Kevin C. Cox
The Georgia State Panthers pulled out a 75-73 victory over the South Alabama Jaguars on Wednesday. Manny Atkins had 26 points to lead the Panthers.
The Georgia State Panthers eked out a 75-73 victory Wednesday afternoon against the South Alabama Jaguars after South Alabama's Mychal Ammons missed a potential game-tying jumper with two seconds left.
Georgia State opened up a 43-35 halftime lead and extended that to 47-37 early in the second half. A 10-0 South Alabama run tied the game, but the Jaguars were never able to get over the hump. The Panthers opened up an eight-point lead with just over two minutes left before the Jaguars' last gasp comeback attempt fell just short.
Manny Atkins led the way for Georgia State with 26 points. Atkins shot 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point land. The Panthers as a team shot a red-hot 11-of-18 from deep. R.J. Hunter also chipped in 25 points for Georgia State.
Augustine Rubit had a monster game for South Alabama in the loss. Rubit had 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting while also pulling down 11 rebounds.