Men’s basketball fails to claim first place against Georgia Southern

The latest round of the Georgia State-Georgia Southern rivalry went in favor of the Eagles as they defeated the Panthers by a final of 58-54 in Statesboro, Georgia. The loss brings the Panthers’ record to 15-8 on the season and 8-4 in the Sun Belt.

First Half

The game began with freshman point guard Mike Hughes making a three-pointer, giving Georgia Southern a 3-0 lead. Eagles guard James Allsmiller was called for a foul on Markus Crider, whose pair of free throws got the Panthers within one.

Senior forward Angel Matias then made a layup increasing the Georgia Southern lead 5-2 before four more points by Crider gave Georgia State the lead at 6-5.

Redshirt senior forward Eric Ferguson would make one of two from the line after a foul charged to Curtis Washington. It tied the two teams at six apiece before a dunk from Crider and a three-pointer by R.J. Hunter gave the Panthers an 11-6 lead.

Georgia Southern redshirt senior guard Jelani Hewitt responded with his first three-points of the game bringing the Eagles within two at 11-9. On the next Georgia State possession, after grabbing an offensive rebound, a layup by Hunter made it a 13-9 game in the Panthers’ favor.

With the score at 15-11 with Georgia State leading, Ferguson made one of two from the line after being fouled by Crider to bring the Eagles within three at 15-12.

After Hewitt made one of two from the line after a foul by Ryan Harrow, Crider upped his point total to 10 giving Georgia State a 17-13 lead.

With the score at 19-15, Harrow then increased his point output to four as the Panthers’ lead became six at 21-15.

The score later became 23-17 as Harrow upped his point total to six after being scoreless for most of the first half. The Panthers’ lead would be 25-19 as halftime commenced.

Second Half

The Panthers and Eagles traded the first pair of points of the second half bringing forth a score of 27-21. Layups from redshirt senior forward Trent Wiedeman and Hughes gave the Eagles two at 27-25.

With the score at 29-27 in the Panthers’ favor, Jordan Session got on the board with his first two points of the game extending the Georgia State lead back to 31-27.

Harrow made a pair of free throws after a foul by senior guard Curtis Diamond.

Ferguson then made one of two after a foul charged to Washington making the game 33-28. Hunter responded with a jumper bringing Georgia State’s lead back to seven at 35-28.

Sophomore forward Kyle Doyle answered with a layup bringing the Eagles within a score of 35-30. Washington and Session then contributed two-pointers as the Panthers lead became 39-30.

The lead was then cut to five with three-pointers by Diamond and Hewitt as Georgia Southern went on a 6-2 run. Two free throws from Hewitt after a foul by Harrow gave the Eagles three at 41-38.

With 7:40 remaining in the game, a Hewitt steal of Kevin Ware led to a three by Hughes to tie the game at 41.

Georgia Southern’s run became 10-0 as Wiedeman made two free throws after Washington picked up his third foul. It also gave the Eagles a 43-41 lead.

Three consecutive points by Harrow gave the Panthers the lead briefly at 44-43 before another three by Hughes gave Georgia Southern lead to 46-44. The Eagles then scored three more from Alsmiller extending their lead to 49-44.

With the score at 51-46 in the Eagles favor, Georgia State would get a three by Hunter closing the gap to 51-49. Hunter then committed a foul against Hughes placing him at the line making both free throws.

Hewitt did the same as he made two free throws extending the Eagles’ lead to 55-49. He would make one more after a Ryann Green foul making the score 56-49.

The first two points of the game by T.J. Shipes were followed by a free throw from Diamond, after a foul by Green, as the tally became 57-51.

Ware’s first three points gave the Panthers three at 57-54 with three seconds left. After Green picked up his third foul, Hewitt made one of two from the line producing a 58-54 score.

The game ended with Georgia Southern defeating Georgia State in Statesboro.

The Panthers will return to the hardwood on Saturday at 5 p.m. on the road as they face South Alabama.

Final Stats
Georgia State Georgia Southern
Harrrow: 17 points, 7-17 shooting Crider: 14 points, 6-9 shooting
Hughes: 15 points, 3-4 shooting Hewitt: 13 points, 7-10 free throws
About Akiem Bailum 285 Articles
Akiem Bailum - Sports Editor Fall 2014 - Spring 2015. Journalism major with a concentration in telecommunications. Class of 2015. Before becoming sports editor at The Signal, Akiem began his writing career at Georgia State in 2012. After a brief absence, he returned to The Signal in 2014. Akiem has covered Georgia State sports events on site for football, volleyball, basketball and softball games. His advice for future sports writers is to cover more than major sports and to attend as many events in person as possible. When away from the court or the field, Akiem's interests include studying the radio industry.

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