ATLANTA - Georgia State defeated UL Monroe 68-46 Thursday at GSU Sports Arena behind an overpowering defense and balanced offensive attack, as the Panthers hit six 3-pointers and shot 53% for the game while forcing 24 turnovers.
Georgia State (12-9, 6-4 Sun Belt) was led by five players scoring nine or more points, while the defense held UL Monroe (7-14, 1-9 Sun Belt) to just 31% shooting. The Panthers have now won five of its last seven games.
Georgia State shot 58% in the first half, jumping out to a 39-21 halftime lead while holding ULM to 28% from the field. The Panthers hit four 3-pointers in the first half, assisting on nine of its 15 first-half baskets. Georgia State led by seven after the first quarter, but outscored the Warhawks 22-11 in the second quarter, ignited by a 12-4 run to start the period. The Panthers’ bench outscored the Warhawks’ bench 15-0 in the first half.
UL Monroe finished the third quarter on a 7-0 run to cut the Panther lead to 13 heading into the fourth. But Georgia State started the fourth quarter with a 14-5 run, extending the lead to as many as 23 as the Panthers sealed the win.
Georgia State stays home for its next matchup, Saturday Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. against Louisiana at GSU Sports Arena.