What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State fell to Troy 83-70 on Thursday night in the second to last game of the regular season.
* Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 27 points and moved into second-place on the single-season scoring list.
* The Panthers knocked down 10 3-pointers and set a new single-season school record with 279 treys.
ATLANTA-Despite 27 points from sophomore D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State fell to Troy 83-70 on Thursday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
Simonds went 10-of-17 from the floor and moved into second-place on Georgia State’s single-season scoring list with 647 points, just 41 shy of R.J. Hunter’s single-season mark. Junior Devin Mitchell added 14 points, but the Panthers shot just 33.3 percent in the second half and 3-of-13 from 3-point range to be outscored by 17 after the intermission.
Georgia State (20-10, 11-6 Sun Belt) will close out the regular season on Saturday before heading into the Sun Belt Conference tournament next week as the No. 2 seed. The Panthers knocked down 10 3-pointers on Thursday to establish a new single-season record with 279 makes from beyond the arc.
Troy (15-15, 9-8 Sun Belt) swept the regular season series from the Panthers and have now won six of their last eight games heading into the final day of play.
Four finished in double figures for Troy led by Jordan Varnado who scored 26 points. Alex Hicks recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans who went 12-of-26 of 3-point range and 21-of-26 from the free throw line.
“We are struggling a little bit right now, but give credit to Troy,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Troy has just had our number like no other team in the league has. As I told our guys we have not been the same team since the second half of the Louisiana game. We have lost our edge. We took pride in the way we played defense all year and it just isn’t there right now. The good thing is we still have some time to get it back before we head to New Orleans.”
Simonds scored the first seven Georgia State points as the Panthers took an early 7-5 lead five minutes into the game.
Trailing 18-14, the Panthers used a 6-0 run to take a 20-18 lead with just under 10 minutes to play. Minutes later, Georgia State used another 6-0 run capped by a Simonds 3-pointer to build a 29-26 lead with 5:10 remaining.
Troy responded with a 6-0 run to take a 32-29 lead with just under four minutes to play, but the Panthers finished the half on a 13-4 run and led 42-38 at the break.
Simonds scored 17 points before the half as the Panthers shot 55.2 percent from the floor and 7-of-14 from 3-point range. Troy knocked down 8-of-17 from long range but made only four 2-point field goals in the first 20 minutes.
Trailing by four early after the break, Troy used a 12-0 run to push the lead to 52-44 just four minutes into the half and Georgia State was never able to rally.
Troy pushed the lead to 73-57 with 6:38 to play following a 3-pointer by Kevin Baker and the closest the Panthers would get in the final minutes was 11 points.
Baker added 17 points for Troy going 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while Wesley Person added 15 points.
Georgia State will conclude the regular season hosting South Alabama on Saturday at 2:15 p.m., in the GSU Sports Arena.