TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2003
Georgia State Hangs On To Defeat Dolphins, 71-69

Feb. 18, 2003

Box Score

ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia State, playing its eighth game that came down to the final possession as the clock ran out, won this one over A-Sun rival Jacksonville, 71-69, at the GSU Sports Arena. This was the Panthers' 12th game that came down to the final minute within a single possession that could determine the outcome.

The Panthers (11-13/6-7) and Dolphins (12-13/7-6) were tied seven times and the lead changed hands nine times. Georgia State made its final burst with three quick baskets to go from being down 60-59 to up 65-60 at 2:42 in a span of 30 seconds. But, Jacksonville came back and was down three at 22 seconds, two at 16.9 seconds and just one at 6.6 seconds. Nate Williams missed a foul shot and then made one with 4.7 seconds left. But, Jacksonville was unable to get a final shot off before the buzzer and Georgia State ended a four-game losing streak.

Coach Hugh Durham's Dolphins had won eight of its last 11 games and came into Atlanta to open up a quick 10-4 lead and then built a 21-11 lead with 12:08 to go in the first half. The Panthers switched from zone to man-to-man and began its comeback. With 3:22 to go in that first half, State drew back even at 25 and gained the lead at 29-27 with 1:29 to go on a Cedric Patton basket. Georgia State clung to a 31-29 halftime advantage.

Georgia State built its largest lead of seven at 44-37 with 15:01 to go after a 6-0 run. However, Jacksonville battled back and took the lead again at 56-55 with 5:40 to go. A three-point play by Jeff Howard gave the visitors a four-point 59-55 lead with 5:18 left.

"Our bench really contributed tonight (29 points from the three reserves)," Coach Perry noted. "Patton played well and Daniel made a couple of big baskets and helped slow down all-conference guard Kevin Sheppard. The defense played a little better and we were a little more aggressive going to the basket. These games show you it doesn't matter about being a hero, just about making a pass, a defensive stop, or taking a charge that helps the team win."

The Panthers of Coach Michael Perry got 20 points from Nate Williams, his 13th game of 20 or more this year, and 18 points off the bench from Cedric Patton. Trello Galloway led the 12 rebounds and Lamont McIntosh added 12 points.

Guard James Daniels led Jacksonville with 19 points, guard Kevin Sheppard with 15 points, plus 13 from center Tabari Brown and 11 from Calvin Warner.

The teams were tied at 34 in rebounding, with the Panthers getting 14 offensive rebounds.

Georgia State had a season-low seven turnover game and made seven steals on defense. The win marked a 60th over the past three years to give them an average 20 per season for three seasons now.