wellness Center on Wednesday.
Sun Belt Freshman of the Year D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 17 points, including 15 in the second half, but a quick start by the Islanders was too much for the Panthers to overcome.
Georgia State finishes its season 20-13, tied for the fifth-most wins in program history. The Panthers fall to 3-7 all-time in postseason play and 1-2 in CIT competition.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (21-11) was led by Rashawn Thomas who scored 31 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists. Joseph Kilgore also just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
“This is a disappointing end to what was a very good season and that is what we have to remind ourselves,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “We are a 20-win team that played in the postseason and that cannot be taken away from us. We thank our seniors for all that they have done for us and then start to build on what we did this year for next season.”
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi took an early 14-3 lead with 13:37 remaining in the first half as the Panthers turned the ball over six times in the first six minutes.
The Islanders took a 14-point lead, 24-10, with 8:51 to play before the Panthers were able to cut the deficit in half and trailed just 28-20 with 3:51 to play as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi did not make a field goal for more than five minutes.
Shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, the Islanders went into the locker room with a 36-22 lead, while holding the Panthers to just 32.1 percent shooting and 1-of-10 from 3-point range.
The Panthers tried to make a second half run, but Texas A&M-Corpus Christi managed to push the lead to as many as 24 with 10:51 to play.
Sophomore Malik Benlevi knocked down four second-half 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, three rebounds and three steals in the loss. Senior Jeremy Hollowell finished the last game of his career with seven points and seven rebounds, while senior Willie Clayton pulled down eight rebounds.
Junior Jordan Session, who earned his 17th career start, finished with 13 points and five rebounds, going 5-of-7 from the floor.
Ehab Amin added 19 points and six assists for the Islanders who finished the game shooting 48.3 percent from the floor.
Georgia State’s season comes to an end in the postseason for the fourth time in the last six years.