Georgia Southern climbed out of a 17-point first-half hole to force Georgia State into overtime and earn a 68-64 victory Saturday afternoon.
Eagles forward Eric Ferguson had a game-high 24 points and Tre Bussey did his part with 17 of his own. The Panthers were far more balanced scoring-wise with four players in double figures. Center James Vincent had the most well-rounded line with 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks while Devonta White and R.J. Hunter each chipped in 14.
Georgia State began the game on a 17-0 run before Ferguson could connect for the Eagles' first bucket. Georgia Southern battled back nicely to make it an eight-point game at halftime but was still down by 10 in the final two minutes of regulation.
Somehow, the Eagles showed resiliency yet again as Ferguson drained a three to tie the game with 20 seconds remaining. The Panthers had two chances at a game winner but Manny Atkins had his layup swatted away and White missed on his desperation three.
Georgia Southern carried that momentum into overtime and never looked back. C.J. Reed sunk a three-pointer with 2:15 remaining in OT to give the Eagles their first lead of the game and the Panthers weren't able to produce a comeback of their own.
With the win, the Eagles have now been victorious in five of their last six meetings with the Panthers.
Looking ahead, Georgia Southern has a three-day layoff before heading to UAB Wednesday. As for Georgia State, the Panthers will play host to Drexel on the same date.