ATLANTA - Allison Johnson hit a game-winning jumper with just 1.7 seconds remaining as Georgia State pulled out a thriller over UT Arlington 50-48 Thursday at GSU Sports Arena.
Johnson’s game-winner gave her 17 points, tying her career-high. She also finished with a game-high nine rebounds.
Georgia State (7-5, 1-0) led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but UT Arlington inched its way back into the game, cutting the Panther lead to one on a 3-pointer by Brooke Alexander with two minutes left. Madison Ervin answered, hitting one out of two free-throws to put Georgia State back up by two. But on UT Arlington’s next possession, Cierra Johnson laid the ball in to tie it up at 48. After what turned out to be Johnson’s game-winner, UT Arlington had one more chance to win or send the game to overtime, but Claire Chastain’s shot was closely contested by Walnatia Wright and bounced off the rim to seal the win for the Panthers.
After a closely contested first quarter, Georgia State exploded with an 11-2 second quarter run led by Johnson, who scored six of her eight first-half points during that span. Georgia State took a 29-20 lead into halftime while holding UT Arlington to just 36% shooting, including 2-for-10 on 3-pointers.
Georgia State was anchored by its defense all night, forcing 19 turnovers and outscoring UT Arlington 21-12 off those turnovers.
Alexander led the way for UT Arlington (8-4, 0-1) with 13 points.
Georgia State will be next host Texas State on Saturday Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.. The game will air on ESPN+.