SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2002
Men's Basketball Beats Georgia State
Jan. 12, 2002
Atlanta - Some 707 days later, the streak is over.
The home winning streak of the Georgia State men's basketball team was snapped at 25 after the Panthers fell to conference foe Jacksonville University 84-72 at the GSU Sports Arena on Saturday night. With the loss, Georgia State falls to 9-6 overall and 5-3 in league play. The Dolphins of Coach Hugh Durham improve to 12-5 and 6-2 and tied for first place.
The defeat was the first for Georgia State Coach "Lefty" Driesell's ballclub since a one-point loss to Samford on Feb. 5, 2000. The streak had moved to the third longest in the nation after Michigan State's longest (53) had ended earlier in the day.
"They wanted it more than we did," Driesell said. "They kicked our butt. They're a better ballclub than us, at least they were tonight. If you give up 84 points on your home court, you're not going to win."
Georgia State scored 10 points below its season average against the league's top defense that allows just 61 points per game.
The Panthers were led in scoring by Nate Williams' 24 points. The sophomore center also grabbed 10 rebounds, completing fourth double-double of the season. Williams also had three blocks. Two other Panthers scored in double figures: Senior forward Thomas Terrell scored 16, after just one point in the first half, and senior guard Leroy Davis chipped in 10.
Jacksonville had four players in double figures, led by guard Kevin Sheppard's 21 points. The first half was tight. Georgia State opened with a 14-11 lead at 13:33, but JU went on an 8-0 run to forge a 19-14 lead at the 10-minute mark. The Dolphins held the biggest lead, 24-17, at the 7:46 mark. But the Panthers narrowed the gap with five points from senior forward "Bam" Campbell and four from senior Donnie Davis to tie the game at 28 with 1:46.
Trailing by one, 30-29, with just .8 of a second, the Panther tried a full court pass that went out of bounds. Jacksonville then lobbed the ball in for a dunk to score in that same .8 of a second and go up 32-29 at the break.
Georgia State re-took the lead at 38-37 with 16:25 to go in the game. In the second half with the score tied at 48, Jacksonville's Travis Robinson scored eight consecutive points on a dunk and two three-pointers in less than a minute to put the visitors up 56-48 at 8:30. Georgia State pulled within five, 58-53, on a three-pointer from Lamont McIntosh but could get no closer after that.
The Panthers shot just 42.4 percent for the game while the Dolphins managed 47 percent shooting from the field. The Panthers shot just 21% on 4 of 19 from beyond the three-point arc. The Panthers were also outrebounded by the taller Dolphins 40-31 as JU managed 15 offensive boards.
With first-place Samford's loss Saturday, the Panthers' loss isn't as costly as it could've been. The Panthers, Jacksonville and Samford all have two defeats. FAU and Troy State also have two and play Saturday night.
Georgia State returns to action against Jacksonville State on Thursday. Tip time is 8 p.m. Georgia State has not suffered back-to-back losses over the past two seasons and will try to earn their second conference road win of the season.
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