What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State earned an 81-75 win over UT Arlington on Thursday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
* It was the sixth-straight win over the Panthers who improved to 8-1 at home this year.
* Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds and senior Jordan Session each recorded double-doubles for the Panthers.
ATLANTA-Led by a pair of double-doubles from D’Marcus Simonds and Jordan Session, Georgia State earned an 81-75 win over UT Arlington on Thursday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
Simonds led all scorers with 29 points and 10 rebounds, recording his second-straight double-double and fourth of the season. He went 13-of-27 of the floor, added five assists and five steals.
Session picked up his second career double-double with 12 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds.
Georgia State (15-6, 6-2 Sun Belt) won for the sixth-straight time and improved to 8-1 at home this year. The 15-6 record thru 21 games is tied for the second-best start in program history.
UT Arlington (13-9, 4-5 Sun Belt) was led by Kevin Hervey who scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Kaelon Wilson added 21 points and eight rebounds.
“Great game,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “I thought that like the Georgia Southern game we came out a bit slow in the first half, but we made adjustments in the second half and played great. Jordan Session was absolutely amazing. He won it on the defensive end for us and D’Marcus won it for us on the offensive end.”
With Georgia State leading 10-9 early in the game, UT Arlington responded with a 9-0 run to take an 18-10 lead with 10:45 to play.
The Panthers immediately responded with a 12-1 run to take a 22-19 lead with 4:43 to play, before the Mavericks came back with an 8-0 run to lead 27-22 with 1:33 left.
The Mavericks went into the locker room with 30-28 lead despite either team shooting better than 35.0 percent from the floor. UTA doubled up the Panthers on the board in the first 20 minutes 24-12.
UT Arlington pushed the lead to 39-32 with 17:11 to play before a 6-0 Georgia State run cut the deficit to 39-38 with 14:46 remaining.
A goaltending call on a lay-up by Devin Mitchell gave the Panthers a 50-49 lead with 9:35 remaining. Minutes later, trailing by three, the Panthers used a 6-0 run to take a 56-53 lead with 8:00 minutes to play as the Mavericks were forced to call timeout.
The Panthers pushed the lead to 64-56 with just over five minutes to play as Simonds and Session picked up their double-doubles on back-to-back possessions.
The Mavericks got as close as three points, 76-73, with 52 seconds to play before the Panthers pushed the lead back up to eight on a pair of Jeff Thomas free throws with 20 seconds remaining.
Thomas finished with 13 points and four assists, while junior Malik Benlevi added 14 points and five rebounds.
Erick Neal added 12 points and eight assists for the Mavericks.
After shooting less than 35 percent in the first half, the Panthers shot 21-of-42 in the second half. For the game, Georgia State outscored UTA 46-26 in the paint.
Georgia State will conclude its home-stand facing Texas State on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. live on WatchESPN.