What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State cruised to a 99-65 exhibition win over Coker College on Monday night at the GSU Sports Arena to close out the exhibition portion of the schedule.
* Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds nearly recorded a triple-double with 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against the Cobras.
* Redshirt-sophomore Jordan Tyson just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds in the win.


ATLANTA-Led by a near triple-double from D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State cruised to a 99-65 exhibition win over Coker College on Monday night at the GSU Sports Arena.

Simonds finished the game with 31 points, going 10-of-19 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the free throw line. He also pulled down eight rebounds and dished out eight assists in 32 minutes.

The sophomore was named to the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Watch List earlier in the day. In three exhibition games this year he scored 80 points with two 30-plus performances.

Redshirt-sophomore Jordan Tyson just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Isaiah Williams (12 points) and Devin Mitchell (10 points) each scored in double figures.

“I’m glad the exhibition portion of the schedule is over as I have learned a lot about my team,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “For the third-straight game we held our opponent under 40 percent shooting and that is one of our goals this year whether we are playing Georgia Tech or Coker College. Defensively we are starting to get there and it will only get better as the year goes on.”

Coker held with the Panthers for the early part of the first half and led 18-17 with 11:22 remaining.

However, Georgia State used a 14-0 run to take a 31-18 lead with 7:20 to play and never looked back. During the run, Simonds scored eight points, while freshman Josh Linder added four on back-to-back baskets.

Behind 56.3 percent shooting, the Panthers went into the locker room leading 54-36 as Simonds scored 18 points, grabbed six boards and dished out six assists. Tyson was more than halfway to a double-double with seven points and seven rebounds before the break.

The Panthers continue to push the pace in the second half finishing the game shooting 50.8 percent, while holding the Cobras to just 33.3 percent shooting.

Senior Jordan Session finished the game with five points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, while junior Jeff Thomas and Linder each scored nine points.

Coker College was led by Khalil Halls who scored 23 points, while Chase Brewington added nine. The Cobras made more 3-pointers (13) than 2-point field goals (10), but went just 6-of-16 from the free throw line.

Georgia State will open the regular season on Friday hosting Carver Bible College in the GSU Sports Arena at 7 p.m. Less than 100 season tickets currently remain available for purchase in the lower level of the GSU Sports Arena. GSU will play 13 regular season home contests this winter at the GSU Sports Arena. Season tickets can be purchased by calling 404-413-4020 or by visiting GeorgiaStateSports.com.