ATLANTA,GA (WWAY) — Javonte Maynor hit a three-pointer in overtime to put Georgia
State ahead and the Panthers made free throws down the stretch to seal a
63-58 overtime victory over UNC Wilmington Wednesday at the GSU Sports
The hard-fought victory snapped Georgia State’s seven-game losing
streak, improving the Panthers to 9-13 overall, 4-8 in the Colonial
Athletic Association. UNCW fell to 10-13, 4-8 CAA.
Four Panthers scored in double figures, led by Eric Buckner with 18
points and seven rebounds. Buckner’s bucket tied the game at 52-all in
regulation, and then the 6-10 post player came up with a steal on the
other end with 11 seconds left. GSU’s Jihad Ali missed a three-pointer
at the buzzer to force the extra session.
“We had some guys down the stretch make some plays tonight,”
commented head coach Rod Barnes. “I thought guys like Javonte Maynor
and Josh Micheaux stepped up and did some big things for us tonight. It
was a great win for our team.”
In the overtime, Maynor’s trey put the Panthers ahead, 57-54, with
1:34 to play, and the Panthers made six of eight free throws in the
final 34 seconds to seal the victory.
Josh Micheaux scored a career-high 15 points, along with seven rebounds
and four steals for Georgia State. Maynor finished with 11 points and
four assists, and James Fields added 10 points.
The Seahawks rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to take
their first lead of the game at 47-46 on a three-pointer by Chad Tomko
with four minutes left. After a GSU free throw, Trevor Deloach nailed
another trey for a 50-47 UNCW lead.
After Fields hit one of two free throws for GSU, Micheaux’s steal and
layup tied the game at 50-all with 1:35 to play. UNCW regained the lead
on a pair of Tomko free throws with 1:11 left before Buckner’s tying
The GSU defense forced 20 turnovers and held UNCW to just 30.5 percent
shooting from the field, including a 4-for-20 outing Tomko, the all-CAA
guard. Tomko finished with 19 points, and Trevor Deloach, who hit the
game-winning shot against the Panthers last month in Wilmington, had a
career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds.
All five Panther starters played at least 36 minutes in the game, as
UNC Wilmington’s bench outscored State’s, 25-2. The Seahawks also
held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding State 45-33.
article courtesy UNCW Sports Information