What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State cruised to a 77-50 over Texas State to earn win No. 20 of the year on Thursday.
* Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds finished with 19 points and set a new single-season record for field goals made in a season.
* The Panthers have won 20 or more games in five of head coach Ron Hunter's seven seasons.
SAN MARCOS, Texas-Led by 19 points from D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State cruised to a 77-50 win over Texas State on Thursday night at Strahan Coliseum. The Panthers picked up their 20th win of the season for the fourth time in the last five years.
Simonds finished as one of three Panthers in double figures while setting a new school record with his 223rd field goal of the season, breaking Ryan Harrow’s record of 222. He added six rebounds and four assists in the win.
Georgia State (20-8, 11-4 Sun Belt) snapped a two-game losing streak while winning for the 11th time in the last 13 games. At 20-8, the Panthers are off to the third-best start to a season in program history and are tied for the fifth-most wins.
Texas State (14-15, 7-9 Sun Belt) lost its seventh-straight game by shooting just 27.1 percent from the floor.
Georgia State trailed 20-15 before using a 6-0 run to take a 21-20 lead following a Benlevi 3-pointer with 10:51 to play in the first half.
During the stretch, Simonds scored nine-straight points for the Panthers, including the record-setting field goal with 12:25 to play.
Texas State made another field goal with 10:31 to play before being held without a basket the rest of the half.
Georgia State finished the half on a 7-0 run and went into the locker room leading 35-25 while holding Texas State to just 29.2 percent shooting. The Panthers outrebounded the Bobcats 21-14 and outscored them 16-2 in the paint.
The Panthers scored the first 14 points of the second half to push the run to 21-0 and lead 49-25 with 16:36 to play.
Georgia State held the Bobcats without a field goal for 14:17 as Texas State did not score a basket from 10:31 to play in the first half until 16:14 remaining in the game.
Trailing by 30, Texas State used a late 7-0 run to cut Georgia State’s lead to 61-38 before the Panthers responded and pushed the lead back to 30 on a 3-pointer by Benlevi with 2:02 to play.
Georgia State finished the game outscoring Texas State 32-10 in the paint and outrebounded the Bobcats by seven.
Nijal Pearson led Texas State with 17 points while Tre Nottingham added 10 points and five assists.
Georgia State will conclude a stretch of three-straight road games facing UT Arlington on Saturday night at 5 p.m. ET. It will mark the final road game of the regular season for the Panthers.
D’Marcus Simonds has scored in double figures in 45-straight games dating back to last season…Simonds is now just 10 points shy of 1,000 for his career…The Panthers have won 20 or more games five times in seven years under head coach Ron Hunter…Devin Mitchell moved into the top 10 in 3-pointers in a second with his 73…Jordan Session recorded the 81st win of his career, tied for the fourth-most in school history…Georgia State picked up its 10th road/neutral win of the year, fourth-most in program history.